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This time last year

7/7/2011
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This time last year, few knew where LeBron James was going to sign.

This time last year, the famous "We are all witnesses" Nike billboard still dressed the side of that building in Cleveland.

This time last year, Mike Miller had two working thumbs.

This time last year, Erick Dampier was a 34-year-old member of the Dallas Mavericks, looking for his first title ring.

This time last year, Udonis Haslem was about to receive an offer to play for the Mavericks.

This time last year, James Jones had never been invited to participate in the 3-point shooting contest at All-Star Weekend.

This time last year, Jose Juan Barea was not a household name.

This time last year, we hadn't been introduced yet to this brilliant LeBron image from Trey Kerby, then at Yahoo! Sports.

This time last year, "BumpGate" and "CryGate" weren't a part of the basketball lexicon.

This time last year, Michael Beasley wasn't a redundant scoring forward on a roster.

This time last year, Comic Sans was just another font.

This time last year, Erik Spoelstra and Chris Bosh had never led their teams past the first round of the NBA playoffs.

This time last year, Joel Anthony had never signed a multiyear deal.

This time last year, the Big Three in Boston was the only Big Three.

This time last year, Rick Mahorn's 4.4 playoff player efficiency rating in 1987-88 was the worst of all time, but that's no longer the case, thanks to Mike Bibby.

This time last year, Dirk Nowitzki was a free agent.

This time last year, Mario Chalmers and Michael Beasley were the only Miami players under contract for 2010-11.

This time last year, Bosh said goodbye to his dreads.

This time last year, the Cleveland Cavaliers had lost fewer than 20 games in a season just once in the modern era -- the season before they drafted LeBron No.1 overall.

This time last year, Jerry Stackhouse had never played or started for the Miami Heat.

This time last year, Dexter Pittman weighed well more than 300 pounds.

This time last year, LeBron and Dwyane Wade had recently woken up thinking they would join the Chicago Bulls.

This time last year, Wade had never played in the All-Star Game with a teammate not named Shaquille O'Neal.

This time last year, LeBron had never won a Finals game.

This time last year, I sat in my apartment in Wethersfield, Conn., thinking that LeBron's decision would shake up the lives of many writers around the world, but never suspected I would somehow be part of that equation.

How has your life changed since this time last year?