By Richard Nurse @blackirishpr on April 19, 2014
I know that the postseason is only a few games in, but before the Miami Heat tip things off tomorrow let's jump ahead a few months and take a look at five problems they must address during the offseason.
Although Mario Chalmers is the prototypical point guard for this version of the Heatles -- despite his frequent brain lapses -- the potential for him to demand more money in the offseason puts the team’s backcourt in jeopardy.
Couple that with Norris Cole’s third year decline and there could be a serious problem.
With Ray Allen and Shane Battier likely set to retire and Miami looking at the possibility of having 13 free agents on deck, it will be key for the two-time defending champs to reconstruct a cheaper cast that can actually do what this year’s bench hardly did -- show support.
This season has featured too many instances of lackluster Miami Heat basketball. Win or lose, we have to wait and see how coach Erik Spoelstra will go about reviving the hunger that they had before they relieved the championship pressure.
Between maintenance and a myriad of injuries, the Miami Heat lost their star shooting guard for more than a third of the NBA season. Fortunately the year after OssaTron shockwave therapy seems to be the one where players regain their health (see: Rashard Lewis). But can the team risk entrusting their future in Dwyane Wade’s broken down body without securing a solid backup?
The only thing more important than keeping the Big Three intact will be Miami’s ability to resign LeBron James, while also convincing him that he won’t have another frustrating season of having to shoulder the entire load as if he were back in Cleveland.
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