Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks. After the game ended and Dirk Nowitzki, unlike every other player ever, walked off quietly to the locker-room, I felt this weird urge to buy his jersey. A great individual, player, and now, champion. It’s rare that I ever feel this sentiment, but I was genuinely happy for another human being.

Looking between the lines in this series you’ll find that Dallas’ defense was impeccably architected around stopping two Hall-of-Famers who nobody in the league can guard one-on-one. The 2-3 zone that converted Miami’s vaunted rim-attackers into jump shooters, the double teams that made LeBron James and Dwayne Wade blind to making others better, and a committed “protect the paint” strategy that frustrated Miami to making that pass they didn’t want to make, all added up to an NBA title. I don’t know how much Dwane Casey had a hand in those but I imagine he had a lot to do with it, which will do him well in his Raptors interview.

From Miami’s perspective, they can view their summer strategy in two lights. First, it’s the simple one that they were two games short of a title and another year of experience and a summer of tweaking the role players will make the difference. There’s a naivety in that line of thinking because it disregards the improvements other teams will make, and it counts on the Heat duo of James and Wade to be ultra-motivated after this defeat. It is based on the idea that the Heat need only to slightly improve to get to the next level.

With $60.5 million tied up in Wade, James, Bosh, Miller, Haslem and Anthony, the room to maneuver is small. Miller, Haslem and Anthony make a combined $12.8 million and you can argue that all three are excellent rotation players. Will shuffling these three role players around make the difference? Unlikely, their departure has an associated basketball cost, and relatively speaking all three combine to give Miami a great bargain. I’ll argue that, barring injury, they are valuable role players on a championship team. They also have to account for Mario Chalmers, a great contributor this post-season, who they could potentially extend using Bird rights.

This leads Pat Riley to option two: re-tool. James and Wade are mainstays, and if he values the services Haslem, Anthony and Miller provide, by the process of elimination it would imply that Chris Bosh and his $16 million could be the likeliest candidate to be moved. I know it’s all speculation the day after the season ended, but this is my first reaction.

Jose Barea is a free-agent who just tripled his value, he made $1.8 million this year and is going to attract suitors on the market. He’s a perfect example of how the NBA game is all about matchups and having the proper role players. He was too quick for Chalmers all series long, and it was very smart of Carlisle to move Jason Kidd, one of the great point guards ever, to the off-guard and let Barea use his quickness against Miami’s slower wings. The Heat even had LeBron James guarding Barea at one point, a testament to Barea’s impact on the game. I know the success isn’t even close, but Barea is a perfect backup, just like Calderon was in the 2006-07 season. The difference is that you won’t hear Mavericks fans creating a point guard controversy with calls of Barea to start.

Finally, when James was asked whether he was bothered by people rooting for him to fail, he said that it doesn’t matter to him because he’ll continue to live his life, exact words being: “All the people that were rooting for me to fail, they have to wake up and have the same life that had before they woke up, the same personal problems they have.” Here’s a typical reaction.

I saw the presser live and it did feel like he was being rather egotistical, but I can forgive him. In my opinion, he made one big mistake and it was The Decision. His effort has been good all season, and I didn’t even have much issue with his play/effort in the Finals. A lot of the blame has to fall on Erik Spoelstra for not countering Dallas’ defensive tactics, and simply waiting on Wade or James to find their individual brilliance to push them through.

A touch of class by Mark Cuban to give Donald Carter, the founder of the Mavericks, the chance to lift the trophy. Great for Cuban and I’m glad that his methods have been validated by a title.

There was a moment of revelation at the end of Cuban’s press conference where he mentioned how the hiring of Rick Carlisle had a lot to do with analytics. Basically, he’s got metrics about how coaches impact their new teams, and the affect their departure has had on their previous team. Wonder if Colangelo has any of that going?

That’s really all I have to say about the NBA finals, which have been the best in years.

  • KingRaptors

    All great points but you never mentioned anything about Chris Bosh CRYING!!!! 

    • Arsenalist

      I did in the title of the post.

    • pesterm1

      it wasnt so much just the crying that was funny, it was when he fell to his knees in the hallways and cried and had to be picked up by dampier and walked to the dressing room. lol. Im glad dallas won. Dallas prooved to be the better team and they acted like true champions. CONGRATS DIRK.  the heat are waaaaaaay to into themselvess……  THE MIAMI  EGO’s. LeBron prooved he chokes when it matter. I think its safe to say Lebron will never be Jordan, rings or not.

    • Nilanka15

      At the end of the day, Bosh has as many championship rings as Soloman Alabi 😛

  • Raptor4Ever

    I think the ONLY way forward for Heat is To Trade Bosh away. This is no Knock on Bosh as a Player and He probably out played both Wade and Bosh in the game 6 tonight however, with Wade and Lebron on a team, you just can not have another STAR player who demands the ball to be effective and makes MAX money.
    Heat can use the money they save by trading Bosh to get a better center instead of Anthony and also improve their bench that was truly out played by Mavs tonight. 
    Could we see a trade with Atlanta that will get Heat a Player like Al Horford to the Heat for Bosh ??!!! Who knows …

    I am also hoping that BC manages to get Casey for Raptors. Hiw defensive schemes to shadow defensive weaknesses of Kid and Dirk was unbelievable and I can only dream about what he can do for Raptors.

    I guess now we can focus on the draft and see if BC is able to pull a trade that improves our position in the draft. D.Williams as our SF will be great beside DD and Ed Davis.

    Maybe Combinations of Amir + #5 pick and other parts can make Minny give up their #2 pick.

    Can’t wait to see if BC is able to do anything major in the next 2 weeks.

    • tonious35

      Casey is a good coach but, here is what you have to consider:  Casey has to endure a roster full of crappy players next year or motivate them, and the main reason Casey wins a ring was because he had Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, DeShawn Stevenson, A MOTIVATED Dirk Nowitzki, Terry, and Shawn Marion in Dallas.

      • barenakedman

        Do you mean the crappy players that beat the Mavs?

        • tonious35

          sry, I mean if Coach Casey was hired by the Raptors, he has to endure our crappily put together roster, exception to any possible moves being made by BC.

        • tonious35

          You meant crappy players that beat the Mavs without Nowitzki on late December and at one point led them by 20 pts in ACC in the spring time?

          • Dan

            yes, the same crappy players that finished  with the third worst record in the NBA and had the worst defense in the NBA while Dallas went on and won it all. Yes, the same crappy players !!

