2011-2012 Miami Heat Season Preview

Last season I picked the Miami Heat to win 70 games and the championship, I got half of my prediction correct. The Heat did win 72 games last year (we won’t mention that 14 of those victories were in the playoffs), but came two agonizing losses in the Finals from taking home the winner’s trophy. I was so certain that with the Miami Heat’s stacked roster they would win the NBA title last year that I am left wondering whether I still have the credentials to make a prediction for the coming season. But here we go anyway. The Miami Heat will win this year’s NBA championship. 

How can I say this when the Dallas Mavericks, last year’s NBA champion, arguably got better by replacing their center, Tyson Chandler, for the more versatile Lamar Odom and the only additions to the Heat roster are veteran defensive stopper Shane Battier, rookie point guard Norris Cole, and the morbidly obese center Eddy Curry?

Because LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are the two best basketball players on the planet.

Because Chris Bosh is one of the fifteen best basketball players on this same planet.

Because last year the Miami Heat would have swept the Dallas Mavericks in the Finals if not for surrendering fourth quarter leads of fifteen and nine points in games 2 and 4. The Miami Heat were clearly better, but still got their butts kicked.

Most of the civilized world placed the blame at Heat forward LeBron James who played as though he placed a lot of money on the Mavericks. The usually confident James suddenly wanted no part in the game, passing the ball like it was a naked picture of Dick Cheney to scrubs like Juwan Howard and Mario Chalmers instead of remembering you can’t score if you don’t shoot.

LeBron’s accurate shooting was what got the Heat to the Finals when teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh struggled, but suddenly James seemed unsure of himself and for that he deserves blame, but much more criticism should be shovelled on Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. I have long called Spoelstra a crumbum who must have incriminating video of Heat owner Mickey Arison to have kept his job for this long. 

Spoelstra almost sucked me in to his fan club when his team played loose and executed to their potential during the playoffs winning eighty percent of their games on the way to the Finals. Perhaps Spoelstra really did know what he was doing and was making strange substitutions that cost the Heat games in the regular season to experiment with what match-ups might work in the post-season? But then came the clueless collapse that is an all too common feature of a Spoelstra coached team.

Instead of getting in James’ face during a time out and demanding him to take the ball to the hoop Spoelstra forgot to devise  a winning game plan. There is a reason in the last 25 years only 8 coaches have led a team to a championship, it takes a particular skill set to lead twelve separate primadonnas toward one collective goal. It is a skill set that Heat President Pat Riley possesses. His charisma  would get the Heat players to play their best. In this 66 game lockout shortened season an elderly Riley should have the energy to push the talented team he assembled toward glory. If Riley won’t do it may I suggest the recently retired Phil Jackson or Jeff Van Gundy to replace the overmatched Spoelstra? And if they turn down the job how about hiring Dolly Parton, Andrew Dice Clay, Ringo Starr or any of the six billion other people who inhabit this planet who have the skill set to  figure out how to roll a ball on the court and get the most talented roster in the history of the NBA to win a championship.

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5 thoughts on “2011-2012 Miami Heat Season Preview

  1. The Heat won’t even make the Finals this year!lol Nothin but love for ya, Loco!

    Nah, no question they were the best team, but for whatever reason James does have a tendency to choke on the big stage. Even in Cleveland he couldn’t get it done losing to the Spurs. Some blamed it on the supporting cast with that squad, but James had the cast this time….yet they still lost.

    Like you said, someone needs to get in his face and make him play to his potential.

    As for the coach, if they lose another Finals or don’t make it I’m sure you will get your wish. I’ve coached a little girls church basketball, could I be an option?lol

    • If I was el Presidente of the Miami Heat I’d be scouting out your use of the pick and roll on the church court. I’m pretty sure some of those little girls could have coached the Heat to a championship last season even if the games were past their bedtimes.

      • Actually, Pablo, with the fire I saw in some of those girl’s bellies, I believe they would have had no problem getting in James face and telling that big, overgrown thug to start playing ball like he had a pair.lol

  2. While Salley’s addition was first met with hope because of the role that he played on two championship Pistons squads, it became quickly apparent that Salley was a quality role player for a good team, but not a quality player for a mediocre team like Miami was at the time. Salley would eventually have his playing time diminish, ultimately resulting in his being taken by the Toronto Raptors in the 1995 expansion draft . As for the season itself, it started off poorly, with Smith missing time with a knee injury and Burton being lost for most of the year with a wrist injury. Upon Smith’s return, Miami posted a winning record in February and March, but it was not enough to dig themselves out of the 13–27 hole they began in. They finished 36–46 and would not return to the playoffs.

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