- Faith & Family
Merry Christmas South Florida! They’re back. We are of course talking about The Big 3 — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the Miami Heat. The collective sigh of relief you may have heard came from NBA fans here in Miami and around the country as league owners and players finally reached a handshake agreement to end the lockout and set a date to officially start playing basketball again. At press time it was believed that the Heat would resume their chase of that elusive championship ring on the home court of the very team that ended their dream one season ago — the Dallas Mavericks. Call it being in denial if you like but I refuse to believe that the world’s greatest basketball player, LeBron James, could be shut down by the likes of J.J. Barea, an aging Jason Kidd and a loudmouth named Jason Terry. What we all witnessed six months ago defied logic. Were the Mavericks a better team? No. Did the Heat need more power than the Big 3? No.
I remember what I saw when James led the Heat past an overmatched Philadelphia team, a gallant but aging Celtic team and an up-and-coming Chicago Bulls team. I saw the Miami Heat with a second championship for this franchise and the “King” being sized for his first ring. You know life has its fair share of mysteries — The Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, Muhammad Ali’s knockout of Sonny Liston with a punch that no one saw. One can argue that you can put LeBron’s finals performance right up there with these other mysteries. Now after an offseason of being ridiculed and labeled a chock artist of epic proportions, it’s time for us to prepare for the Christmas Day season opener. This shortened NBA season will only be about one thing — the self-proclaimed chosen one needs to put his sights on achieving a championship. Dwayne Wade has a ring and a Finals MVP. Now his running mate needs to go get his. After watching Barea get his championship ring on Christmas night, motivation should not be a problem.
By The Sports Brothers