Most Pressing Miami Heat Storylines Going Into The Season
5 Most Pressing Storylines Going Into The Season
When it comes to the Miami Heat there has been no shortage of storylines since the Big Three hit Biscayne Bay. And this year won’t change that when the media is focusing on one things more than dreams of a three-peat like free agency.
The Heat have a team full of impending free agents, including Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, so it's not just the 2014 LeBron James watch.
It’s possible that team -- and player -- options could leave the club with no players on the roster going into the summer of 2014, but the Heat are reluctant to allow the potential of a massive overhaul disrupt their goals.
"We'll address it, but we don't need to belabor it,” coach Erik Spoelstra said on media day. “Our guys aren't naive."
"When you have a team that has been built like this, we've been trained and conditioned for this moment probably more than any other team."
Truer words couldn’t have been spoken.
Miami is a team that made it to championships during the entire spectacle of the Decision, injuries, late season signings and the added attention of a 27-game win-streak.
They’ve been through every situation that could put them under the media’s microscope, and aside from the 2011 Finals hiccup, the squad has been obnoxiously focused.
"I'm not saying this in a cocky way at all,” Wade said at media day, “but I think I always focus on our team more than I focus on other teams."
With a team full of veterans and the goal to get to get another golden ring, the Heat shouldn’t have any problems pushing through the questions. But can they overcome the other obstacles that we compiled in the next five slides (featuring media day quotes)?
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5. LeBron Watch 2014
The season’s running question will be: What’s LeBron James going to do? But if you leave it to James you will only hear one answer:
"I don't think it's appropriate to talk about it right now,” he said during media day.
"Being a leader of this team, I owe it to this organization, to my teammates to not talk about it."
4. Dwyane Wade’s Health
Another question that we will hear all year is: Will D-Wade be healthy enough to hold up and convince James to stay in South Beach?
"LeBron James' decision is LeBron James' decision," Dwyane Wade said, “…don't try to put that pressure on me. I'm going to stop that right now."
3. The Return Michael Beasley
According to Dwyane Wade, Michael Beasley is “the spark-plug this team needed from a talent standpoint."
But if you ask coach Spoelstra, he isn’t exactly sure how Beasley is going to be used.
"We'll see how he fits in, and I don't have that answer right now,” coach said during media day. “I don't have specific expectations for him on the court. I'm curious to see how it's going to work out."
2. Can Greg Oden Get Back On The Court?
Word out of media day (from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel) was that Greg Oden spoke of trying to get on the court during the preseason. However, his coach says:
“There's certainly no timetable. He's in here five hours a day… If it happens two months, if it happens three months, who knows."
1. All Eyes On The Three-Peat
A variety of things will stand in the way of the Miami Heat making history, but if you ask LeBron James the team has a chief concern:
"The number-one key thing is health. If we're healthy, it doesn't matter who you put in front of us."