Heading into last season, the big hype surrounding the Miami Heat was the arrival of LeBron James and Chris Bosh, but unfortunately they couldn't win when it really mattered. Losing in the finals to the Mavericks proved that the Heat weren't as much of a "team" as they needed to be. Dallas proved to them that it takes more than star players to win a ring.
This coming season, the Heat will need to rely on more than just the Big Three if they want to exorcise their demons from last year. Unless Miami wants to prove all of their haters right, they need to take advantage of their depth and work as a team.
Now here's the thing: They had the pieces in place last year to come out on top in the finals, but simply did not utilize them. Placing the blame is irrelevant now, because everyone seemed fine with the Big Three doing their thing, shooting first and asking questions later.
Unfortunately for the Heat, that attitude just won't cut it next year.
Fortunately, they have the players to change that attitude before next season rolls around.
They have pure point guards to allow Wade and/or LeBron to play their true positions.
They have big men to help Bosh rip down boards and defend in the paint.
They have shooters as options against double-teams.
Simply put, they have help.
Sure Miami was great last year, only losing three games in the playoffs before the finals and coming within two wins of winning it all. The problem is that they weren't as much of a team as the Mavericks.
Whether they'd like to admit it or not, Miami's Big Three needed help down the stretch. They didn't seem to adequately reach out to their teammates, who were likely still deferring to the superstars and couldn't step up when they should have.
They have Mario Chalmers just waiting to break out. He is a much better player than his stats from last season show, and once the Heat hand him the reins as the No. 1 point guard, he will flourish.
They also have Udonis Haslem, a fan favorite and hometown hero who is a great defender and an electrifying dunker. Haslem knows what it's like to win for the Heat with a different roster, and he can definitely adapt to play the role that the Heat need from him.
The Big Three need to embrace the other players on the Miami roster and realize they have a lot of talent to work with. There are guys who know how to score when needed, and gritty players who are willing to defend the opposing team's top scorers.
If Miami wants to turn their luck around, they need to appreciate the talent they have outside of the top guys and utilize that talent. Once they manage that, the championships should come pretty easily given the help they've got.