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Miami Heat's big three talk controversy, but they'd like to just play some ball


Thumbnail image for wade_bosh_james_highfive.jpgEnough with the speculation, let’s roll the balls out on the court and play. Finally.

That was the core of what LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh said when they sat down in front of the press at Heat media day Monday in Miami (televised on ESPN).

They sat down with Wade in the center.

“It’s seems like a year since last July,” Wade said. “There’s been a lot said and a lot done since then. So we’re happy, finally, to get to the basketball side of things.”

They were also clear about the goal — LeBron said it was not championship or bust, “just championship.” As for his past and all the things said about him this summer?

“For me, I’m moving forward…” James said.” It’s funny how things happen in life and how people react. A lot of people try to tell you what to do in life, and a lot of them don’t have their own life in order. I thought that was funny.”

The most prominent criticism came from Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley, who said they would never team up with their rivals.

“I make my own decisions,” James said. “I still respect Mike, I still respect Magic, Charles… “They did a lot for me. They paved the way. But I can’t live through those guys.”

They are three of the most talented players in the league, but some have questioned how they would mesh. They don’t.

“We came here to play together, we came here to play as a team,” Bosh said. “People are taking the individualism a little too much. We’re going to be good players, but we’re all going to play together. That’s the point”

Well, that and to have a little fun.

“We’re going to have fun. We’re going to make sure we have fun,” Bosh said. “Whatever it takes to win, that’s the part we have to grind out.”

The Heat start the grind of training camp tomorrow up at Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, up on the Florida panhandle.

Coach Erik Spoelstra said that the focus the first day of camp will be on defense. Because he’s smart. With this roster the Heat are going to score plenty, but if they are going to seriously contend it will be about the defensive end of the floor.

LeBron James at point guard? Dwyane Wade? Miami is thinking about it.


Thumbnail image for wade.jpgMario Chalmers may be the official Miami Heat starting point guard come Oct. 26, but as we’ve said before his role will not be the same as Rajon Rondo’s or Deron Williams or most other point guards.

That’s because both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade like to create with the ball in their hands. They are better at it than just about anyone. So you give them the rock. Which got Miami thinking, according to a tweet from the Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman

Pat Riley says Chalmers likely ready for camp, but not Butler. Hints strongly at casting Wade or LeBron at point guard.

It’s an option: Wade at the one, Mike Miller at the two, LeBron at the three, Chris Bosh and Joel Anthony starting up front. A pretty versatile starting lineup, one that complements each other in a lot of ways.

Of course, there is the defensive question — who guards the small, quick point guards that are a part of many teams now? Wade is a very good perimeter defender but in this hand check-free league he will struggle some with — and more importantly risk foul trouble — guarding the Rondo, Darren Collison, Jameer Nelson, Raymond Felton type guys (and that’s just a few from the Eastern Conference). It comes back to the same reality for Miami whoever starts at the point — in today’s NBA you need someone to protect the rim inside, and Anthony or others need to step up into that role.

Miami’s situation may be a matchup thing, while the starters may not change the rotations and who finishes games could change depending on what the other team throws at them.

Defense is going to be the key for the Heat, and we’ve started taking extensive looks at it already.

One other tweet from Winderman on what will be another media topic with the Heat regardless of the reality on the ground — the job security of Erik Spoelstra.

As for Spoelstra, Riley insists there are no coaching issues.  “I think you’ve got to let the coach coach.” Says no “helicopter” presence.

Video: LeBron James working out in Miami, where we learn little


Here’s what we learn from this video: LeBron James is much stronger than Heat coach Erik Spoelstra (we probably knew that already); Chris Bosh was in the gym; LeBron can knock down jumpers when nobody covers him in an empty gym (he can knock them down with a guy in his face, too); and his elbow looks fine when there is nobody else in the gym.

So, basically, nothing new. But it’s the time of year where we put up videos of James working out at the Heat facility. It’s that or a long post about Mad Men. (Hat tip to CBS Facts & Rumors blog)