LeBron, Bosh, and Wade—what a team.
There haven't been many off-seasons similar to the 2010 NBA off-season.
I'm guessing 99 percent of America watched LeBron's oh-so-miraculous hour-long special on his long awaited decision to either stay in Cleveland or leave.
Lets not kid ourselves; we as NBA fans all wanted to see LeBron team up with Bosh and Wade discluding the fact that LeBron's decision would deeply impact five other teams. Cleveland obviously received the hardest hit considering their economy will be sorely affected without LeBron's publicity.
Now all this hype is over and everyone is looking forward to watching the Heat contend for an NBA Championship next year. A lot of people seem to favor the Heat as the No. 1 team next year, and in my mind, it is undoubtedly the Lakers.
A team isn't automatically great once three superstars arrive. It just doesn't work that way. If it did, the 2004 Lakers team should have easily taken home all the marbles, considering they had Karl Malone, Gary Payton, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O'neal—all Hall-of-Fame-bound.
The prime example of what it takes for a team to win a championship was the team that faced the Lakers in the 2004 Finals, the Detroit Pistons. On paper the Lakers should have demolished them merely by showing up. Detroit didn't have any superstars. Their best player and go-to guy was Richard Hamilton. The rest of the players were defensive minded role players and they managed to beat this so-called great team.
Defense, chemistry, offensive ability, determination, passion and talent. These are the key aspects to a championship team. Obviously you don't need multiple superstars to win a championship, though it helps tremendously. The more important thing is how well a team functions as one.
Now, going back to the new Miami Heat team; they have two superstars by D-Wade and LeBron, and a borderline superstar by Chris Bosh. Like I said, it is not a given that this team will automatically contend for an NBA Championship next season. Believe it or not, the Heat aren't exactly guaranteed to come out of the East, with Orlando, Chicago, and Boston all coming back.
A team needs a good bench and solid role players who can mold together a team. The most important key for this Heat team will be their chemistry. If LeBron, D-Wade, and Bosh can accept their roles and set aside their egos, this team will be devastating. They could be viable contenders to the Lakers next season.
But like I said, until the playoffs next year, you don't really know if the Heat are built to be a championship caliber team.
Another key aspect that many people may count out is the authority figure Pat Riley. If I were you I would prepare for a change in LeBron's personality. Someone like Pat Riley won't sit there and watch LeBron take fake photos, dance with teammates, and fool around during the game. Pat Riley is one of the most respected men in the NBA and it will be for the better of Lebron James that he will have to adjust to play under Pat Riley's team.
Many believe that the minute something goes wrong Pat Riley will take over at head coach and LeBron is hoping for this to happen. Do you really believe that LeBron wants to be coached by a some what of a nobody? Probably not. Someone that hosts a one hour special on a five second decision will want a well known person to coach his team.
Now this Miami Heat team will be either really hot this upcoming season or Miami will catch cold this season. Only the man upstairs knows whats going to happen in the 2010-2011 NBA Season (if there is one).