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We could all talk about the Miami Heat for hours and hours. But it gets old, it really does. For fans that follow their own team, whether it be their hometown team or some other team, it’s frustrating to listen to all the national media and various critics speak of the Miami Heat on a regular basis.
I don’t necessarily want to voice my opinion on how the Miami Heat could be a better team. My view on professional sports is that each and every franchise should have certain advantages and disadvantages. Each team ought to have an equal opportunity at being successful and winning championships for their fans.
To be quite honest, I’m not a supporter of how Pat Riley and his staff went about forming the future of his team. Done so by signing Chris Bosh, and pressuring LeBron James into producing “The Decision” on ESPN primetime television following the 2009-10 season. Now, the Heat are getting what they asked for.
They formed the “big 3” in South Beach. Last season, they were ousted in The NBA Finals by the Dallas Mavericks. This season, they’re getting tangled up with the Indiana Pacers without Chris Bosh, who is out indefinitely with an abdominal strain. The injury to Bosh is hurting the Heat in a couple of ways. It leaves them without a low-post scorer, shot-blocker, and rebounder. It also leaves all the pressure and scoring options up to James and Dwyane Wade.
In two wins against the Pacers, James and Wade have capitalized on their athletic abilities to score, and score some more. In their two losses, they have not done so. This leads me to believe something needs to change, or else the Heat will never win one, two, three, four… championships. Not gonna happen.
LeBron James is the NBA’s MVP. Dwyane Wade is one of the top players in the world. Bosh is a solid low-post and midrange scorer and rebounder. In order for this team to be successful, the pieces around these three need to step up. I don’t think Mike Miller is the answer behind the 3-point arc, let alone his joke of a defensive presence. They don’t need Juwan Howard and Eddy Curry, both whom are taking up space on the bench.
Every team needs time to develop chemistry and pile up the wins and potentially championships. Take the Oklahoma City Thunder or the Indiana Pacers for example, which have been a work in progress for a few years now. The Thunder have built a team through the draft with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. I think the Big 3 in Miami are fine, but Pat Riley needs to add better role players if possible, without going over the salary cap. He certainly does not want to move Bosh again and/or Wade, and absolutely doesn’t need to sign the long-time veteran Steve Nash - he’s too old.