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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: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2011 9:50 pm

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

Exactly Jim....That's why I just laugh when i hear about people saying Miami should trade one of the big 3.

Giving up on a team who in their first year together were 2 wins away from NBA champs is just stupid.

The Heat will be a better team next year....Our supporting cast can't get any worst than it was this past season.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2011 9:42 pm

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

They would be crazy to give up after one year. With a better supporting cast, going young instead of trying to win with old has beens, they will be tough. Not saying they will win but hey- no one should ever give up on a team this quickly- especially a finalist.

Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2011 9:34 pm

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

Does it matter. With Croke James on the team, or "I quit" James on the team, they will not even win the East next year, much less the title. The bulls will add pieces around Rose and either them or the Celtics will win the East.

But who cares, I hope they lock out forever.

I heard that James was talking about a contract with the WWE. They Wrestle Mania next year they will have an I QUIT match with John Cena. Guess who will quit? Well, Cena never has and James has twice, once on Cleveland and once on Heat. He really needs to seek PSY. help for his obvious emotion problems.

I hope Wade goes back and watches the video of him making Egyptian hand symbols after a dunk and these think about how stupid he looked. The heat are a bunch of losers.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2011 9:31 pm

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

Miami has no choice but to do this, but there will be doubts about the Heat until and if they win a championship.  This season has put doubt into the minds of a lot of NBA fans about the heart of James. Can he win a championship? James seemed sort of overwhelmed against Miami. I have doubts about his mental toughness. He showed in the finals that he is no Jordan. The killer instinct is missing. Perhaps the right group of players can hide this flaw. Only time will tell. Whenever a player claims that he will win so many rings, and has yet to win a thing, there has to be such pressure on the player and the team. The Heat were in a situation where anything short of a championship was going to be a failure. Point-Set- Match.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2011 9:31 pm

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

Nice comment Deadspin- why even write this story. You DOMINATE your conference in the Playoffs and fall 2 wins shy of the title because a good team got hotter than Hell in May/June. Is Kobe staying with the Lakers? Will Rose be dealt by the Bulls? Did Boston already let go their Big 3? OF COURSE RILEY WILL NOT BREAK IT UP!!! CBS- please report news

Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: June 19, 2011 9:18 pm

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

Now why would they?

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: June 19, 2011 9:06 pm

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

Can the heat afford to bring in any talented free agents.

Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: June 19, 2011 8:57 pm

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

Holy!  They're not breaking those 3 up?

Since: Sep 4, 2010
Posted on: June 19, 2011 8:06 pm

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

? Of course they are going to keep them together!!

Not worth reporting . 

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2011 8:01 pm

Report: Miami Heat to keep Big Three intact

This story makes no sense because the current CBA runs out on June 30th. No one knows what the cap will be like if its going to be a hard cap or soft one. So as it stands right now they would all fir under the current CBA but again that deal is done June 30th.

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