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Wade, James, Stoudemire make up for Athens

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Amare Stoudemire's fast starts are making people forget their Athens disappointment.

Updated: July 10, 2008, 11:42 AM ET
By Tim Legler | ESPN Insider
Webster's dictionary defines amnesia as "partial or total loss of memory, usually resulting from shock, psychological disturbance, brain injury or illness". Fortunately, for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Amare Stoudemire, such a phenomenon exists.

Shock and psychological disturbance don't begin to describe the potential effects of Team USA's bronze medal winning performance in Athens. Being a part of the first U.S. Olympic team sending professional players to NOT win the gold medal could have had a lasting impact on the young NBA stars who participated. Instead, James, Wade, and Stoudamire have used the Athens debacle as motivation to transform their games into pure gold.

As an 18-year old rookie last season, James showed the world that, in fact, you could believe the hype. Never in the history of the NBA has a player begun his career with greater expectations placed upon his shoulders. Short of leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to the playoffs, James did everything humanly possible to fulfill his limitless potential last season. After averaging over 20 points, almost 6 assists, and over 5 rebounds per game, the Association was wondering what King James would do for an encore.

Tim Legler

NBA studio analyst
Former NBA player Tim Legler joined ESPN in 2000 as a studio analyst for ESPNEWS. Legler also appears regularly as an analyst of ESPN2's NBA Fastbreak. Legler played for five NBA teams -- the Suns, Jazz, Warriors, Mavericks and Wizards.