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2010 Miami Heat Preview



On July 8th, LeBron James delighted thousands of Miami Heat fans with seven simple words: “I’m taking my talents to South Beach.” When his decision was finally made, the Heat became legitimate title contenders for this upcoming season. James will be joining talented power forward Chris Bosh and Miami favourite Dwayne Wade. LeBron and Wade are undoubtedly two of the top five players in the league, and Chris Bosh is one of the leading power forwards in the NBA.

When Wade, Bosh and James all confirmed they would be at the Heat next season, Pat Riley began to build the supporting cast. The Heat signed experience, approaching veterans such as 6’8” Mike Miller, point guard Eddie House, and, long time teammate of LeBron James, Zydrunas Ilgauskas. As well as keeping the likes of Udonis Haslem, Joel Anthony, Carlos Arroyo, Mario Chalmers, and James Jones. The Heat also picked up three players from the draft. Although Dexter Pittman from the University of Texas is the only one of the three to have signed a contract with the Heat, leaving Jarvis Varnado and Da’sean Butler as unsigned draft picks. Erik Spoelstra is the head coach of the Miami Heat and will be entering his second season in that role, although he has been involved with the Heat franchise for fourteen seasons already.

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The Heat will begin the regular season on October 26th in Boston against the Celtics. Last year’s Eastern Conference champions will provide a stern test for the Heat; the game will also provide an opportunity for Miami to make statement to the rest of the league. The talent that Miami has is clear to see, but they will have to gel as a team if they want to be successful. The fact of the matter is Miami could probably win between 50 and 60 games next season with talent alone; however, if they don’t play as a team on both ends of the floor then they won’t be winning come June, when David Stern is handing out the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Can Miami win it all in their first season together? Yes.

Will Miami win it all in their first season? Maybe.

The Miami Heat goes into the 2010/11 NBA season with one of the most gifted rosters the association has ever seen! Unfortunately the NBA offers no guarantees. Nobody is going to give the title to South Beach, if Spoelstra and his team really want it, then they are going to have to grab their opportunity with both hands! The new-look Heat will have to replicate the attitude of the Celtic team from their championship campaign in 2008. Wade, Bosh, and LeBron are going to have to put their ego’s to one side, and play hard every single game of the season! The Heat will have to be one of the best defensive teams in the league if they hope to win the NBA championship. Everything is in place for the franchise to win the title this season, BUT it is going to take sacrifice and a lot of hard work as well as commitment every time they step on the floor. In my opinion, one season is not long enough for the team to build a strong enough team chemistry to win a championship, but they sure will get close! I see the Heat missing out in the NBA finals to Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers.



By George Bowes
Pro Basketball Fans Miami Heat Correspondent

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