“Told You So”
Hate it or love it, the Miami Heat have crashed the party.
by Donnell Suggs
For the moment, just for the moment, let’s forget about the term “Big Three” and focus on two particular players. These players, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade respectively, have navigated the Miami Heat ocean liner into Eastern Conference Finals waters by cruising through eight of there 10 playoff games so far. If you’re just waking up from a season long coma or are new to the planet Earth, welcome to the NBA.Playoffs. LeBron James signed a contract with the Miami Heat this past summer after 7 phenomenally frustrating seasons in Cleveland and had the entire world (except for you, you were in a coma remember?) HATING on his “decision”. 82 games and two playoff series later “taking his talents to South Beach” doesn’t look like such a bad move after all. The Heat will face either the Chicago Bulls or the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals in less than a weeks time, thus far going according to the Big Two’s plan (I am blatantly not including the now exposed Chris Bosh into anyone’s Big 3, 2 or 1). James left Cleveland for greener pastures also known as championships, plain and simple. Loyalty to friends, fans and his hometown (Akron, not Cleveland) be damned. He, along with Wade, have a chance to accomplish that mission in season 1 of CSI: South Beach. What could be better than that for basketball fans? A redemption story mixed with a good old fashioned plate of “I Told You So” with a dish of “Me Against the World” for dessert.
When the Boston Celtics acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen prior to the ‘07-‘08 season to re-create “The Big Three”( remember them: Bird, Parrish and McHale-won three championships in the 80′s) everyone seemed happy for all parties involved. Even Minnesota and Seattle, Garnett and Allen’s respective squads, didn’t seem like they minded, though both teams got hosed in the process. Two really good guys, Garnett and Allen, would get a chance to team up with fellow good guy Paul Pierce in chase of the Celtic’s 157th (give or take a few) championship. Joy to the basketball world. I have to admit that it was great to see those Celtics take the Lakers out to the woodshed for a whuppin’ in six (great) games, but one question kept creeping into my mind every time they showed up on television and in every newspaper and magazine that my eyes could find: How is this even fair? There’s no way the rest of the league can possibly think a team consisting of Paul Pierce, KG and Ray Ray not win it all? The following season Pau Gasol was traded from floundering Memphis to the Lake Show for two movie premiere passes and an autographed Jerry West jersey and went on to win a championship. My question was answered, the league made sure it’s flagship franchises were championship worthy, if not locks.
I have a new question regarding the league and it’s roster tolerance levels: Where was the league-wide love when LeBron and DWade pulled off their own version of Roster Improvement 3.0. These two guys were free agents, no restrictions, no obligations except to themselves and their respective families. Maybe the two of them on the same squad scared some of us. Is it possible we didn’t want to see a dynasty built so quickly, so easily? The ‘80′s Lakers never pulled such tricks we said. The ‘89-90 Pistons earned their back-to-back chips from blood and sweat (plus great drafting by an excellent front office) we said. This isn’t fair, we cried. Keep in mind the seven years LeBron spent as a Cavalier getting beat in the playoffs by Boston, try and remember the playoff series Wade lost to the Celtics the past three seasons. LeBron and Wade signed with the team they thought had the best chance at winning multiple championships—championships that could not and would not be achieved without first vanquishing those same Boston Celtics. That team just so happened to be the Miami Heat. Isn’t the whole point of sports to win? Well the Heat are winning and America’s basketball fans are getting to see two of the league’s brightest (I meant what I said about not mentioning Bosh in that group) team up to collectively give us all the middle finger. I hate to say I told you so but…….