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By Ron Carter Blog Post Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/The Miami Heat Big Three

LeBron James (right) prepares to dunk a basket...
LeBron James (right) prepares to dunk a basketball as fellow teammates Dwyane Wade (left) and Chris Bosh (center) watch during a preseason practice session Sept. 28, 2010, at the Aderholt Fitness Center at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The team will use the fitness center for their week-long training camp. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Three years ago during the LeBron James and Chris Bosh‘s signings to play with Dwyane Wade for the NBA Basketball Team Miami Heat, I prognosticated to a friend, “the Miami Heat will win two of the next three NBA basketball championships.” I am not clairvoyant, but I did believe at the time three of the best basketball players in the NBA playing together created a best case scenario where my prediction could become a reality. Judging from the Miami Heat current performances – they have won 27 consecutive games, the second best in the NBA’s history – my thin-sliced thought might be right on point.

The first year, 2010/2011, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade (The Big Three) played together for the Miami Heat, they were finalist in the NBA Championship. They lost the NBA title that year to the Dallas Mavericks. During the year several events contributed to the Heat losing in the NBA Finals. Events such as LeBron’s bad behavior towards his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers; Dwyane Wade’s public and acrimonious separation and ultimately divorce from his ex-wife and Chris Bosh lack of confidence where he fitted in during all the rock star treatment the team received everywhere they played.

The second year, 2011/2012, The Big Three played together, they won the NBA Championship and received one of the two championships I remarked they would win. During the championship season, they played with effectiveness and grit which was  absent in their first year together. Dwyane accepted the role of being the second best player on the team; the Miami Heat became LeBron’s team in his second year playing in Miami, Florida. And, most important the team had matured into a cohesive skilled group who seemed to be having fun playing together. I was happy to observed the pressure being lifted from the shoulders of LeBron after he won his first NBA championship. He was constantly being ridiculed for his performance on the court even though he was the best player in the NBA. Yours truly, me, wrote a few blogs admonishing his behavior. Yet, I supported the team and felt LeBron would win a few NBA Championships.

As the 2012/2013 NBA Playoffs approaches and the Miami Heat is on a 27-consecutive game winning streak, I am somewhat resolved that my prognostication three years ago was a reasonable remark. If you are a basketball fan and have not seen the Miami Heat played recently, you are missing some of the best basketball seen on television. I trust the Miami Heat will break the NBA’s consecutive game winning record, which is currently held by the 1973 Los Angeles Lakers, who won 33 consecutive games.  Moreover, should the Miami Heat win the 2012/2013 NBA title, it would make me feel great.

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