Less than 48 hours after bowing out in brutal fashion to the San Antonio Spurs, James, Bosh and head coach Erik Spoelstra reported for a whirlwind media session in Miami.
The purpose: to lend some insight, however preliminary, into Miami’s state of mind heading into what promises to be an eventful summer.
Most pressing of all, no doubt, is whether James, Wade and Bosh will choose to exercise their respective player options—perhaps even sign new contract extensions—and stay with the Heat.
It seems likely that Miami’s three cornerstones will either opt in together or opt out together, the latter ending with each seeking out his own “best fit.”
That may sound like a classic cliche answer. But that doesn’t make it any less true or insightful.
As for LeBron’s state of mind—particularly as it compares to the media maelstrom of 2010—King James says that, this time around, his decision will be made with mind and heart at peace:
Bosh also fielded his fair share of questions:
One of the hot storylines heading into the summer will be whether the Big Three might be willing to sign a discounted extension in an effort to reel in more talent:
Predictably, the two fielded their fair share of finals-related questions as well:
The questions were a bit more varied—strategically and personnel-wise—for Spoelstra:
Spoelstra is here referring to Greg Oden, the oft-injured 7'0" center who joined the Heat ahead of the 2013-14 season.
Spoelstra was quick to defend Mario Chalmers, whose playoff struggles became a media focal point:
Ditto Dwyane Wade:
All of this was merely an opening salvo to the media frenzy that’s sure to unfurl in the coming days and weeks, of course.
And while it certainly behooved James and Bosh to remain as noncommittal as possible, you certainly get the feeling that their first priority—financially as well as competitively—is to return to the franchise that netted them a pair of championships.
Pat Riley, Miami’s president of basketball operations, has earned a reputation as a legendary closer. If he was able to work his magic on forming the Big Three in the first place, you’d better believe he’ll have a few tricks up his sleeve to keep them around.