MIAMI – As the clock ran down during San Antonio’s series clinching win on Sunday, fans of the Miami Heat were left wondering what might have been.
Miami had been lacking scoring depth all postseason, but it was incredibly evident during game five, where they earned only 24 points from their bench. The starters didn’t fare much better, with only 32 points scored by players not named LeBron James.
“I’ll be honest with you; we suffered greatly from only having one LeBron James on this team,” said coach Erik Spoelstra during a press conference. “Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, they’re both OK players, but they aren’t anywhere near the caliber of LeBron. I think you’ll all agree, if we had at least one or two more LeBrons on this team, this is a different series.”
While experts and pundits will speculate widely on the future of the Miami Heat during this offseason, one thing is for certain; the Heat would be far more competitive if they had more LeBrons on their team.
“Ideally, you’d like to have LeBrons for every position,” said NBA analyst J.A Adande. “In today’s game with the salary cap, that isn’t totally feasible. I think in the offseason, the Heat need to start small, maybe work on just getting one more LeBron. That should be enough to attract some better supporting players, and then you build your team from there.”
Spoelstra echoed this sentiment, guaranteeing a championship next season so long as he has another LeBron to work with.
“I mean, you look at what we’ve accomplished with only one LeBron. We were back-to-back NBA champions. One more LeBron James is the only missing piece from our dynasty.”