As an Orlando Magic fan, I know full well the pain of superstars leaving a team. I still have not gotten over Shaquille O’Neal leaving a 62-win Magic squad for Hollywood. I will never forget how Dwight Howard pouted and schemed his away out of Orlando. Yes, I, as well as all of Central Florida, feel your pain, South Florida.
Miami Heat fans got a small taste of my pain on Friday, as their King, LeBron James, decided it was time to re-claim his throne in Northeast Ohio and leave sunny, palm tree laden Miami behind. It could had been Armageddon for the Heat, as the Houston Rockets increased their pressure to bring Chris Bosh to Texas.
But as it turned out, all was not lost in South Florida on Friday. Bosh inked a deal that would see the big man stay in South Florida for five years for a cost of $118 million. Is it overkill from the Heat? Oh yeah. Bosh is not the type of player worth $118 million. But when you just lost the best basketball player on the planet, you have to do what you have to do, and keeping Bosh in the fold was the smart thing to do.
With Bosh in tow and Dwyane Wade expected to re-sign with the only team he has ever known, the Heat came out of a potentially devastating day still relevant in the East. And If Danny Granger can turn back the clock and return to his former scoring machine self, then there is no doubt that the Heat can be a 45 to 48 win team and a fourth seed in the playoffs, and with a loaded free agent class coming in 2015, the Heat could very well be right back in the hunt for an NBA title.
So for all of the Heat haters who thought “White Hot” was dead when King James decided to take his talents back to Cleveland, your Miami nightmare still exists.