It may be hard to believe, but the big three in Miami have not only come together, they have won the last two NBA finals, proving that superstars can create a superpower and win. This phenomenon began with the big Aristotle, Shaquille O’Neal’s 2004 move to Miami to pair with a budding young superstar named Dwyane Wade. Their time together would result in a trip to the finals the first year, and the Larry O’Brien trophy the next.
Another group of marquee guys would come together in Boston a couple of years later in Kevin Garnet, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce. Many thought at the time that this collaboration of talent would dominate the league for the foreseeable future, but this big three would only win one title in 2008 before disbanding a few years later. The word was getting out though that this coming together of all-stars could actually end in a parade and some fashionable jewelry, and so in 2010, LeBron James and Chris Bosh teamed up with Dwyane Wade to create an even stronger incarnation of the big three, and where the previous combinations of mega talent ended in one and done, the stars of Miami aligned both figuratively and literally.
After a rough start, the Heat found their groove, winning back to back titles in 2012 and 2013. However, trouble may lie on the horizon for the Heat faithful. In 2014, both LeBron James and Chris Bosh have opt-out clauses in their contracts making them eligible for free agency and making Heat fans fret with fear at the possibilities. We have compiled six scenarios that could arise from what will surely be a tumultuous year for the city of Miami.
6 Wade's Injury Issues
5 Will King James Decide to Move on?
4 Return to his Home-Town Franchise?
Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reported that, “Last season, James issued an olive branch to his former fans by talking about returning to play for the Cavs someday. And in the meantime, Kyrie Irving, a friend of James, has emerged as the young star the Cavs never had and always wanted alongside LeBron.” With that said, there is not a chance in Hades... While it may be a sentimental move for the King and his hometown fans, LeBron would just be returning to a franchise who kept promising him the moon, only to reward him with cheese year after year. Why would he believe anything has changed? Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
3 How Much Longer Will Bosh be Willing to be Third String?
The player who wears #1 is really anything but with the Heat. The Center/Power Forward was the franchise for the Toronto Raptors from 2003-2009. He was a five-time All Star and was selected to play on the Olympic Team where he took home the gold medal. He became the leader of an organization that had not done much in their existence, and carried them to their very first division title in franchise history. However, his arrival in Miami changed his status from franchise star to third stringer with people questioning his position as one of the big three at every opportunity.
2 Can Bosh Step Up and Take Over the Heat?
1 If King James and Chris Bosh Leave, What Does That Mean for Miami?
If James and Bosh decide it better to play out the string in another climate, then Miami can expect a return to the days of losing to the Knicks, and everyone else, in the first round of the playoffs. As it stands now, it was Dwyane Wade, along with one Big Aristotle Shaquille O’Neal, who was finally able to take the heat past the minor leagues and into the stuff of legend. However, Wade’s body has shown that time is limited for the guard on the hardcourt, and any further winning for the sunshine state must include #6 and #1 to help carry the load. Heat fans should prepare themselves for the very real possibility that their team could follow another dynasty, the Los Angeles Lakers, into a state of unravel.
It was not all that long ago that the purple and gold were in the Finals year after year with their combination of Shaq and Kobe and then their dominance under #24 and his cast of characters. With the injury issues of the future Hall of Famer Bryant, and the fact that the Lakers team of today is not much more than a group of no-name, D. league players fumbling the ball out of bounds on every other play, Lakerland has become more akin to a horror show, and a return to prominence appears to be a distant fantasy. Will the Heat follow suit? Can Wade and Pat Riley convince King James and Bosh that the city of Miami is the present and the future? We shall see…
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