Once Upon a Time There Was Something Called Showtime

Ron RichardsonContributor IJuly 31, 2010

30 Jan 1996:  Guard Earvin (Magic) Johnson passes the ball during a game against the Golden State Warriors at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California.  The Lakers won the game, 128-118. Mandatory Credit: ALLSPORT USA  /Allsport Mandatory Credit:
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If you never saw Showtime growing up you wouldn't believe it. If you were old enough to see it in the '80s, you probably still didn't believe it. The Lakers with Pat Riley at the helm simply destroyed teams. They say, "History always repeats itself" and I think it's going to very soon!

Showtime... a team could be playing even with the Lakers and feeling good about themselves, then two minutes later they're down 10 or 12 and wondering what the hell just happened. A turnover or two, a couple of fast breaks off a rebound or a missed shot and all of a sudden the game is no longer close... and it's just the first quarter for god sake! With Magic Johnson leading the break and Worthy, Scott or Green on the wings it wasn't fair. Any player who tried to stop it just ended up looking stupid, or worse eating one of Worthy's tomahawk dunks!

The NBA has never seen an offensive force like "Showtime" before, but it might again this coming season, and here's why. Lebron is the closest thing to Magic Johnson I've ever seen. Now picture Lebron on the break with Wade and Bosh (or even Miller) on the wings. A couple of turnovers, a couple of missed baskets and we can only guess what will happen... Showtime! I don't think Pat Riley even needs to suggest it... it will just evolve. But just in case it doesn't, Riley won't be bashful.

I believe we are in for one of the most wonderful basketball experiences of our lives with Miami and the big three. If it's not Lebron on the break, it will be Wade with Lebron and Bosh on the wings to take the pass and the dunk. It won't be fair, and they may even equal the Laker's 39 game winning streak. This isn't the Celtics with three older All-Stars who can't run the break like they did in younger years... These are all young horses who can run teams out of the arena and will!

You might argue that Miami will use a traditional point guard to bring the ball up court and set up players who are in position to shoot. I would argue that Mickey Mouse could play the point on this team because Lebron and Wade don't need anyone to set them up. Can you imagine alley-oops to Bosh from Lebron and Wade? And outlet passes from Bosh to Lebron and Wade on the fast break? Instead of it being war between the Lakers and Celtics, it will be war between the Lakers and Heat. This is really going to be fun to watch.