Let’s imagine for a second that LeBron James got tired of toying with Pat Riley and the Miami Heat and decided to give it another shot in South Beach, Chris Bosh told the Houston Rockets thanks but no thanks and Dwyane Wade decided to take less money to reunite with his buddies and make another run at bringing a title to South Florida.
Now you would say that the Heat will be right back in the mix as title contenders, as their additions of Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger could give them the support that they need to bring it to the best the West has to offer. You would be right that it would make them the favorites to win the weak East again, but you would be dead wrong that they could be still title contenders.
Despite that fact that the “big three” would be reunited, the San Antonio Spurs showed the Heat that it will take more than King James to beat anybody out West. Wade will more than likely miss a quarter of the season with knee problems, and it is not a guarantee that Bosh will revert back to his pre-Miami self.
Add to the fact that the Heat will still lack a big man to defend the paint and lack the depth to spell their aging stars, and you now have the makings of the same Heat team that got whacked by the Spurs in June — a team that depends on one superstar to get things done. So yes, it will be cause for celebration if the big three return to South Beach. Just don’t expect them to be title contenders.