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RCWVIXH72H7GPHMFZ2B3HGJ3TM Alec

              Take Triano and (hopefully) Bargnani out of equation
              Then crappy team has a future

  • jk1m

    For you all to enjoy… 😉

  • Sek99

    Heat lost for one simple reason: team. You can get all the talent you want but if they don’t fit together as a team, it doesn’t really matter. Dallas had a well-designed team with clear cut options and roles. Miami was just a mishmash of two superstars, a good PF and a decent backup PF in Bosh with good role players. I’m happy that guys who put the time in, waited for the right team and didn’t just try and acquire every good player on the market regardless of how the would actually fit together on a team won the rings. It’s something heartening for kids to see that perseverance and mental toughness sometimes can beat seemingly insurmountable odds. The Heat are a great team because of the defense they play coupled with their talent. Dallas proved that sometimes heart goes further than talent and physique (J.J Barea!) and Raptors should look ahead to build a team by taking core pieces (Dirk and Terry in Dallas’s case) and finding the right guys to work with them. LBJ is right when he said you can’t do it on your own, but Dallas proved that you don’t need to buy up every superstar in a year, you just need to put something together that fits.

    • Nilanka15

      It’s the lack of a clearly-defined pecking order that’s Miami’s biggest problem.  Every team needs a clear cut primary offensive option.  And until Wade and LeBron decide who that is, the Heat will never get over the top.

      • Lucas

        $17,201,629. Know what that is? The difference between the Mav’s payroll and the Heat’s payroll.

        Point being that you can add a lot of extra talent and depth for that much money. You can add a Tyson Chandler and a JJ Barea for that much.

        From that point of view, I find it ludicrous that they could even compete (and that people expect them to and deride them for failing to do so).

        They didn’t get beat by a “team,” they got beat by a far more expensive team.

        [ And while I like the Heat, I am a Raptors fan, and am in no way sour about the loss — unlike if Boston/LA/San Antonio had won ]

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RCWVIXH72H7GPHMFZ2B3HGJ3TM Alec

          of course that 17M includes Butler who wasn’t playing
          and Heat just came from free agency offseason, where they couldn’t possibly get much over cap
          Boston, Orlando, Atlanta all have bigger payrolls but it didnt help them against the Heat

          before finals everyone was doing other kind of math
          3 > 1

          in the end the better TEAM won, not the payroll or stars.

        • Bendit

          The Heat are essentially a flawed team. They have no established point guard, centre or a dependable bench and yet we seemingly had the majority of espn up their butts about a finals win. All it took was some amazing play/shooting by one great player and a well devised defensive game plan with a willing supporting rest of a veteran team to beat them in 6.

          • mountio

            Lets not overstate things. There was nothing wrong with the Heat when the steamrolled Boston and the Bulls and when they were rolling up 15 in game 2 against Dallas.
            The reality is – the got rattled, Lebron got shaken, started missing shots and they lost to a very good team in the NBA finals. All not bad for a team that was put together less than 12 months ago.
            Heat will easily be the odds on favourites to win the title next year – whether they make any changes to their team or not.

            • Statement

              Agreed, Mountio

            • Bendit

              So, Lebron suddenly got the yips in the finals? It’s not like he hadnt been there before and Wade was a past mvp. Arguably, it was Bosh who probably should have been used more offensively and was probably the most consistent in the series. 
              You easily discount the matchups visavis the Bulls & Celtics who had a newbie star in Rose (easily handled by LJ) and a aged Celtics team with an injured Rondo and no Perkins.
              The team as constituted is individually talented but flawed nonetheless. It took a good coach and capable/willing players on the other side to handle them. No shortcuts please.

              • mountio

                Just because you are morally offended by their “shortcuts” doesnt mean the “model” is flawed. They will be heavily favoured to win the title next year (even though Dallas just won) for a reason. The NBA is about stars and star talent (its also about gelling as a team .. which Miami hasnt had much time to do, but will be better at next year) – as a result, you will continue to see stars teaming up over the next few years ..

                • Bendit

                  Stern is already looking to curtailing the concentration of “stars” on any given team (thru the new cba)….mostly thru cap restrictions. It would seem to me that this directly contradicts your star talent concentration possibilities in the future. There is a realization that the league cannot have just 3 or 4 teams competing for the championship every year…for obvious reasons. You havent explained why the Heat model construct is not flawed and I am afraid on any level (moral or otherwise) taking shortcuts without backup plans often results in failure or in this case a negative reaction such as we have never experienced in professional team sports. The Melo experiment in NY will be interesting to follow next season. Stay tuned. A return to league wide competitive balance and team basketball is what I am looking for.     

                • mountio

                  Thats fine if the CBA changes .. that doesnt change the fact that Miami did as well as possible under the current CBA.
                  As for evidence that Miami isnt flawed, how about the fact that less than 12 months after putting their team together, they rolled through a very good eastern conference (inincluding league MVP and best record team Chicago) and they were cruising in the finals until their best player fell apart. Had any other teams’s best player fall apart (Dirk, Kobe, Durant, Rose) they wouldnt win a series either.
                  Anyways – I dont have a problem with your desires for a balanced league – I would love that too (I am a raps fan after all). But dont blame the Heat or attempt to claim their model is flawed just because you dont like how they build their team.
                  And btw – this was probably the most balanced the league has been at the top in years. The first round was more competitive than ever. The real problem isnt at the top (there are at least 6-8 competitive teams that could win a title) – its the delta between the top 8 and the bottom 8 

                • Bendit

                  Your evidence that the Heat as constructed is not flawed is based on their best player “fell apart”? Did someone wave a  shazam stick at him? That does not sound like a very plausible basket ball related defense of the team. Or was there a defense (zone) constructed by the Mavs that kept both Wade and James on the periphery with Chandler protecting the interior? That was eerily similar to what the Celtics did to his Cavs team with Perkins in the middle. And he seems to get frustrated. Until the Heat change their team to include better personnel in the middle and at the point (and I cant see them doing this without jettisoning one of their so called top 3 they might go down earlier next season. I think I am now repeating myself.   

                • mountio

                  You confuse me. The basketball related defense is that a team that was constructed less than 12 months ago rolled through the eastern conference and almost won a title. Even in your world, that has to make them the 2nd best team in the league, doesnt it?
                  On top of that, they have the best odds to win next year. That makes them a pretty succesful team in my books.
                  I understand your venom for how they acted and how the team was put together – but dont let that cloud your view of the facts of the success of this team on the floor.
                  Was Dallas better than them this year? Yes. But the other 30 teams in the league were not. I take that to say their team construction is just fine, thank you

                • yertu damkule

                  well…i’d argue that they’ll always be in contention for a title as currently constructed (with minor tweaks, of course), but that unless/until wade & lebron figure out the pecking order & how to mesh their skills, i can see more seasons ending the same.  it’s a tricky situation…clearly, they have enough talent to do extremely well in the regular season, which should give them advantageous matchups in the early rounds of the playoffs…but by the time you get to the finals (& often before), your opponent has likely figured out ways to stop (or at least slow down) your offense, and ways to attack your D (if they hadn’t, they wouldn’t have reached so far to begin with).

