Miami Heat: Does LeBron and Wade's Talent Make Future NBA Titles Inevitable?
The word eventual is sometimes used to describe something that is certain to happen, absent of any unforeseen circumstances, and although no one will ever consider me to be a fan of the Miami Heat the word eventual may be the best term to describe the team's hunt for an NBA title.
Some observers pointed to the Heat's loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals as proof that the famed super-team experiment had failed, but those people who hold that opinion are not really being honest with themselves.
Some of the criticism such as the lack of a quality big man besides Bosh and underwhelming talent at point guard was justified, and the 2010-11 regular season seemed to prove those points.
Miami played exceptional defense at times, James and Wade were mostly brilliant and the Heat won plenty of games, but they were a combined 1-7 against the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics, their main rivals in the Eastern Conference.
The Celtics and Bulls had a decided advantage at the point guard position with Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose respectively, and their interior players held an advantage as well.
The Bulls and the Celtics were able to exploit the Heat's most glaring flaws during the regular season but in the playoffs the simple but sound reasoning of those who championed Miami's cause from the beginning began to take shape.
Some Miami fans correctly predicted that the talent of James, Wade and to a lesser extent Bosh would render questions about the team's chemistry and roster irrelevant, and their dominance against Chicago and Boston in the postseason proved it.
James and Wade didn't post amazing numbers compared to previous seasons but the team played consistent, suffocating defense and James and Wade were still the top two players on the court whenever the Heat played.
That was evident as the duo's talent and athleticism allowed them to make plays on both ends of the court that few players are capable of, and despite Miami's loss to Dallas in the Finals the future is potentially very bright for the Heat.
There were few people who thought Miami would even reach the Finals in their first season together, so after meeting those expectations multiple titles are not out of the question.
James, Wade and Bosh will only develop more crucial chemistry as time progresses, and team president Pat Riley will assemble a cadre of cheap competent players to surround his star trio.
To be honest, when you have players as talented as Wade and James it doesn't take much, and the NBA's current lockout could even play into the Heat's favor in the future.
It's doubtful the NBA will resume play if the players will not agree to a hard salary cap from the owners, and in that environment current NBA deals will probably be grandfathered in.
A hard salary cap would likely prevent the same type of deals that formed Miami's super team and it would be more difficult for opponents to assemble similar talent.
Additionally traditional league powers like the Celtics and Lakers are aging, and although younger, talented teams like the Bulls and New York Knicks will provide stiff competition in the East, if last year's postseason is a barometer the Heat hold a distinct edge.
None of that means that the Heat are guaranteed to win an NBA championship in the future and there are other young rising teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder who could have a say in the matter.
But, barring injury it is very reasonable to think that Miami will be in the thick of the NBA title hunt for many seasons to come, and despite the public's general contempt for James, there may be too much talent between him and Wade to prevent eventual championships.
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