I hate to sound like a pessimist, but my gut is telling me something I can no longer ignore. The Heat will NOT win an NBA title unless they find a big man. No one in particular…just SOMEBODY who can give them SOMETHING. A few rebounds and blocked shots. Somebody who can catch the ball and dunk it.
Erik Spolestra chastized his team for not giving enough “effort” against Chicago. Effort wasn’t the problem. SIZE was the problem. The Bulls are too big for the Heat, just like the Lakers were a couple of Sundays ago, and just like Dwight Howard is every time they play Orlando.
Joel Anthony is not a true center. Dexter Pittman isn’t the answer. Eddy Curry remains anchored to the bench, meaning the Heat are no better in the middle this year than they were last year with Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Erick Dampier.
The Heat passed off the offseason acquisition of Shane Battier as the move that would get them over the top. I wondered then and now why they didn’t get a big body. Heat fans should stop complaining that Chris Bosh is too “soft”. He’s a finesse player, not a banger.
What to do ? Pat Riley better get on the job and find a big man. Erik Spolestra better play the big men he has and challenge them to produce. While you’re at it Spo, tell your bench to wake up.
Udonis Haslem…make a shot. Shane Battier..make a shot. Norris Cole…where have you gone ?
Mike Miller..can you PLEASE stay healthy ? I’m not hatin’ on the Heat…I’m just sayin.’ My heart wants them to win it all, but my eyes haven’t failed me yet.