HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Defense wins championships. It’s a constant in the modern era of the NBA.
The great Chicago Bulls –even with all-world offensive talents like Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen – won six titles in eight years because they got stops.
The San Antonio Spurs became a quasi-dynasty because Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, and David Robinson took care of their own end.
The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers won the last three championships by playing air-tight ‘D’.
So Dwyane Wade is right: the Miami Heat will win with defense. Not star power.
Fortunately, the Heat has the makings of a strong defensive team: Wade is an above average defender; LeBron James took major steps towards being a lockdown guy in 2010; Chris Bosh was a surprisingly decent banger for Team USA at the Beijing Olympics.
If the Three Kings defend, others will follow. Joel Anthony and Udonis Haslem, two blue-collar posts, will have no trouble adjusting. Shooters Eddie House and Mike Miller will do their part. Mario Chalmers, an above average defender, and Carlos Arroyo will hold their own at the one-spot.
Forget the glamour. Forget the hype. If Miami collectively commits to playing defense, they will win. History is on their side.
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