The Miami Heat pulled off the seemingly impossible. The Heat managed to keep their franchise player in Dwyane Wade and acquire two other franchise players, all while staying under the NBA's salary cap.
That was the hard part. Now, the easier parts are figuring out how they will all work together and who else is going to make up a roster that was blown up by the pursuit for LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
The Heat have made some steps in acquiring other free agents and re-signing another player in Udonis Haslem, but there is still a long way to go.
So, just what do the Heat face heading into 2010-2011?
The NBA has benefited from the Celtics and Lakers renewing their cross-country rivalry in two of the last three NBA Finals. But what the league currently lacks is an intense, local rivalry with two of the league's upper echelon teams.
The NBA could finally achieve that with the Heat and Magic, who project as the Eastern Conference's two best teams next season. With superstars aplenty on both rosters, the Heat-Magic rivalry could bring a whole new dynamic to the league.
When the new NBA calendar is released, Cavaliers fans are going to circle the dates when Miami visits Cleveland with the fattest permanent marker they can get their hands on, and probably use it as a dart board.
In what will likely be an NBA headline game, regardless of the quality of the Cavs roster, the Heat's first trip to Cleveland stands to be the cruelest homecoming we've ever seen in sports.
Unlike Art Modell, who left Ohio and never returned, LeBron has no choice. He will have to step onto the floor at Quicken Loans Arena and face the wrath of Cavs fans.
It should be great theater.
Wade is a better known closer than LeBron, but is that going to slow or deter LeBron from wanting the last shot? Again, both are speaking the right tone by saying, "coach will decide who takes the shot."
Yet, again, these are two players accustomed to having the ball in winning time. Maybe the last-second shot decisions will come from Spoelstra, but what if they favor one player over the other? Is that enough to create a rift?
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James both say that Eric Spoelstra will be their head coach next season.
That's a nice sentiment for now, but is it true? Will Pat Riley, once this team is fully constituted, really sit back and give Spoelstra the keys to his suped-up Ferrari?
Perhaps the 65-year-old Riley will leave coaching to a younger man, but if this team struggles at any point next season, will anyone be surprised if Riley forces himself on the bench?
The Heat were NBA champions a few seasons ago, but now the expectations are ratcheted up to unbelievable levels.
Miami is now home to three of the league's best players and the expectations are not only that the Heat will win one title in the near future, but multiple titles.
Can this trio live up to that belief, or will pressure force a Heat burnout?
The Heat flirted with signing Lakers point guard Derek Fisher. That turned out to be nothing but a conversation (or Fisher leveraging the Lakers), so now the Heat are without a true point guard.
But does that even matter? As mentioned, LeBron and Wade are both completely used to running the offense through their hands and already they had little need for a point guard. That shouldn't change now that the two are playing together.
The Heat had just four players, plus recent draft picks, after the big welcoming bash and the simultaneous trade of former second overall pick Michael Beasley.
Since then, the Heat have resigned Udonis Haslem to a five-year, inked Mike Miller to a five-year, and brought Zydrunas Ilgauskas from Cleveland on a two-year, veteran minimum salary.
The Heat should at least, go seven deep now, plus Dexter Pittman, Jarvis Varnado, and Da'Sean Butler, all 2010 draft picks, who get to watch greatness from the bench.
Bosh's role is set, but what about LeBron and D-Wade?
Both players are accustomed to having the offense run through their hands. Is one going to truly let the other command the lion's share of the offense?
So far, all three players have verbally committed to the higher calling of the team, but the NBA is a star-driven league and players want their star moments.
Will LeBron or Wade truly be comfortable with nights in the teens in points and single-digit shot totals?
The public backlash to LeBron's hour long television show appears to make the answer a resounding "yes."
Previously, the Lakers or Celtics were the team to hate (or at least very much dislike) in the NBA. But now that the Heat are being nicknamed the "Yankees of the NBA", there is going to be little sympathy and little fan support for Miami outside of South Beach.
That's the $64,000 question. The Heat have a collection of talent rarely seen in the history of the NBA, and now the microscope will be affixed over them unlike any team in recent league history.
Every game will be scrutinized like a playoff game, and every missed chance at a title will be considered a failure.
The first season is going to come with growing pains, regardless of how much lip service LeBron, Wade, and Bosh pay. They are going to lose games, and there are going to be veteran teams that figure out a way to beat them.
But will it all lead up to a team vanquishing the Heat? That will be the storyline of the 2010-2011 season.