I watched the Miami Heat's welcome party for Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh and one thing that popped out at me is what LeBron James said. He said that he wants to win and said Miami won't win one title, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, and not seven titles. Kobe Bryant had to be laughing so hard when he said that.
The city of Miami is in a daze right now with all of the excitement of what has happened to the Heat in the past week. You have to remember though, the Los Angeles Lakers are the defending champions and you have to beat the champs.
I know these teams will meet in the NBA Finals a lot in the next five years. This will be the new rivalry of the 21st century. LeBron will eventually meet Kobe Bryant in the NBA Finals. It will be better for the NBA for LeBron facing Kobe while he's in Miami. Miami is obviously a bigger market then Cleveland, so they could draw twice as much ratings.
Miami would have the dream team, Los Angeles would have one of the greatest players in NBA history. Overall, it would be great for basketball in general.
I don't see Miami winning eight titles with the dream team of James, Wade, and Bosh. I do see all three of them though finishing their careers in South Beach. My prediction for them is 4 titles before their careers are over together.
On the other side of it, I see Kobe Bryant winning two more titles and finishing with seven. He would be the greatest player ever if he achieves that feat.
The Heat will be the team of the 2010-2019 decade that's an easy prediction. What else can they conquer before they're done in South Beach?
I expect Dwyane Wade to win at least one MVP, LeBron James will win at least two or three MVPs, and Chris Bosh will lead the NBA in points per game once. That will be hard to do, but with this trio anything can happen.
They will have the team of the 2000-2009 decade, the Los Angeles Lakers waiting for the trio in Miami to face them in the NBA Finals to beat them. They won't lose to the South Beach trio though if they have the best player in the NBA Kobe Bryant on their team.
Pat Riley, I give you a lot of credit for putting together one of the greatest trios the NBA has ever seen, but you will have to go through your former team and former player Kobe Bryant to raise another banner in Miami.