Now that the NBA preseason is in full swing after a summer of countless rumors, unprecedented fanfare and intense media backlash following LeBron's "Decision", we can now focus on basketball. More specifically, the formation of the super trio in Miami that will easily be the most intriguing story of the year.
Do not be fooled by the wishful thinkers who tell you that this unification of elite talent will not work. LeBron James and Dwayne Wade compromise two of the top five players in the sport, and Chris Bosh now provides prolific value as the third star.
The reason teams desperately try to clear cap space each and every year, is to acquire elite level talent which puts them in a position to contend for an NBA title. This off-season, Miami was able to execute every general manager's dream. However, when this dream became reality, fear set in among NBA executives, fans and the media.
The question became "How are we going to deal with this?"
The answer for many was to bombard us with all the ways it will fail. Who's going to be the man? Who's going to take the last shot? Who else will be on the team? Will this team have chemistry?
The reality is that these issues will sort themselves out.
Now, I don't mean to suggest that we should hand over the Larry O'Brien trophy to the Heat today. The Lakers are still the defending champions and the Celtics still reign supreme in the East, but they are fully aware of the juggernaut that is forming in Miami.
Even with limited cap space, the Heat were able to supplement their "Big Three" with players like Mike Miller, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Udonis Haslem.
There is still work to be done and questions to be answered. Can Mario Chalmers run the point? Do the Heat have enough size in the middle? How long will it take this team to gel? Can they stay healthy?
I get it. It's not perfect yet, but it will be.
The rest of the NBA is on notice. The Heat will be the standard. Build your team accordingly.
If you are waiting for it to fail, you've already lost.