Check out the Miami Heat and their fan’s as they take to the streets to celebrate their second championship in their history!
Shaquille O’Neal’s debut as a full-fledged NBA analyst had him raving about LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. As for Chris Bosh? Apparently, Shaq’s not a big fan of his work.
During NBA TV’s show Tuesday to announce the league’s schedule for the 2011-12 season — one jeopardized by a lockout — O’Neal referred to the Heat as having a “Big 2.” Since Bosh, Wade and James teamed up in Miami, they’ve been called the “Big 3″ in many circles.
“The Miami Heat, they’ve got a lot of great players, the `Big 2.’ They will be back,” O’Neal said from Louisiana during the broadcast, when discussing the NBA finals and how Dallas was able to beat Miami for the title. “LeBron James is taking a lot of criticism, but I know LeBron very well. He hears everything that everyone is saying, so I think he’s going to come back and have an MVP year this year.”
Pat Riley confirmed that the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will remain with the Heat for the 11-12 NBA season.
“There was never any thought, never any discussion of moving any of those guys,” he said. “I’m happy we have those three together.” Riley said he could not envision dramatically changing his approach with his roster.
“I don’t think you win championships with young, athletic players that don’t have experience,” he said.
Speaking to fellow game commentators Mike Breen and Mark Jackson on ABC, Jeff Van Gundy questioned the cohesion of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and wondered if it will work in the future.
If the two superstars can not figure out how to complement each other he better, Van Gundy suggested the Heat explore alternatives.
Said Van Gundy: “I think that Wade and James, going forward, they have to evaluate: Is that the best compliment they could be? Or should they make a play for Dwight Howard using one of those two guys, to get a more balanced team? That’s for the offseason.”
Charles Barkley lobbed another verbal salvo on Wednesday in his war of words with the Miami Heat and their fans.
When asked if Miami is the worst professional sports town, Barkley, who reiterated his admiration of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, said: “Yeah they have the worst fans. No question. It’s not even loud in there. You’re at the game and you are like, ‘Man this place isn’t even loud.’ At least when you go to Chicago, it’s loud in there, it’s crazy down in Dallas but it’s not even loud in Miami.”
When the Heat were playing the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference finals, Barkley said he liked James and Wade personally, but he called the Heat a “whiny bunch.” He didn’t back off that charge on Wednesday when he was a guest on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000.
A torn tendon in superstar Dirk Nowitzki’s left middle finger made the Dallas Mavericks’ Game 1 loss to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals on Tuesday night a little more painful.
Nowitzki suffered the injury when he was called for a foul after stripping Miami’s Chris Bosh with 3:44 remaining in the fourth quarter.
“I thought I stripped him clean, then I kind of looked down and I couldn’t straighten my finger out anymore,” Nowitzki said.