Miami Heat rookie point guard Shabazz Napier received huge praise from LeBron James when Napier led his Connecticut Huskies to the NCAA Championship this passed season. James even called him his "favorite player," to watch in the tournament, garnering huge praise from someone like James. So, it was quite obvious who the Heat was looking to draft in this year's NBA Draft. They acquired Napier through a trade with the Charlotte Hornets for the Heat's first round selection P.J. Hariston from North Carolina. However, James still bolted for Cleveland, leaving a sour taste in many mouths, including Napier as he has now unfollowed James on Twitter and has deleted tweets from James as well.
It seems as though not every Heat player agreed with Dwyane Wade's comments on James making the right decision to go back to his home team. You can imagine Napier's disappointment as who would not want to play with arguably the best player in the NBA today. Imagine Napier's surprise as he thought he would be playing alongside James and that he probably would be one of the key pieces to bringing James back into the fold, but that was not the case as many of us know. Like Napier, the Heat will quietly use what James did as motivation and will strongly contend in the Eastern Conference.
It may very well seem as though the Heat are going to try and go back to the NBA Finals in spite of James. Unlike many teams who lost a superstar player in free agency or via trade, the Heat have decided to not throw in the towel on their season and decide to rebuild for the future. Instead the Heat have decided to go into the free agent market and pick-up key pieces to make another run. Barring Wade leaving, this Heat squad can cause some serious damage in the postseason and will be a hard out for anyone. They still have star power in Bosh and a good nucleus with adding Napier into the fold. It should be a great season coming to a head this year.
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