                • mountio

                  All valid points. They certainly arent a lock (who is?) .. but they are in a position to win for the next number of years to come, which is all I think you can really ask from a franchise ..
                  Maybe you are right about inability to adjust in a big series, or maybe they will gel and figure it out. One way or another, theyll be there and we will all be able to watch and see what happens (unlike many other teams that will be watching, themselves, on TV)

                • yertu damkule

                  i guess that’s the rub…it’s not just a matter of ‘gelling.’  they need to arrive at a decision (no pun intended) between the two of them as to whose team it is.  and for whoever comes out as 2nd-in-command, it will be life-altering.  they’ve both spent their entire adult lives being ‘the man.’  now one will have to figure out a way for someone other than them to be that guy.

                • Bendit

                  I do believe you are changing the argument as we go on here.
                  My main point starting off and continuously has been that the team was constructed without considering time tested personnel content who are complimentary. Hence flawed. You think otherwise. Fine. I provide my reasoning. You indicate that Lebron was not himself??? You now make the assertion that all (I included) must be satisfied about their accomplishments year 1. Are you comparing the Heat to a team that was coddled together by chance over the summer? A free agent here and f/a there? They won 60 some games. Peacocks couldnt have been strutting better. And of Dallas…they added Chandler, Marion and Peja the past year. Can we then consider the “new team” argument a wash then?  You must also have missed Lebron’s news conf. at their Miami bash that they were going for the ring and I believe seven of them. They were wired to succeed but this was just another indication that working players make very bad GMs. And just because they got to the finals does not necessarily mean they are the 2nd best team. The playoff system does not allow for accurate judgement on that point. They were just the best representative from the Eastern Conference. I do believe OKC would have something to say in a series against the Heat.

                  Again my only point is that the Heat must change or they will continue to struggle against the good teams in a playoff series.

                  Here is a nice piece on dissecting Lebron’s game…

                  http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nba/news/story?id=6656859

                • mountio

                  And my point is that chemistry / stength at all positions, defined roles, balance etc. are all great. In a perfect world, you would have all the talent in the world and all the balance / chemistry in the world. However, in the real world, you have to make choices. The Heat chose talent .. and for my money its working out just fine for them. If you think they should trade LBJ or Wade for a set of role players .. thats your right to have that opinion, but I think that would be the dumbest move they could possibly make. Wade/LBJ for Howard? Now that could be interesting ..
                  My second point, is to not let your distaste for how the Heat got constructed cloud your view on how successful they have been. Versus a predicted 7 championships by LBJ, ok, maybe a little behind that, but vs any resonable measure .. they had a pretty darn good season and look pretty good for the next 3-5 years..

                • Bendit

                  I dont believe I ever wote/said that they did not accomplish much or were not successful. They had to be having 2 of the best 4-5  (possibly) players in the league. And we must not forget Bosh now! Yes, how they were constructed has everything to do with it (I shall explain below). To me that was gaming the system. And as I have said before this is a “manufactured” team …bad for the league. If it were NY or LA I would feel the same. 

                  You seem to like the star laden teams …I dont…I want competitive balance in the L where teams can fight for their spots in the hierarchy. And the more who can participate in providing a semblance of an “on any given night any team can win”…the better. Dallas built their team the way most of the teams participate in the process…this Heat team did not. In the process Riley gutted the team over a couple of years (Chalmers & Wade were the only remnants) and made a mockery of competition for at least a whole season before he could get the plan in place complicit with Wade doing his work for him when he could not according to the rules. That is bs for the Miami fans and the league. I wonder how many of his players on the Heat who are playing for the minimum and who could make more will continue to do so going forward. And in the process he had to cut corners and take lesser players to fill in the roster. So, yes, they got the stars and my contention is they got the wrong mix of and could not build a viable supporting cast either.As always with such arguments…we shall see. My position: they will make changes or likely fail again if they remain the same.   

                • mountio

                  Your points on league balance and how they put their team together are valid – I agree with your moral stance on the construction of the team and the fact the league should have more parity.
                  I will end my part on this by simply reiterating, that those (perhaps not you, but I took your posts to suggest it) that are saying something to the effect of “I knew it! This team is flawed, you cant win with two similar superstars and without balance in the NBA and this finals proved it! The Miami model is dead and superteams wont conintue to happen in the future” are completely wrong. This team was very successful – Miami proved the opposite – that talent IS the most important thing in the league. They didnt win the title (neither did 30 other teams) .. but they came pretty close and will be in a great position to do so next year. That validates their model .. doesnt invalidate it.

            • Sek99

              Boston and Bulls are very flawed teams in that neither team has a clutch 4th quarter guy. Rose isn’t bad be he doesn’t have a jumper that’s consistent and he can be contained with smart defense. Celtics are aging and don’t have a single player that can really create their own shot anymore except for Rondo at times. Mavs were the first complete, two way team they played, and they lost. 

              • Theswirsky

                Boston’s problem was that Rondo came down with a pretty serious injury and age catching up to them.  That doesn’t make a team flawed. (although I do think trading Perkins was a pretty fail move atleast in the short term)

                Bulls have a 4th quarter guy in Rose, their problem is they had no one else that either could or they were willing to give the ball to.  The Bulls aren’t flawed, they are still developing and just need one more peice.

                Just because a team doesn’t win a championship doesn’t make them flawed.  There are 30 teams trying to do the exact same thing in any given year… even if they were all equally talented or built, there could only ever be 1 winner. 

                • mountio

                  Thank you .. some sanity

                • Sek99

                  Actually it does. Teams don’t lose because they’re less perfect than their opponent. Every team has some flaws. Dallas is not a perfect team, but they probably have the most balanced team considering offense/defense guys besides the Lakers IMO. Bulls need a guy who can create his own shot besides Rose= flaw they need to fix. It’s all about exploiting the opposing teams flaws is how you win. Dallas took over in the fourth and used 3 point shooting to combat Heat. Dallas has less gaping flaws which allowed them to win. Simple. Why so defensive? And the teams will never all be equal, so everything you’ve just said doesn’t really make sense. Sorry pal.

                • Theswirsky

                  “Teams don’t lose because they’re less perfect than their opponent. Every team has some flaws. Dallas is not a perfect team, but they probably have the most balanced team considering offense/defense guys besides the Lakers IMO. ”

                  yet that Dallas team swept and embarrassed the Lakers.

                  “Every team has some flaws”

                  Ofcourse.  It shouldn’t be a suprise to find their is no perfection in this world.  

                  I think the problem here is you are using a term “flawed” in a different way then how it commonly is.  When someone calls a team “flawed” it indicates a serious problem that won’t go away by itself.  However, you are using it to encompass short term issues (ex. injuries, an extra peice, lack of experience) to the most significant long term problems (poorly built franchise models) to justification for unknown reasoning (LA is more flawed than Dallas simply because they lost to Dallas)

                  Yes every team is flawed.  No team is perfect as no team has every won every single regular season game and every single playoff game.
                  No team ever will be.  Glad you caught that… I was wondering what was wrong with sports.

