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.
The Heat still have a legitimate chance of at least coming out of the East. Riley was smart by keeping together much of the core to make another run at the NBA Title. With Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers, Chris Anddersen coming back, they can put together a nice string of wins here and there. Not mention key acquisitions Luol Deng, Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts, this Heat team will clearly be making a statement. They are already hungry with had badly they lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. Now they have even more motivation with James leaving and doubters to prove wrong. An interesting season is surely to come this Fall.
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