With all of the hoopla surrounding LeBron James and his departure from Cleveland, one might understand why those Cavalier fans are upset. Between breaking his promise of a title and the way he left town, one can absolutely sympathize with the Cleveland faithful. Now in Miami, LeBron and his Heat are off to a slow start which has people wondering if they can pull it together and win the NBA Championship this year. One thing is for sure, the fans in Cleveland are happy with the Heat’s lackluster performance thus far, but I have some bad news for them: LeBron will succeed in Miami and here is why.
Time is on their side – The Rolling Stones could not have said it better for this young Miami Heat team. Of the ‘Big Three’, Dwayne Wade is the oldest at 29 years old. James is 26, as is Chris Bosh. If we compare their core to other dominant team’s key players, here is how they stack up:
Boston Celtics – Kevin Garnett (34), Ray Allen (35), and Paul Pierce (33)
San Antonio Spurs – Tim Duncan (34), Tony Parker (28), Manu Ginobili (33)
Los Angeles Lakers – Kobe Bryant (32), Pau Gasol (30), and Lamar Odom (31)
Those three teams have won five of the last six titles (Miami won the title back in 2006). The Orlando Magic have a young core as well, but not the individual talent of Miami.
Dwayne Wade – Wade is too good to let this team not win a title. He found a way to coexist with Shaquille O’Neal en route to their title in 2006, and I’m sure he will find a way to make things work with James and Bosh.
Pat Riley – The Hall of Fame coach has five titles, his last was when he took over the Heat after an 11-10 start under then coach Stan Van Gundy. He finished the year 41-20 and defeated the Dallas Mavericks in the Championship Series. The man knows how to coach, and he knows how to handle all of that individual talent.
LeBron can do it all – So far on the young season, James is in the top ten in points per game and assists per game. Once they pull it together, which WILL happen, James will really start to make this team better.
Miami did what Cleveland could not – Cleveland had several chances to give him the supporting cast every championship team needs, and they failed each time. Having to be the person to take the big shot time and time again in Cleveland, that pressure is now off James with the quality of players around him. Now with Wade and Bosh, he has the weapons at his disposal, and once they start to gel, they will take the NBA by storm. It’s not a question of if James will succeed in Miami, it’s a question of how soon.