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LeBron James Says They Didn’t Have Enough Complementary Pieces To Win A Championship In His First Year in Miami

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When LeBron James made the β€œdecision” to join forces with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in South Beach, he promised to win multiple championships for the Miami Heat. They fell short in their first year together, but the four-time MVP had a reason.

In the Mind the Game podcast, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar explained what’s missing in 2011.

Obviously, my first year in Miami, yeah we had a Big 3. And everyone said it’s a super team, super team this and super team that. But we had to build our team around all minimum guys, which was still okay. But we didn’t fill out the complementary guys enough.Β 

Yeah, we had Rio, we had Udonis, but we didn’t have enough, as far as enough complementary guys actually to make it all work. And we still made it to the Finals.

LeBron James on why they fell short of a championship in 2011

Some fans think James was just making excuses for his β€œmeltdown.” After all, they were up 2-1 in the Finals before the Dallas Mavericks pulled off the series, 4-2. From Games 4 to 6, the Akron, Ohio native only averaged 15.3 points, thanks to an eight-point performance in Game 4. 

That said, James’s assessment of the 2011 Heat roster may also be true. If you look their team up, one very important piece was there in 2012 which was not there the previous year: Shane Battier.

The Duke product was the versatile defender they were looking for who could also make the open three. Although there was nobody like Bosh on their team, Battier was similar defensively. He was somebody who could guard bigs and wings in a snap.

Basketball is a team game and always will be. Even if the Heat had three of the 15 top players in the NBA during that era, they still had to have the right personnel to make the system work. 

Do you agree with James or is he just changing the narrative?