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The Miami Heat are Still Worth the Price of Admission

July 23rd, 2014 at 8:52 PM
By Glenn Minnis

When LeBron James exited Miami for Cleveland, the Cavaliers quickly sold out home game for the entire upcoming season and not mention gained a huge boost for the economy. James' jerseys have already sold out and he has yet to decide on what number he will select upon his return to Cleveland. Many fans are wondering if the Heat will even be exciting as they once was with James not being there. However, the intrigue of James' absence coupled with the team not giving up and going into a rebuilding process is more then worth the price of admission for the Miami Heat.

 

The story line is already written. The Heat will be out to prove each night that they can win and be a true NBA Title contender without LeBron James. Dwyane Wade will be out there to prove his doubters wrong on a nightly basis. People have wondered if we are seeing Wade break down in front of our very own eyes or can he have a bounce back year and show everyone that his knees are just fine. More importantly, will he show James that he did not have to leave and that his best option of winning more rings was right in Miami.

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Pat Riley Shows That You Don’t Have to Fold When a Star Player Leaves

July 22nd, 2014 at 7:34 PM
By Glenn Minnis

When Miami Heat President Pat Riley met with LeBron James in Las Vegas, many thought that Riley would be able to persuade James into believing that Miami is where his heart should be and that his best chance in winning more NBA Titles is with the Heat. Similar to 2010, fans thought James would be keeping his talents in south beach. However, similar to 2010, James shocked everyone with his decision. He decided to take his talents to Cleveland and left most of the NBA world stunned. Surely Riley and the organization thought what would they do now that they lost their superstar player. Unlike most teams, Riley did not decide to pack it in and blow-up the Miami Heat roster he brought back key players and free agents to make it clear that the Heat are still out for titles.

 

Now, the Miami Heat will no longer be the beast of the east when it comes to the Eastern Conference, but they will still be a threat to contend. The Eastern Conference is more wide open then the Western Conference is by a wide stretch, so Miami being a team that can contend is not too risky of a choice. There is not a clear dominating team in the conference, and luckily the Heat did not overreact to losing a star player of James' caliber. 

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Luol Deng Will Make Heat a Legit Threat

July 21st, 2014 at 3:58 PM
By Glenn Minnis

When the Miami Heat lost superstar LeBron James in free agency, many Heat fans felt as though that void that James left could never be filled. True enough, there aren't many players in the NBA of James' caliber and not to mention be considered one the greatest of all-time, however the Heat did not fold under the pressure. They went out and signed Luol Deng to a mutli-year deal, and the team will benefit greatly from his presence.

 

Deng is not the same player and will not be able to do everything that James did for the Heat. It is impossible to think that anyone can do what James does. However, that does not mean with the right pieces in place a team can at least fill that void with a collective group of talent. Deng is not a scrub by any means can be a vital part for any franchise looking to be a title contender. With Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh already there, Deng will fit in quite nicely with what the Heat are trying to do.

 

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Getting Use to a New Miami Heat Squad

July 20th, 2014 at 7:49 PM
By Glenn Minnis

The Miami Heat has been undergoing major reconstruction ever since the faithful day in which LeBron James made his intentions known that he will not be returning and is heading back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Miami Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra admitted that the team went into panic with not knowing what to do since their superstar left. However, the team managed to pull themselves together and bring in some key free agents and re-sign some key players to still make them a formidable team in the Eastern Conference and potentially still come out the East to go to the NBA Finals for a fifth straight year.

 

The Heat were able to re-sign Chris Bosh to a max deal and also bring back Dwyane Wade, Chris "Birdman" Andersen, Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers back into the fold and keep most of them core stars in tact. The team was also able to sign free agents Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger and Luol Deng. This will no doubt add depth to their bench with Granger and McRoberts, and Deng cannot replace James, but he is an awesome substitute. 

 

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Chris Bosh Believes the Heat are Contenders Without LeBron James

July 19th, 2014 at 5:53 PM
By Glenn Minnis

Miami Heat star power forward Chris Bosh said that he feels that Miami Heat are still contenders to not only come out of the Eastern Conference, but to also win the NBA Finals once again. This is wishful thinking on the part of Bosh, whose team not only lost a star player, but lost arguably the greatest player in the past decade at least. The Heat are obviously going on an "us against the world," mentality, but it is also important for them to not get caught up in proving James wrong for leaving and the people who think they can't win it all again without James' services.

 

When Dwyane Wade announced that his intentions was to stay in Miami, he also added an Instagram photo that had his picture and read, "Heat vs. Haters." This shows that the Heat are hearing what the people have to say about them and the doubt that has creep into many fans' minds since James left. Many feel as though the Heat cannot do it anymore and that wherever James is, that is the team that has the best chances of winning the NBA Title. 

 

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