Miami Heat: The Beast in The Southeast

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Miami Heat: The Beast in The Southeast
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I often come about accessible public opinions that state the logic that a team, or underdog, has to dismantle the champion of a league, conference, or division in order to be taken aback.

That's understandable to a certain extent. It does not apply to the Miami Heat.

I respect what the reigning Southeast Division champs, Orlando Magic, were able to accomplish last season; and if you were to poll which team has other franchises' support, the Heat wouldn't be near Magic's echelon as unorthodox as that sounds.

But I digress.

Think about this: How valid would it be to say 'Washington Wizards, plus a primed Michael Jordan (not circa 2002-03) could possibly dethrone Los Angeles Lakers in 2010-11?

Just as quick as that claim is made, it'll be the spewers last notability, as disdain would come flocking toward him or her, in an expectance of differencing opinion.

But in some instances you just have to own up to it, and accept that a team like Miami Heat, with their fairweather fans, who inherited another franchise's all, must be taken more seriously due to the three names jotted on paper in ink.

People seem to forget, the Chicago Bulls wanted Chris Bosh over Carlos Boozer.

The New York Knicks wanted Lebron James above all.

And anyone would have signed an injury free Dwyane Wade to a maximum contract.

So lets not get caught up in finding fault on teams' projections, and siding with the notion of 'they've not played a single game.'


All you need is common sense.

I'll go back to the Wizards-Jordan reference -- how about Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan against either team heading into next season?

With Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, that's exactly what your favorite team is going to get.  Minus the Hall of Fame credentials.

Predicted order of finish in the Southeast Division:

1. Miami Heat
2. Orlando Magic
3. Atlanta Hawks
4. Washington Wizards
5. Charlotte Bobcats

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