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.