              • mountio

                So, then, what are the “Not flawed” teams in the NBA? You just discounted the team with the best record in the league (and the MVP) and a vetern savvy third place team that was within an inch of winning last year.
                If it makes people happy to say the Heat are the 2nd least flawed team, but all other teams are more flawed (other than Dallas) .. I guess Im fine with that. But – wouldnt it be more conventional to just admit they were the 2nd best out of 32 this year and look to be the best next year?
                Im not even really a Miami fan, but this overreacting and calling the franchise flawed is getting a little silly to me …

                • Sek99

                  They were favoured to win this year. They’ll be favoured to win next year and most likely the year after that. So what. Dallas was supposed to be a 1st round exit, but they weren’t. Every team is flawed in the NBA (see above). Heat have some pretty big weaknesses and the only real 2-way team they played (Bulls and Celtics are defense first, offense is not as important) with an actual current superstar with 10+ years of experience (D. Rose is an MVP, but this is still only his 3rd year) and is the guy who should have won MVP this year considering how terribly his team did when he was out. Miami is the most talented team in the league. But that doesn’t mean you have the best team. Look at Minnesota. They have loads of talent/prospects, yet I think they did worse than us. Talent means nothing unless it’s implement right and used in conjunction with one another. The Heat have two players who are exactly the same in almost every category, no real post player, and no clear fourth quarter guy. Sure they have a really good chance to win next year, but don’t pull a Lebron and start counting rings before the year even starts.

                • mountio

                  Fine .. sounds like we have a nomenclature issue. You claim every team is flawed. Of course thats true in the literal sense that they arent perfect. Swirsky replied well to this above.
                  My only question is why go out and make claims about how “flawed” Miami is when the actual conclusion is that they are a top 1,2,3 team in the league. To me, you dont describe that team as flawed. Describe the Raps as flawed. Absolutely. The Knicks? Sure. But not a top 3 team in the league.
                  This is the NBA and the only was you can judge a team is against the other teams it plays. To claim the champs (or runners up in this case) are flawed only because all the teams they beat are more flawed seems like faulty logic to me ..

        • pesterm1

          did the mavericks break a rule???? so whats the problem….. ur clearly on miamis “D” right? and i dont mean defense

          • Lucas

            Way to show your ignorance. Did I criticise the Mav’s at all? No, I didn’t. They were a great team and played extremely well together. I don’t like JET, but I can root for Nowitzki and Kidd; they deserved (and earned) their rings.

            I was simply stating that it is borderline ridiculous to think that a team whose payroll is $17M cheaper can compete with the more expensive (and well built) team. I’m not saying the money is everything either, but what I’m saying is that this was a different weight class, and having great two-way players in James and Wade made it seem like it wasn’t.

            The Celtics and Bulls were far more flawed teams (this season) than the Mavs.

            Alec : very fair comment about Butler. But that still leaves you $7M for a guy like Marion.

            Finally, pesterm1, next time you want to be a homophobe ignoramus: please do so again; you will once again fail to invalidate my argument, and will in fact make me look better in comparison.

            • pesterm1

              all ur doing is making excuses for miaim….

            • pesterm1

              ur making excuses of miami, sry for being harsh but before the finals everyone was sucking miamis dick now they loose and ppl make up lame excuses.

              • Lucas

                Facts can’t be excuses. Not only that, but your two points aren’t even mutually exclusive: people can be high on Miami’s success and they could still be in a lower weight class.

                What people do or don’t think about the Heat (including the Heat would win this series or not) doesn’t change the facts: that $7-17M is a lot of extra money to spend, and that Miami would be better if they could spend that kind of money wisely.

                That’s not to say that the outcome would change. But give them enough money to get a Tyson Chandler and a JJ Barea, and they are suddenly in the same weight-class as the Mavs.

                Again: I am NOT saying that this would change the outcome of the series. Please bear that in mind.

                Anyhow, I’m more interested in our coaching search, our draft picks/strategy, and what trades we might make than discussing the Heat to death.

                • Mike

                  The difference in salary is neglible. Don’t forget that the Heat won the Free Agency Championship this summer. If they decided to spend their money on players that actually complement each other rather than splurging on three marquee names then they may have won..did they really need James after already getting commitments from Wade and Bosh? Could have used the one max contract on filling out the roster better. Plus Dallas always had a higher payroll then the rest, this was the season that the chemistry was right and everything clicked.

                • yertu damkule

                  hindsight…from everything i’ve read, it was all of ’em, or none of ’em.  package deal.  so yeah, they (the heat) would have been better off just going after, say, lebron, and using the remaining $ to spread around better & shore up the roster, but (for whatever reason), wade & lebron wanted bosh.  i guess they must not know anything about basketball, since we all know how much he (bosh) sucks…

                • Nilanka15

                  LeBron was the last piece of the Miami trifecta.  It’s highly likely that LeBron would NOT have chosen Miami if he wasn’t already joining a Wade/Bosh pairing.  They didn’t “choose” Bosh afterwards…it was Bosh/Wade who chose LeBron.

                • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DANSRO43XQD3CLQZ2JFM5JZRQI 2damkule

                  just because he announced his ‘decision’ last doesn’t mean it actually unfoled in that manner.  it makes no sense that wade & bosh teamed up, then recruited lebron.  IMO, it was lebron & wade who were the cornerstones, and picked bosh for a number of reasons – he wouldn’t challenge them (i.e. he’d know his role), he was available, he’s a good player, and he’d make a great fall guy if it didn’t work out (which is currently happening…how many ‘trade bosh’ stories are floating around now?).

                • Nilanka15

                  The current situation (i.e. trade Bosh scenarios) has nothing to do with how Bosh/LeBron/Wade were signed last summer. 

                  You’re basing your posts on pure speculation.  I’m going on the timelines of what actually happened.

                • Sek99

                  Mavs overpay for people, Chandler has a ridiculous contract (although he semi earned it this year) and Heat underpay for good role players who want a shot at a title. Money isn’t everything, and Mavs just had a better, well constructed team. 

                • yertu damkule

                  everyone overpays.  i’d say chandler probably earning right around what he should, all things considered.  and it wasn’t the mavs that gave him that contract, though they are paying it…pretty sure cuban’s pretty ok with cutting that cheque.

                • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RCWVIXH72H7GPHMFZ2B3HGJ3TM Alec

                  Chandler got his big contract from Hornets I believe. And battled injury problems after that. 
                  Marion, Haywood, Kidd on the other hand were paid by Dallas and overpaid at that
                  But these big investments paid off in the end.

                • yertu damkule

                  that’s the point…it doesn’t really matter how much one’s team payroll is, if that team is in it to win it, and they do, then the guy cutting the cheques can’t complain.  well, not right away.

                • Sek99

                  I know, just saying that the disparity in salary’s for both teams doesn’t really work as an excuse. I mean, don’t the Raptors have a higher salary than the Heat right now?

