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Heat roster may be gutted for 2011-12

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08:06 AM ET 06.14 | The Big Three, though at times it has been speculated otherwise, is not likely to change in Miami. You don't host a party one year then usher out the guests of honor the next. So 2011-12 (lockout permitting) for the Miami Heat will start where 2010-11 ended, with a blueprint designed around the skills of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The difference will be that Heat president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra will have a greater sense of what it takes to complement such a core. ... In fact, the Heat could return as few as seven players from the current roster, when counting James, Wade, Bosh, Anthony, Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem and James Jones. But much like last summer, the Heat will be limited in their options to find upgrades.

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June 14, 2011  08:19 AM ET

There is nobody that can compliment LeFake

June 14, 2011  08:23 AM ET

Another difference will be that D-Wade will be a year older by the time it hits the playoffs. 30 if I'm not mistaken. Now how much of a window within his prime is left?

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June 14, 2011  08:32 AM ET
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If he remains healthy, at least 2 years at his present level...... Miami is fine, barring injury they should return to the Finals next year.

Well fortunately he doesn't have to play with the same intensity he used to during the regular season since the arrival of LeBron and Bosh, but if he misses the Championship next year too that leaves 1 more year of the 3 of them operating at maximum efficiency. Kobe is 32 and its indisputable that he's lost a step. This means it will only get tougher after next year unless the Heat Front Office pull another "Big-3 type" trick before Wade's imminent decline.

June 14, 2011  08:32 AM ET

I'm so glad today is National Lebron James day. So everyone is free to take 12 minutes off during your day. Have a good one!!!

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June 14, 2011  08:35 AM ET
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Nobody complains about Kobe.For the last 4 years Wade has remained relatively healthy playing in 77+ games...

Lets face it Kobe is on the decline and from an athletic perspective Wade will *likely* be on the decline in the next 2 years or so. That is, unless he re-modifies his game a la MJ's fade away to make up for the drop in explosiveness.

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June 14, 2011  08:40 AM ET

Depending on the new CBA .... might have a MLE to use to upgrade at Center ....

say FA / Sam Dalembert, 8.2 reb,

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June 14, 2011  08:41 AM ET

Damn ALREADY blowing it up? CLASSIC.....

 
June 14, 2011  08:44 AM ET

Anyways all thats NOT returning is garbage ANYWAYS.....

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