Miami Heat: The Evil Empire of the NBA

Pedro HeizerCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2010

The poor city of Cleveland, Ohio…they haven’t won a major championship in over 46 years. And last night they add yet another heartbreak to the list of shame.

They’ve had their shares of them alright, “The Drive”, “The Fumble”, “The Shot”, “The Single”, and now, “The Decision.”

I was one of the people who didn’t want LeBron James in Miami. Funny how a simple announcement can change that.

To me, the entire concept of having a Wade, Bosh, and LeBron team was something that could only have been made real in a video game, so I was very skeptical about the whole “Miami Thrice.”

But, after long thinking and consideration, I have decided on something.

If, LeBron James is actually willing to sacrifice being the main attraction and accepting the fact that this is, and forever will be Dwyane Wade’s team, then I have no problem with this.

On the contrary, this will be one of the greatest things to happen not only to the Miami HEAT but also to the NBA.

Think about it, when was the last time that the first, fourth, and fifth pick in the same NBA draft been on the same team?

When was the last time that all three of them separate from one another are superstars and that now they’ve all joined on team with one goal, win multiple championships.

Miami surely has become the Evil Empire of the NBA with Pat Riley as the head of the clan. Miami not only has three of the best players in the NBA, but they are all young with the oldest being Wade at 28.

What can we expect from this “South Beach Superteam”?

We can expect nothing but high-end basketball from this group, but, don’t go thinking that they will win the championship in the first season.

I will go off on a limb here and say that the Heat will not win the Championship in 2011, but will come very close. Perhaps Eastern Conference Champions?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying they can’t win. Trust me, they can.

I’m just saying that they will need time to mesh and they will need more than just a bunch of vets playing with the veteran minimum to win it. They need a solid bench and a solid center. Shaquille O’Neal isn’t the one we are looking for.

With many things in the air, one thing is for sure, Michael Beasley will not be part of the plan. Beasley was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves last night after the announcement by LeBron James, for a second-round draft pick in next year’s draft.

Another thing that is solid is the fact that Miami will have a shooter on the floor with the dynamic trio in Mike Miller. He agreed to a 5-year, $30 million deal to bring him to Miami and contend for a title.

The Heat also had interest in Kyle Korver and Rasual Butler, both of whom are pure shooters.

Miami would also love to bring back seven-year veteran and Miami native Udonis Haslem.

But as of right now, Miami has one player under contract and that is Mario Chalmers. The point guard that will become one of the best in the league for years to come.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, Mario Chalmers is the next Rajon Rondo. Look, if Rondo became what he is today because of the Celtics big three, why can’t Chalmers become that with our Three-Headed Beast? Chalmers will be great, just watch out for this guy.

As the city of Cleveland drowns itself in their own tears of the departure of their beloved “king”, Miami also drowns itself in tears, tears of joy that is.

For the first time since June 6, 2006, Miami is back in the NBA world. Everywhere you look, you hear about the Miami Heat, and that’s how it’s supposed to be.


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