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While LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have their own signature shoes, the third member of the infamous Miami Heat trio has been supplied with Player Exclusive colorways of the Nike Air Max Hyperdunk 2011 for the upcoming NBA season. A regular wearer of Max Air-supported sneakers, Bosh laces up the latest Nike basketball shoes, which pair a Flywire-embedded synthetic upper with a full-length Max Air unit. Other features include a Phylon midsole, 3D reinforced shank and a solid rubber outsole with herringbone traction for enhanced grip.
Bosh’s kicks are available in colorways designed for home and away games. The home shoe sports a white base with Heat-inspired red, yellow and black accenting. Bosh’s CB4 logo also appears on the tongue. For the away shoe, Nike opted for a black-based look with red laces, yellow Swoosh branding and a grey midsole. Capping off the look below is a blue-tinted translucent rubber outsole. Both pairs are available over at Eastbay today.
Earlier this summer, I ranked my Top 10 Free Agents of 2010. Now here’s the list updated with their new contracts and the team they’ll play for:
1. LeBron James – Miami Heat
6 years, $110.1 million
2. Dwyane Wade – Miami Heat
6 years, $107.5 million
3. Chris Bosh – Miami Heat
6 years, $110.1 million
4. Dirk Nowitzki – Dallas Mavericks
4 years, $80 million
5. Joe Johnson – Atlanta Hawks
6 years, $119 million
6. Paul Pierce – Boston Celtics
4 years, $61 million
7. Amar’e Stoudemire – New York Knicks
5 years, $99.7 million
8. Carlos Boozer – Chicago Bulls
5 years, $80 million
9. Ray Allen – Boston Celtics
2 years, $20 million
10. Rudy Gay – Memphis Grizzlies
5 years, $82 million
David Lee – Golden State Warriors
6 years, $80 million
John Salmons – Milwaukee Bucks
5 years, $39 million
Shaquille O’Neal – Boston Celtics
2 years, $3 million
Tracy McGrady – Detroit Pistons
1 year, $1.35 million
The “Big Three” in Miami still seem to have basketball fans captivated. Captivated the way movies like Scarface and The Three Amigos captivated audiences, and have for years. To capture the excitement of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade teaming up in Miami for next season, adidas has created a collection of creatively inspired tee shirts of the “Tres Amigos” that are now available.
Available now: adidas Miami Heat Tee Shirts
In the last few weeks, the Miami Heat have made moves to become what some would say is the new team to beat in the NBA. LeBron James being the pinnacle of the free agent signings, possibly in the history of league, is just one of the new faces that have fans and critics of the NBA buzzing.Along with James, superstars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh also have put aside the lure of max-deal contracts in order to ensure Miami has the salary cap room to add the necessary chess pieces to win a championship next season.
In addition to resigning Wade, adding Bosh and LeBron, the Heat resigned Udonis Haslem for less than what he was capable of receiving from other teams around the league. Unlike the other three however, for Haslem, this is the second time in his career he has taken the opportunity to play for his hometown team.
It doesn’t stop there however, the sharp-shooting Mike Miller, formerly of the Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, and most recently the Washington Wizards, announced earlier today via Twitter, that he had reached terms with Miami, thanking owner Micky Arison and team president Pat Riley for making it happen. Miller will add a threat from outside that will force defenses to reconsider doubling LeBron or Wade, and in general, add to what could be one of the most potent offenses the league has seen in a long time.
Another piece to the puzzle is former teammate of LeBron in Cleveland, Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Ilgauskas will be following LeBron to South Beach, doing what he did best as a Cavalier, being a key role player. Ilgauskas may have seen a drop in scoring and playing time due to the Cavs signing Shaquille O’Neal last year, but don’t forget his career average of nearly 14 points a game, nearly 8 rebounds, and presence inside as a shot blocker makes him one of the most underrated role players in the league.
With all these pieces already in place, and rumors of Jason Williams leaving Orlando and returning to Miami as well, the Heat are looking like the team to beat in the East. However Wade recently said, “The Lakers are the champions and we know the Lakers are very good, that’s the team that everyone’s shooting for and they should be. Not the Miami Heat. The Los Angeles Lakers.”
Whether Wade is trying to downplay what’s been going on in Miami, or just keeping things in check, Wade and Miami face tough competition in their own backyard. The Magic reached a deal with Quentin Richardson, which adds to a team that was already one of the best in the East last season. Outside of Florida, Boston signed Jermaine O’Neal and re-signed Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, which means the defending Eastern Conference Champions, will still be a tough team to get passed before the Heat can even think about facing the Lakers who resigned Derek Fisher and added Portland’s pesky point guard Steve Blake.
To think that the regular season doesn’t start until October, and there are still a lot of quality players available as free agents, it’s safe to say that Wade is right, the Los Angeles Lakers are still the defending champs, but a three-peat is looking much more challenging, after Pat Riley’s three-peat of superstar signings in Miami.
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Last week we asked “Where will LeBron James play next season?”
In the most intense Free Agent frenzy the NBA has ever seen, LeBron James has been the most coveted, sought after prize and even capitalized on it by setting up his own ESPN Special titled “The Decision.” During the special King James announced that he will sign with the Miami Heat. He said that he decided this morning.
LeBron’s decision to team up with other stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to play in Miami makes the Heat an instant NBA Title favorite. The Heat will need to put some other pieces in place to make it work but it is arguably one of the most powerful trios in the history of sports. It will be interesting to see how the Heat build their team around the “Three Headed Monster.”
Do you think LeBron made the right decision?
If not where do you think he should have signed?