- Tom Haberstroh, ESPN Staff Writer
Before NBA franchises jump headfirst into copycat mode trying to assemble their own star-studded triumvirate to match Miami's, the wiser teams will recognize the market opportunity that lies ahead.
There's growing concern that a lockout awaits on the horizon, and in that event, there's a chance that spending power will be curbed significantly for 2011. Those expected new guidelines mean there's a better chance Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn actually says no to signing a backup point guard from the Bucks than another team manages to replicate the Miami Heat's model.
It's virtually impossible to top the trio the Heat put together this summer. So why try? Instead, the best way for teams to beat Miami is to take the opposite approach, putting together a deep, balanced, defensive-oriented roster like the 2003-04 Pistons.