Mark Jackson

NBA's balance of power again shifts West, which bodes well for Boston and Philadelphia

NBA's balance of power again shifts West, which bodes well for Boston and Philadelphia

The back-to-back NBA champion Golden State Warriors are the rulers of the league until proven otherwise.

But there has been a seismic shift in the balance of power in the NBA after LeBron James decided to join the Lakers in the uber-competitive Western Conference, leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers tattered and an Eastern Conference up for grabs.

Does James, who agreed to a four-year, $154-million deal on Sunday, alone make the Lakers title contenders?

James had reigned supreme in the East the last eight seasons, taking the Miami Heat and the Cavaliers each to four consecutive NBA Finals.

Now that he has bolted, the pathway out of the East should be easier for the...

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