The 2010-11 offseason actions of the Miami Thrice have delivered the most compelling NBA season to date for our extreme enjoyment, and what a controversial, roller coaster ride it has been thus far.
When LeBron James made his decision to fly south with Chris Bosh on his tail to join Dwyane Wade as the new faces of the Miami Heat, they put into motion an uprising of teams in the East, the likes that has never been seen before. In fact, the entire competitive landscape of the NBA has changed in just a few short months.
Like a domino effect, the Boston Celtics grabbed Shaquille O’Neal, the Chicago Bulls cornered Carlos Boozer and the Orlando Magic imploded their team at Christmas in desperate attempts to stave off surprise cannibalistic attacks from their provocateurs to the south.
If anything can be said about the new Miami Heat, however, it’s that they have proved that they are the real deal and a legitimate championship contender—just as was originally advertised.
And one thing is for sure, these guys have no mercy. They talk of retraction by subtraction, they talk of bad karma after already kicking poor Cleveland in the gut and they have a “list” of enemies who are already starting to feel their reprisal.
But just how good are these new guys on the block that reign from South Beach? Can they win the title this year? Are they a dynasty in the making? Why did they walk all over the L.A. Lakers on Christmas Day, which is supposed to be a time for sharing and giving?
These are among the questions that fellow Feature Columnist Ethan S and I have attempted to cross analyze from two very different perspectives.