The Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat played the first game in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals in the NBA. The Heat, although the Bulls had a better regular season record, are favored in the series because the Heat has two so-called “Super-stars”, while the Bulls have only one player so designated. The Bulls in the game last night outplayed the Heat in every facet of the game.
I find it ridiculous how the sports media has become so star crazy. Putting two or more great players on the same team does not guarantee great success. If you look at the most successful franchises in the NBA over the last fifty or sixty years(Boston Celtics, La Lakers, Detroit Pistons, and Chicago Bulls), these franchises were able to establish “dynasties” not because of the greatness of one or more players, but because they all played as a team.
Basketball, even though each team has fewer players then other sports, is and always will be a team sport, just like football, baseball, and hockey. No one player or even three players on the same team can dominate night-in and night-out at the level necessary to win a championship. Only when all the players on the team understand their roles and they all learn to play together as a team will they successfully compete for a championship.
Yes, the Heat has two of what most people consider the top five players in the NBA in Lebron James and Dwyane Wade. But both James and Wade are not team players, not in the sense that the Bulls’ players are. James and Wade are more one-on-one players, leaving them vulnerable to a team like the Bulls that plays a very tenacious team defense.
As long as the Bulls continue to play as a team, and there is no reason to think they won’t, sense they have played this way all year, it does not matter all that much which players the Bulls have on the floor at any given moment, the Bulls should win this series contrary to the predictions of most so-called “experts”. I throughly believe that, and it would not surprise me very much if the Bulls swept the Heat.