NBA Offseason Buzz: Miami Heat
The element of surprise that helped the Heat last year is gone, or at least it should be. Erik Spoelstra proved he has the makings of an exceptional coach, just as Mario Chalmers proved he has the makings of an exceptional point guard. Dwyane Wade is sure to be in the MVP conversation again, especially with free agency looming, but Jermaine O'Neal isn't turning back the clock, and the roster had no significant additions or subtractions. Expectations were so low last season that the Heat were lauded for winning 43 games and pushing the Hawks to a seventh game in the first round of the playoffs -- if they do no more than that this year, will the reaction be the same?
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2009 NBA OFFSEASON BUZZ
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