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Washington Wizards: Rivalry Tips Off Before Regular Season

By George Thomas Published: October 7, 2009

You can never accuse the Washington Wizards of having long memories. The team that injuries decimated last season is healthy, has a new coach and, apparently a new life.
Some things never change, however and that's the fact that the Wizards kinda, sort of, well...detest the Cavs and, it would seem LeBron James in particular.  But the level of vitriol was taken to a new level - I'll leave it to you to decide whether it's high or low - the other day during a practice.
Mike Miller, a player the Wizards acquired in the offseason from the Minnesota Timberwolves and a good friend of James, wore some of the Cleveland superstar's signature shoes in practice.  The reaction was immediate according to the Washington Post.

Miller has been wearing Adidas since he was a sophomore in high school but switched to Nike after signing a contract with them this summer. He's been urged by Deshawn Stevenson, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison to wear any pair but the ones donned by the could-be King.
Much of this is apparently being driven by Deshawn Stevenson, a second-tier player who has an on-going thing with James.
"We already talked about that," said Stevenson, a noted James agitator. "He got to get 'em out of here. We already had a discussion. He said he going to try some new shoes. Me, Caron, Antawn told him about how we feel about them. LeBron shoes -- we off that. We already got war against them. He can't wear that. It's all beef right there."
 James has had a short week of feuds and controversy.  You can't blame him for wanting to put things behind him.
‘’I don’t have feuds with anybody.  Everybody has feuds with me.  I don’t know why,’’ he said.
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