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Charles Oakley was Michael Jordan's best friend on the Bulls. They shipped him out much to Jordan's dismay and consequently soon after won three championships with his replacement (Cartwright). If there is something to be gained by trading Haslem, then you do it and let the chips fall where they may.
Beasley is going to be a star, an elite player and should be a focal point of an offense. However, to matchup against the truly elite teams in a seven game series, you need real height upfront. In my view, Lopez would be a no brainer if it ever becomes a possibility. I would give up Beasley, just because Lopez would be more of a necessity. If I'm Miami without Wade, then I'm keeping and building around Beasley. Not sure I would want Alston though. Qrich is a keeper.
To me, it seems Wade might be working out hard again, as his body and actions at certain points in the game are looking stronger. If that's the case, then his inconsistent play during the first three quarters, being mainly a playmaker, is suitable until his body adjusts. It's simple, Wade that works hard, there's no question he's the best in the league with Lebron. Kobe is very skilled, and luck favors the prepared man, but Wade if he makes basketball an obsession, it just wouldn't be a comparison. If he does not work out hard, his reputation will take a huge hit as people have short memories - and you see how those announcers gave Wade some praise but mainly were insulting Wade every chance they could. He has to have the same effort and results year in and year out for it to stick in people's minds. Six weeks of hard weightlifting power work, including hundreds of makes from everywhere as much as possible, and he'll be back.
Bosh should be a priority for the Heat, but a team needs multiple weapons to compete - particularly against allstar teams like the Lakers. Beasley is a huge weapon if used properly. JOneal could be traded to Toronto and with a possibility of a buyout and resigning back with the Heat as was discussed last year during the initial Raps/Heat trade.
If Spoelstra uses Beasley properly, then no way would I make the trade Beasley for Bosh. Look for a different route to get Bosh. Again, Wade needs to hit the gym hard now until he get's in last years shape, and if he's fatigued during the games he can shift to primarily a playmaker. I think this is too important. There are plenty of offensive weapons now on the Heat. If towards the end of the season he's in the same shape as last year, then his status will remain unchanged.
Iverson and the Heat won't mix as the Heat are far from championship contenders. On the other hand, Cleveland may be an option for Iverson as Lebron needs players who will step up in the playoffs along side him. Regular season is not enough, Mo Williams did not step up last year when it counted and I bet he will play poorly in critical games again this year. Iverson steps up during the post season, he can handle the pressure like Lebron and unlike his current teammates, outside of Shaq. Cavs should trade Mo Williams and bring in a high caliber low post player, or Stephen Jackson. Sign Iverson, and Lebron will have the necessary post-season components to win the title. Again, the post-season is a different animal, it takes strong willed players to handle the pressure and excel. Lebron needs players alongside him who can handle the pressure and relieve some of the strain. In the Orlando series, it was Lebron versus the Magic. His teammates shriveled. Iverson will know how to play with Lebron as he recognizes that Lebron is the real deal, and intuitively knows Lebron is above him in the pecking order regardless of age. Iverson's mentality can't accept that with other players, not even with Kobe, Carmelo, etc - but Lebron, yes. Other positives: desperation. Desperate players play like their life depends on it. Iverson, Lebron and even Shaq will be desperate post-season players. Iverson is desperate for a championship which equals fulfillment (much like Gary Payton and Alonzo were on the Heat), Lebron is desperate to get a ring now, so he can begin moving up the all-time greats ladder - winning a ring later in his career will not have the same effect, Shaq is desperate to get his fifth ring, to move ahead of Duncan/Kobe. There is a greater chance Lebron joins Wade if he already has a ring, otherwise it will hurt his status and he knows it. Iverson may not have made all the best decisions or right comments, he himself will admit he is no where near perfect but I believe he is being disrespected based on what he's accomplished in the league and he represented the US well during the Olympics. Iverson should be honored and given respect despite his imperfections.
