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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: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2011 12:03 am

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

LOL, the fact that this is even a news story, is quite frankly, very sad. However, if you want to talk about the real problem with the Heat, it's all about the Center position. Bottomline is that you're not going to win a NBA championship without a serviceable OFFENSIVE (though I was offended by their play at that end) and defensive center. And while I like Joel Anthony and think he's a tremendous athlete and defensive center for his size, he's not going to help you tip the scales over 100 on the offensive end, and quite frankly never will. Why else do you think the Heat won two of the first three games...because Tyson Chandler was not getting his 10 points to go along with his 10-15 rebounds. Not to mention they had Haywood as a backup and when he went down the Mavs had Mbahami (Not sure if thats right) come in and effectively eliminate any contributions from Anthony and Haslem, putting it all on Chris Bosh's shoulders to contribute big in the last three games, which we all know how that went.
So while he is injury prone, considering the Heat's budget outside of the Big Three, Greg Oden may be a guy that the Heat can sign for cheap and get something out of him and if he continues to get injured, you're not wasting a ton of money and Greg Oden is looking for a day job. I mean what other big men are going to be out there on the free agency market for next to nothing money and with as much upside as Greg Oden. At the end of the day we're still talking about an #1 NBA draft pick.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2011 11:17 pm

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

Greg Oden is injury prone and that's been proven ! Heck he gets injured during pre game drills while standing there doing nothing ! It's safe to say he's a bust at this point !

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2011 11:15 pm

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

You're right ! All the Heat need is a good point guard who understands when and where to get the main 3 the ball ! Someone like Jason Kidd would have made James, Wade and Bosh NBA champions just like he did for Dirk and Terry because of his savvy and his basketball I.Q. ! Mike Bibby hindered the Heat because he's a scoring PG who is past his prime !

Mario Chalmers isn't the answer either ! He also thinks shoot first ! 

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2011 11:06 pm

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

Really? Are you trying to tell me that there are some people who thought that just because they lost in the finals they going to disessemble the team? Lol. That is too funny. Who in the right mind would break these guys up? This might be the only team that has 3 All Stars still in their prime for at least another 5 years. The Heat would not give up on the Big 3 until they win the NBA title, several times.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2011 11:02 pm

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

Give me a break.  Bosh did a great job under the circustances and without his production against the Bulls that series goes 7 games for sure....  why in God's name would you trade Bosh?  All the Heat need is a very good center that can do some damage and they'll win championship after championship just like Jordan and the Bulls did.....

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2011 11:01 pm

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

No really? And I thought they'd clean house and start from scratch...

Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: June 19, 2011 10:51 pm

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

I'm shocked!  This is such big news maybe the President could call a State of the Union address. 

Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: June 19, 2011 10:27 pm

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

The big three aren't the problem. The fact they got 2 wins from a championship without a center to speak of, is amazing. You can't name one champion in NBA history with a worse center than Joel Anthony. Tyson Chandler is a free agent. So is Greg Oden. If Greg Oden could give the Heat 25 HEALTHY minutes a game, the rest of the league would be rendered irrelevant. Marc Gasol also available, but probably too expensive.

Since: Jan 1, 2010
Posted on: June 19, 2011 10:12 pm

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

When I first saw the title of the article, I thought they were talking about Chalmers, Haslem and Miller!

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2011 9:55 pm

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

The Heat are a good team but they will have a problem with team chemistry.  Not that Lebron, Wade and Bosh are not team players but it will be difficult to keep younger talented players around because they will be underpaid in Miami with the majority of the payroll taken up by Lebron, Wade, Bosh and even Mike Miller who is making $5 million a year plus Chalmers is in for a raise.  The Heat won't be the only team though with salary cap problems as the Laker's payroll is currently more than twice the proposed hard cap that the owners are pushing.

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