NBA  > General NBA  > Heat Roster is looking good now haters!!
July 29, 2010, 02:18 PM
Love them or hate them, Miami's roster is looking damn good.

You have at:

Center - Anthony, Z and Magloire...all needed to body up people and rebound and play some D...no scoring needed.

Power Fwd - Bosh, Haslem and Howard...Bosh is Bosh and Haslem is a great defender and rebounder....Howard will play in spells at PF and C.

Small Fwd -James, Jones...Do I have to explain LeBron? and James is a 3pt shooter to spread the floor on Wade and James drives.

Shooting Guard - Wade, Miller...same as above.

Point Guard - Chalmers, Arroyo and House...Chalmers is an ok defender as well as Arroyo, House can shoot the 3 all day long and will be used off the bench.

Overall, Miami has surrounded the Big 3 with a combo of 3pt shooters, rebounders and defenders.

They easily are the favorite in the East next season and can take LA to 7 games.

This team will need about 30 games to gel and figure out rotations...after that, it is on...

LA will be hard to beat but Miami can do it.
July 29, 2010  02:19 PM ET

I say they go 65-17 next season....barring no major injury to the Big 3....

July 29, 2010  02:23 PM ET

I say it is a possibility.
they look good, but let's not forget they just rebuilt the whole roster, not just 1-2 guys.
It might take this season to get to know each other and really win.

I don't doubt though. Celtics did it on the first year they got together
However, 2 things to think about:
1) they changed less players
2) They were already veterans, and could adapt easier than the 3 youn ones.

All in all, I care not. I rather have great battles than no competition.
One thing is for certain though. this will be a great season for whoever likes BBall.

Still to come: Will CPaul join Amare in NY and wait for 'Melo?

Question of the week: is the East the new beast in BBall?

July 29, 2010  06:52 PM ET

They look good everywhere but center in my opinion. Zydrunas is serviceable and I expect he will start. I'm guessing they are just not expecting much production out of a center in anyway, including rebounds, and they will probably try to play Bosh at 5 and Haslem at 4 or vice versa. Lebron will have to rebound a lot to make up for no post presence, which he probably can in the regular season. I would expect that to be their weakness in the post season though. All the teams that could challenge them (Celtics, Magic, and Lakers) would have a decisive advantage in the post. Eddie House is a great addition as he can get hot and become a lights out 3pt shooter at times. We'll have to see how the chemistry works out, but they did a better job with assembling talent than I thought they could. Definately not a sure champion, but a contender. Lakers are still the favorites, but I would say the Heat are slightly above the Magic and Boston right now.

July 29, 2010  06:54 PM ET

It'll be real interesting to see what kind of defense the Heat can put together. That will be the key to if they win a championship or not.

July 30, 2010  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

It'll be real interesting to see what kind of defense the Heat can put together. That will be the key to if they win a championship or not.

great point. After all, the C's had KG. Who will be the Defense floor general for the heat?

July 30, 2010  05:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I say it is a possibility.they look good, but let's not forget they just rebuilt the whole roster, not just 1-2 guys.It might take this season to get to know each other and really win.I don't doubt though. Celtics did it on the first year they got together However, 2 things to think about: 1) they changed less players 2) They were already veterans, and could adapt easier than the 3 youn ones.All in all, I care not. I rather have great battles than no competition.One thing is for certain though. this will be a great season for whoever likes BBall.Still to come: Will CPaul join Amare in NY and wait for 'Melo? Question of the week: is the East the new beast in BBall?

Part of your comment I think is a given. That by the end of the season they will be clicking. Amid all the bad press LBJ is getting, there is still the fact that he has great basketball intelligence and I think he will learn to exploit Dwadw and Bosh's talent as a point forward. Early on they will win their share on pure talent (Miami has already assembled a supporting cast the easily rival the Cavs of the last two years). The Lakers have improved their depth greatly so they still have to be the favorites. Can't wait for the season to begin.

August 1, 2010  03:58 AM ET

This roster sucks and Koolaid drinking Heat fans are stupid. I can't believe you can actually look at this roster with a straight face and say "Champs". Well I say "Chumps". As a matter of fact, I would rather have a bench full of back up chimps. Put on your white tees and wife beaters if you want to. There going to be blood on the dance floor this year...from your team.

August 1, 2010  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Part of your comment I think is a given. That by the end of the season they will be clicking. Amid all the bad press LBJ is getting, there is still the fact that he has great basketball intelligence and I think he will learn to exploit Dwadw and Bosh's talent as a point forward. Early on they will win their share on pure talent (Miami has already assembled a supporting cast the easily rival the Cavs of the last two years). The Lakers have improved their depth greatly so they still have to be the favorites. Can't wait for the season to begin.

i think it is harder than you give credit for.
yes, they should win games on alent, but this is not pickup game.
They will have to basically re-learn to play.
Share the ball (whereas before they would take it and run with it).
They will also have to learn that they have people as talented as them on the team (whereas before they wouldn't trust their teamates to that extent).
Also, like was mentioned, they will have to do their D. 3 megastars always have some great defender helping to back them up. Now, with 3 megastars, they basically have to do the D themselves. And while the C's had KG, neither one of those 3 were defensive-minded player. Someone will have to pick this up (I think bosh).
In any event, they will be tested on playoffs. That's where they will have to use strategy, not only talent.

