Southeast division roundup: LeBron James, the comic book

Southeast division roundup: LeBron James, the comic book
October 17, 2012, 8:45 am
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*It's been a while, the summer of 2004, since the Wizards shipped the rights to Devin Harris, then the fifth pick of that year's NBA Draft, in a deal that brought Antawn Jamison to Washington - and a deal involving the fifth pick that nobody around D.C. complains about. That's no knock on Harris, who's turned in a solid career running the point for three teams including the Nets last season and was acquired by the Hawks this offseason in a deal for Marvin Williams. Atlanta now hopes to use the versatile Harris, who scored 11 points in his preseason debut Tuesday night, as part of its point guard rotation with Jeff Teague and in the shooting guard mix that no longer includes Joe Johnson. The 29-year-old missed the Hawks first three games due to knee issues. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

*Ramon Sessions passed on another season with the storied, winning and star-studded Los Angeles Lakers for a run with the Charlotte Bobcats, a team coming off an historically brutal NBA campaign. Fearing simply he was no more than trade bait for the retooling Lakers, the South Carolina native opted out of his contract and ultimately headed closer to his home. He also headed to a team likely on the wrong end of many a blowout game, like Tuesday's 120-98 loss at Oklahoma City. Sessions finished with a team-high 18 points and seven assists yet somehow managed a +/- rating of minus-23. (Charlotte Observer)

*Mario Chalmers has yet to play in the preseason. No rush. The loaded Miami Heat have it covered without the rising to the occasion point guard, who has been dealing with sore quads since early in training camp. Power forward Udonis Haslem also is dealing with a quad injury, but sounds closer to returning. Meanwhile the newest comic book hero, LeBron James, remains indestructible. (Sun Sentinel)

*The basketball-writing folks over at Yahoo are in the process of writing their team-by-team NBA previews, including the "sad affair" known as the "Orlando Magic." Read on for the full analysis, but in a nutshell the Dwight Howard aftermath has led to a roster of average joe's - and "teams full of average players don't turn out an average record." Based on where Yahoo projects the Magic, no they don't.