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LeBron makes splash in Brazil; says no ill will toward Heat

As usual, LeBron James commanded all the attention.

The assembled media -- an estimated 100 microphones and television cameras -- waited Thursday for him to enter the steamy gym at Flemengo, an all-sports complex just outside downtown. When he arrived, the focus immediately shifted.

The interviews with Brazilian native Anderson Varejao ceased. The small gathering around Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt scurried their way over to James at midcourt. The few fans granted access began to chant “Le-Bron, Le-Bron, Le-Bron.”

The only thing that has changed is his jersey color.

The league, and the world, is still all about LeBron.

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