      • Milesboyer

        Miami’s only problem is that the stars weren’t aligned to win this particular 7 game series.  If another 7 game series were played immediately following this one, I would pick Miami to win.  I don’t think Dallas is the clear cut better team, I just think – as Jason Terry suggested – God’s grace gave them this victory.  All analysts and commentators are rationalizing what happened but the fact of the matter is, this series could have gone either way.  The level of play was absolutely fantastic and personally I am thrilled that the “good guys” won, but had Miami prevailed those same analysts would be describing how they knew the Heat were clearly the better team.  The beauty of sports is its unpredictability – it’s the best reality tv going, and when humility triumphs over egomania there is reason to believe God exists.

        • yertu damkule

          i don’t think anyone would argue that the heat’s best players are better – on paper – than the mav’s best players.  it takes a lot to get over that, and i understand where you’re coming from…but i don’t think enough is being made of the fact that this heat team – for whatever reason – simply wasn’t on the same page after game 3.  i’ve stated elsewhere why i think that is (the wade/james dynamic, no great mystery, IMO), so to me, if they start another 7 game series tomorrow, i’d think it would be a tossup, since it’s not nearly enough time for them to figure out what it was that caused such disarray in their game plan & execution.  i mean, would lebron show up for THAT series?  that kinda matters…cause if he doesn’t, then no, that series wouldn’t ‘go either way.’

          oh, and enough with this ‘grace of god’ bullshit.  if there is such a being/creature/idea, i hope he/she/it has more important things to concern themselves with than a fucking basketball game.   

          • Milesboyer

            Lebron showed up for the previous two series, so there is every reason to believe he would show up if it were done again.  Regardless, it’s all speculation.  

            “Grace of god bullshit”?  The possibility of the existence of God and a manifestation that can be noticed through a sporting event that millions of people follow may seem trite when comparing it to the many calamities facing humanity, however if one does believe in a greater power, it is not unfathomable that a glimpse may be offered through something all of us and many more follow so closely.

            • Sek99

              Dallas won because they were the better ‘team’. Not more talented but most certainly the better constructed/more versatile team. And if god does exist, I doubt he gives a shit about the NBA finals.

              • onemanweave

                Do you go to your ten-year-old’s school play because it’s great live theatre or because you kind of like that bit player with the squeaky voice?
                   God, I’m pretty sure, isn’t a basketball fan, but parents get involved in their kids activities.  He doesn’t root for Dallas or the Dinos but he is a fan of Dirk and Alabi and even Pat Riley and BC. He even loves ‘grown ups’ like you and me who waste  parts of our lives on a b-ball chat line.

                • Milesboyer

                  Let’s just say it was fitting karma that the humble guys beat the cocky, arrogant, egocentric guys.

              • points

                he cares about the individual not the game
                in all things give thanks… who is God? 

                                          God is a Spirit 

            • Statement

              “Grace of god bullshit”?  The possibility of the existence of God and a manifestation that can be noticed through a sporting event that millions of people follow may seem trite when comparing it to the many calamities facing humanity, however if one does believe in a greater power, it is not unfathomable that a glimpse may be offered through something all of us and many more follow so closely. ”

              I really hope God doesn’t trouble himself with sport bullshit. 

          • Nilanka15

            Lol, totally agree.  Bringing God, Allah, Xenu, Buddha, Vishnu, Superman, or whoever into the discussion is nothing short of nonsensical.  There were no “moral lessons” learned from this season.  The better prepared/constructed team won a championship, which happens every year, in every sport, in every country.

            • Milesboyer

              Your idea of God is clearly a stagnate or non-existent one.  God, Allah, Xenu, Buddha, Vishnu, the Universe, etc., may in fact be all pervasive from the tiniest of creatures to the greatest catastrophes. To speak of it in any context would be anything but nonsensical.

  • Jose

    This was a victory not only for Dallas, but for the integrity of all sports – especially the NBA.

    • Statement

      Well said,

      Wade and Lebron are openly egotistical.  I’m sure all NBA’ers are (with the possible exception of Nash), but jeez dudes, try and hide it every once in a while.  Have some fucking class you hicks.

      • Statement

        I meant to say “I’m sure all NBA’ers are….egotistical but not openly so”

        • Bendit

          While Nash is a terrific example a more appropos one in this instance would have been Dirk….ironically a v. good friend of Nash.

  • Theswirsky

    18.5 Pts, 41% fg, 7.3 Rebs, 1 asst, 2.2 turnovers, 0.3 stls, 0.5 blks, 2.3 fouls

    What was Bargnani doing out there?

    • Theswirsky

      whoops my bad… that was Bosh. 

      • sleepz

        Once you listed 7.3 Rebs I knew you couldn’t be speaking about Andrea. lol

        • Theswirsky

          I knew that was gonna be a dead give away!

      • mountio

        Must be a first option on offense that teams focus on to shut down? Nope, just a wide open jumpshooter ..

  • 511

    I don’t know if justice prevailed with the Mavs beating the Heat, but it sure felt like it. Also, I’m not sure if LeBron really does fade somewhat when all the marbles are up for grabs, but to this point in time, it does kind of seem so. Glad for the Mavs; glad for basketball. And … while I was leaning towards Lawrence Frank for our next coach, I’m now liking Dwane Casey for the job. Whatever his contribution to the Mavs winning the championship might’ve been, I think I’d like some of that. 

    • Nilanka15

      Casey seems like a great coach, but it seems like the media is giving him 100% of the credit for Dallas’ championship.  Some perspective is needed.  Carlisle is a solid defensive coach in his own right, and in my opinion, deserves the most credit for building a contender in Detroit (not Larry Brown).

      Also, let’s not forget the impact that Chandler and Stevenson had on the defensive side of the ball.  Casey may be a brilliant mind, but if you’ve got players who don’t work at it, the “system” is as useless as the paper it’s drawn up on.

      Obviously, there’s the contributions of Dirk, Kidd and Terry, plus solid, passionate ownership by Cuban that add up too.

      Casey was a big part of Dallas’ success, but one of many big parts.  And the suggestion that some are making, that if Casey is hired, it means that Bargnani is here to stay, is fairly ludicrous.  The mythical Bargnani-Nowitzki comparisons were completely eliminated this season.  How any bright basketball mind can draw a single comparison between Dirk and Bargnani at this stage is beyond me.  If Casey is hired, Bargnani’s fate would be in as much jeopardy as if any other coach is hired.

      • Theswirsky

        “…if Casey is hired, it means that Bargnani is here to stay, is fairly ludicrous”

        I think the concern is more, if Casey comes does that mean BC is giving Bargnani yet another chance?  Does that mean, even after all his comments, BC can’t come to terms with the type of player Bargnani is?

        If Casey is hired I don’t think it means Bargnani is guaranteed to be sticking around for the next 4 years… but rather it probably means this team is going to waste atleast another season. 

        • cesco

          The haters are constantly changing the date of AB departure . First it was July 1st , then next season trade deadline , then possibly another season . With Andrea being traded and Leandro going back to Brazil , the other teams will only worry about interior defense and will kill the Raps with their perimeter offense . BC is not that stupid to trade his best player unless he gets old Dirk in return of course .

