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Miami Heat Will Still Be in the Mix in the East Without LeBron James

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

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Whenever you lose the best basketball player on the planet, darkness is sure to be on the horizon. That is what happened to the Cleveland Cavaliers after LeBron James decided to take his talents to South Beach in 2010.

So you would naturally think that the Miami Heat will be following into the same, dark abyss after King James decided to take his talents back to Lake Erie. But one thing that separates the Heat from the Cavs is that Miami has Pat Riley, and he is not about to allow his team to head back into the dreaded rebuilding phase.

Soon after the King left, he inked Chris Bosh to a five-year, $118 million contract and will soon take care of the longtime cornerstone of the franchise, Dwyane Wade, to keep him from entertaining any thoughts about following in King James’ footsteps.

Did the Heat grossly overpay Bosh? Absolutely, because as good as Bosh is, he is not worth $118 million. Will Miami overpay Wade? You better believe it, because despite his deteriorating knees, he has been loyal to the franchise. All of this points to the fact that Riley is not shutting this era down, and in the watered down Eastern Conference, they will certainly be a team to be reckoned with next season.

Are they a championship team? Of course not. But will Miami be among the top five teams in the East next season? You bet ya! So Heat fans, don’t hang your heads. Miami recovered very nicely from what could had been a devastating moment for the Heat.

“White Hot” is still alive and well in South Florida.

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