Big Three Act as One

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The first assist of the NBA season was recorded at roughly 2:43 p.m. EST, in a makeshift conference room on the University of Miami campus, when LeBron James and Chris Bosh deferred to Dwyane Wade.

It came in response to a media day question about the Heat being perceived as a team of “villains” and how exactly, Big Three, do you plan to deal with that?

And so LeBron and Bosh both passed their microphones to Wade, literally caught in the middle on the podium.

“Appreciate you passing the ball,” Wade said to both.

So there you have it. So much for the notion that these three players, all former All-Stars, all used to carrying a team, would be reluctant at times to defer to the other.

“Your welcome,” said Bosh.

Wade, LeBron and Bosh are already 1-0, having aced their first preseason news conference of the season. They sounded great, looked great, left folks with the notion, anyway, that this will turn out just fine. Of course, we’ll reserve judgment until the heat of the moment, when emotion is running high and something is actually on the line. But they said all the right things today, even LeBron.

Oh, and as for Wade’s answer? A good one, actually.

“Chris, Bron and myself, we’re gong to be very unselfish. It’s our job to build confidence in everyone around us. When the ball hit’s your hand, you let it go.”

You let it go. Which is what LeBron is practicing these days, with regard to the flack he took for “The Decision” and leaving Cleveland.

“I’m standing tall,” he said. “I’m cool, man. I’m cool. At the end of the day, you’ve got to win. I’m going to let my play do the talking. All this hero-villain stuff, it’s bizarre.”

Not sure how you feel about these three, and what they’re capable of doing this season. But please, this isn’t about being selfish. They wouldn’t be here if they were.

Watch the Heat’s first preseason game, Tuesday at  7 p.m. on NBA TV.

41 Comments

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  2. MsBevBlack says:

    Sometimes people can be so short sighted and negative. I know the Big Three are not perfect, but I just want them to have a fair chance. They have not yet played one season game together and some people have doomed their careers to darkness! Like Charles Barkley saying, “LaBron make a punk move by going to Miami”. That was really bad language coming from a professional. Kids are listening. I would like to see Charles Barkly play one half court game of “21” with LaBron. He wouldn’t have enough breath in his body to be a sports comentator for the rest of the up-coming season! So stop hating on LaBron!

    Not only are the Big Three incrediable basketball players, as they have shown by their careers, but they are also very intelligent business men in the game of Basketball. They are actually changing things in the NBA. Think about it. There are not many yourng black men under the age of 30, who are making 100 million dollars, and can get on TV and speak intelligently! Come on now! Kids, especially young black men, need to see examples of other men not limiting themselves. It starts with dreams of HOPE. Like the dreams of The Big Three, and yes, even like Barak Obama! Dare to dream. If you can think it, you can accomplish it!

    I understand that the fans of Cleveland and other places feel hurt that Labron chose to leave, but I just wish people could realize that the NBA is a business! And now a days the way people are loosing jobs, it is becoming easier to see that business is not always nice, or even loyal! One of my best friends hushand was bringing home $200,000 a year. He came home recently and told his wife that he thought the company would never let him go. But just like everything else in this world, some kind of way, you have to mix the bitter with the sweet, pray and keep going!

    This situation has generated so much attention and anticipation and new business for the NBA. It’s even bringing old fans back to the league who were from the Michael Jordan era, and generating a new whole world of new fans! Wow! What an exciting season to look foward too! Let the season begin!

    Lots of Love,
    MsBevBlack

  3. Hungry says:

    Preach MsBevBlack!

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  5. Emperor James says:

    You might as well get used to it. The Miami Heat will go undefeated this year. The various lesser little franchises, such as the Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics, the Orlando Magic, and anyone else so presumptious to actually believe that their humanity, can trump divinity will be simply summarily dismissed and kicked to the curb with no compunction. The Heat will use you, and abuse you. You will be considered simply scrimmage squads upon which the Miami Heat will not even break a sweat. We are just so far superior that we will never have to exit pre-season mode to dominate everybody. If the other players such as Bryant, Howard, Durant, and others, are very, very nice, perhaps the gods will allow them to kneel down and kiss their rings in abject homage to the Übermensch. The most that any other franchise can do is to grovel before them, and beg them to be kind to them before each predestined game manifestation of total domination, asking them, no, begging them humbly to limit the final score to less than fourty points of difference.

  6. Cameron says:

    Heat “fans”,
    What has your team done together??? STOP TALKING! You look like morons. They haven’t played a single game in the pre-season even. You don’t know what their going to be able to do together. WowZers, B. Thomas, glynn, what are you going to do IF they start losing? You talk as IF they’ve already won something. It’s all a big IF! Stop yapping and let them play first!

