The superteam that has yet to play a game may have to make some more roster tweaks. Fans and experts alike have been surprised by the supporting cast Pat Riley has been able to put together around the trio of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh. That cast however, might have to be altered a little bit due to injury. Both of the current point guards on the roster, Carlos Arroyo and Mario Chalmers, are suffering from injuries. Arroyo suffered a significant thigh bruise while playing for Puerto Rico in the FIBA World Championships just a few days ago, while Chalmers suffered a severe high ankle sprain a few weeks ago in team related training. At first glance, Mario’s injury would seem to be a much greater concern, as that type of sprain can take a long time to fully heal. Considering these recent events Miami will probably be looking to acquire another guard, we all know how Riley likes veteran players, and Allen Iverson is available.
Shortly after James and Bosh signed in Miami there were rumors about all of the possible veteran players that may join the team at a discount , knowing that the likelihood of winning the NBA Championship is very good. The Answer was one of those names being thrown around, but after bringing Arroyo back and still having Chalmers on the roster, the team focused on other areas. Now due to injuries, it appears like the option of bringing in another experienced backcourt player might have to be looked at. Iverson certainly has experience, but critics seem to think that he is pretty much washed up and might not be a good fit even if he has game left in him. I think that bringing this guy in is actually a no brainer. On this Heat team the only expectation that would be placed on Iverson would be one of effort and contributing to winning a championship. Now granted, over the last couple of seasons his play has deteriorated, but that seems to be a mental problem more than a physical one. Throughout Allen’s career in Philadelphia and Denver he played with the type of passion that we rarely see among the new generation of NBA stars. He is old school. He loves to win. Now in his mid-thirties, he would likely relish the chance to just go out and play at an elite level for short periods of time, instead of having to worry about trying to score 30, 40, or 50 points a night just so his team has a chance. There is no downside. Dwyane Wade owns the locker room and the city. Bringing in Iverson would not be a distraction, it would just be adding another piece to this team. That piece has something that every team could use; a big heart.
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Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).