July 3, 2012 12:01 AM

Dwight Howard adopts villain label shed by Miami Heat’s LeBron James

LeBron James has become a lousy bad guy. Championship redemption fits him; if one can wear a crown humbly, he has. Relaxed, smiling (but never gloating), he emotes warmly with Oprah and joshes gently with David Letterman — whose audience gave him a standing ovation. Now, critics and foes who remain will further thin and be disarmed as James proudly wins gold for the United States in the summer’s London Olympics.

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