The NBA is back and with it come the usual slate of questions:
Is this the last ride for the Heat?
The Big Three can all opt out next summer — though few expect any of them will leave. Will they make that decision after a Three-Heat, the NBA’s first three-peat since 2002?
The Heat should have lost to the Spurs in six last June, the series appeared done before San Antonio melted down in epic fashion. The health of Dwyane Wade is always a concern and the backcourt is weak beyond him, so it is possible this is the last time we see this group as a powerhouse. Still, this remains the NBA’s top club with its undisputed premier player in LeBron James. We won’t write them off yet and improving on 66 wins is certainly possible with some truly dreadful teams likely to emerge in the East. If top two picks Greg Oden and Michael Beasley show anything, Miami turns from good to scary.