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LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will bring merry circus to Las Vegas in two weeks

New Miami Heat trio will take part in Team USA training camp, area nightlife for five days beginning on July 20


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LeBron James

Whatever aftershocks are created from NBA superstar LeBron James' nationally televised decision Thursday to jump ship and join the Miami Heat, a significant one will take place in Las Vegas in about two weeks.

In preparation for the FIBA World Championships, Team USA will hold its summer training camp in Las Vegas from July 20-23, followed by the team's showcase exhibition contest at 7 p.m. July 24 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

James spent the first seven seasons of his sure-fire Hall of Fame career playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but now will join forces with fellow Team USA members Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.

The World Championship will be played in Turkey from Aug. 28 to Sept. 12, featuring a heavily favored USA squad that was last seen claiming the gold medal at the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing.

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During his time in Las Vegas, James also will host events at Lavo and Tao nightclubs.

He will be at Lavo inside the Palazzo on July 23, with doors opening at 10 p.m., while his post-showcase event at Tao — located next door at the Venetian — begins with doors opening at 9:30 p.m.

James averaged 29.7 points, 8.6 assists and 7.3 rebounds per game in his final season with the Cavs, but, like the previous six with his hometown franchise, he fell short of claiming an NBA championship, which he cited Thursday during an ESPN special as his primary motivation for heading to South Beach for the next several winters.

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