Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh Sign in Miami: A Glance at the New Look NBA
Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are about to make the 2010-11 season into a real life game of "NBA Jam."
If the rumors of the two pairing up in Miami are true, they form one of the most formidable duos in the league.
Yes, there's plenty of work left to build a winning team around them, but this is certainly a great start.
If it's great for the Heat, there has to be plenty of losers.
Winner: Pat Riley
Losing Wade would have sealed his demise in Miami and seriously dented his reputation as a kingmaking guy with a Midas touch.
Landing Wade and Bosh together, Riley can now say "See, I knew what I was doing for clearing out all that cap space."
He can now do whatever he wants to do.
He could return to the bench or he could go sit on a yacht and do his GM job by cell phone from the Caribbean.
Getting these two makes him a champion and reaffirms to everyone that Riley still has plenty of pull in the league.
Loser: Eric Spoelstra
They're already calling him Eric Van Spoelstra in Miami, a reference to Stan Van Gundy getting forced out the last time Riley had an itch to get back into the spotlight.
There's no way that the Heat spend this much money and trust Spoelstra to guide the Super Friends to a title.
Expect a "I need to spend more time with my family" announcement from Spoelstra at any minute.
Winner: Chicago Bulls
How is that possible?
They struck out on the big three?
Well, they have a core of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Luol Deng.
They've also cleared out all the junk they didn't believe in.
Now they have even more money to chase David Lee, Carlos Boozer, and Ray Allen. And they will land at least one of those three.
Add any of those guys to the mix in Chicago and you have a title team in the making.
Adding Wade to Rose wasn't going to work.
Chicago has the best Plan B possibilities in this whole mess.
Loser: Toronto Raptors
They tried to take a hard line with Chris Bosh because they figured he was all about the $30 million that no other team could pay him.
Well, Bosh didn't need that with zero taxes in Florida.
Now, the Raptors lost their star and got nothing back for him.
You have to be proactive and diplomatic in this situation.
You're mad at Bosh for leaving but you still have to kiss his butt to make sure you get something back.
They screwed it up somewhere along the way.
Winner: New York Knicks
Again, you're miffed. Let me explain.
The Knicks didn't get shut out in this big free agency signing. That alone is a win considering everyone figured they were going to get the shaft here.
Now, with Bosh and Wade making the decision, they get 24 more hours to really put the pinch to James and sell the ego part of being the King of New York.
They can say, "Are you really going to win with the mix in Cleveland against that?"
Plus they have the guy that he wanted the Cavs to deal for last year.
Even if they don't get LeBron, they landed Stoudemire and because Bosh goes to Miami, their sign-and-trade possibilities for David Lee now go through the roof.
The likelihood of them getting something legit back for Lee just got much stronger.
And by the way, they still have cap room to sign some strong middle of the pack free agents and keep cap room available to get Carmelo in 2011.
Loser: LeBron James
Your boys turned their back on you.
Now you're either all alone in Cleveland or you're seen as the punk for abandoning your hometown for New York and you have zero supporting cast in the Big Apple.
I know, if he were to sign in NYC, free agents would line up to play with him.
But if the Knicks sign him, they're not going to have a ton of flexibility to bring in quality pieces around him.
Let's be real. You were never going to Miami to play with Bosh and Wade. You're The King. You want to be the story. You're just one of three in Miami.
It only worked in Boston because all three hadn't won and were headed toward middle-class stardom.
But by allowing the Super Trio hype to build, you come out as the guy who got kicked out of the sandbox.
Winner: Cleveland Cavaliers
Your guy is coming back.
I just don't see how James could bolt for New York now.
You stuck to your guns, you never wavered that you were getting him and now you got James.
Plus, you have plenty of pieces to go out and work sign-and-trades to retool the pieces around The King.
All of that is secondary.
You're getting your moneymaker back now.
The money just keeps on flowing.
You're a contender for the conference finals even if you put four Tim Woods around James.
Loser: New Jersey Nets
You haven't landed a single big fish in this scramble and you're not seen as the leaders to land any of the big second tier.
Dude, no one wants to play in Newark and no one believes that Brooklyn is really going to happen.
You just didn't line up your ducks, Prokhorov.
If Jay-Z can't get you James, you're pretty much doomed to be a loser for the next five years.
Winner: Byron Scott
You rolled the dice.
You figured Phil Jackson was staying. He did.
You bet that LeBron was staying put in Cleveland so you signed with the Cavs. That's looking pretty solid now.
Now you likely get a chance to coach a legend and turn a bunch of quality pieces into the championship mix that Mike Brown could never achieve.
You're going to be a rock star again, Byron.
Loser: Houston Rockets
You went very public with your desire to land Chris Bosh and never really got into the mix.
Now you're stuck with pinning all your hopes to Yao Ming's feet.
Oh, and you're in a Western Conference where everyone's getting better around you.
Winner: David Stern
Everyone is talking about your league again.
The buzz doesn't end here. We'll all get over our LeBron hype burnout in a couple months.
By then, we're all going to be more excited about the NBA than we've been in a generation to see how all these new pieces play together.
Meanwhile, you can get the lockout issue settled behind the curtain while everyone ogles over the new look NBA.
You, my friend, are a mastermind.
Loser: Carlos Boozer
Your son is fighting a tough disease at a Miami hospital.
It would have made the most sense for you to land with the Heat.
Your value goes up from here, no doubt there. Everyone will overpay for you.
But will you really end up on a championship team?
Winner: David Lee
This was best-case scenario for you.
More teams ended up empty than we expected. And the one that was least likely to sign you got another power forward and is likely to work out a sign-and-trade with you now.
You're getting serious money, you have more suitors than you can fathom, and you get to pick where you end up.
Just don't pick the Timberwolves, man.
You're smarter than that.
Loser: Los Angeles Lakers
You won't be the story now.
The league has their "Showtime East" in Miami now.
You couldn't get rid of Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum to land Chris Bosh.
Plus, if the Heat can actually put some quality pieces around Bosh and Wade, they are going to seriously mess with your three-peat.