Team Thrice: Six Player Legacies Most Affected By Miami Heat Trio

July 14th, 2010 by Bhemis Parks Leave a reply »
Finally, the NBA free-agency circus has packed it up. The main event lived up to all the hype. We were treated to a showing that was unimaginable, and extremely unprecedented. None of us could have predicted this—well, no one except Steven A. Smith. Apparently rumors of Pat Riley's demise were greatly exaggerated and entirely false. He apparently had this grand vision of teaming up Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh two years ago. Show of hands if you still think Phil Jackson is a better basketball mind than good ol' Riley. What, not one single hand? In getting LeBron James to team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Pat Riley has tipped the basketball order's scale of dominance. He has created a trio like no other. To understand better what I'm saying, picture Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Karl Malone on the same team. Pat Riley has reshaped the NBA landscape and indirectly reshaped the possible futures of every NBA player that is currently playing. Winning is the barometer on which legacies are gauged, and winning now goes through the Heat. What would be the legacies of Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant, and Tim Duncan be had they not won titles? Do statistic ...

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