Gosh, it's a slow day today. As a result :
Guys, you won't believe this, but I'm from the future and I've seen what's in store for the Heat. I went a few months into the future, July, actually, and I came back to let you all know that we have a bright future to look forward to.
(Late June, 2012)
Fresh off winning an NBA championship against the Oklahoma City Thunder just a few weeks prior, the Heat appear poised to take another step into building the best team in the league.
"Dwight Howard is still in Orlando, but he seems to be spending a bit more of his time south of the area." Sources say. "He's been seen having dinner with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James 2 days ago. And just yesterday, he's been spotted having lunch with The Big Three, Coach Spo and Pat Riley himself. Could this mean something for the citizens of South Beach?"
We all know that for the Heat to get Dwight, that would mean cutting every asset they have aside from The Big Three. On a team where it's supposed to be "win now" for the stars in their primes, it appears gutting their team in exchange for the best center in the league is just what they're willing to do in order to ensure dominance in the coming years.
The Orlando Magic now have 4 roster spots open after their star center Dwight Howard opted out of his contract to test the waters of free agency.
"It's not yet a done deal, but we're getting there." Pat Riley when asked about the possibility of Dwight Howard coming to Miami.
When Dwight was asked for comments, all he said was "I was told not to say anything about it, but if you really want to know..." And then he walked out.
I went around Orlando to ask citizens what they think about Dwight leaving.
One said "It's alright if he goes to Miami as long as they do a sign and trade for LeBron James and Chris Bosh. We'll even throw in Hedo. I think that's a fair deal."
I gave up after that.
(Mid-July, 2012. Start of free agency)
It's a great day to be a Heat fan! The Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat have agreed to a sign and trade that would send Mike Miller, Shane Battier, Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers and some crappy picks to the Orlando Magic and superstar center Dwight Howard will be taking his talents and this overused quote from LeBron James to South Beach and join the Miami Heat.
After years of building around Dwight Howard, the Orlando Magic have plunged back into rebuilding mode. I've made no return trips to Orlando in fear of being chased by an angry mob.
(Sometime in August, 2012)
The Heat may have gutted their bench, but they made up for it by signing lots of veterans. After getting Dwight, the Heat only had 8 players under contract. Since then, they signed the ones who were better than Kobe early last decade, Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady.
"I've been given another chance to make a difference, and here I am, with probably the best team in the world and I'm not gonna screw it up." Iverson said. "I'm gonna do whatever it takes. I'm finally gonna get my ring."
"Are you gonna practice?"
"Practice? We talking about practice?"
Tracy Mcgrady, another player not known for his work ethic, laughed uncomfortably in his seat.
Feeling the need for nostalgia, 3 players also came out of retirement to get back on the Heat roster to know what it feels like to be a champion again. Jason Williams felt the Heat missed the White Chocolate, and they did, so they signed him. Antoine Walker, who helped the Heat win a championship in 2006, was called upon Pat Riley because he couldn't sign anybody else. Also, Shaq came out of retirement after having a life changing experience that caused him to swallow his pride and agree to play off the bench and to mentor Dwight Howard and show him how it's done when it comes to winning a championship in Miami.
The Heat also signed the NBA 2K12 version of Oscar Robertson and Nikoloz Tskitishvili. Both are expected to be great contributors to the team. Big O is still a triple-double machine to this day. Tskitishvili is reported to be slated for a stint as a starter some time in the middle of the season just so we can hear how announcers will say his last name.
"We just gonna go out there, play defense, get open on offense and hopefully score and win the game." Coach Erik Spoelstra when asked about his game plan for the new look Heat.
So there you have it. The best center in the league, Dwight Howard, one of the best finesse PF's, Chris Bosh, arguably the best SF in the history of the NBA, LeBron James, emerging 2nd year PG Norris Cole and the man himself, Dwyane Wade. Oh, and a couple of old guys.
This, Miami Heat fans, is what you can look forward to in just a matter of months :D