LeBron James has once again shocked the world by deciding to leave the Miami Heat — a team in which he has lead to four consecutive NBA Finals appearances and two NBA championship banners, to return to where his superstar career began – Cleveland, Ohio. When it is all said and done, when his NBA career finally comes to an end, James will arguably join the ranks as one of the top-5 greatest players to have ever played professional basketball.
Is this the end of his legacy? Is he a great enough player to bring an NBA title to city of Cleveland? And more importantly, are the Cleveland Cavaliers a better team than Miami Heat right now? With the Eastern Conference virtually up for grabs, the Sports Unbiased NBA team have come together to debate such a hot topic.
With the current roster, do you think the Miami Heat could defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in a playoff series?
With the current roster (even without any Ray Allen signing or Kevin Love trade) i still think the Cavaliers could take the Miami Heat in a playoff series. I am not sold on Dwyane Wade being healthy enough to help Bosh lead the team through a playoff series
I do believe they have a great chance, absolutely…
I think under the direction of D-Wade anything is possible with the Heat. We’ve won a championship with him as leader of the pack, and it can be done again. No, Luol Deng is no LeBron, but I think he has a promising future. Bosh has proven to be a fantastic player when he really puts his all into the game, and if we don’t lose Allen, we all know what a great player he is, and he’s without a doubt the best three-point shooter we have. The team also always seems to get along and be on the same page, which is extremely important.
Of course, LeBron James IS LeBron James. As for his supporting cast… Jury’s still out on that one. There’s been a lot of talk about Irving but he struggled a bit last season; he’s still young though and has plenty to learn. But it’s been said Irving and Waiters don’t necessarily get along so I’m curious to see how that changes the dynamics of the team if that is the case. With James back I surely think he can serve as a teacher to some of these players. But even he has said they’re not championship ready just yet, and I completely agree.
I’m very excited to see both teams completed, and even more excited to see how well they complement each other on the court.
The Cavaliers will beat the Heat hands down in a playoff series.
The Cavs are younger and more athletic than the Heat. It also doesn’t hurt that Cleveland has the best player in the league that can account for an additional 15-20 wins and the best player for Miami has suspect knees.
The only advantage the Heat has over the Cavaliers is that they have a more experienced coach that has won multiple championships. Did I mention that the Cavs have the best player in the league?
When the dust settles, I give Miami one or two games in a playoff series.
I think a lot of people are going to be shocked as to how good the Miami Heat still are– even without the best player on the planet right now in LeBron James. Keep in mind, both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are arguably two of the top 15 players in the NBA, and both players sacrificed a lot, basically standing in the shadows of James. Cleveland Cavalier fans should be excited for the return of the King, but if you’re expecting such an incomplete team to win an NBA title, you are sadly mistaken. While it is true, the Cavs have the best player on their roster, the Miami Heat are the better organization.
If the playoffs began right now I think the Heat would win the series easily. Kyrie Irving hasn’t played a complete NBA season since he entered the league and the Cavs ownership and management is still the worst ever — which is part of the reason James took his talents to South Beach.
When the smoke clears and all the dust settles, LeBron James will find himself fallen deeper into the rabbit hole, as he will once again be in a situation where he is carrying a team.