Saturday, July 10, 2010

The New Miami Heat

Ladies and Gentlemen, here's your new Miami Heat.

As if this has been the most exciting thing that had happened on NBA for probably the past decade (I still think LA's 2003 inclusion of Malone and Payton was bigger though), LeBron and Chris Bosh joined friend Dwayne Wade on what arguably would be the most exciting pre-season starter for this new decade.

To the Filipino perspective, this should be really, really exciting since the Fil-Am coach Erik Spoelstra will be given a bigger chance to bite into the limelight, probably showing to the world that the Philippines will always be one of the world's biggest basketball-crazy countries.

To the Miami Heat fan, this should be a coming-of-age party. Shaq's return-to-Florida Miami Heat stint proved to be not too successful, giving the franchise only a single championship back in 2006. A LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and the not-too-famous-yet-really-efficient Chris Bosh triumvirate would prove to be something that every team should watch out for. How many titles can their six year contract produce? At least two would be satisfactory perhaps.

To the Anti-Laker fan, this should be a really, really good reason to celebrate. They for sure are jumping up and down with the thought of a super team that on paper might have been hands-down superior over them. But let's see - LeBron vs. Ron, Chris vs. Pau, Dwayne vs. Kobe. Hmmmm, really interesting right? How about coach Erik and Phil? Or do they have a 6th man compared to Lamar Odom?

I hope the new Miami Heat would not be a replica of the 2003-2004 Lakers. Remember how 4 superstars were on one team yet they were outballed by the spectacular Detroin Pistons defense? I mean yeah, good for LeBron because a Dwayne Wade-Chris Bosh supporting cast will be a lot more efficient than an aging Shaq-Mo Williams back-up. 

Though I feel bad for the Cavaliers, maybe this will be Mo Williams' moment where he could be his own star and shine for the now-depleted Cleveland line-up. Maybe they will face a resurgent New York Knicks sometime during the playoffs and resume their bitter and sometimes dramatic rivalry? Or maybe face a Boston Celtics that will still have the capable knees (think Rajon Rondo) to run an upset over the Heat? Or maybe they might face a championship experience-rich LA Lakers in the finals with the finals decided on a winner-take-all Kobe-LeBron showdown?

There will be plenty of story lines and plots to be discovered over the next six years. But one thing's for sure - the heat in Miami hasn't even started yet.

2 Responses to “The New Miami Heat”

fufu said...
July 11, 2010 at 6:23 AM

i watched slam dunk before when i was in japan... hahaha i dont like basket ball... just only badminton, but almost 10years since i last played in malaysia... anyway now i like watching soccer :) hahha

Jerick said...
July 11, 2010 at 7:15 AM

well, in the whole of asia, i think it is only the philippines that is basketball crazy, with sizable amounts of basketball crazy fans in china (think yao ming), japan and korea, and taiwan.

unfortunately though, we (filipinos) are still quite far from the soccer/football radar. although we are getting there. and badminton is pretty popular here too.

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