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Basketball by Association - Miami Heat Season Preview

August 10th, 2012

The Miami Heat finally silenced all doubters by winning a title. Now, can LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and company do it again?

In this episode of Basketball by AssociationNBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes break down all the key roster losses and additions, discuss the biggest storylines to watch and set realistic expectations for the Heat.

Acquiring Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis made sizable waves even outside of Miami, but did the Heat really need more gunners?

This team's lack of size is both conspicuous and purposeful. Having James, Wade and Bosh covers over a multitude of sins, but will the Heat regret not having any accomplished big bodies on the roster?

Will supporting pieces like Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier, Norris Cole and Udonis Haslem mesh with newcomers like Allen and Lewis? What is this team's actual rotation, and is there too much duplicity on the squad?

Will Wade and Bosh return rested from an Olympic-free offseason? Their previous, injury-plagued campaigns wore both stars down prematurely, so how will they fare in a full 82-game year?

How much better can LeBron James be as he returns from the Olympics, and what kind of early-season rest might he need?

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NOTE: This team-specific podcast originally appeared as part of a full episode here.