No one claimed the Celtics destroyed the integrity of the sport by constructing a top-heavy roster that featured three future Hall of Famers. It’s only cool if great teams are assembled through trades?
The “heat” James took was ridiculous. During his first seven seasons in Cleveland, James lifted the Cavaliers higher than they had ever been. It would have been a great story if the Akron, Ohio, native won a championship in the state in which he was born.
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Cleveland management, however, failed to do its part. Antawn Jamison was the best player the Cavaliers got to play alongside James. Even Michael Jordan didn’t win a championship as a solo artist.
NBA old-timers mocked James for supposedly taking an easy path to trying to win titles. They said he would be Wade’s sidekick. Even if the Heat succeeded, according to James’s critics, James’s legacy would be tarnished because he needed the help of Wade and Bosh to win. What crazy thinking. And as it turned out, Wade needed James even more than James needed him.
Since winning the 2005-06 title, Miami had not advanced past the first round. The arrival of James and Bosh re-energized the franchise and helped the Heat overcome an unexpected problem: Wade’s knee pain.
The future Hall of Famer was selected all-NBA again this season. Wade had a 32-point performance in Game 4 of the Finals. Wade, though, struggled throughout the playoffs while receiving treatment on his sore left knee. Fortunately for the Heat, Wade succeeded in turning back the clock in the clincher, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in support of James.
Then there’s Bosh. A power forward who’s as his best shooting long jumpers, Bosh plays out of position at center in the Heat’s smaller lineup. He had a nightmarish experience against Indiana’s Roy Hibbert in the conference finals. For most of the Finals, Tim Duncan badly outplayed Bosh.
But Bosh came through with the rebound that set up Allen’s tying three-pointer at the end of regulation in Game 6. He blocked the Spurs’ last two shots to help preserve that victory. The Heat wouldn’t have gotten to Thursday night without Bosh.
Almost three years ago, three friends came up with a plan. It required them to come together, take on the rest of the NBA and build a championship legacy. Mission accomplished.
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