    I’m truly NOT hating on them. I’ve just been watching basketball for more than 25 years and know you should talk untill your teams done something! Otherwise you look dumb. Really, really, dumb!

  7. heat fan says:

    lebron was not wrong 4 waiting until the last minute. u save the best 4 last stupid. cleveland should know u never put all your apples n 1 basket even if that basket is home made. mo williams actually considered retirement when bron left that shows he depended on bron 2 much also . when mj retired scottie took on the challenge. lebron is from Ohio so he can still bring home that championship it just might b in a heat jersey though.

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  10. B.Thomas says:

    Dont act like the game has changed!!!
    WE have lebron james, dwyane wade, and chris bosh on the same team….this is something the rest of the league has never seen before, will not be ready for, and cannot prepare for.
    Dwade and lebron have been a problem for every team since they began to breakout as superstars, and now that they have gotten together other teams are actin like there not scared or phased by this. YEAH RIGHT!!!

    They will get everybodies best shot everynight but it still wont be enough. Have we forgot about Lebrons great passing and chase down blocks, rebounding, amazing dunks, bulldozing hulk-like through any defense, and jump shot(yes his jump shot from anywhere on the court) the most underrated part of his game critics act like they dont see). the man averaged 29 8 and 7.

    Have we forgot about flash, dwades amazing game. The slashing thru the defense, splitting thru two players like nothing, his blocks, his steals, the dunks, his passing(yes he can also pass but lebron is the more superior distributor), his jump shot also(yes), the way he can drive to the basket and go up on the other teams pf and center if you get him mad enough like nothin and get the and one.

    And chris bosh!!!..his midrange jump shot, his post up game, his rebounding, his fastbreak game for his size, and his defense…all beast like..The man averaged 24 and 10 last season which most of us didnt see because of the toronto market he was in.

    if you forgot what these men have done by themseleves on their own teams jus go to youtube.
    and if you question their chemistry go to youtube and type search dwade lebron bosh 2010 all star game highlights youll see its there

    Now we have all of these great players coming together to blend and mesh their games and compete at the highest level for a long time.

    behind the back passes, alley oops, slam poster get dunked on facials, 3 point shootouts, amazing and 1’s, chase down blocks, regular blocks that anyone from the opposing teams center down to the point guard can expect to recieve.

    they will have at least 3 plays fastbreaks in espn top 10 every week

    these 3 are arguably the greatest players of our generation and of all time. 3 very amazing players that have come together to sacrifice parts of themselves to win championships. They have stepped down as the main focus on their former teams and they can now rely on each other. it is going to be a beautiful thing to watch and as long as they stay healthy which have rarely been a problem for these guys through their careers, they can do whatever they want out there on the court, as many championships and games as they wanna win

    i can go on and on. The possibilities are endless.

    oh and we have mike miller(3 point assassin, can also handle the ball and make plays), james jones(3pt), udonis haslem, joel anthony(shot block and rebound), juwan howard, eddie house, carlos arroyo, mario chalmers, big Z, jamal maagloire to help them out. not the most outstanding bench but its enough..look what boston did back in 09. This is far more extraordinary.

    This is going to be an amazing season.

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  12. B.X. says:

    i am a huge Miami heat fan, and i honestly think this team will be great. Miami definitely has the most dominating trio in basketball right now, and wade, bosh, and lebron has a very realistic chance to win the championship this year. And no, Miami does have a solid bench, contrary to popular beliefs. That said, there will be some issues that miami needs to address, the most urgently being the center issue. Their starter is Joel Anthony. Granted, Joel is a good shot blocker, but he’s really a backup player given the fact that he’s a complete offensive liability. At this stage, Miami doesnt really have that inside presence in the paint that they really need. I know there’s bosh, but he’s really not that type of back-to-the-basket player. Although im sure Pat Riley is aware of this as well, and i’ll be darned if he doesnt try something to improve the center position. it’s also gonna be interesting seeing how the backcourt dynamic is gonna be between wade and lebron. hope everything works out

  13. LeBron is the best says:

    Dear everyone that criticize LeBron, Bosh, and Wade,
    Hey everyone, guess what? LeBron and Bosh is a traitor!!!! wow…really?! Grow up all haters. Yes Maybe LeBron might’ve made a mistake on waiting till the last second to tell the decision, but think about how hard it was for Bron to decide whether to leave home or stay home. He tried his best to bring cavs to the finals and u know it, but the supporting cast was just not enough for Bron. Does tht mean he cannot be like MJ or Magic Johnson? they had helps too. Also what happened wen LeBron moved? What did Dan Gilbert do? He even cursed Miami Heat. Is tht a right thing to do?! I dont think so. So all u haters shud just wait for the season and watch the games. Im not going to say it will be a automatic championship because Celtcs big 3 took a long time to unite, but I will say they will have a strong season. Lakers, Celtics, Magic, and more great teams are waitin out ther. It’s goin to be ecxcitin so dont ruin it by criticizing the Heat.

