It's been a crazy beginning of the NBA off-season. Amare to New York, Al Jefferson to Utah, Boozer to Chicago, etc. None match the craziness down in South Beach. The Miami Heat, in which going into the off-season had 2 players under contract (Michael Beasley, and Mario Chalmers). They had to make a lot of moves in order to even have a roster for the 2010-11 season. Their first priority was to try to keep their franchise player Dwayne Wade who led Miami to a NBA championship in 2006 against the Dallas Mavericks.
As talks began, rumors began to spread. Three free-agents; G Dwayne Wade, F LeBron James, and F Chris Bosh were rumored to all sign with Miami. About a week or so, after July 1st (Beginning of free-agency) Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade agree to play together in Miami. So then, all the teams that were pursuing LeBron were obviously concerned, because of the rumors that the 3 stars would go to Miami. The Knicks remained confident. Then LeBron James announces that he will make his decision live on ESPN. Which everybody expects was a publicity stunt. So, ESPN had an hour long show just for LeBron called "The Decision", and then he announces; "This fall I will be taking my talents to South Beach". Nobody was really shocked about this because the night before ESPN Sports Journalist Chris Broussard reported that all sources and indications he had, pointed to LeBron going to Miami.
The publicity doesn't stop here for Miami. They had a special presentation to produce the Big 3, and also gave them the keys to the city. LeBron states that they will win; "Not 1, Not 2, Not 3, Not 4, Not 5, Not 6, Not 7, not 8 championships". Of course at the time it was hard for me to believe that they could win just because they had the 3 stars. But, recently they re-signed Udonis Haslem, signed F Mike Miller, and C Zydrunas Illgauskas. That's a great team. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Miami wins several championships for years to come. My question for everyone is why would LeBron leave his hometown, his legacy, his franchise behind? Based on the owner's comments I see why. If the owner really felt that way why would he of wanted him back. Congrats to Pat Riley and the Miami Heat, and wish them the best of luck. I am very interested to see how these superstars co-exist all on one team. I am also interested in seeing who else Miami adds to the roster. I can see Allen Iverson playing a good role off the bench, or Jason Williams. Don't count Shaquille O'Neal out either.