          • cb

            do us all a favour and stop posting here cesco.

            • barenakedman

              While sometimes it’s hard to agree with what cesco has to say it makes things more interesting when there is a diversity of opinions and different levels of acumen. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion no matter how ridiculous.
              Nobody forces you to read what someone posts and there is one  posters that I usually just don’t read. 

              • cesco

                I welcome any thoughts by the ‘pseudo experts’ how the Raps who are the worst 3 pts shooting team ,  are not going to be the laughing stock of the league as all the opposition has to do  is concentrate on interior defense , if Andrea and Leandro are gone .

                • barenakedman

                  Andrea and Barbosa shot worse 3 pt percentage than both Bayless and Jose.
                  I’d rather have my threes coming from the 1 than from a center.    

                • cesco

                  Please , check your stats before you make silly comments :
                  Here are the stats for this past season :

                  Andrea   77/223 3 pointers avg .345
                  Leandro  72/213                     .338
                  Jose       57/156                     .365
                  Bayless   49/146                     .336

                  The point I was making stand , the Raps will be the LAUGHING STOCK of the league without Andrea and Leandro . It will be RIDICULOUS , capisce ? .

                • Theswirsky

                  “check your stats before you make silly comments”

                  yeah……. bayless shot 34.9% with Toronto:

                  http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/4473

                • cesco

                  Nitpicking eh ! Jose and Bayless are both PG’s so they will rarely be on the floor together . My point stand .

                • yertu damkule

                  uh, you do know that andrea shot below lg avg from 3 this year, right?  and that he’s just slightly above average for his career?  and that barbosa shot worse from 3 this year than andrea?  i get what you’re saying – that the threat of perimeter shooters is vital to the overall successful functioning of an offense – but for the raps, it’s really only a threat in theory.

                • Theswirsky

                  a guy who has already claimed to have little to no basketball knowledge prior to Andrea, only started to follow basketball to root for Andrea and has stated numerous times is only an Andrea fan…. should not be making a single comment about anyone else’s level of expertise.

                  Stick with the “Andrea is the best player on this team” stuff. 

                • Statement

                  Only cesco would root for the worst player in the league

                • Nilanka15

                  You do realize that trades are free agent signings are NOT illegal in the NBA, right?  With Barbosa and Bargnani gone, what makes you think Colangelo won’t find suitable replacements?

                  Man, oh man, I’ve never ever seen such consistent, linear thinking/flawed logic coming from one person before.  You never cease to amaze me cesco (and not in a good way).

                • cesco

                  Yes , I agree that BC could find suitable replacements for Andrea and Leandro if they leave but BC also has to find players that can play defense . It will not be easy for him to find good defensive players that can also rain threes . So , the possibility is there that the Raps will get worse in three point shooting . 

                • Nilanka15

                  Sure, I’ll give you that.  Anything is possible.

          • points

            Dirk and terry

      • RapthoseLeafs

        .
        If Casey can bring some of that winning attitude to the Raptors (and be respected by the players for it), then any defensive perspectives will have more weight (for the Rap players to buy in to).
        .

        As for Chandler (and Stevenson in a minor role), he defines what Colangelo was thinking, when he “thought” he had his defensive Centre.

        2011 Play-off record: 32.5 min, 8.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg.

        Raptor misfortune turned into Maverick fortune – notwithstanding the phenomenal effort by Dirk.
        .
        As for the Casey and Bargnani association, we’ll have to agree to disagree there. Some don’t believe in the Dirk-lite resemblance, but I do. I’ve never said they compare on an equal footing, but I think a guy like Casey could change Raptor structure, into a similar but hybrid mold. One that doesn’t build around AB, but that incorporates him into a offense / defense mold that defines a new Toronto look.

        That simply means we develop a front court offensive side, while bolstering the defensive side, including a defensive Centre – ala Chandler – that Raptors have been lacking. If Casey doesn’t like the result, then further changes can be made.
        .

        As for the Barg / Dirk resemblance, it is based on the fact that both are offensive challenges for teams – Dirk much more so. This BS that Andrea is not an efficient scorer strikes me as a tainted perspective, that is based on his last season where he was fairly or unfairly, “chosen” to lead this team – in effect, a Franchise player.

        Bosh was our Franchise player (and one-time MVP prospect  – lol) and he couldn’t get us into the play-offs. That in a East division which featured 7th & 8th play-off spots that the Harlem Globe Trotters could probably qualify for.

        Suffice to say, AB is not that guy. Neither was Bosh. The difference is, if we can get over the need to anoint a Star every year, we might find ourselves moving to the next level with “PARTS” necessary to being a Contender. If Bargnani’s role is as a 6th man, then so be it. By time we can compete at a high level (and with a new CBA), Andrea’s salary might not “weigh” on Raptor’s cap, as some think it will. 
        .

        I watched a lot of this Dallas/Miami series, and I’ll have to disagree on this being a great series. It was great that the Mavs won, and it was great watching the last 5 minutes of each game, but IMO, it didn’t compare to some of the other play-off series this year.

        What I did like about these finals, is what it showed – as to what the Raptors are missing:

        * A team defensive scheme that works …. especially zone defense – which the Raptors did have some success with.

        * Defensive Centre – if we can’t find one, we have to fashion one (I believe the Davis factor has to be explored here).

        * 3 point shooting – our Achilles heel. The Mavs win just illustrated it’s VITAL importance to success. Not only does it offer one extra point, but it has psychological benefits.

        * Veteran presence – we have none (for the most part)

        * A Leader – Dirk & Andrea do not have this similarity. Maybe AB will be more vocal as time progresses, but I wouldn’t bet the fort on it. Suffice to say, we lack a Leader, a vital ingredient to not only success, but DEVELOPMENT. Especially for a young team as we are.
        .

        • RapthoseLeafs

          .
          Forgot to mention.

          I’ve said this a few time before, but I’ll go out on a limb (lol) and predict CB will be traded – before the next trade deadline.
          .

        • points

          if bargs roll is a 6th man you should blame Tot Dad for giving him all that 6th man money before he did anything and is about to try the 3rd baby sitter for his love child ,Tot Dad got rid of one of the sitter becaues he was a little rough #1 – 7fter who shoot threes and does the complicate things for the raptors Tot Dad won’t cut ties

          • cesco

            Andrea said he does complicated thing (as the # 1 option)  and therefore he should be able to learn how to  improve on  defense . He never said he does the complicated things on the team . Your ignorance of a good translation of what he said in Italian show the true colors of a hater .

            • Theswirsky

              so Andrea said he does the complicated things, but never said he does the complicated things? 

              Am I mistaken thinking that conversation happened in English?  I’m gonna assume “I guess I’m just lazy” means I’m a hard worker in Italian then.

            • Statement

              You are stupid.

