Everybody knew the Miami Heat were going to have to really look at things going into this upcoming season.
What else could you expect when you lose arguably the best player in the game in LeBron James?
But it seems that the Heat are taking this change by the horns and in particular, Forward/Center Chris Bosh. He feels that he can now get back to attacking from the post. Bosh will be part of the big picture for Miami after re-signing with the team over the summer.
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For Miami fans that are waiting to see the Chris Bosh from days with the Toronto Raptors, this may be a little disappointing… Chris has already said that he will not be that same guy ever again as per NBA.com
“That was Toronto… I was a little younger. I wasn’t married. I only had one child. It was just different. Everybody wants me to go back to a person that was less than sure. I feel that my game is more rounded. I don’t want people to think that I have to resort to the past to be successful.”
The Heat big-man does have a point and a good one at that - Bosh doesn’t have to resort to the past, his future actually looks a lot brighter. For example, he definitely did not possess the three-point shot he has now in Toronto but he has said over and over that he has not forgotten about playing in the post.
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The reality for the Heat is that LeBron is gone. Point blank, no buts about it. But that doesn’t mean that MIA is out of the hunt for the postseason; not one bit.
Along with Bosh, Miami still has their spiritual and emotional leader in Dwyane Wade and added key Forward Luol Deng in the offseason. Along with Guards Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers, and talented rookie Point Guard Shabazz Napier, you can see that they still have solid pieces available.
Will that make up for James?
No probably not, but the team can definitely still compete for a playoff spot especially with how wide open the Eastern Conference is at the moment.
Sure Cleveland will be solid (if they can stay healthy that is), the Chicago Bulls are going to make strides as well and don’t be surprised if Toronto and Charlotte are pretty good this year too (you can say I told you first).
All in all if Miami can continue to have the synchronicity that they have these past four years and disperse the workload evenly among everyone including Wade, Bosh, and Deng, then they will still make big strides in the East.
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