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Questions You Wanted to Ask About LeBron

Here's a list of answers -- now that the smoke has cleared.

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Will this media circus become an annual ritual of the NBA off-season?

Fortunately, I doubt it. This off-season resulted from the confluence of some unique events: the incredible 2003 draft, the opportunity for three team-oriented players to play together on the national squad during the World Championships and the Olympics, and the current financial structure of the NBA. Carmelo Anthony, the prized unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2011, doesn't seem to have LeBron's or even D-Wade's love of the spotlight. It's hard to imagine him doing more than a routine 20-minute press conference to announce his decision. Kevin Durant would be the prize of a free agent class in 2012, but he signed a contract extension this week that will keep him in an Oklahoma City uniform until 2015. The next collective bargaining agreement will almost certainly "harden" the salary cap, which will change player movement and payroll management in the league.

What happened this week was a once in a lifetime situation that resulted from the courageous work of Oscar Robertson. It was The Big O's lawsuit against the NBA 40 years ago that paved for free agency, and this week amounted to a garish celebration of self determination by athletes. It wasn't pretty, but it is over.

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Martin Johnson writes about music for the Wall Street Journal, basketball for Slate and beer for Eater, and he blogs at both the Joy of Cheese and Rotations. Follow him on Twitter.

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