  14. Val Regan says:

    I am very happy for the MIAMI HEAT!!!!!! Go Bron, DWadw and Chris!!!!!! HUhaa!!!!

  15. ryan d says:

    Woohooo! miami heat all the way!

  16. MhYkEL says:

    At first i was disappointed when lebron left cav’s but after a few hours, suddenly that anger already gone. i finally realize that in the past 2 season lebron help to get a best record in NBA, and put his heart in the game all the way to the play-off. but still basketball is not a one man show. always remember without pau gasol, kobe will not get his 4th and 5th ring, paul pierce will not get his ring without ray allen and kevin garnet and vice versa. you can’t win a title without a solid back-up. don’t compare lebron to even magic johnson, magic will not get his ring without abdul-jabbar and vlade divac or drexler without hakeem. ever since michael jordan left the nba no one will ever dominate the nba like MJ did.

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  18. WowZers says:

    hey theodore… kobe couldnt do it without bein on shaqs back (3x).. and he couldnt do it when he was on his own… Yeah he scored 81(OMG WOW).. but he knew he couldnt do it by himself.. so they got pau gasol another big man that was a franchise player in memphis.. with that said.. Kobe wouldnt have 5 rings if he was alone.. Jordan as well.. Pippen? Harper? Rodman? watch classic game boy.. I’m only 18 and i know a lot more than you.. Duncan? Ginobli? Robinson? Parker? Horry? olajuwan… Clyde drexler mario ellie.. sam cassell.. and chamberlain had a lot of help as well.. you guys need to stop hating . seriously

  19. WowZers says:

    hating… and hating and more hating… Lakers already have a problem with the old 3 farts in boston.. what more with the big 3 in miami who are fresh.. and faster.. Aye Kobe lovers.. If wade james miller on the 1, 2, 3 position.. who is he gonna guard? James? He can out run him with stamina and kobe wouldnt be able to manage and gonna be too tired on the offensive end.. Wade? Same thing… Miller? ok guard him all day.. you leave wade with fisher or blake? total mismatch buddies.. and artest with james? lol artest could hardly stop pierce when it mattered most.. lets just say all the teams o9-10′ season had a real hard time on boston…now this year… what about heats big 3…? you can already say its a automatic win season and post season for the heat… love you all hates

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  21. Theodore Tsirpas says:

    Dear Bosh,

    You averaged your career best last year here in Toronto, and yet you said “nothing happened” you just proved yourself to be useless individually and need to depend on other players better than you to achieve anything career. Which is fine, that simply means you’re a role-player. Not an all-star, nor will you ever be. The same goes for Mr. James… you’re both going to be great role-players throughout your careers. But unfortunatly will never reach the status of Bryant, Jordan, Olajuan, Duncan, Chamberlain.

    I don’t believe either of you belong in any type of hall-of-fame. I hope you have decent careers and win that championship that Mr. Wade achieved on his own (with a little help of Shaq).

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  23. Sean says:

    You’re welcome

  24. Cameron says:

    WOW, Heat “fans” are SUCH homers! You guys are SERIOUSLY delusional if you think that team is an “automatic” for the finals. They haven’t played ONE GAME yet guys. Wait until at least the half way point of the season before you jump on the bandwagon folks, that way if their not winning as much you don’t look like complete fools!

  25. Jonathan Coates says:

    SHEENA MATTHEWS–

    You obviously haven’t been paying attention to the NBA for quite some time. You say that Boston is the only team that can challenge the Heat, and they are just getting older. While the Lakers (who just beat said Boston team while Kobe and Bynum were both fighting through injuries all season and post-season for their second championshipin a row), got better(Steve Blake), younger(Ebanks and Caracter), tougher( Matt Barnes), and healthier(Kobe and Bynum’s injuries are fixed). The icing on the cake is Phil’s back and healthier than ever as well. While the Heat will be dangerous, they don’t have the pieces to truly match up against a healthy Lakers squad, or possibly a healthy Orlando or Boston squad for seven games. Their next best player after their big three is Mike Miller. After that it’s a huge drop off. Lakers complete the 3-Peat! Heat get their shot in 2012, when they’ve aquired some more reliable and more legitimate pieces and have ironed out any chemistry issues that will inevitably arise. It isn’t just about talent. It’s about having a consistent team effort and knowing your roles and sticking to them. The Lakers and Celtics are still a few notches above everyone else, including the Heat. Don’t believe me look at history.

