Miami Heat Enter Free Agency Looking to Make A Big Time Splash

Eight hours from now, the NBA world is going to bust at the seams.

Even though the majority of us are still recovering from the Miami Heat’s glorious championship run or from the NBA draft that took place this Thursday, front office organizations have been long at work attempting to determine where and how they will spend their money this offseason.

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NBA Draft 2012: Where Miami Heat Fans Ask, “Who is Justin Hamilton?”

The Miami Heat had the opportunity to select four of the five players I listed in my last piece deciding who would be the best fit for the team next season.

Forwards Jeff Taylor, Quincy Miller and Draymond Green were all available, as was center Festus Ezeli. Center Fab Melo was the only player of the five who had been taken at the time, which came a few selections earlier from a Boston Celtics team in desperate need of a center.

Yet when the time came for the Heat to make their selection, they opted to select Arnett Moultrie only to trade him to the Philadelphia 76ers for their 45th pick and a future first-round pick which will be lottery protected up until 2015.

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NBA Draft 2012: Five Players the Miami Heat Could Consider Taking With the 27th Pick

I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for an offseason before.

It’s that championship hangover; that rare feeling where your team finally prevails as the team to beat and you can look forward to an entire year’s worth of trash-talk. It’s that feeling of having no worries concerning your team and not stressing over the thought of what they could possibly do to make a significant improvement.

Oh, the Heat will improve. LeBron James has already stated that he will look to improve, as will Dwyane Wade, who recently stated that he will be spending the summer attempting to work on his jump-shot. Chris Bosh will most likely perform his usual summer job of tearing down cities in Japan.

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Late Night with the Miami Heat: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh spend Monday on Cable

These guys were serious about that ‘no sleep’ campaign.

It doesn’t seem possible that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh have slept a wink since winning the NBA title this past Thursday.

Since then, they’ve partied it up at Club LIV:

Done Interviews for ESPN:

And did that whole parade down Biscayne Boulevard:

The glamorous road of an NBA champion didn’t end there, however, as Wade, James and Bosh took their talent’s to talk shows this past Monday.

It started off with Bosh joining Live with Kelly and Tyler Perry, unfortunately. The interview is short, and Bosh mostly talks about the grind getting to the championship, his newborn son and the injury that nearly cost his team the Finals run they ended up running through.

We then moved on to the Late Show with David Letterman, as LeBron James and the Miami Heat championship trophy to New York.

The standing ovation he receives at the beginning is classic. Since the show is being held in Manhattan, you know that at least 90 percent of those fans are disgruntled New York Knicks fans who loathe LeBron with every fiber of their being. You can even point out some faces in the crowd that are applauding, but look extremely forced to do it.

Dwyane Wade must have picked the short straw because he ended up doing an interview with Jimmy Fallon.

I don’t get why people watch Fallon. Every time I come across his show, he’s either staring at me, stuttering or making me wish Phil Hartman never died.

Part 1:

http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/dwyane-wade-part-1-6-26-12/1407816
Part 2:

http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/dwyane-wade-part-2-62612/1407817/

They’ll also be doing a show with Oprah this Sunday, which will be to die for. ZOMG.

 

Chris Bosh Proved That He Is the Miami Heat’s Most Vital Player

Read my face–Chris Bosh is the Miami Heat’s most beneficial player to their success.

That includes last year’s success, this year’s and even in the NBA Finals, where Bosh had statistically the worst playoff series of his career. The low point and rebound totals came as a result of Bosh still not being 100 percent from the abdominal injury he suffered in Game 1 of the semifinals, yet the numbers hardly tell the story of what Bosh means to this team.

Numbers don’t matter to anyone on this Heat team. Once Chris Bosh and LeBron James decided to take their talents to South Beach, worrying about numbers became a thing of the past. No drive for scoring a lot of points, recording triple-doubles or attempting to lead the league in a specific category; just winning games.

Wade and James were going to sacrifice the potential of winning multiple MVP’s, on account of the fact that they’re on the same team now, but they were still going to get their stats as the one-two punch. They’d still dominate the ball on nearly every offensive possession and would be the one’s facilitating as shooters and passers.

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LeBron James: The King Gets His Ring, But Redemption is His True Reward

The narrative of LeBron James’ story wasn’t supposed to come to what ensued on June 21st 2012.

It didn’t fit in with the dynamic of James’ career and the labels that have become attached to him like leeches, sucking the life out of him and creating blemishes that would tarnish his image. The taste of victory and the scent of success was a musk that LeBron pined for heavily, but could never come close to applying it and revel in the sweet smell of championship glory.

We became too used to that narrative. Year-after-year, we encounter the same LeBron James headline: “Close, but not close enough.” James was continually pushing his Cleveland Cavaliers to deep postseason runs, yet the run always stopped at a time where we began to think to ourselves, “Maybe it is his time.”

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The King Gets his Crown: Miami Heat Win Second Championship with Game 5 Blowout

Long live the King.

For all of our sakes, so he may continue to allow us to watch the greatest display of basketball since another King of the court was finishing up a three-peat.

30.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists per in 23 postseason games. 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 7.3 assists per in five NBA Finals games. LeBron James had himself one hell of run, didn’t he? Through all the scrutiny, the uncertainty, the criticism, the doubters, naysayers and angry people that don’t like to see other people garner success, LeBron James just completed one of the greatest postseason runs in NBA history.

And he isn’t stopping there. No, this is just the beginning. The floodgates are open; the levees are broken. There’s no stopping the dark and powerful water that will soon engulf the NBA and all of those who inhabit it. It’s not their fault and they didn’t deserve it; it’s just what happens when a whole bunch of things combine to make something glorious occur.

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