I am excited. this will be a great year for BB Fans!

August 1, 2010  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

This roster sucks and Koolaid drinking Heat fans are stupid. I can't believe you can actually look at this roster with a straight face and say "Champs". Well I say "Chumps". As a matter of fact, I would rather have a bench full of back up chimps. Put on your white tees and wife beaters if you want to. There going to be blood on the dance floor this year...from your team.

wow!
And that is your first comment...
we should feel blessed...
and hope it's your last.

August 2, 2010  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I say it is a possibility.they look good, but let's not forget they just rebuilt the whole roster, not just 1-2 guys.It might take this season to get to know each other and really win.I don't doubt though. Celtics did it on the first year they got together However, 2 things to think about: 1) they changed less players 2) They were already veterans, and could adapt easier than the 3 youn ones.All in all, I care not. I rather have great battles than no competition.One thing is for certain though. this will be a great season for whoever likes BBall.Still to come: Will CPaul join Amare in NY and wait for 'Melo? Question of the week: is the East the new beast in BBall?

They actually have a ton of guys on board that have played together at different points in their careers.

Plus, lets not forget that Wade, Bosh and LBJ all played on several all star teams together and then at the World Championships and in the Olympics.

They are so sickeningly good, it will only take about 30 games to iron it all together.

August 2, 2010  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

This roster sucks and Koolaid drinking Heat fans are stupid. I can't believe you can actually look at this roster with a straight face and say "Champs". Well I say "Chumps". As a matter of fact, I would rather have a bench full of back up chimps. Put on your white tees and wife beaters if you want to. There going to be blood on the dance floor this year...from your team.

That is comical...

I have been a Heat fan for 12yrs, going back to the Zo and Hardaway days...

You say chumps? How's that? Miami now has 2 of the 3 best players in the league, they sold out every possible ticket for the next season and lets not forget about the economic impact to the area.

Miami has already won, regardless of their performance on court.

On court, they will win over 60 games, take 1st in the East and make a deep run....count on it!

August 2, 2010  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

They actually have a ton of guys on board that have played together at different points in their careers.Plus, lets not forget that Wade, Bosh and LBJ all played on several all star teams together and then at the World Championships and in the Olympics.They are so sickeningly good, it will only take about 30 games to iron it all together.

You are right on both accounts.
Their time together plus their talent will help.
but don't forget that they has the rest of the team complementing them were also talented players. Now they got role players.
And like I said, each one of them were the offensive focus. now they will have to do the complementary work that they were used to have someone else doing. With 3 of them on the court, they will have to do it themselves, and that is the question mark (if they will be able to do it).
I think the heat should try to get someone that is a defensive Juggernaut to complement the team. Then they will be unbeatable (as long as they buy into the system, which i really think they will, as they already did the hardest part which is to agree and join all together on one team)...

in any event. we are witnessing history. Weather it works or not, this is a huge change on the BBall landscape.

August 3, 2010  12:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

You are right on both accounts.Their time together plus their talent will help.but don't forget that they has the rest of the team complementing them were also talented players. Now they got role players.And like I said, each one of them were the offensive focus. now they will have to do the complementary work that they were used to have someone else doing. With 3 of them on the court, they will have to do it themselves, and that is the question mark (if they will be able to do it). I think the heat should try to get someone that is a defensive Juggernaut to complement the team. Then they will be unbeatable (as long as they buy into the system, which i really think they will, as they already did the hardest part which is to agree and join all together on one team)...in any event. we are witnessing history. Weather it works or not, this is a huge change on the BBall landscape.

All valid points...but, you forget something...

LeBron was All NBA Defense Team #1 and Wade was #2 behind only Kobe.

With 3 prolific scorers on the team now, plus the offense from House, Miller and Haslem....Wade and LeBron can spend more energy playing tighter defense.

I think Miami and Riley have built a Championship team, they just need about 30-40 games to get their rotations down...after that, it is on!

August 3, 2010  11:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

With 3 prolific scorers on the team now, plus the offense from House, Miller and Haslem....Wade and LeBron can spend more energy playing tighter defense.

erm... you didn't mention Bosh... 33% of the big 3....
Add him, and you have to take some better defender out. And you can't simply take bash out or he will get frustrated.
Egos will be the most tricky & important thing here.
I think in Boston they did because all 3 bigs were already fedup with losing. But I don't think this reslity applies to the heat's big 3...
In any event, I hope you are right. I hope to have them clicking and playing exciting BBall so we can have great series.
The east is now looking very good. And then there's LA out of the west.
This is the last chance for the C's and they know it. Knicks will probably make big moves come trade window in Feb, and you have DH already fedup with the heat's hype....

this gotta be a shaping season to the years to come.
if the heat does bad, could one of the big 3 leave?
if they win it all, will we see now super-teams for next season?
If the heat does good but loses, will the heat have some new moves?
What will be the big story of this season? This year has so many completely different possibilities, that the intrigue of it all is already enough for people to watch just to see what will happen...

