When LeBron James left the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the idea was that the Miami Heat would be in shambles after losing Chris Bosh to the Rockets, Dwyane Wade to the Bulls and Erik Spoelstra to insanity.
Instead, the Heat recharged and are relaunching themselves with the same lineup they had last year — sans LeBron — but with the additions of Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger and Luol Deng.
Bosh told ESPN that he believes the Heat can win without LeBron and while he didn’t mention the Cavs by name specifically, we all know who the Heat and everyone else in the East need to get through to compete for an NBA title.
“I think right now we have the correct infrastructure to compete for a championship. We have to get much better at certain positions, and there’s a bunch of things that have to continue to happen. But you know a team like the Spurs, they had a lot of guys that people underestimate, but as a team, they were outstanding.”
Could this be the stat of a new rivalry between the Heat and Cavs? Unlike when LeBron left Cleveland in 2010, the Heat are a formidable opponents and look like they could be Eastern Conference Finals foes when things come down to it in 2014-15.