In a move that makes Miami an instant force in the Eastern Conference, LeBron James is joining the Heat. The two-time MVP made the official announcement in front of a national television audience on Thursday night. Reports throughout the day had indicated that James would bolt Cleveland in favor of South Beach, completing a powerful trio that includes fellow all-stars Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.
Bosh and Wade both made their declaration to play for the Heat on Wednesday. As of now, the Heat have only five players on their roster and will be cash strapped against the cap for the rest of their roster with only Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers still on the team from last season. King LeBron leaves Cleveland after seven seasons during which he made the All-Star team six teams, led the league in scoring once in 2008, and was awarded Rookie of the Year in 2003 after the Cavs made him the number one overall pick in the draft. James had been courted by the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks.
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Now onto a totally different topic as the Buffalo Sabres announced their 2010-2011 Preseason Schedule today as two of their games will be played at HSBC Arena. There are six total contests this preseason for the blue and gold. The action begins on Saturday September 25th when the long time rival Toronto Maple Leafs come to downtown Buffalo.
Here is the complete preseason schedule:
Saturday, September 25 Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m. (HSBC Arena)
Monday, September 27 Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m. (Air Canada Centre)
Tuesday, September 28 Buffalo at Ottawa, TBD (Dundas, Ontario)
Thursday, September 30 Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. (Bell Centre)
Friday, October 1 Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (Wachovia Center)
Sunday, October 3 Philadelphia at Buffalo, 6 p.m. (HSBC Arena)