August 4, 2010  11:12 AM ET

I think you are very wrong about egos....

Wade does not have one at all and it was LBJ and Bosh who did accept "less" to all play together...not to mention that LBJ and Wade both have over 6asst per game before this season...

Bosh is a decent defender and I am not sure what you mean about Bosh...

A Lineup to close out games of : Wade, Miller, James, Bosh and Haslem/Anthony/Z seems likely to me depending on the size of the other team.

The Celts are making a great move getting Shaq...they are now officially the oldest team in the league.

Getting both Jermaine ONeal and Shaq at Center was good and needed since both can not play an entire season and will be needed to body up on the Lakers.

The Heat will not do bad #1...and #2 what is your definition of bad? Plus, every guy on that team is under contract for 2 seasons or more, so, no one is going anywhere....Wade, Bosh and James all have 4yr deals with a 5th yr option...so, once again, where are they going to go?

The new collective bargaining agreement will make it virtually impossible for any team to do what Miami just did...

So sit back and watch...maybe not this year, but within the next 5 seasons, Miami will net at least 2 or 3 titles...

LA is getting up there in age and Boston is already filing for AARP benefits.

August 4, 2010  10:05 PM ET

Miami Heat will win at least 1 title w/ its Big 3 within the first 2 years.

August 4, 2010  11:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Miami Heat will win at least 1 title w/ its Big 3 within the first 2 years.

WOW sherlok... really? you thought all that up? or maybe everyone saying this convinced you?

August 5, 2010  11:04 AM ET

Boston is still the best team in the east. I think the Heat assembled a line-up of three superstars that won't mesh as well together as Pierce/Garnett/Allen and then surrounded those three with 50% players. Look at the C's lineup now. Starters: Rondo (arguably the best PG in the east) Pierce, Allen, Garnett and Jermaine O'Neil. The bench consists of much stronger players: Glen Davis, Shaq, Nate Robinson and they're going after Rudy Fernandez or Larry Hughes. Its no contest. The Heat's big three is untested and I truly don't think it'll work out as well as people think. First of all, LeBron has problems with expectations. He's crumbled in the playoffs every time he's been expected to win. When there's no pressure - thats when he flourishes. However, there is an unlimited amount of pressure on him to perform in this situation - given that he hyped this decision up by forcing the media to speculate for weeks and then creating a ridiculously over-produced special on ESPN to flaunt the fact that he's joining the Heat. Bosh is a good player, always has been, but he's used to being the man and NEVER shared the spotlight with anyone. The same goes for LeBron. Look at the Celtic's Big 3. Pierce used to share the spotlight with Walker and it worked out very well for him. KG was simply the hungriest man in the NBA for a title and would do anything to work for the team rather than himself and Allen is an off the ball player who had been forced into being a creator up until he joined the C's. That big 3 worked because all the pieces were there and they fit perfectly. I don't see the same situation happening for the Heat. I expect them to win 50 some odd games and get eliminated somewhere in the middle of the playoffs. Expect another Laker/Celtic finals.

August 5, 2010  12:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Boston is still the best team in the east. I think the Heat assembled a line-up of three superstars that won't mesh as well together as Pierce/Garnett/Allen and then surrounded those three with 50% players. Look at the C's lineup now. Starters: Rondo (arguably the best PG in the east) Pierce, Allen, Garnett and Jermaine O'Neil. The bench consists of much stronger players: Glen Davis, Shaq, Nate Robinson and they're going after Rudy Fernandez or Larry Hughes. Its no contest. The Heat's big three is untested and I truly don't think it'll work out as well as people think. First of all, LeBron has problems with expectations. He's crumbled in the playoffs every time he's been expected to win. When there's no pressure - thats when he flourishes. However, there is an unlimited amount of pressure on him to perform in this situation - given that he hyped this decision up by forcing the media to speculate for weeks and then creating a ridiculously over-produced special on ESPN to flaunt the fact that he's joining the Heat. Bosh is a good player, always has been, but he's used to being the man and NEVER shared the spotlight with anyone. The same goes for LeBron. Look at the Celtic's Big 3. Pierce used to share the spotlight with Walker and it worked out very well for him. KG was simply the hungriest man in the NBA for a title and would do anything to work for the team rather than himself and Allen is an off the ball player who had been forced into being a creator up until he joined the C's. That big 3 worked because all the pieces were there and they fit perfectly. I don't see the same situation happening for the Heat. I expect them to win 50 some odd games and get eliminated somewhere in the middle of the playoffs. Expect another Laker/Celtic finals.

i like that, and your analysis is on point.
But we will still have to see how they fare.

Don't forget that when the C's got together, the first thing they all said were pretty similar to what you wrote above. And they got it done on their first year.

So while I tend to think the same, I don't dismiss it like you do...

 
August 5, 2010  04:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I say they go 65-17 next season....barring no major injury to the Big 3....

i thought you were talking about the heat...the "big 3" is a celtic term that has been used since to 80's

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