By Richard Nurse @blackirishpr on July 31, 2014
You would be hard pressed to find a group of individuals who could look you in the eyes and say that Pat Riley did a bad job of quickly rebuilding a playoff contender in South Beach after LeBron James chose to go home on the Miami Heat.
With that said, the team is still facing a number of issues, so I've compiled five problems that could continue to plague their offseason.
Even with the addition of 6-foot-10 Josh McRoberts, the Miami Heat still took a step back in the rebounding category.
Losing their leader on the glass -- LeBron James (7 RPG) -- without a capable replacement will make the last place rebounding team look worse than their previous 30th place.
With the expected departure of Ray Allen -- to Cleveland with James Jones and LeBron James -- Michael Beasley and Rashard Lewis, the Heat are going to lose most of their reliable three-point shooting. That's especially true with a new scheme that will likely keep Chris Bosh closer to the post.
We’ve heard names like Australian League MVP James Ennis and former All-Star Danny Granger described as backups for Dwyane Wade, but the lack of a proven scoring option off the bench will be detrimental when No. 3 hits the pine or misses a few games with injury.
Speaking of injuries, Wade’s knees will always be an issue until he proves that falling apart in the NBA Finals and missing a third of the season was just a one year deal.
Regardless of what management says, LeBron James going back to Cleveland was the biggest offseason problem in Miami, because his abilities were able to overshadow almost all of their issues.
It’ll be hard to substitute for someone who led the team in points, rebounds, steals and assists.
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