LeBron James: Seven Reasons the New Heat Won't Win an NBA Title in 2011
On paper, the Miami Heat have become arguably the best team to ever be assembled...only with five players at this point. Yet they are still favorites to win multiple championships in the next five years.
While the city of Cleveland weeps and riots over the loss of their former star and the beaches of Miami party throughout the night, Dan Gilbert said something very interesting in his open letter to Cavalier fans:
"I personally guarantee that the Cleveland Cavaliers will win an NBA championship before the self-titled former ‘King’ wins one."
For once, Gilbert may be right.
Can this team really go all the way? Win some rings?
Everyone says they can; however, are we being deceived because of the huge star power up front for the new "DeBrosh" Heat squad?
Here are seven reasons why LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh WILL NOT win an NBA Championship in 2011.
7. No Team Chemistry
Every team sport requires some amount of team chemistry, and what the Heat are assembling at this point isn't much (if any) chemistry at all.
But what can you expect from a team that only had two players definitely coming back next season prior to the start of the free-agency period?
Sure, LeBron, D-Wade, and Bosh have played together for short stints of time on All-Star teams and National teams, but does that mean they have great chemistry at this point?
LeBron doesn't know everything Wade will do; Wade doesn't know everything Bosh will do; Bosh doesn't know everything LeBron will do; and so on and so on.
What about the other seven roster spots available? Who will fill those?
Once those select rookies and/or minimum guys come in, how long could it take for everyone to come together?
You can say that it only counts in the postseason, but let's be honest, everyone wants to take the easy road, and if the Heat get the No. 1 seed in the East, they'll have the easy road to the NBA Finals.
At first glance this roster looks great, but they have to produce together on the court to become champions.
6. Not a Good Supporting Cast
This goes back to team chemistry, but even if the Big Three cut down their pay, there still will not be enough money to go around; there are sources reporting the Heat are trying to grab Mike Miller as well, and while that will help, who will be behind him and Chalmers?
Yes, there will be veterans longing for a chance to win coming to Miami, but is that enough?
Anything can happen in a game and over the course of an NBA season: foul trouble, injuries, etc.
Who will be there to fill in if such happens?
Someone like Jalen Rose (and yes, I just said that. I wouldn't be surprised to see him come back)?
To win a championship you have to have a full team; if the Heat fail to put together a decent bench, the only thing they will receive from this fiasco is great publicity and a load of cash because of sellouts game in and game out.
5. No True, Experienced Point Guard
Mario Chalmers came into the league with a great future ahead of him, and no doubt, he still does, but he hasn't quite panned out like the Heat had hoped.
Every championship team needs a good point guard to help get them to the Promise Land and as of right now, I don't think Chalmers is that guy.
There have been talks that LeBron James could even be the "true" point guard of the team, and while that would be very exciting and interesting, I don't think that would work. You need someone with experience at the position.
Veterans like Allen Iverson are out there waiting for teams to call, and I doubt the Heat try to land A.I., but they may fare better if they try to get someone like him.
This so-called point guard doesn't necessarily have to start, but must be able to be a positive impact off the bench.
If you ask me, they wouldn't be doing a bad thing signing veteran Jason Williams to a cheap contract. He's a proven winner and can get things done at the point, which this team will need.
4. The East Has Talent
During recent seasons we have been accustomed to seeing most of the top-tier teams coming from the Western Conference; however, aside from the Lakers, it seems the tide is turning somewhat back to the East...okay, so it's starting to even out a little.
No matter which conference is stronger or what not, the Eastern Conference still has great talent not only to individuals, but to teams as well.
Everyone expects to see Paul Pierce and the Celtics competing yet again in 2011, and while this Big Three will be a good bit older, they will be no pushover. They have experience and as you read this their roster is quietly improving.
Despite the adversity surrounding the Orlando Magic, you can never count out a guy like Dwight Howard and his team. Stan Van Gundy will throw whatever he can at their in-state rivals and will try to bring them down as best he can.
And the teams don't stop there. Those are just examples.
The Bulls seem to be the lone forgotten team at this point, even though they even have improved this off-season adding Carlos Boozer to the likes of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.
Amar'e Stoudemire and the Knicks will lurk in the Big Apple and the young, athletic Hawks also can poise a threat to the new super team.
It's possible for the Heat to trump the East, but by no means will it be easy.
3. No Experienced Playoff Coach
During his highly anticipated interview, LeBron James said that Erik Spoelstra would indeed be the coach of the Miami Heat next season...
At least that's to his knowledge. You never know when Pat Riley could come out and coach once again. I don't put it past him.
Before I say what I am going to, I want everyone to know I think Spoelstra has a great future as an NBA coach; he knows so much at a young age that many coaches these days miss out on and I have the utmost respect for him.
But can the Heat trust him in the midst of the playoffs when games can be decided by one wrong decision by the coach?
Sure, all coaches gain knowledge with experience, but what if you don't have time to slowly get used to the playoffs like the Heat do at this point?
Just ask Mike Brown how it turned out for him in Cleveland.
If the Heat fail to win a championship in the first couple of years of this new super team, it all could come back to the coach, and in this case, Erik Spoelstra.
If you want a ring, you may want to get a coach that is accustomed to playing deep into the NBA Playoffs.
2. They're All No. 1 Guys
Before all of this came together, back in the 2009-10 season, all three of these superstars were No. 1 options for their respective teams.
So how will this translate to Miami with them coming together?
If it's possible to see it all gel together, it will take a heck of a long time. I don't see it possible for the three guys to come together and co-exist, and that's saying something, as these are some of the most unselfish players the NBA has to offer.
Two No. 1 players joining forces is a little better, but not the best scenario that could happen (just see Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony), but it's a load better than three.
With LeBron, Wade, and Bosh coming together, points will be cut down, as well as minutes, and maybe more importantly, pay will be cut.
It's going to be interesting if these guys don't win some rings, especially with the sacrifices they have made so early in the process.
1. Kobe is Still Kobe
While all this free agency drama has been going on, out in L.A., Kobe and the Lakers have enjoyed another championship to add to their collection.
Everyone believes the Heat can now blow through the Eastern Conference, but what happens when they possibly have to meet the Lakers in the NBA Finals as they will be aiming at yet another three-peat?
Kobe Bryant showed the world that he still should be considered as one of the best to play the game during the playoffs after players such as LeBron James were sent packing for home.
Not only did he prove he still has some gas left in the tank, he was personified by many as the best active player the game has to offer.
The Heat will have a challenge in the Finals with the Lakers waiting on them. Until they are taken down, the Los Angeles Lakers are still the reigning champions of the NBA.
And more importantly, Kobe is still Kobe.
He can still get it done, and in an assortment of ways.