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The New Heat
by Mark Neal,posted Oct 27 2010 11:23AM
Well, we all got to see the regular season debut of the 2010-2011 edition of the Miami Heat. In case you hadnt heard, they added a few free agents in the offseason. I certainly am not going ot make any blanket statements about how the season will go , or how many games the team will win, but we can already see who they are in many ways. They have the big 3, their own big 3 that is...LeBron, Wade, Bosh. They all are used to being #1 options on their respective teams. Now they arent all #1's, you cant be. The beginning of the season will be filled with offensive flow problems, and continuity issues. We saw it on Opening night against Boston. They just didnt look comfortable together. But they shouldnt have looked all that comfortable...lacking much time together in the preseason.
The Heat have a lot of high end talent, but lack real depth. They also lack that defensive presence, or offensive presence for that matter, down low. 1% of American sports fan had ever heard of their starting Center Opening Night. The other issue is that they have no pieces to package later on down the road to bring in someone. They are finacially strapped and have nothing of value to trade.
This NBA season will be good, I can tell already. The talent, as I have mentioned on Dayton Sports Scene, is polarizing to a few cities and teams. That creates more interesting matchups and games to watch. We have discussed contraction and what that would do to the league. I think the benefits are tremendous...question is, do you?