Barring you live under a rock or don't own access to sports of any sort, you know that LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade are all now all playing on the same team.
The Miami Heat may have made themselves the most talented basketball team in NBA history by acquiring these three phenoms.
James, a two time MVP, was the last of the three to sign a deal with Miami. He made his announcement on ESPN for the entire world to see.
After his choice, many people ripped into LeBron's character for not telling the Bulls, Nets, Knicks, Clippers, and Cavaliers of his decision.
People went so far as to burning a LeBron James jersey and other apparel.
I've never been a fan of LeBron because of his attitude on and off the court. He has always seemed like a guy that is all about himself.
The fact that he claimed the Heat were his team in an interview solidified my view of him.
Like most, I do not appreciate the way he dances on the court when the Cavaliers were up big. If he were a true sport, LeBron would just keep doing his job while giving high-fives, hugs, and fist-bumps to his teammates.
His actions nearly got him into a fist-fight with Bulls center, Joakim Noah, because of the way James kept celebrating in a game against Chicago this past season.
Do I have to say much about the way he walked off the court after the Cavaliers lost against the Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2009?
I do not want anybody to get me wrong about the topic of this article.
Do I think the Heat have the best chance of winning an NBA title this season?
But do I think it will result in a title within the first year?
No. Here's why.
So Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce made it work. Big deal. An event like that happening once does not make it a trend.
Pau Gasol going to the Lakers did not result in a title within the first year. However, Los Angeles has since went on to win the last two championships.
LeBron, Dwyane, and Chris have played together for the U.S. National team, but they had other great talent around them.
The Heat will likely only have two players from last years roster on the 2010-2011 squad. Those two players are Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers.
You cannot necessarily put ten new guys on a roster and expect it to work right away.
There are other experienced teams like the Celtics, Magic, Bulls, and Hawks in the Eastern Conference that are better coached and have more chemistry.
Erik Spoelstra is not a terrible coach by any means. But he's no Phil Jackson or Doc Rivers.
Erik Spoelstra will have a much easier time with three stars on his roster. But the Heat would be much better suited with Pat Riley running the squad.
Nonetheless, Riley will be a huge part of the Heat's success this upcoming season.
If the Heat were to have a more experienced coach, they might be better suited.
Sure, coaches like Jim Caldwell of the Colts, Ken Whisenhunt of the Cardinals, and Mike Tomlin of the Steelers have had success in their first season with their respective team, but it's not often seen in the NBA.
Think about this: The last four NBA championship winners have been the San Antonio Spurs (2007), Boston Celtics (2008), and the Los Angeles Lakers (2009, 2010).
These squads were run by future hall-of-famers in Greg Popovich, Doc Rivers, and Phil Jackson.
If the Lakers were run by Brian Shaw last year would they have won a title?
Great coaching is often overlooked and underrated.
The "star" effect:
Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and LeBron James are all in the prime of their careers. With that said, they will want their shots.
The fact that one of them might not get his opportunities as much as the other could get in the way.
Yes, they got along for a short period of time for the U.S. National squad, but does that mean they can co-exist for an 82 game season?
The Celtics made it work with the big three, but that was because all three athletes had passed their prime of their career.
And who gets the last shot of the game?
Say LeBron James gets upset in the locker-room because they designed the buzzer-beater for Wade the last three times the situation came about, can you honestly say he won't feel a little bit of selfishness in his heart?
And what if Dwyane Wade feels that LeBron is trying to take his place as the "man of Miami"?
These situations do come about. It may seem like everything is perfect in paradise, but it can happen with any team, no matter how long they've been together.
The Eastern Conference will be a lot better this year.
With the Bulls signing Carlos Boozer and possibly J.J. Redick and Kyle Korver, they will be much improved.
A starting five with Derrick Rose, J.J. Redick/Kyle Korver, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, and Joakim Noah will be tough to beat.
The Hawks will still have plenty of talent on their roster. They had to overpay to keep him, but Joe Johnson is still on the roster.
Josh Smith, Al Horford, Marvin Williams, and Mike Bibby will all be back to help out the all-star this season.
Boston may be old, but they are still good. A line-up of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jermaine O'Neal sounds ancient, but very skilled.
Orlando is a team that is destined to improve after not making it to the NBA finals, despite making it in 2009.
Dwight Howard and co will be a team on a mission to bring a title to "the other team" in Florida.
I dislike LeBron:
Obviously, I will be rooting against the Heat every chance I get.
With that said, I am a big fan of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
The Heat will be a 70-win team, but does that mean they will be NBA champions in June of 2011?
Tell me what you think!