It was uncomfortable watching LeBron James on one side, Chris Bosh on the other with Dwyane Wade in the middle.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Press Conference Notes
I do not think Bosh cares, but LeBron seems out of his element.
I do not blame him either. He is getting a lot of Heat for going to be on "D-Wade's team", so I think the Heat should be more sensitive to his feelings and make some press conference adjustments. Here are their most basic options:
Option A: Keep D-Wade front and center and let people say what they will. It is D-Wade's team and LeBron has to accept that.
Option B: Put Chris Bosh front and center and laugh at the situation. Wade or LBJ will be flanking the sides, just like they will be on the court in a regular basis.
Option C: Come up with a rotation that allows them all an equal chance to get center stage.
Option D: Don't bring them all out at once. They are not the Boston Celtics, no need to market a Big 3.
My preference is to rotate the players into center stage. They are all leading men and over the course of the season they will all take turns carrying the team on their back. Maybe Dwyane is the leader and he deserves to get the center billing, but I think he needs to be a gracious host and step to the side to accommodate LBJ and Bosh's egos.
They were not drafted by the Miami Heat and they have not won an NBA championship yet, but if they did not decide to join D-Wade, he would have gone elsewhere. He needs to thank them by dialing down the perception that it is D-Wade's team.
Besides that, it was really nice to see the statistics ESPN posted during the press conference:
* D-Wade, LBJ, Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson are the only guys since 1973 to average 25 points, 5 assists and 1.5 steals.
* Bosh (23 points, 10 rebounds), Ming and Zach Randolph are the only guys to average 20-10 over the past three seasons.
* 66-16 is the projected win total for the season after 10,000 simulations. The high was 77 and the low was 41. There was a 35% chance of winning the title and a 15% chance of winning 73 games and taking the all-time regular season record from the Chicago Bulls.