  26. easv07 says:

    lebron and bosh were in their respective teams for seven seasons and could not win a title and the teams tried to help them mostly lebron and the players they added were midiocre so why wouldnt they leave, this team was destiny and they are gonig to win about 3 or 4 championships maybe even more.

  27. glynn says:

    I LOVE IT, THESE GUYS WILL MAKE HISTORY JUST WATCH AND SEE. GET YOUR NBA LEAGUE PASS SUBSCRIPTIONS READY AND BE READY TO WATCH AND CRITIQUE EVERY GAME THEY PLAY.

    LAKER FANS, CELTIC FANS…..WE DON’T WANNA HEAR YA MOANING AND CRYING BECAUSE THE REASON WHY YOU GUYS TALK TRASH ABOUT THE BIG 3 BECAUSE YOU FEAR THE BIG 3.

    AND YOU SHOULD FEAR THE BIG 3…BECAUSE THEY WILL BRING HOMETOWN CROWDS ON THEIR KNEES EVERY TIME THEY HIT THE BUILDING!

    THESE ARE GROWN-AZZ MEN WITH 7+ YEARS OF NBA EXPERIENCE. IT’S NOT LIKE IT’S THERE 3RD YEAR AND THEY DECIDED TO BUNCH TOGETHER. THEY KNOW HOW TO PLAY THE GAME, THEY KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN.

    TAKE THE TOP SG OF THE EAST
    TAKE THE TOP SF OF THE EAST
    TAKE THE TOP PF OF THE EAST

    AND YOU GOT THE BIG 3…NOT TO MENTION A STELLAR BENCH! THEY EVEN GOT GOOD AZZ DRAFT PICKS! 4 CENTERS INCLUDING ONE WHO CAN STRETCH OUT THE FLOOR AND SHOOT THE 3 BALL VERY WELL.

    EDDIE HOUSE, WHO HAS PREVIOUS CHAMPIONSHIP EXPERIENCE…WHO’S A PROVEN BENCH PLAYER THAT CAN WIN GAMES LIKE HE DID FOR THE CELTICS IN 2008. MIKE MILLER A KNOCKDOWN 3 POINT SHOOTER….

    SO AFTER ALL THE CRITICS WAS ASKING ABOUT “WELL HOW WILL THEY FILL THAT ROSTER UP?” WELL YOU HAVE YOUR ANSWER AND I WON’T EVEN GO AS FAR AS SAYING THEY HAVE THE BEST BENCH IN THE NBA…BECAUSE THEY DON’T THE BENCH AINT PROVE THEMSELVES YET. BUT THEY GET A B+ IN MY GRADEBOOKS RIGHT NOW.

    I CAN’T WAIT, I’M SO HAPPY FOR THOSE GUYS AND I WILL TRY TO MAKE IT FROM GEORGIA TO MIAMI WHEN YOU GUYS MAKE HISTORY IN THE PLAYOFFS. I WILL EVEN MAKE THE ORLANDO PLAYOFF GAMES TOO IF THEY FACE THE BIG 3.

    AT THE END OF THE DAY HATERS GON HATE BECAUSE THEY’RE SCARED OF WHATS TO COME. BUT WE LOVE IT THEY LOVE IT…WE FEED OFF IT. SO WE READY FOR THE DAGGERS…WE’RE ARE GOING TO HURT MANY MANY MANY FEELINGS THIS YEAR. GET YA TISSUE.

  28. no name says:

    Glad Wade has now decided to pass the ball instead of carry the ball. The refs will have their jobs cut out to make sure the big three do not make up their own rules no more mercy calls for Wade – no more hop skip and a jump for Bron and pivot foot for Bosh. Good luck.

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  30. rquan says:

    remains to be seen!they have to be very unselfish!…that,s first and foremost! everything else follows! unselfishness is the key!:)

  31. Joe Z says:

    Lebron is a traitor. I loved seeing him cringe in his chair when Wade was talking about not doingit for themselves but for the fans and the community in Miami.

