By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on June 20, 2014
Pat Riley was not at all subtle during his press conference this week, and you could argue that it was one of the best offseason power moves we have seen in a long time. I know that the Miami Heat, as currently constructed, would not be able to win a championship next season, but I just cannot imagine LeBron James walking away from Riley. The Big Three will go on vacation for a bit; afterward, they will need to have a big talk.
The rumors of James to the Houston Rockets are interesting, but they are also not realistic. James Harden and Dwight Howard would love for all of the pressure currently resting on their shoulders to be displaced to LeBron, but it simply won't happen. If Daryl Morey could pull this off, then his "Dork Elvis" moniker would never be more appropriate.
The San Antonio Spurs were able to get Chris Bosh to settle for outside jumpers, and he never looked in rhythm during the NBA Finals. Tim Duncan outclassed the Heat's PF in many respects, but the rebounding differential was one of the key areas that stood out.
Erik Spoelstra won round one against Gregg Popovich, but round two definitely went to the San Antonio Spurs. The Miami Heat's head coach has always been supported by Pat Riley, and you should not see that change in the near future. They did just make it to the NBA Finals four straight times, after all -- pretty impressive stuff.
Dwyane Wade's age has never shown more, and James must realize that his shooting guard's prime is far gone. However, I still cannot see either of them opting out next season. Does that mean Wade takes on a Manu Ginobli-like sixth man role? Maybe. That is quite an expensive role player though.
It was not a comfortable summer for any of the San Antonio Spurs in 2013. What did they do with their pain? They used it as motivation, and then we all saw what happened in 2014. Riley brought up the Spurs staying the course during his press conference, which was quite a wise thing to do.
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