diminishingskills wrote:peeker643 wrote:diminishingskills wrote:Do you think the Heat will win a title in the next five years?
I do think they will. I think they win more than one as a matter of fact. And at the very least they're an ECF-caliber team for the next 4-6 years.
The Cavs are not and will not be.
So I need someone to explain to me again why I should prefer to be the Cavs and not the Heat during that time.
Sorry- I give no credit for 'rebuilding the right way'. I can't tell you how many title-less years I've heard that phrase uttered.
Remember the groundbreaking and innovative way John Hart built the Tribe teams of the mid 90's? Yeah...I'd still rather be the simplistic and behind the times Braves and Marlins.
My mileage doesn't vary that much, actually. It would have definitely been more fun to be a Miami fan than a Cavs fan this year. Probably true for the next 2-3 years as well (at least, if your scale as a fan is "will the team be a title contender"; I think there's something to be said for watching a young, developing team that isn't quite there yet but is still fun to watch).
I just happen to believe that the Bron/Wade/Bosh incarnation of the Heat are not going to win a title. Not because of residual LBJ-hate, but because objectively, the Heat have some pretty big weaknesses that even their considerable strengths do not cover. I think the Bulls take them out this year, and I think the Bulls and Thunder block them in 2012/2013, and then I think the combination of (a) the sun starting to set on Wade's career and (b) the media pressure of "it's been three season and you STILL haven't won a title???" take their toll.
Meanwhile, I see the Cavs as building towards something using the best path available to them. It's still early on that path, but I can see where it is heading, and I think the trip will be a fun one.
Besides, how much can we REALLY enjoy rooting for a team that features Boozer and Noah? ;)
I'm somewhere in the middle of these two takes, leaning a bit more toward John. IMO the Heat need a couple more pieces with a semblance of a bench being one multi faceted piece. While they have a big advantage over most teams in possessing 2 of the top 5 players in the league they will probably end up resembling the Cavaliers from the past few years in that they will need to sacrifice their future to add the pieces they need to win short term, and if they don't win after 3-4 years of trying they just might need to give up on the experiment?
I also think it is crazy to assume the Cavaliers will in no way be in position to win in 5 years. Of course the picks have to pan out, and of course it needs to be built correctly, but if you do so it doesn't have to take longer than 5 years for it all to come to fruition.