NBA Free Agency 2010: If Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh Didn't Join Miami Heat

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NBA Free Agency 2010: If Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh Didn't Join Miami Heat
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The New York Jets.

Nick Saban.

Dwyane Wade?

Before this morning's reports about Wade and Chris Bosh headed to South Florida, things could've turned out cataclysmic for the Miami Heat.

Flash knows what's good for him. There was no need to think twice and join the most hated people to ever step foot in South Florida.

By exiting the Miami Heat organization—the same one that drafted him out of Marquette in 2003—D-Wade would have left it in shambles.

Sure, it wouldn't have been as disastrous as LeBron James leaving Cleveland, but the City of Miami offers more extracurricular activities that would easily sway fans away from AmericanAirlines Arena.

No longer would courtside remain as the place to be seen before heading to South Beach.

Forget about Lil' Wayne coming back after he's out of prison, or the award-winning Heat dancers having something to smile about.

Even during a season where the Heat reached the playoffs as the fifth seed, tarps could be found in the upper level, desperately trying to make small crowds seem larger.

Could you imagine Dan Marino, the town's most prolific athlete, leaving the Miami Dolphins during his prime?

That's what it would've been like if Wade decided to play elsewhere.

His No. 3 jersey, which was the top seller for nearly two years from the 2005 playoffs until the mid-point of the 2006-07 season, would have been ceremoniously burnt on Calle Ocho.

And to Miami's credit, it pulled out all the stops to keep him happy.

Commissioners officially renamed Miami, Wade-County from July 1-8. Heat officials accidentally sent employees and fans to greet the All-Star MVP at the wrong terminal of Miami International Airport. They successfully launched WeWantWade.com.  

However, Wade wants to win. He also hopes to have his kids nearby after a bitter divorce.

With more than $40 million in cap space (tops among NBA teams), Heat President Pat Riley's hope that Bosh or James would make Miami his home came true. David Lee and Carlos Boozer were back-up plans.

Unlike Bosh and James, however, Wade has already tasted victory. In 2006, Shaquille O'Neal and a slew of veterans helped give the Heat its first championship.

Only two players are under contract for Miami: third-year guys Mario Chalmers, and Michael Beasley.

If Wade had left, who would pick up the pieces? Who's to say Riley wouldn't dart?

It's one thing to draw up a roster surrounding superstars, but filling one with inconsistent young guys?

As rumors were rampant, Wade's hometown Chicago Bulls appeared to be offering a nice alternative.

Ironically enough, his best performance, a 48-point showing that culminated in a buzzer-beating three-pointer in double overtime, came against the Bulls.

After nailing the running jumper, Wade rushed over to the scorer's table, amidst a sea of fans, and proclaimed the following:

"This is my house." 

And it stayed that way.

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