Miami Heat: 5 Fatal Flaws with the 'Big Three' Blueprint

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Miami Heat: 5 Fatal Flaws with the 'Big Three' Blueprint
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Warning: don't try this outside South Beach.

With the Miami Heat closing in on the 2012 NBA title and LeBron James on the verge of losing his championship virginity after nine excruciating years of sort of trying, the era of the microwave dynasty is about to begin in earnest.

As such, the concept of assembling "big threes" (or greater) will gain some serious steam; teams around the league will be even more tempted to try to duplicate the Heat's recipe for success.

The problem is, there are some very real flaws in this team-building blueprint that can be overlooked when looking at the Heat's success with it.

Even the Heat, one win away from being your new NBA champs (ugh...), aren't immune to these pitfalls, but to this point they've been able to overcome them with good old-fashioned overkill, what with their two MVP candidates and spare perennial All-Star. Nobody else is going to form a big three to rival this, short of trading to Dwight Howard to the Clippers (dream on).

Thus, your average team trying to copy the Heat could be in for any of the following unpleasant side effects of espousing the "big three" paradigm...

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