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Do not confuse Miami’s first season with luck. They were well within their rights to make it as far as they did in the Finals. Taking into account the teams they were facing and the skill-set that each individual player brought to the table, they had enough to sweep every opponent they encountered. They were not too far from it either.
In the entire Eastern Conference Playoffs, the Miami Heat only dropped three games, one against each of their opponents. By only allowing a single game when facing two of the toughest home crowds in the league, Chicago and Boston, Miami demonstrated the chemistry they had developed early on. Do not make the mistake of thinking that since they fell to Dallas in the Finals what had been molded in 2010 will spontaneously disappear in 2011.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will be together next season no matter what. Pat Riley is a grand businessman when it comes to shuffling players around his roster, however, there will not be a moment where the thought will cross his mind that the trio should disperse.
Rumors were scattered around the league that Riley had promptly informed executives that he would not be splitting up the Three Musketeers in the near future, especially not as soon as the 2011-12 season.
The addition of Norris Cole in this year’s draft should be considered in the Heat’s formula back to the playoffs. Although he is not an established league player as of yet, Cole implements the exact same offensive style that Spoelstra is looking to exploit.
Miami’s transition game is by far their most efficient, but the lack of speed and athleticism outside of James and Wade proved difficult last season. Even though the Heat would sometimes have an advantage over their opponents, their depth would be exposed rather than their temperament for agility and strength.
Cole will be used much more than people think.
Miami fans need not worry about how dominant this team will be in the future. Barring some type of freak accident like tripping over a gym bag and breaking a hand, sorry Carlos Boozer, all three of Miami’s leading scorers will be front and center whenever each side of the labor dispute decides that things need to change.
It may take a while, but it is just embarrassing for the league that reports are flying out of every direction negating the claims that they have been losing $300 million +. It is equally embarrassing to see the players comfortable in a situation that will not allow the league to stand on its own two feet for much longer.
It just makes the billionaires seem a little incompetent and the millionaires a little blind to reality.