      • FAQ

        If Casey agrees to coach the Raptors, I suspect he will want a 5 year contract and big bucks ($2M/year?), plus a commitment from BC to relinquish his control of the team … at least to some extent.

        Rebuilding the Raptors is a long term development project … as much as 5 years … because there will be ups and downs … it won’t be smooth sailing.

        • points

          in 5 years Tot Dad baby would be in the nba as long as dirk with his new baby sitter casey

      • 511

        I agree that Carlisle deserves the lion’s share of coaching credit. As far as how much Casey actually contributed to the Mavs winning the championship, who knows? But the idea of having a coach who’s coming from being (it sounds like) a key assistant coach for a team that’s just won the championship has a certain lustre that I like. 

        Of course, if I was actually involved in the decision of who was getting the job here, I’d be looking a whole lot closer at a whole slew of things. But the two — now three, if Maurice Cheeks is truly in the running as well — who are reported to be candidates, all look good to me, from a distance, at least. 

  • barenakedman

    LEbRON didn’t have it when it counted. 
    Dan Gilbert said he took the curse with him to Miami and that the Cavs will win it all before LEbRON.
    Cavs have 1st and 4th pick.
    Go Cavs!

    • Bendit

      We all remember LBJ’s performance against Boston when with the Cavs. This was a repeat. It must be killing him. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/YungFlame613 Akuma Mill

      everythin was cool until you said GO Cav’s I still can’t stand the city of cleveland and their fans. GO RAPS FOREVER! One day DeMar can bring a championship to Canada lol (I pray)

      • barenakedman

        I guess you’re right about the Cavs. I don’t like them either but I do like them more than LEbRON.

  • Iloveeurojumpshooters

    A soft EURO Player won it all !  How come ?

    Where are all CB who supporters ?

    • Bendit

      Dirk also had a 10 rbnd. avg for the series.

      • RapthoseLeafs

        .
        Dirk “what has he won in his career” Nowitzki, played fabulous in the final series, but he was 8.0 rpg for the entire play-offs.

        His strength was not rebounding, but scoring. He changed games with that latter ability. And please, no AB corollaries (as it would be nice to debate without moron retorts).
        .
        By the way, I remember when the Dirk/Barg debates in the past, would sometimes resort to …. “what has Dirk won in his career?” comments.

        .

        • sleepz

          There are no Dirk/Barg debates or comparisons.

          Dirk’s accomplishments, abilities and performance speaks for itself.

          Andrea Bargnani hasn’t found where or how he fits in the NBA.

    • http://www.facebook.com/YungFlame613 Akuma Mill

      dirk is a different breed i guess he is the clear cut exception haha That can’t be said for other Euros in the League. Just sayin’

      • points

        bargs will be like that after his 15th season in the nba thats what Tot Dad wants you yo think

  • 77er

    20 comments about the finals on Raptors Republic and zero on The Two Man Game. Raptor fans rule!

  • DryDry

    LOVED seeing Bosh cryin’ in the hallway
    LOVED that the Heat made it it the finals and choked
    LOVED that Kidd got a ring
    LOVED that Miami had so many more foul shots and so many fewer fouls than Dallas
    LOVED that Barea made Miami’s help defense look so shitty so many times 

  • Toshmon

    Good work Arse, that was a great read….

    Two tweets that were interesting in the last little bit:

    RicBucher Ric Bucher Likely by-product of ring: Dwane Casey’s bridesmaid run in coaching searches should be over2 hours agoeddavis32 Ed Davis Cuz really had to act like that in the tunnel12 hours ago

  • dribbles

    Good for the Mavs, all around. They did all of us, and justice, a solid.

    But really, so what if Bosh was crying? Good for him. At least he CARES. Honestly, I’m glad BC wasn’t able to do something stupid and pay a ludicrous max contract for the guy, but I wish Raps fans can let him go. Yeah, he still doesn’t have a championship, but give me a fucking break. You think he might have a better chance now than he did before? Yeah, I thought so.

    I have no interest in seeing the Heat ever win a championship, but if I had to trade one of the big 3, it would be James or Wade. I’m not sure you can have 2 alpha dogs like that playing next to one another. The Heat had problems closing out games way too often in the 4th Q, and that doesn’t make sense. James needed more talent but I think playing with Wade messed him up a bit. One superstar wing is enough. James is probably the most talented player alive but I wonder what Pat Riley must be thinking seeing him crawl into his shell yet again in crunch time. The guy is in his 8th season.

    I saw Bruce Arthur tweet a half-joking trade that would send LeBron for Dwight. I think LeBron is more valuable, but would Miami be better off?

    • Sam

      Bingo. If it weren’t for Wade’s injury history I’d be working the phones hard to trade LeBron. You’ll get full value for him, and more than you ever will for Bosh.

      And couldn’t agree more about the Bosh-bashing. Let it go ’cause this isn’t Vince. Bosh made the right move for himself as a player (a good 2nd banana) and for TO as well. I’d rather have this pile of crap than be stuck with a treadmill team for the next 5-6 years. Although having Brian Colangelo as GM means it might amount to the same thing. Hopefully, he’s learned something. We’ll see

      • Nilanka15

        Riley would be stupid not to seriously consider that trade.

  • brother

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention the clip of James and Wade pulling the “I’m sick, cough, cough” schtick pre-game 5 (a game they eventually lost to an ailing Nowitski). I wan’t bothered that much by the pre-season dancing pep rally in Miami, but the grade three “cough, cough” comments pre-game 5? Really? He consistently spanked you prior to that and James had scored all of 4 points in fourth quareters to that point – yet they still talked it up. How embarassing for them.

    They are children and they will never learn. James is a great basketball player and Wade is amazing. But they are d-bags of the highest order. What do you expect? Give a couple of teenagers unlimited worship, adulation and money and what do you get? A d-bag.

    Thank you to the basketball gods for making this one right. Congratulations to a great team, the Dallas Mavericks. You have one new fan.

    • Arsenalist

      See the post from the day before for that clip.

      I wouldn’t say Wade is a D-Bag, I think he’s picked up some D-Bag tendencies from LeBron.

      • brother

        So you’re saying that James is a bad influence on our little guy? Na. Stupid is as stupid does.

        Whether or not James is the cause, Wade’s his own man and he’s out there yapping and dancing like a d-bag.

        If it talks like a d-bag, dances on stage like a d-bag, winces like a d-bag, dresses like a d-bag, and doesn’t respect the game or its great players, it’s a d-bag.

      • Statement

        I disagree,

        Both of those guys are openly douchey.

        Emo-Wade said, and I quote “The WORLD is getting what it wants, Miami is losing” after their losing streak. 

        Dude, get over yourself.  The WORLD wants something different than you to lose.  Hardcore basketball fans want to you lose, that is all. Nobody else gives a shit.

        The guy is a man-child.  I long for the days of some stars with some class,

        Lebron is obviously an arrogant kid too. 

  • Bendit

    That was a weird sight after the game. It seemed all the remaining crowd in the building (half of it) were Dallas fans! 

