According to Las Vegas bookmakers, the Miami Heat are projected as the champs of the upcoming season, and members of the Heat should report for ring sizing.
Wait one dang nab minute! They don't have a team yet!
While all the other teams in the NBA are shaking in their high tops at Pat Riley's Dream Team, and before we throw in the proverbial towel and concede our teams to their prophesied demise, there are a few questions for the Heat to answer.
As of now, the Miami Heat are a team of six players. According to NBA rules, a team must have at least seven players in uniform at game time.
So are Wade, Bosh, Miller, Chalmers, Haslem, James, and Player X expected to play 48 minutes each night over 82 games, and still be fresh for a championship run?
I didn't think so either!... but hey... they could have misread something in the fine print of their shiny new contracts (it does happen).
Who is going in when (and I mean WHEN not IF) D Wade, LeBron, or Bosh get hurt? When was the last time any of those guys played a complete season?
Since they let Jermaine O'Neal walk, the Heat have no true center. Sure, they have Bosh and Haslem, and they can play some at center, but they'll get eaten up by true centers.
They did pick up Mike Miller, who is a excellent three-point shooter, a smart passer, and a decent defender
They kept second-year Mario Chalmers, mostly because he's cheap.
Other than that, who's on their bench?
Udonis Haslem turned down a full MLE offer from my Dallas Mavericks, and is expected to re-sign with the Heat for much, much less money.
Over the weekend, Riley's trio tried wining and dining Derek Fisher, in hopes of swaying him to move to Miami. Despite their best baiting, Fish wasn't biting.
Best guesstimate is they are in need of seven guys for the roster, one of which is a starting center... oh yeah, some defenders too!... and one other thing, Miami can only pay the league minimum for each piece.
Is Riley bargain shopping the D-League yet?
As much as I hear the B.S. about individual talent, I'm reminded of one thing: Basketball is a team sport, not a circus act for self-proclaimed stars.
So if Riley and the Heat want to put all the league's golden eggs in one basket, good for them. But remember that there are no guarantees they will win a championship.
A word from the rest of the NBA: It's game on!