Iverson and the Heat won't mix as the Heat are far from championship contenders. On the other hand, Cleveland may be an option for Iverson as Lebron needs players who will step up in the playoffs along side him. Regular season is not enough, Mo Williams did not step up last year when it counted and I bet he will play poorly in critical games again this year. Iverson steps up during the post season, he can handle the pressure like Lebron and unlike his current teammates, outside of Shaq. Cavs should trade Mo Williams and bring in a high caliber low post player, or Stephen Jackson. Sign Iverson, and Lebron will have the necessary post-season components to win the title. Again, the post-season is a different animal, it takes strong willed players to handle the pressure and excel. Lebron needs players alongside him who can handle the pressure and relieve some of the strain. In the Orlando series, it was Lebron versus the Magic. His teammates shriveled. Iverson will know how to play with Lebron as he recognizes that Lebron is the real deal, and intuitively knows Lebron is above him in the pecking order regardless of age. Iverson's mentality can't accept that with other players, not even with Kobe, Carmelo, etc - but Lebron, yes. Other positives: desperation. Desperate players play like their life depends on it. Iverson, Lebron and even Shaq will be desperate post-season players. Iverson is desperate for a championship which equals fulfillment (much like Gary Payton and Alonzo were on the Heat), Lebron is desperate to get a ring now, so he can begin moving up the all-time greats ladder - winning a ring later in his career will not have the same effect, Shaq is desperate to get his fifth ring, to move ahead of Duncan/Kobe. There is a greater chance Lebron joins Wade if he already has a ring, otherwise it will hurt his status and he knows it. Iverson may not have made all the best decisions or right comments, he himself will admit he is no where near perfect but I believe he is being disrespected based on what he's accomplished in the league and he represented the US well during the Olympics. Iverson should be honored and given respect despite his imperfections.
Wade is not the same player as he was last year, it's as simple as that. He did not work as hard this off-season as he did last. I think he preferred going out and having fun mainly rather than perfecting his craft. There is no reason he should not have come in this year even stronger than last and with more skills. He didn't. So one year he'll be up, next down. When they drop his status out of the top three, then he get's mad and works hard. That's not the right focus to have. I don't think he's driven like the greats such as Jordan, and even Kobe and perhaps Lebron which is unfortunate because when Wade works hard he's the best player in the league. But the fact is you either have that fire inside you or you don't. I'm not talking about having the fire when you meet certain opponents, I'm talking about having the fire when you're by yourself, working. If he did, he would be even more explosive this year and his shooting skills would be deadly, not only relying on being in a rhythm, and year in and year out he would be the best player in the league and recognized as such. Wade is still top five player but that shouldn't be enough for him. I'm sure next year he'll work hard again but the inconsistency will hurt his status when compared to all-time greats. If I'm him, I'm moving Grover down now during the season, paying him whatever, to get his body to be the same as it was last year, and at the same time working on perfecting his shooting mechanics - getting the reps in everyday. That means the social life takes a back seat.
Miami Heat: Chris Bosh ($15.7m 1yr) Chris Kaman ($10.4m 3yrs) Marcus Camby ($9.1m 1yr) Toronto Raptors: M. Beasley ($4.6m 2yrs) James Jones ($4.3m 4yrs) D Wright ($2.8m 1yr) Chris Quinn ($1m 1yr) LA Clippers: J. Oneal ($23m 1yr) --- Lineup: Chalmers/Arroyo Wade/Cook Richardson/Diawara Bosh/Haslem/J.Anthony Kaman/Camby/Magloire That team would contend this year easily, and I would favor them over the Celtics and Magic. Lakers too, depending on if Wade can get himself back to last year's strength and explosiveness.
Wade should have come into the season in the same type of shape he was in last year, and still play the same type of role that he's playing now, if he want's to conserve as much as possible for the playoffs. Coming in less than optimum shape can lead to injuries, hopefully he stays injury free which is very important for him. It's going to be hard but he should get in contact with Grover and start working to get his body back to the exact same as last year. Wade of last year was easily the number 1 player, couldn't be stopped. Wade thus far this year, is behind a few players in my view. Anything can happen trade wise that can make this team into a real contender, even with Spo, so you have to always be prepared.
