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Why the Miami Heat Better Lose

Posted on: May 31, 2011 6:24 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 12:42 am
 

We are almost a year removed from “The Decision” and the fact that the Miami Heat are in the NBA Finals seemingly makes everyone sick, myself included.  Baby Bron Bron and Chris Bosh bolted to Miami to form the most ridiculous concoction ever seen in the NBA. 

We’ve entered a phase where Kobe Bryant is nearing the end, signaling possibly the last of the strong-willed player, the one who embraces the role of being “the guy” (What’s that Bron might ask?).  Players grow tired of the losing and pressure placed on their shoulders, so they bail to team up with other All-Stars.  It seems that everyone else is doing it, and if you can’t beat them, join them. 

James and Bosh set the tone, Carmelo Anthony soon after.  James and Bosh along with Wade are attempting to win a title playing three v five, Anthony didn’t want to lose out on $20 million, so he forced the issue and made the Knicks give up four core players.  Not too far are stars like Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, and Deron Williams.

Are we really seeing the NBA take a seismic shift ala the MLB?

I am an enthusiast of all four major professional sports, but let’s be honest.  Major League Baseball lacks the competitive parity that the NFL does and to extreme heights.  Out of 30 teams, realistically a handful are in the running to win the World Series.

Now you may feel the NBA is already there, with the Lakers and Spurs winning 9 of the last 12 championships.  However their competition varied over the years because there was a balance throughout the league.

If we see Bron Bron hoisting a trophy in a few weeks, not only will I be sick to my stomach (who knows how much more that man can gloat when he actually has something to flaunt), but a Miami Heat title will validate that whole charade which went down last July. 

Big picture, the NBA is screwed.

As mentioned, there are several stars who will potentially call a different team home.  They are all looking to follow in the footsteps of Bron Bron and Anthony; seeing Miami win will be the last push some of these guys need to bolt their current teams.

Does the NBA really need half the league to be lottery-bound before Christmas after all the star players have stacked up and comprised a handful of teams?

That doesn’t make for a very competitive league or a very enticing product.

It is this very fear which drives my plea for the Dallas Mavericks to whip the Heat.

Asides from the fact that Dirk Nowitzki is long overdue for a ring, Dallas needs to remind everyone what it takes to win a championship, that being a team, as opposed to three stars surrounded by talent that is underwhelming to say the least.

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Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Why the Miami Heat Better Lose

Yogi props for being one of the few here to actually provide a response that has some substance to it (mostly directed to the earlier comments).  That is a fair point you bring up, ratings will draw in the casual fans to charades like Miami, but as far as the well-being of the league, I can't see the end product being better off with a handful of teams hogging the majority of the talent.  If it remains that way, eventually the other 25 teams will begin to crumble and will become very much top heavy.  I don't want to see a league with a handful of teams are relevant while the rest are left to watch.  I understand that hoping for an NFL-type model with parity far and wide is idealistic, but I think the NBA will veer off even further from that if this becomes a pattern with the five major markets with teams and that's it.  Just my feeling, not right or wrong.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Why the Miami Heat Better Lose

Granted Cleveland management had messed up in the past (not trading for Amare for J.J. Hickson February 2010), but had LeBron stated something along the lines of, "I'm here to win a championship" and made it clear he was staying in Cleveland, the free agents last summer likely would've shown interest in playing with a guy of that caliber.  Instead he made a circus out of the whole thing, meeting with one team after another not letting anybody know.  Not that we'll know for sure, but there were rumors that Bosh would've gone to Cleveland had LeBron been more clear with his plans.  Just food for thought.
Why would last year have been different from the past seven years? If Lebron had committed to sign with Cleveland and Cleveland was unable to sign some major free agents, he would have been stuck. Bosh agreed to sign with the Heat before Lebron decided to come to Miami.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:37 am
 

Why the Miami Heat Better Lose

Actually if the leagues history has proven anything it is that the exact opposite of what you are saying is true. Ratings are always at their best when there is a polarizing villain. LeBron James is playing that roll although the only thing he really did to go from beloved to hated was exercise his rights as a free agent to move from what Joakin Noah pretty much called a dump to one of the nicest cities in this country for young wealthy atheletes. All you folks who think he should have stayed in Cleveland after 7 years because other great players stayed are extremely naive and shortsighted to say the least. Recruiting elite players to a city like Cleveland is almost impossible if there are any other choices available. Bosh has said it was Miami with Wade or Chicago with Rose. Two cities with a lot of options as far as entertainment goes. Dwyane Wade almost fell off his chair laughing when they asked him if he would have considered going to Cleveland to join LeBron. It would have made no sense for LeBron to spend his career in Cleveland having to do everything himself. You have to have at least one other great player who has one of two things either the ability to create their own shot (Wade, Carmello, etc) or a matchup mismatch on nearly every night (Pau, Dirk, etc). Those kind of players are available via trade once a decade or so, and usually the price is so high you have to build the rest of the team back up for a couple of seasons. So Lebron was sitting back looking at the east and saying I cant recruit against Miami, Chicago, New York, Boston and even Orlando. Those cities have a huge advantage as far as nightlife and culture plus Orlando and Miami have weather and no state income tax. Forcing other teams to actually try and accumulate talent will only be great for the NBA.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 8:40 am
 