    What about the Clevelend fans and community that you selfishly slapped on the face during your hour broadcast on ESPN. Or the fact that you waited to the last possible second and there were no decent free agents left for Cleveland to sign.
    Lebron is a sellout and a traitor. Heat fans, just wait until May and June when he starts bricking and complaining about his elbow. Maybe Wade can get him through it. Thats why he left he’s not good enough to be a leader and do it himself.

  32. MsBevBlack says:

    These guys have been villified and thrown under the bus for no good reason that I can see. Pat Riley, Bosh, Wade and LaBron are in the business for the same reason as everyone else in the basketball business.They all “are in it to win it”. So why get mad because they have come up with a winning fomula? When you check the facts of Basketball History, you will find that no “one” superstar has ever won the title. It has always been “a team” of winning stars. The three of them are talking about “being unselfish”, and building confidence in “everyone around” them. I think thats just great! I know that they will be targeted this season especially, but with the right counceling and support I hope they make it through the rough times. If you look carefully at the interview, you will see that Bosh, and LaBron are dressed identical and Wade if standing out and dressed differently. To me, this indicates that, Wade is the teamleader, with Bosh and LaBron in full support as team players! Personally, I truly wish these guys the best and all the success possible. They are dressed so nicely and are speaking so articulately with respect and humility. I wish them all the success in the world.

  33. k1 says:

    cavs + raptors + heat of 09-10 season = miami heat 2010-11 (can win championships)

    heat 2010-11 minus c. bosh = cavs + heat 09-10 (can win eastern conference final)

    heat 2010-11 minus d.wade = cavs + raptors 09-10 (can win eastern conference final)

    heat 2010-11 minus l. james = heat + raptors 09-10 (can win eastern conference final)

    heat 2010-11 minus 2 superstars = team 09-10 ( can reach the play-offs)

    they have a solid back-up : PF-haslem, SF/SG – miller, PG – chalmers, C – ilgauskas (my top 4 back-up)
    C – anthony, SF- jones, PGs – house and arroyo C – magloire, PF – howard (reliable veterans)

    i believe in miami heat. i believe in these big three. i believe they can when multiple championships starting this season.

  34. Red Army says:

    MIAMI HEAT 2011 NBA CHAMPIONS

  35. Everyone talking about the Heat like, they have to deal with this and that. They have to deal with Dwight Howard from Orlando, and the bulls, and the Lakers etc. Everyones is going to give their best shot at heat. You better, or the will be running you out of the floor. You got to understand that who is going to stop Dwade, Lebron and Bosh. Orlando has Diwght and Miami is going to have to stop him, but can Orlando stop wade, bron and Bosh? The thing about is that, Miami is going to give their best shot at everyone. After the first 10 to 20 games, if their record isn’t 19-2, they know that they will be labeled as a failure. Miami needs to win every game more than anyone else. So please, be realistic. Unless you have another combo that can defeat the combo in south beach don’t get too excited fans. The only team I see causing problems is Boston, but even they have to stop the big 3. L.A, no longer a threat. Trust me, it won’t be long until Kobe bryant goes to ask for another trade, and then maybe L.A will frantically steal away a francise player like before, but this time it better be Kevin Durant or Dwight Howard.

    • Ben Davis says:

      First of all the Heat has always been my favorite Team.. Well at least since they drafted the most incredible player in 2003… but now we have Bron and Bosh… I believe that your question was … what do you do with Dwight Howard? Who is my 3rd favorite player in the league… I have a simple answer for that…. It’s not even a hard answer… Ummm…. You put him on the line…. You put Old veteran centers on him who have grown man strength… Big Z, Juan Howard. Hell, if they foul out b4 Dwight Howard does, that would be amazing… Maybe the refs will help Dwight this season…. But let’s not act like this heat team can’t do it… I will tell you what… if the Heat make it out of the East they are winning the whole thing… if they beat both Boston (The Real Champs of 2010) and Orlando… They will beat the Lakers..

      • B-Rye says:

        Right on there. Boston is also a team to beat like you said. I can’t wait to watch that. You are the first logical fan that I have heard bring up Boston “The Real Champs of 2010). Although I still believe that Boston will win it all this year even, Miami has a shot. Whoever comes out of the east to take on the Lakers, will be awesome to watch! Going to be a great year!

      • Gonzalo says:

        I agree that Boston threw away that game7(not to mention horrible foul calls) in the 4th quarter.I agree that L.A. had a strong team but it sucks when the game is decided at the line.I would’ve preffered a game winning shot

  36. At last says:

    At last, let’s just respect them again for the great sportsmen that they are.

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