The Miami Heat opened up their annual black vs red pre season scrimmage to the public on Thursday, giving everyone a good opportunity to see how the team has progressed over the summer.
Chris Bosh is looking bigger and most intimidating in the post. Dexter Pittman has gotten into shape and could be useful for the Heat. Norris Cole, Miami’s first round pick, could very well start the season at the 1 for the Heat.
What most people wanted to see however was the state of LeBron James’ post game. He has been criticised in the past for not using his unique athleticism and skills in the post where he is seemingly unguardable. James has been somewhat hesitant to go into the post in the past, mostly because of a lack of understand of how to play in there successfully, so he did what Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and many others have done and gave Hakeem Olajuwon a call.
Arguably the greatest center of all time, The Dream seems to have a real knack for coaching, especially post skills, and no one thought of it as anything but a fantastic idea when James finally gave him the call.
You could see LeBron was really trying to show off his new skills, regularly going up against different sized and skilled defenders as he showed off a number of new post moves designed to get him both open shots and set up passes for teammates.
Whilst it was only limited minutes and had a largely breezy training feel to it, he showed enough for Heat fans to be excited. The Heat play Orlando tomorrow in a pre season friendly which will give us a better indication of where he and the team are at.