Miami Heat Teetering Between Greatness and Rebuilding

By Kareem Gantt
Pat Riley, Miami Heat
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In high pressure times like this, I am amazed at how Miami Heat general manager Pat Riley can keep his hair looking so good. And these are certainly high pressure times for the Heat.

Their superstar, LeBron James, has kept everybody, including the Heat, in the dark about his offseason plans, and numerous sources are now beginning to wrap their heads around the possibility that King James’ time in South Beach is coming to an end. Without a doubt, LeBron leaving Miami would mark the end of the “big three” era in South Florida, an era in which Heat fans clad in white were living the high-life South Florida is known for.

What exactly would happen to the Heat if LeBron left? For starters, King James would no longer call the American Airlines Arena home, Chris Bosh would almost certainly be linking up with the Houston Rockets to form a new — and in a lot of ways better — big three with James Harden and Dwight Howard and Dwyane Wade would still be soldiering along in a Heat jersey, but now in a less superhuman form.

In other words, if LeBron decided to leave the Heat, Miami would venture into the dark NBA netherworld known a rebuilding. Ironically, Miami fans will be going through what Cleveland Cavaliers fans are currently dealing with. Karma can be something else, right?

King James is expected to meet with Riley and the Heat to announce his decision, and no doubt, this will be the most pressure packed week in the history of the team. Only four years ago, Heat fans across South Florida were jumping for joy as they landed the best player in basketball. Now, those same fans could very well experience what Cavaliers fans felt on that dreary July day in 2010.

Kareem Gantt is an NBA writer for Rant Sports. For more from this author, you can ‘follow’ him on Twitter, ‘like’ him on Facebook, and ‘add’ him to your network on Google

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