On the heels of the Miami Heat’s loss to the Western Conference power Dallas Mavericks, Pistons swingmanTracy McGrady spoke out regarding the struggles affecting the Miami Heat.
According to the New York Daily News, T-Mac said that LeBron James would have been better off in Chicago. The Pistons guard says that the Heat are struggling because Dwyane Wade and James command the ball.
“[Chicago] was a better decision, a better place for him,” McGrady added. “You can’t just go somewhere and have that type of chemistry he had in Cleveland.”
Let us not forget that the Bulls lobbied for Lebron and Chris Bosh before they decided to go to Miami and join Wade. While many analysts have weighed in on the Heat’s problems, it’s surprising to hear a player come out and explain his reasoning as to why Spoelstra’s ballclub is struggling.
“When they’re on the court together, they’re terrible…Him and D-Wade don’t complement each other. They’re somewhat the same type of players, ‘Bron and D-Wade. … Both of those guys need the ball, and they don’t shoot the ball like Ray Allen.That’s why they’re having trouble scoring in the halfcourt, because they can’t get a rhythm, because one of them is dominating the ball. That guy might be getting off, but the other guy [isn't],” said McGrady.
In response to McGrady’s Ray Allen comparison, the reason why they don’t “shoot the ball like Ray Allen” is because Allen is 35-years old and has been in the league for 14 years. LeBron and Wade are simply not mature and wise enough to take secondary roles during key situations. When two superstars of the caliber of James and Wade join, they have to learn to share the ball like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson did. Perhaps for now, LeBron would have been better off in Chicago with Carlos Boozer and Derrick Rose. Long-term though, the talent that Bosh and Wade bring to the table is greater than Rose and Boozer combined.
The Heat’s season is only 18 games old and they are 10-8. It might take at least one full season before Wade and James get in sync. Egos will definitely have to step down a notch and maturity and intellect will play a bigger role than talent and physical endurance.
Once both superstars learn how to coexist and make the best out of every situation, they should become unstoppable. Until then, the Heat are going to be as big of a bust as the New York Yankees were before 2009.