I mentioned earlier before the FA summer that, in my mind, the only thing sweeter than getting LeBron would be if we got Carmelo and instead beat LeBron time and time again in the playoffs.
Let's make that happen.
Guys come on now, let's be realistic. The Heat are not blowing up this team this year at all. No way.
This could be a real nightmare for Lebron. And he knows it. The urgency of his legacy crumbling faster than he thought is likely making his psyche a bunch of hysteric mush.
LA and Boston, even ORL, can likely make him and his mustakeers bitches for the next year, even two, easy.
Just enough time for us to slide in as a top, young contender.
Gasol and Melo in '11
Gasol and Mayo/Richardson '11
CP3 in '12
FWIW, I think just getting Gasol and Mayo, and re-signing Felton, while making sure we hold on to all key bench pieces could make us contenders right away. The CP3 potential is just a box of icing.
I'm at the front on KO saying Lebron has far and away been the best player in the game, but he be ****ed.
He went from what could have been an NBA legend, god, and NYC immortal....To a guy panicking on a choke team set up to go down in a class by itself in sports ignominy and choke.
Plus he'd be trading quality size, and a young all star to boot. The thing they most need.
In his heart of hearts I'm sure Riley would prematurely ejac if he got a quality offer for Wade and could take it.
In the off season I could see it if things really bomb for them.
Let's not forget either: they are without Miller and Haslem. Their two best and most key supporting players.
I think Riley will hold the fort to go into next season with things as they are, but with presumed full health from those two.
I dislike LBJ as much as the next guy...but I absolutely do NOT buy that it was intentional. I think it happens more often than one thinks...I really think LeBron was deep in thought and just didn't see him, like when you walk down the street and nearly bump into someone b/c you weren't paying attention to where you were walking. It's happened to D'Antoni (probably unsurprising to some on this board), it happened to JVG, it's happened to Pop, Sloan, Jackson...I honestly think it was totally unintentional and I bet it happens way more often than one thinks it does.
MIA still says no 10/10 times. HOU would gobble it up 7ways to Sunday.
There's too much tied into The Big Three. And not nearly enough time or fail has come to make Reilly blow up what's one of the more monumental and high profile sport's franchise power plays. All tied to those three, playing with each other, coming together.
Riley's masterpiece is those three playing together. You don't finally paint your Mona Lisa then sell it off because you didn't get top dollar for it on it's first evaluation.
Time to play together and no depth were the two major caveats all along.
Riley will give it time and give it time when their two most major depth/bench pieces aren't out (Miller/Haslem), before he seriously considers a move.
MIA would also need to fail badly in the playoffs.
Also, Bosh isn't the real prob for MIA, or even depth, especially with Miller and Haslem in wings.
Wade and Bron have been co-existing horribly, and their ability to co-exist and dominant in tandem was MIA's linchpin. And that's the relationship that could turn real poisonous and blunt MIA's plan.
Replace "Bosh" with "Wade" in your trade and I bet Riley's eyes legit light up and he schemes about how he could pull such a trigger and make it cool with Lebron (Bosh) and the general PR of it.