Pat Riley just made the Miami Heat contenders for the next five seasons, but it has made the Heat the most hated team in the league. Every fanbase besides the one in Miami wants to see this team go down.
Some fan bases are said to be cheering for any team to take down the Miami Thrice, even if it is by another hated (but less hated) team like the Los Angeles Lakers.
LeBron must have been tired of going to the playoffs, knowing that an exit is likely the conclusion if he doesn't perform well. That burden must have been too much for LeBron, so he decided to join Wade/Bosh in Miami. They're considered to be the next Big Three, but fans don't believe Riley can add good enough players to surround the Thrice.
Riley has actually done a pretty good job for the money he had left. Acquiring a shooter like Mike Miller was necessary for this team, as both Wade and LeBron are inconsistent jump-shooters but fantastic slashers.
Big Z was an unexpected acquisition, but he should provide some rebounding and size for the Heat. Another shooter in Eddie House was a nice pickup for the bench, but like Boston, Miami doesn't have a defensive stopper on the roster that can slow down Kobe.
Wade can't guard Kobe all night, and also the other way around, but Kobe has backup wing defenders in Barnes or Brown to assist.
Also, another big problem lies in the Heat's inside defense.
The Heat have Joel Anthony, Big Z, and Juan Howard on the roster, but that won't be enough for teams like L.A. and Orlando. Bosh isn't a defensive-minded player, and will get destroyed by elite post players. But having a defensive-minded center could have made it a little easier for CB4.
The Lakers have proven that inside scoring and defense wins you championships, but when I look at this Heat roster, I see a much better Suns team of past.
The Heat will have to take on a team defensive approach to make up for their weaknesses at the center position. Miami won't make a significant addition at the center position this late in free agency, but they can still be successful with the three amigos.
The Heat have all the hype and media attention, but I just don't see this team winning a championship this season with the roster surrounding the Miami Thrice.
They can't matchup with L.A. on the inside, and if Bynum improves from last season, it could spell more trouble for the Heat if there is a potential finals match.