Why the Miami Heat Better Lose

Granted Cleveland management had messed up in the past (not trading for Amare for J.J. Hickson February 2010), but had LeBron stated something along the lines of, "I'm here to win a championship" and made it clear he was staying in Cleveland, the free agents last summer likely would've shown interest in playing with a guy of that caliber.  Instead he made a circus out of the whole thing, meeting with one team after another not letting anybody know.  Not that we'll know for sure, but there were rumors that Bosh would've gone to Cleveland had LeBron been more clear with his plans.  Just food for thought.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 7:45 am
 

Why the Miami Heat Better Lose

 Do you really think nobody would've came to Cleveland to play with LeBron James? Are you kidding me?
Cleveland had Lebron for 7 years. What great players did they bring in in that 7 years? What moves did Cleveland make this past off season to make Lebron feel that they could compete for the title? IMO If Lebron had felt he had a good chance to win the title in Cleveland, he would have stayed in Cleveland.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 7:39 am
 

Why the Miami Heat Better Lose

Chicogator those teams had a solid supporting cast
The Lakers and Celtics of the 80's were like All-Star teams. Please compare their rosters to those of Miami, Cleveland and Toronto last year. You can compare them to the Heat's roster this year and they still have a decided edge.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Why the Miami Heat Better Lose

That's not why I want them to lose.  In fact I don't really have that much of a beef with Bosh.  He's a solid power forward who is not one to lead a team.  He just got superstar money, but that's not his fault, that's what the market offered. Scrutiny will come with that however. As for Baby Bron Bron, I will never support that man's success on the court because he's arrogance personified and wouldn't know what it means to be humble unless he looked it up on the internet.  He is a hypocrite in more ways than one and I don't support that.  The guy probably believes he can walk on water with the way he carries himself. 

The man often refers to himself in the third person, ducked out of player introductions in his second trip to cleveland, gives an extensive speil on why the NBA should contract to 24 teams, only to claim he had no idea what the word contraction meant until he looked it up on the internet (yet decided to use it anyways?), apologized for his circus last summer only after defeating the celtics, after a whole season of opportunities to hold himself accountable.  The man most likely feels it's our honor to watch him play, as opposed to be humbled to play on the ultimate stage with endless, admirable fans.

Look at my LeBronologues post, the same feeling applies: He is arguably the most gifted athlete in the history of the NBA. He is an elite talent for sure.  However, he exudes a pompous attitude that is extreme even for the stereotypical professional athlete.  So yeah, would I rather see the Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki, a hall of famer down the road who has been anything but arrogant throughout his career win his first title? Yeah I would.  There is a player who realizes the setting he's in and is appreciative of it.  He has remained patient throughout his career with a supporting cast.  Even if LeBron finished with more rings than him, I bet most people would have more respect for Dirk when you look at the way he went about it.  The Ohio hero, who claimed he would stop at nothing to win a title for his hometown Cavaliers, bailed when the going got tough.  Do you really think nobody would've came to Cleveland to play with LeBron James? Are you kidding me? James wanted the comfort of not being the only guy anymore which is fine, but, don't go walking around chest out like you're the man when you are playing on an all-star trio.



Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:36 pm
 

Why the Miami Heat Better Lose

no the sound observation is that they did it younger.  that's the only difference.  bosh and lebron tried for 7 years to do it on their own, and learned.   now you want them to lose because they wised up before Garnett and Allen?   wow.  



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:20 am
 

Why the Miami Heat Better Lose

Actually Flauge I've tuned into a few games prior to this year, but there's a slight difference.  Those three in Boston all attempted to be the guy for years and joined forces in their 30's hoping to win a title.  James and Bosh at the old age of 25, decided that they wanted to speed through the process right now.  But sure, let's stop at the surface and say both instances are the same flauge, sound observations on your part.



Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: May 31, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Why the Miami Heat Better Lose

Lebron, Bosh, and Wade didn't "set the tone."

Have you ever heard of guys names Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen?  Is this your first year watching basketball?



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