Why the New Miami Heat Should Not Be Compared to MJ's Chicago Bulls

Aaron SharrowContributor INovember 6, 2010

7 Jun 1998:  Coach Phil Jackson talks with Tony Kukoc, Jud Buechler, Luc Longley, Michael Jordan #23, Scottie Pippen #33, and Ron Harper of the Chicago Bulls during the NBA Finals Game 3 against the Utah Jazz at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.  The Bulls defeated the Jazz 96-54. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport
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If you look up the definition of basketball on dictionary.com, it is very simple in seeing why MJ's teams were much more dangerous opponents than the Heat. 

Dictionary.com defines basketball as a game played by two teams, normally containing at least five players. 

In the NBA, teams carry 12 active players per game.  While the definition is pretty obvious if you have ever watched a basketball game, but if you go into detail, you can see so clearly why Michael Jordan is still considered by most the best basketball player in the history of the game.

Basketball is a team game, and while sometimes while watching a pro basketball game this might not always seem that way with all the high point totals and so much of a team's offense being based on isolation, and while the numbers do look unreal it doesn't always win games.

So you may be asking yourself how can a team with not just one, but three players who average over 20 points per game could lose. 

The way teams are able to beat them is with the things we try to teach our kids playing in YMCAs, and gyms all over the world. 

With fundamentals and basketball IQ. In other words, through good defense and ball movement and trying to control the tempo and get their stars in foul trouble. 

The Miami Heat do have a disadvantage, though, because since so much of their money is being spent on only three players, if they either get in foul trouble or get injured, they more than likely will struggle because they do not have 12 LeBrons or Wades on the team. 

So while these players are in the game they may be able to defeat you with just talent alone, but whenever they have to take a break for whatever reason, the other team should have an advantage.  

Another thing about the Heat is that it could take a very long time to play up to their full potential.  This is mostly due to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh used to having the ball in there hands on pretty much every possession.  Well, just because they are all on the same team does not mean they get to use three balls. 

The teams I see giving Miami the most trouble are deep teams such as the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls because they all have so much depth and can throw so many looks at the All-Star-loaded Miami Heat. 

They also play team ball, which is very important when facing such a loaded team because it may help decrease the differential in talent that the Heat has over the other teams. Due to such good team chemistry, they are able to react much faster than most teams. 

Another thing the Heat have to worry about is the bulls-eye on their chest.  They also have to be dealing with so much pressure because for them it should be all or nothing.  Anything less than a NBA championship will be considered failure. 

They also will be more than likely not to have the fans on their side as much because unless you're from Miami, you probably are not too fond of seeing three of probably the top 10 players going to one team. 

It just doesn't seem fair; it brings back memories of me playing video games as a kid and trading all the best players to my team so I would never lose. 

The problem is unlike an older video game; you have to worry about a salary cap and even more importantly players being able to fit together. 

If a team doesn't work good together it just makes it so much harder to stay consistent because flow is very important in a team game like basketball.

It is all about rhythm and if you are able to feed off of each other smoothly it helps make the game so much more fun.

It puts less stress on a player because it gives you this feeling on the court that no matter what happens, it is going to be a positive result. 

This also improves ball movement and open looks with should mean more points.  This logically should mean more wins.

The teams MJ had may not have been the most talented.  They didn't have 12 guys who could average 20 points a game.  In fact, they probably just had two in Jordan and Scottie Pippen.  

What they did have, though, was a bunch of players who thrived off of wins and all of them knew exactly what they had to do to get the job done. 

This led to six world championships and memories that will last a lifetime for both the players and the fans.