  • The_Truth

    I don’t normally comment on crowds but Miami’s fans sucked. You could have a little bit of class and stay for the Dallas presentation. Afterall, it was a hard fought series and even the last game was great entertainment. To have Dallas be all alone in the building (you could hear the echoes), shows how the classless rep that Miami fans get is completely accurate.

    • Why

      I think that is a large part for the distate about The ‘Decision”. That they decided to band together in a place with a non passionate fan base. I guess they must enjoy living in gated communities.

      Jeff Van Gundy suggested something at the end of last nights telecast that I thought was interesting – make a play for Dwight Howard. Trade LBJ for Howard. A more complimentary mix for The Heat and a franchise player with five years on his contract for Orlando. Way better than Bynum from LA.

  • FAQ

    Bring in Casey to coach the Raps … and maybe trade Bargs for Bosh too … ya think ..??!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B32FGJ2BOTMWNQTMO2XEDRGBCA JW

    Agreed.  It did not seem like finals, and the fans seemed confused about supporting their team in the last 3 minutes.  I don’t know who was shocked more, Wade and James or the fans.

    • pesterm1

      ya i noticed that too , seems like alot of miami fans were really dallas fans. now that i really think about it… i dno if they were dallas fans just miami haters.

  • DryDry

    Best tweet so far: MAVS HAVE TAKEN THEIR TALENTS TO SOUTH BEACH

  • cesco

    King James twitted : “The Greater Man upstairs know when it’s my time. Right now isn’t the time ”
    I guess Miami will need God on their side to win a championship ,
     2 1/2 stars ain’t enough .

    • Bendit

      The guy really should curl up and have a long snooze for about a month. Every time he opines about the loss he puts a big foot in it. Another definition of a loser…. invoker of deity to explain the results of an athletic event. Where is Maverick Carter when u need him.

      • Nilanka15

        There are rumours that LeBron’s woman was messing around with Rashard Lewis.  Last year it was his mom and Delonte West, lol.

    • yertu damkule

      wait…does lebron think dirk is god?

    • yertu damkule

      hmm…maybe the issue isn’t the ‘1/2’, but the ‘2.’  i mean…who’s team is it?  i find it odd that the world of experts is collectively gnashing their teeth trying to figure out how this came to pass, when it seems pretty obvious.  wade & lebron simply haven’t yet figured out the pecking order, and that messed with james (since wade, in finals, took the mantle).  at various times during the season, the alpha role vacillated between the two, but no one really, truly seized it, until the finals.

      bosh?  bosh is a 3rd banana, and he actually played that role pretty well.  i know people on here think i’m a bosh fan/apologist, but i’m well aware of his shortcomings (i advocated him being traded back in ’09, instead of o’neal)…with two guys like wade & james (or hell, just one of ’em), bosh slides in nicely…you can’t ask him to be the guy (we know that better than anyone), but as a 2nd or 3rd option, you can do much worse.  no, the issue is with wade & james.  i’m sure that another season together will help smooth things over, but i think it’s asking an awful lot to expect one of them to cede control of the team to the other…which is likely what’s going to have to happen if they want to win.

      if decisions were made strictly from the standpoint of making your team the best as quickly as possible for the longest duration possible…then the move is to deal wade.  his value is at an all-time high, but he’s the oldest of the 3, with an ‘old’ body (lot’s of mileage/injuries)…but despite that, he’ll bring in the biggest haul.  it’s one thing to say ‘trade bosh’…but what team is realistically going to be interested?  remember, this season/playoffs proved that he needs AT LEAST one other star player on the roster to be the alpha…so which team has that guy, has desirable assets, and a desire to add a guy like bosh, a decent enough player making super-duper-star money…in a world in which the cap is going down, and which is likely going to see the end of the ‘soft cap/hard cap’ dynamic?

      • Theswirsky

        here’s a question…. could it be the Heat just picked the wrong alpha dog in the 4th quarters?  The knock on Lebron this finals was he was not aggressive in the 4th quarter.  He was looking to pass and not shoot.  The same I don’t think couldn be said for Wade.

        … was this what Spoelstra had intended?  Dwade the go to guy for buckets in the 4th? 

        … if the big 2 hadn’t “figured things out” so to speak… I could see both of them wanting/trying to command the ball.  Yet in this case Lebron was willingly giving up the ball.

        Don’t get me wrong I don’t know this…. but a guy who has consistently owned the league late in games, even historically in the playoffs (and even these playoffs), not showing up (and I mean not showing up to the point of not even noticing him on the floor), smells of something more than he’s a choker or a mixed up pecking order. 

        As for Bosh… no he shouldn’t be asked to be the guy.  And there is nothing wrong with that (I mean at 16 mil maybe there is but thats not the Raps problem now).  But it doesn’t hurt to do more than score inefficently and rebound pretty averagely over the course of a series, especially when you know the other 2 are responisble for running the show.   That said, Bosh was irrelevant to both wins and losses and is just another player on that team. 

    • sesco

      He meant that sheen David Stern.

  • Lou_dizzlekl

    Bron is just like Bosh, fake tough guys. Durant said it best, Bosh is a fake touch guy! He never acted the way he did now on the heat he acts tough. That’s the reason people called him out for crying after the game…because he pulls a fake tough guy and does all these man flexes after he gets a spoon-fed dunk, and then he cries. Whcih way is it CB? Are you a man, or a bitch? We’ll refer to the post-game video for the proof!

    • Theswirsky

      fake touch guy.. nah, I’d bet he’s a real touch guy.

      While I agree with Durant… its not like he is a tough guy himself.  that whole altercation with Bosh looked more like 2 girls wanting to buy buy the same skirt than 2 men ready to fight. 

  • Mediumcore

    Completely unrelated, but has there been any news or updates on Ed Davis? Raptor nation is putting a lot of hope into him but I haven’t heard of him hiring a coach to help him improve his game or hitting the gym hard to gain some size or strength. Any news out there?

  • Nilanka15

    There was all that talk from Davis’ dad that Ed would be in the weight room all summer in an effort to gain 20-30 lbs.  But that was back in April, and I haven’t heard anything since then though.

  • Lbetten2041

    I cant believe Im posting this but I actually felt bad for Bosh after seeing him cry.
    Ive loathed this guy the way he left.  Stating he was playing with peoples emotions, Canada not having good cable, tweeting if he should leave or stay in Toronto.
    Doug Smith defended him saying he was a really good person but he was young and immature and didnt really think things out.
    That being said he reminds me of the guy who is always trying to fit in with the cool guys, kissing ass etc.
    But he always did tried his best in Toronto save for the last few months.
    He is what he is a good 2nd or 3rd option and he did try his best even though we all know his best isnt good enough. So seeing him cry must of been crushing for such a fragile insecure person

  • Statement

    I “like” Overeem’s comments before I even read them.  They are consistently gold.

  • barenakedman

    The cream rises to the top.