If you can convert Beasley into a big time center, while the main free agent focus remains Chris Bosh. Then you may have to consider it, as it seems Beasley is not going to get the opportunity with the Heat under Spo. I don't believe Wade worked as hard this offseason as he did last as there is a noticeable difference, to me atleast.
The point is for Wade to get on everybody's asses to work extremely hard this offseason. It's his duty to follow up with everyone to make sure they are lifting hard, shooting hundreds of makes daily, etc. The rest will fall into place, including potential trades this season that will boost the position of the team. If it's not a team game, then all he has to worry about is himself. Since it is a team game and if he seeks to be a champion again, with it comes responsibility to push everyone to work as hard as possible. I think he is pushing his teammates this offseason, although he needs to take it to another level. There are some scenarios, if played out this year that could make this team a contender if the current players work extremely hard during the offseason, refining their skills, building their strength, power and agility. No wasting time.
I know many won't agree but Lebron not shaking hands, although unsportsmanlike, set's the right tone in this instance for the following year come playoff time. In other words, no more joking around, he's pissed off and everything will be serious and everyone better be serious and ready the next time. I like that attitude better than the "we have nothing to lose" attitude going into a game seven, or all the joking around and dancing when you haven't done anything yet.
If a great opportunity presents itself then I believe Riley will take it. Otherwise it would be foolish to move away from the current strategy. Lebron isn't going to play with Wade at age 25. Neither will accept being in the shadow and you can't have two chiefs. I like Iverson but he's not the right fit on the Heat. Unless his focus completely shifts to being a playmaker, like he was initially when he first got traded to Denver before Karl messed that up by telling Iverson to shoot. Iverson can be a playmaker and a damn good one if that's his main focus, he can break down the defense and create for everyone with ease. If his goal would be to average 14 assists per game with scoring not a priority -- only when necessary, then I might consider Iverson. But still it's not a contending team without further changes. Iverson can't come off the bench.
J'Oneal will be much much better this year as long as he works hard on his legs. Wade will be Wade and Beasley will be improved. The team is still heavily lacking, although a few scenarios can play out this year that could make them a contender imo. The head coach is important, and Spoelstra does not inspire confidence. If somehow the Heat makes some big trades at some point in the season and there is a glimmer of hope to contend, then Spoelstra needs to willingly move to being assistant coach and Riley over to head coach. No time for on the job training when competing for a championship. Riley, on a contending team, inspires confidence on many different levels and that's extremely important. Riley is worthless on a mediocre team at this point, as is other older big time coaches.
No to Hinrich, Kirilenko, Chandler deal. There is no winning anything with that. Although I like Hinrich. Odom would be a dream pickup, and within one year the Heat would be one of the key favorites to win the championship and he would be a featured player for the Heat. With the Lakers, he's a featured bench player - like Kobe said. Don't forget, Lamar, all the years they called you Odumb.
You don't give up Beasley for Bosh at this point. If for whatever reason he can't be obtained without giving up Beasley, and Bosh eventually signs a long term deal with another team then so be it. I believe Beasley will be one of the top players once he puts on more strength and actually gets time on the floor, and he's on his rookie deal leaving the option to sign another big time player. I still would love to see Bosh on the Heat, but not at the expense of giving up Beasley. Unless there is some scenario that hasn't been thought of yet. Bosh has to be smart too, he needs strong players at multiple positions to contend. Chicago would be similar to Orlando. They might be considered a contender but I personally think would be a long shot to win it all. Add a superstar top three player along side him, with another allstar caliber player in Beasley and i believe they become the favorites which is what they should strive for. Wade plus Bosh mainly is not enough imo, particularly with a weak coach.
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