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In this Jan. 12, 2010 file photo, San (Credit: AP)

In this Jan. 12, 2010 file photo, San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, right, passes the ball around Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (24) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, in San Antonio.

Six 2011-12 NBA story lines

Six story lines to watch heading into the 2011-12 NBA season.

By Bobby Bonett

DWIGHT HOWARDThere isn’t a player in the league
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DWIGHT HOWARD
There isn’t a player in the league who is more of a match-up nightmare than Howard. The free-agent-to-be makes an otherwise mediocre Orlando team a contender. But will Magic be forced to deal him to the Nets or elsewhere?

LEBRON JAMES' FIRST NBA TITLEWith other players (see:
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LEBRON JAMES' FIRST NBA TITLE
With other players (see: Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul) leaving fan bases behind, James has shed some of the heat. He now looks to get not five, not six, not seven but one NBA championship.

TIM DUNCAN ERA MAY COME TO ENDDuncan’s contract
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TIM DUNCAN ERA MAY COME TO END
Duncan’s contract is up after the season, and at 35, with two MVPs and four NBA titles, there’s no guarantee what will happen with one of the best big men in NBA history.

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