Miami Heat have been left reeling after a summer of discontent saw them lose star baller LeBron James after the four-time NBA MVP chose to move back to Cleveland and sign for the Cavaliers.
The Heat have made the last four NBA Finals, winning two championships, but they will struggle to replicate that without LeBron, who at times single-handedly propelled them to greatness.
But for all the Miami fans out there worrying about how the Heat can respond to losing LeBron, don't worry, star power forward Chris Bosh may have just found the answer.
Heat need to toughen up
LeBron, Bosh and Dwyane Wade combined to establish the so called 'Big Three' in Miami, but with James gone the Heat have lost their main man. That means Miami are clearly less talented than in years past, but Bosh says that what they lack in talent now they can make up for in toughness.
"I don't think we're as talented as years past, and we're going to have to make up for it in toughness," Bosh told USA Today.
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Culture stays the same
There is no coincidence that the Heat made four NBA Finals while LeBron James was in Miami. But without him, Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra says the culture at the Heat will remain as they head towards the start of the upcoming season.
"The Heat culture, the Heat code, that will remain the same," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra says. "Our standard and our expectations of what our organization is all about, that remains the same. That's one thing you can count on in a league where there's constant change."
Heat enjoying the challenge
"We're looking forward to this challenge."
Even the best teams in history have struggled to replace their star performer, but rather than see a future without LeBron as something to be scared of, Spoelstra and the Heat are excited about the challenge that lies ahead in the upcoming season.
"You have to be able to coach different teams, different challenges," Spoelstra added. "And we're looking forward to this challenge."
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