Dwyane Wade spots weakness in Miami Heat's lack of size

10/24/12 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

After a dominating 2011 postseason campaign, it may be justified to state that the Miami Heat seem almost unbeatable for any championship title contender this season. While an overwhelming 70 percent of NBA general managers sounded their agreement with the above statement during the annual GM poll, the Miami Heat do have their weaknesses.
Forward LeBron James blatantly chose to keep a curtain over those weaknesses. While coach Erik Spoelstra too acknowledged the Miami Heat had their Achilles Heel, he refused to make the season easier for rivals by advertising his team’s shortfalls.
However, Dwayne Wade was left out of the loop about maintaining secrecy regarding the Miami Heat’s weaknesses. Hence, Dwyane Wade openly discussed the issue, when questioned on the subject, probably with the belief that acknowledging the problems will help the team approach them realistically.
“Yeah, we have weaknesses,” Dwyane Wade acknowledged about the same Miami Heat who posted a 46-20 in the lockout-shortened 2011-2012 season. “We’re not the biggest team in the league. It’s a glaring weakness.”
While the Miami Heat are consulting all their cards to cover the weakness, by keeping an option on playing former power forward Chris Bosh at center, leaving the team with three projected All-Star starters at the spot, it can be hardly called a long-time remedy to the size situation. A glance across the roster will reveal that the Miami Heat truly lack size, which Dwyane Wade acknowledged could be a challenge for the team in a very “competitive” league this season; especially with a “bull's-eye”painted across them since the 2011-2012 Playoffs run.
The Miami Heat could have their hands full with a traditional elite center, such as Los Angeles Laker’s Dwight Howard, ruining their hopes of reclaiming the championship title but that won’t be a leading concern until the NBA Finals. Dwyane Wade finds comparatively more challenge in the size department coming from the Eastern division teams.
“Obviously, Philadelphia with Andrew Bynum, he’s a big guy. He’s one of the best centers in the league,” said Dwyane Wade. “You got the Brooklyn Nets with (Brook) Lopez, one of the best centers in the league.”
“There’s a few,” added Dwyane Wade, “but it’s not that many teams that have big guys.”
The Miami Heat experienced first-hand the problems a lack of size poses, during last season’s championship run when they faced-off against Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert. When they couldn’t match Roy Hibbert’s production from the same position, Miami Heat switched stances and utilized the maximum of their strengths in the process.
 “As well as it's a weakness, it's a strength," stated Dwyane Wade. “And so we got a weakness. (But) We're not going to come out and we're not going to say this big guy is going to get 14 rebounds a game.”
”We have to rebound collectively as a team. So, obviously, that's a weakness for us,” added Dwyane Wade. “But it's also a strength for us because at the other end of the floor, when the ball gets off the rim, we're able to use our speed."
Now that the secret’s out let’s hope the Miami Heat have got a few more tricks up their leaves against other teams with size.
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