I'm going to let you in on a little secret.
Not because we're that close or anything, but because I just get so much enjoyment out of telling people this particular nugget of information.
Here it is: The Miami Heat aren't as good as they were hyped up to be.
Oh, you knew that already because you've watched at least 14 seconds of TV at some point in the past
Well, here's something you maybe didn't know: Miami could have gotten more for their dollar.
Specifically when it comes to the nearly $110 million they dumped on Chris Bosh.
While Bosh certainly picked up his play (19.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg in November) after a slow start (13.0 ppg,
6.5 rpg in October) a case can be made that a lower-profile free agent could have offered relative
production at a far lower cost.
If so, this would have allowed Pat Riley to offer some more side-support to coincide with the supposed highlight show between Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.
Plus there wouldn't be all that awkwardness among the "Three Am-egos" on the court.
For instance, there's no need to look further than The Big Bargain himself, Shaquille O'Neal.
Comparing per-36 minute stats, Shaq boasts 19.4 ppg, 11.1 rpg, and 69% shooting, dwarfing what Bosh is doing at 18.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, and 50% shooting...at a mere fraction of the cost.
This isn't to say that 18.9/7.6 isn't productive, but is it worth $14.5 million?
Especially compared to the $1.4 million Shaq is pulling in?
The options were out there for Miami to pick from, whether it be Shaq, Brad Miller, Drew Gooden, etc. Perhaps they could have even held onto Michael Beasley, knee-deep in the best season of his career so far with 21.6 ppg and 6.2 rpg, all for a lousy $5 million.
As it stands, the Heat fell into the trap set by the three sirens scheming together to create an unthinkable trio of unmatched star power, disregarding the actual needs of the basketball team.
Let's take a look at some other free agents from the summer of 2010 who would have allowed Miami to get similar production to Bosh, at a reduced cost.