The Heat is On…


The Heat Is On... But Can They Deliver?

For a moment let’s take a break from World Cup talk and delve into the hype of NBA Free Agency. I’m a fan of Basketball, but not a super, die-hard, NBA-is-life kind of guy, so here are my thoughts from a sports fan in general.

As of tonight Dwayne Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh are all now members of the Miami Heat; Wade re-signing, while both Bosh and James split from the teams that drafted them to chase dreams of championships in Florida.

It’s crazy to think that people are already crowning the Heat NBA Champions in 2011 and frankly, it’s pretty disrespectful to the other 29 teams in the league. Have we already forgotten the LA Lakers and the Boston Celtic? How about a young talented Oklahoma Thunder? There’s a reason we play a full season and anything can happen in a season where you’re named champions before even the first tip off.

With many sports pundits, making a lot more money than I am, saying that the Heat are easy champions in 2011, it makes me wonder why they’re even being paid to be journalists?

How can we forget that the New York Yankees spend more money each year on their roster than any other MLB team, but aren’t guaranteed a championship? How about Real Madrid spending millions and millions on players, but can’t win the European Champions League?

Let’s be clear here, yes the Miami Heat just got a lot better but let’s see how the team handles their first losing streak or injury problems, how the players there handle the new found spotlight that will be much brighter than the Miami Sun. The Heat will be contenders and favourites, but only time will tell if these three can gel and follow up all the hype with a new NBA dynasty.

Here’s a quick highlight of their combined stats:

–          Scored 37,493 points in their NBA Careers

–          Combined for 40.6 PPG when they led the USA to their recent Gold Medal in the Olympics

–          Wade is 28, Bosh 26 and James is just 25, that leaves the three lot’s of time for championships

–          The three combine for 148 playoff games, but just one NBA Championship Ring

This could very well be a moment in time that fans of basketball look back at and tell their kids and grandchildren where they were the day LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade created a dynasty.

On paper this looks like a destined dynasty, but only time will tell how this decision will pan out.

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