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Jarrett Jack wonders about Miami's chemistry: Someone will happily be option three?

Sep 9, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for wade_bosh_james_highfive.jpgThe “is this Miami trio really going to work?” questions are out there.

This has worked before in other places — from Boston and the Lakers in the 80s, Boston in the 1960s, even today’s Celtics — because guys were willing to make the sacrifice on the court. There has to be give, three guys can’t be the man.

Toronto’s Jarrett Jack — a good friend of Chris Bosh — told Sekou Smith of NBA.com he wonders how it will all go down in Miami, can these three guys make those sacrifices, which are no small thing.

Yeah, I’m curious. The bottom line is, one person is going to have to be left out. And I’m not pointing fingers or anything. That’s just real talk. It’s very rare that you have three superstar guys in this league and everybody gets their fair share amount of touches and whatever. And I know they all “compromised” some things to play together in the first place. But it’s one thing to say we’re going to do it and something else to actually swallow that pill and be that third option. Going from a superstar to that third option, when you’ve been “the guy” on a team for four or five years of whatever … it’s different. It’s like when you go from college to the league and you’re not that dude anymore and you have to take that step back. Some people can handle it and some people can’t. Like I said, somebody is going to get squeezed out of the equation down there. And that’s just how it is.

Jack also talks about Toronto and the challenges they face. This is city with a big basketball following hungry for a winner, and the franchise basically just had to hit the reset button.

I think [the fans will] follow our lead. If we come out there and play a tough brand of physical basketball night in and night out, win or lose, they’ll respect us. To me, Toronto is a blue collar city. It reminds me of New York, Philly and those type of fans that are really passionate and rowdy. They definitely make their presence felt, if you’re playing bad or well they’ll let you know. So I think it’s up to us. If we go out there and show every single night that we’re hungry and just truly passionate about the game, they will respond to that. And honestly, that’s what you love about them the most as a player.

  1. Randall - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    “Someone”? You mean Bosh? And that’s only a problem until the injuries start rolling in, which they will. Those boys are gonna need football pads this season.

  2. JPerz - Sep 9, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Your comment makes no sense, you say that injuries are going to happen to them like we were talking about T-MAC and Kenyon Martin in one same team. Injuries can happen, but if they do the roster they have is just too strong and the effect will be minimum.
    About who is gonna be the 3rd option the one with less chances of being that guy is Bosh, his position is totally different to Wade’s and LBJ’s so his offensive happens in a different moment. Still Wade and LBJ are great playmakers and the one who looks the worst are not necessarily going to look bad.

  3. McShaq - Sep 9, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    LeBron and Wade are the first 2 options and Bosh the third.
    This ain’t rocket science Mr. Jack. Both Wade and James are
    very good at passing the ball – which means the chemistry
    will easily be there from the start. Also, these guys played together on the Olympic team right? So, they have already played on the same team before. Does anyone with half a brain really think chemisty is going to be a problem for these young men? I don’t like it. Want the Celtics to make chopped liver out of the Heat, but Miami is going to be a force. Deal with it fools!

  4. McShaq - Sep 9, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    LeBron and Wade are the first 2 options and Bosh the third.
    This ain’t rocket science Mr. Jack. Both Wade and James are
    very good at passing the ball – which means the chemistry
    will easily be there from the start. Also, these guys played together on the Olympic team right? So, they have already played on the same team before. Does anyone with half a brain really think chemisty is going to be a problem for these young men? I don’t like it. Want the Celtics to make chopped liver out of the Heat, but Miami is going to be a force. Deal with it fools!

  5. tdot11 - Sep 9, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Nobody should be questioning what the Heat will do offensively, they will score. The question is will they be able to stop anyone in the post. The combo of Bosh and whoever is playing center will be taking a beating throughout the entire season.

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