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How the New Miami Heat Will Work

CLEVELAND - JULY 8:  Police stand guard near a larger than life photograph of LeBron James after the announcement that James will play next season for the Miami Heat July 8, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. The two-time Most Valuable Player made the choice to play for Miami next season. (Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)
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Mario ScottContributor IJuly 9, 2010

I truly believe that Chicago was the correct choice for LeBron. But we have what we have and LeBron, Wade, and Bosh are all on the same team.

And there are many reasons why this Miami Heat team will work.

The first reason why this might work: they can complement each other in a way none of the team put together for them could ever achieve.

The experiment on a star-driven basketball team is to put the right players around them. In this experiment Cleveland and to a lesser extent Miami were failing.

Where both teams failed was finding the second superstar or at least second great player.

They have those pieces which, in reality, are the hardest pieces to get. Now to get role players.

The second reason why this can work; they already tested it and made it work with the national team. Now you're going to say Olympic basketball and FIBA basketball is different than NBA basketball, which is true, but as a testing ground to see if they can play together, it was great.

And the third reason is already an example on how they can make this team work, the current Boston Celtics, which beat Wade and LeBron this year in the playoffs.

Three big stars, granted at the tail end of their careers, gave them the blueprint on how three people, who alone can lead a team, work better together to win a championship.

The one thing LeBron emphasized the most last night was that is what it takes for a team to win, not one guy. He might be sick of being that guy.

Now, he doesn't have to be that guy. It is not his team, it is Wade's team, this coming together was more Wade's doing than Pat Riley.

Is LeBron the next Michael Jordan, hell no. Is LeBron the great sports leader that can galvanize a team to come together and push them to achieve something great, no.

LeBron is none of those things that make a great player, which he is, into a great sports legend, which everyone wants him to be.

And in this team, he doesn't have to be any of those things. That is why this might work.


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