Soon, the Great Experiment begins. The Heat made the biggest free agent splash in NBA history, and they’ve been rewarded with favored 7/4 Bodog NBA odds to win the championship — the best in the league. This is your Miami Heat 2010-11 preview.
As you might have heard, Miami added a few bodies this summer. LeBron James was signed from Cleveland, Chris Bosh was acquired from Toronto and Dwyane Wade was given a new contract.
Once the Big Three were installed, many observers figured the Heat wouldn’t be able to build a decent roster around them; too much money was tied up, so Miami would basically consist of James, D-Wade, Bosh and a handful of players from the WNBA’s L.A. Sparks.
But if signing all three superstars was the biggest coup ever in NBA free agency, it was followed up by the biggest surprise ever in NBA free agency — players started taking less money to play for the Heat. Most people figured we’d see oil companies start shipping free barrels before basketball players left money on the table.
But it happened. Udonis Haslem took a deal. Zydrunas Ilgauskas took a deal. Eddie House took a deal. Mike Miller took a deal.
And suddenly the Heat weren’t just the Big Three anymore — they were a pretty complete team. Now, Miami’s ceiling is downright terrifying. If the superstars can stay mostly healthy, there’s a legitimate chance this team will challenge Chicago’s record of 72 regular-season wins.
Health is a big if, of course — Wade is already nursing a hamstring injury -– and a bigger concern than players meshing. James has been criticized throughout his career for not wanting to be the alpha dog. That’s a role Wade has always relished, and it won’t be surprising to see the King defer to D-Wade in clutch situations — at least in Year One.
Miami has assembled a fantastic roster. Now it’s time to sit back and watch the Great Experiment begin.
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