Phil Jackson recently ran his mouth about the Miami Heat. There are two things worth talking about here.
One, Phil Jackson. This is basically standard operating procedure for Phil. He has a history of talking down about whoever his latest rival is. Over the last 20 years, he has gone off or tried to put down every competitor he has had. In the '90s it was the Blazers, Sonics and Jazz. In this decade it has been the Kings, Spurs, Mavs, the refs and now the Heat.
His words may or may not be true, but that isn’t the point. The point is that this is another classic case of Phil Jackson trying to continue his reign as the Zen Master. As such, his comments must be taken with a grain of salt.
Which leads us to two, the Miami Heat.
There is much unrest and concern in Miami right now. LeBron and Spoelstra may or not be be feuding (reports yesterday say they have made up). Chris Bosh has yet to reach his All-Star form. Dwyane Wade continues to battle nagging injuries.
The bigger issue (the one Phil Jackson pointed out), is that the Heat aren’t really running an offense. They basically seem to be just rolling the ball out and hoping their stars can make good things happen.
Jackson is right about this. That said, the Heat are going to be fine. The season is very young and these guys are still getting used to each other. Sometime around the All-Star break the team will get hot and go on a winning streak. They won’t be the potential 70-win juggernaut that some expected, but by the time the playoffs get here they will be ready to compete for a championship.
No, they might not be a well-oiled machine that will destroy everyone in their path, but they will be dangerous. They will be clearly better than everyone except the Lakers, Celtics and Magic and they will be competitive and capable of beating anyone.
They probably won’t win it this year, but by next year they will be in a great position to get LeBron and Bosh their first rings. Things don’t look great in Miami right now, but this is just a phase. Look out when the playoffs get here.
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