The Big Three part won't change.

You don’t host a party one year then usher out the guests of honor the next.

So 2011-12 (lockout permitting) for the Miami Heat will start where
2010-11 ended, with a blueprint designed around the skills of LeBron
James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

The difference will be that Heat President Pat Riley and coach Erik
Spoelstra will have a greater sense of what it takes to complement such a

In many ways, the mandate to Riley and his front-office staff is the same as it was over these past 11 months: Find something that works at point guard and center.

Because when it came to those areas of need, 2010-11 turned into a revolving door that continued spinning through Sunday’s season end.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas started the playoffs as the Heat’s starting center; Joel Anthony finished in that role.

Mike Bibby began the postseason as the starting point guard; Mario Chalmers closed in that role.

As Sunday’s 105-95 season-ending loss to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 6 of the best-of-seven NBA Finals showed, the answers weren’t good enough.

"It’s like a puzzle," Wade said, "and their pieces came together a little bit better than ours."

The Heat’s voids extend beyond mere positional designations.,0,2825040.story

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