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Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

Posted on: June 19, 2011 5:09 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 9:55 am
The Miami Heat will reportedly not break up its Big 3 of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Posted by Ben Golliver.


It's too bad that the late, great George Steinbrenner doesn't run the Miami Heat. Can you imagine his executive office meltdown when the Heat crumbled in the 2011 NBA Finals, losing three games in a row to the Dallas Mavericks to fall short of a title in the first year of the Big Three era?

Erik Spoelstra would be gone for sure, Chris Bosh's house would be on the market and the Heat's bench players would quickly be lining up rooms in various Miami-area old folk's homes.

Instead, the Heat are run by Pat Riley, a sage architect of multiple title-winners, who apparently is ready to keep a steady hand on the wheel amidst all the disappointment and unfulfilled expectations.

Indeed, the New York Daily News reports that the Heatles will be back for another tour.
Not long after LeBron James' Finals flameout, Miami president Pat Riley has sent word to other league execs: He's not breaking up his Big Three. That's too bad -- for the rest of the NBA.
This is the wise, save move for now. Coming within two wins of a title in your first year together, expressing massive dominance over your Eastern Conference rivals and having the best trio of players -- all in their primes -- only bodes well for next season. The Heat, without any doubt, are the favorites to win the 2012 title as is.

Of course, Bosh has clearly been pushed to a separate tier by the blossoming James/Wade bromance and his questionable fit stuck out in the Finals. He didn't play enough defense or grab enough rebounds, and he couldn't get enough touches on offense, to really maximize his skills. He played hard, there's no questioning that, but his skill set isn't perfect for what James and Wade demand around them. 

It's a questionable but not necessarily fatal fit long term. Riley should absolutely listen to offers for Bosh, but he need not shop any of his players. The odds that he will get better value in return for Bosh are fairly long, and the media attention will be insane if he actually goes on the block.


Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 8:05 am

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

Wouldn't it be galactically stupid to break them up, after only 1 year?  Yikes.  Why is this even a topic?

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2011 7:59 am

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

It's amazing that this was the exact same type of criticism that I read from Cav fans for more than half a decade.  I believe LeBron is most comfortable in this type of one-on-one offense.  He refuses to post-up, and that is not exactly the strength of Wade or Bosh.  You have two very talented guys who have similar offensive characteristics, and a spot-up 4 man.  What you don't have on this team is any real post presence, and it's going to be hard to do that based on salary cap restrictions.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2011 6:24 am

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

There is one reason they might have to move one of them next year.  They might not have enough cap space to have anyone but the big 3 on the team in a year or two depending on the new collective bargaining agreement.  I think the 3 of them exceed $45 million this year and there could be a cap around $50.  If any sort of hard cap gets put in, the the three guys will likely consume all of the team's salary by next year or the year after.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2011 2:57 am

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

I hate the Heat as much as anyone, but I really don't understand why anyone was considering breaking the 3 core players up anyways...  Bosh I could maybe see only if a crazy trade for a player like Dwight Howard was brought to the table, but other than that anyone who was thinking of breaking the Miami big 3 up is crazy.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2011 1:33 am

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

The Heat had the same problem all year, it just finally caught up to them in the finals.  I thought they were going to get away with it and win on pure talent alone but the zone defense of Dallas finally got them.  They don't need different players.  They need a different offensive scheme.  Too much standing around and too little ball movement.  They rarely pass inside to Bosh, James or any other player to post someone up and they rarely have cutters going to the rim.  They mostly just stand around at the 3 point line and throw up jump shots.  When they do attack the rim it's usually the ballhandler playing one-on-one and trying to take it himself rather an actual designed offensive play where a pass is made to an open player.

Since: Mar 18, 2010
Posted on: June 20, 2011 1:23 am

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

Heatles?  More like Milli Vanillis.  Massive dominance of Eastern Conference rivals?  Huh?  Epic failure by the writer of this drivel and the heat.  This team, and I use the term loosely, is not being developed.  It was bought.  They were supposed to win the title this year and the next several.  They were favored to win the title.  They celebrated the title last July.  But they lost.  Epic failure.

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: June 20, 2011 12:59 am

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

I think they need an upgrade at the center position as well, if Oden can get healthy he would be a good fit for them. I wouldn't try to move Bosh however they just need a finisher with more size at the center position. I don't know what the Yao Ming situation is with Houston, but it would be amazing if Riley could swing a deal for him.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2011 12:56 am

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

I don't care if they still have Bosh,Wade & James..these guys argue who get's the ball, and how many touches they get...when there concern should be on team play, and winning games.They have no money to sign anyone, there bench reminded of a pick up game at the YMCA.How can The Heat still be faves? They crumbled under the pressure, and there not going to get any better.The Lakers are going to be back at it, hungry,as will the Celtics, Maverics,Thunder,Bulls among others....and we all know, there will be atleast one team to take a step up........

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 12:16 am

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

I have a strong feeling that Chris Bosh in the upcoming season would be getting the ball more and score.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: June 20, 2011 12:14 am
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