We all know the legend of Magic Johnson's rookie season: playing in place of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in game six of the 1980 NBA Finals he managed to post a mind-blowing 42 points, 15 boards, seven assists and three steals en route to the championship.
Is LeBron James Magic Johnson? No, but many people like to compare them. Erik Spoelstra recently added fuel to the fire by experimenting with LeBron at the center position. Since that switch, the Internet forums and ESPN columnists have been clamoring for more frequent ventures by LeBron into the post.
The novelty of Spoelstra's recent switch is all fun and games during the regular season where the Heat face little struggle in securing a top seed in the East. But, in the playoffs, LeBron will face constant dangers if he were to continue in the post. And if it won't work in the postseason, why bother with it now?
But without getting caught up in the dream of a Magic Johnson impersonation, it's important to take a look at the reasons why putting LeBron at center doesn't make a whole lot of sense for the Miami Heat.