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Miami Heat need a Center, not another shooter


Lebron James finally achieved his destiny and officially became the "King" of the NBA after 9 years when he led the Miami Heat to a 4-1 series victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder to win the NBA Championship. James averaged 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 7.4 assists to win NBA Finals MVP, including coming back in the game after suffering leg clamps to clinch Game 4 with a 3-pointer for a 104-98 victory. The Heat's lack of a true Center forced them to shuffle their line-up, with James playing Power Forward, and Chris Bosh playing Center. The Heat overwhelmed the young, explosive Thunder, with their experience and overall talent, capped by James finally playing and acting like the best and most dominate player in the NBA. The champs are like every other team in the league, they have to adjust and reload talent for the upcoming 2012-2013 NBA season. The Heat have to become a complete team if they want any chance at a repeat, or any chance to create the dynasty they proclaimed they would have when James, Bosh, and Dwayne Wade joined forces at the start of the 2010-2011 season, that involves getting a legitimate NBA starting Center

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Bosh played admirably at Center when he returned after missing 9 games of the Playoffs with an abdominal strain, providing interior tough defense and scoring when the team needed him most, but he’s most comfortable, and a natural Power Forward who plays away from the basket. James, like Magic Johnson before him, can play all 5 positions on the court, and he played well at Power Forward during the Playoffs, but he’s most effective at Small Forward, where he can cause havoc on the perimeter, and open up space down in the low post. The Heat are reportedly interested in Shooting Guard Ray Allen, and make signing him their No. 1 offseason priority. I fully understand why the Heat would want to sign the NBA’s all-time three-pointer maker and future Hall of Famer to make three-pointers and open up space for the Big 3, the Heat already have shooters on their team in James Jones and Mike Miller (should he come back and not get the amnesty clause put on him). The Heat mostly need a Center who need can protect the rim, provide low-post scoring and tough rebounds for the team. C Chris Kaman can provide all three of the requirements, and is nearing the end of his career, so he would be more than willing to sign the mini-mid-level exception ($3 million dollars) to play for a chance at a ring to cap off his career. If the Heat can sign Kaman to play Center, they would have a very good chance at a repeat, and be nearly unstoppable in all facets of the game.



By Gerald M. Britts
ProBasketball-Fans Staff Writer

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