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LeBron James at point guard? Dwyane Wade? Miami is thinking about it.

Sep 10, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for wade.jpgMario Chalmers may be the official Miami Heat starting point guard come Oct. 26, but as we’ve said before his role will not be the same as Rajon Rondo’s or Deron Williams or most other point guards.

That’s because both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade like to create with the ball in their hands. They are better at it than just about anyone. So you give them the rock. Which got Miami thinking, according to a tweet from the Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman

Pat Riley says Chalmers likely ready for camp, but not Butler. Hints strongly at casting Wade or LeBron at point guard.

It’s an option: Wade at the one, Mike Miller at the two, LeBron at the three, Chris Bosh and Joel Anthony starting up front. A pretty versatile starting lineup, one that complements each other in a lot of ways.

Of course, there is the defensive question — who guards the small, quick point guards that are a part of many teams now? Wade is a very good perimeter defender but in this hand check-free league he will struggle some with — and more importantly risk foul trouble — guarding the Rondo, Darren Collison, Jameer Nelson, Raymond Felton type guys (and that’s just a few from the Eastern Conference). It comes back to the same reality for Miami whoever starts at the point — in today’s NBA you need someone to protect the rim inside, and Anthony or others need to step up into that role.

Miami’s situation may be a matchup thing, while the starters may not change the rotations and who finishes games could change depending on what the other team throws at them.

Defense is going to be the key for the Heat, and we’ve started taking extensive looks at it already.

One other tweet from Winderman on what will be another media topic with the Heat regardless of the reality on the ground — the job security of Erik Spoelstra.

As for Spoelstra, Riley insists there are no coaching issues.  “I think you’ve got to let the coach coach.” Says no “helicopter” presence.

  1. David - Sep 10, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Remember that those matchup problems work both ways. Wade would have trouble chasing a quick point guard. However, those same tiny guards would have no chance against someone as quick and strong as Wade on the other end.
    In the end, I think Chalmers is gonna see a good amount of PT because he’s a decent stand-still three point shooter – A vital skill to have on the floor with this team.

  2. MICHEAL MYERS - Sep 10, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    ANYONE CAN PLAY POINT ON THIS TEAM .
    THE PROBLEM WILL BE WHEN THEY LOOSE SOME GAMES . WHO WILL BE THE GUY TO LEAD THEM . LABRICK CANT DO IT .BOSH HASNT WON A PLAYOFF
    SERIES . WADE IS CHAMPION . BUT HE DID HAVE SHAQ AS A BODYGUARD.
    IF WADE HAS TO PLAY THE POINT IT WWILL SLOW EVERYBODY DOWN BECAUSE
    HE WILL SHOOT EVERYTIME . THE NEED TO GET ONE OR 2 MORE GOOD SHOOTERS TO BE COMPLETE

  3. Michael Warren - Sep 10, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    I see Chalmers as the point guard will start. The reason is because you don’t want Lebron guarding point guards like Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo and Aaron Brooks,etc. They will get him in foul trouble. Mario Chalmers role is defense and 3 pointer shooting. Dwyane Wade’s role is ball handling and scoring,etc. Lebron James’s role is rebounding, passing, defense,etc. “Allah Scottie Pippen”. Chris Bosh’s role is scoring, rebounding. “Allah KG”. Joel Anthony, a potential starter, would have the role as the defensive stopper, rebounder, shotblocker, hustle guy, dirty work guy. “Allah Kendrick Perkins”. Then their deep bench can come in and bring different things.

  4. SANDRA LITZINGER - Sep 10, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Miami Heat, yes is loaded but watched none of them will effictive on the game, why coz their to talented. everybody is very good.

  5. joe dirt - Sep 10, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    They won’t have any problems on defense. They’re superstars. Everyone knows the NBA superstars get an extra pass from the refs on fouls. If the superstars sit, people don’t watch, NBA loses millions of marketing dollars, etc. Refs are told to let some stuff go on the over-exposed marketing candy boys.

  6. spec - Sep 10, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    I’m sure Muslims world wide are happy you refered to all three “Allahs”. The words your are looking for are “a la”.

  7. Will Dwyer - Sep 10, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Yeah, you’re the expert, as evidenced by your masterful use of ALLCAPS…. jackass.

  8. miam fan - Sep 10, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    lebron is a dickhead . !!!!!!! go screw yorself lebron!!

  9. J. McCann - Sep 10, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    They are going to have problems stopping some players sometimes, no question. But they are going to be totally undefensible themselves. No team other than the Lakers or Thunder will be able to keep up with their point barrage when the Heatians are healthy.

  10. micheal myers - Sep 10, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Your mom likes it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Jack ass

  11. hnirobert - Sep 10, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    I love Dan LeBatard’s idea for the Heat to have a run the point night, where every night a lucky fan gets to run the point. They’ll get to keep the jersey. It’ll help with the salary cap.

  12. D-Mack - Sep 10, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    Lebrick. How clever

  13. ZakMan - Sep 10, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    Wow dude… You’ve obviously never seen the team’s roster… Three 3-point specialists plus whatever chalmers, wade, lebron, bosh, and big z pour in…
    And leadership isnt a problem… If we ever lose more than 2 in a row (which i honestly cant envision) Wade, LeBron, AND Bosh have all been the dominant leaders of their previous teams and then u hav all the veterans there to keep the chemistry growing like Juwan Howard and Eddie House

  14. terry - Sep 11, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Lest we forget – Between them these 3 guys have 21 NBA seasons. They have ONE ring to show for that- Wade’s in 2006.
    They ain’t done NOTHIN’ yet. And until you’ve done it you HAVEN’T done it.
    So – can they do it?
    That’s why they play the game.

  15. Viva - Sep 11, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    Did anyone watch Primera and Real Madrid in 2004? They were named Galacticos. Great team, with great talent, and extremely great names. I know this is about basketball, but anyone who follows football, or as you would say soccer , should know what I am talking about.

  16. McShaq - Sep 13, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    I have been watching NBA games since the early 80s. LeBron and Wade are two of the better offensive players I have ever seen. This team
    will be contenders – bank on it. But some of you are right. They have to actually win a championship, which won’t be easy if they do get past Boston and Orlando and have to play L.A. in the finals. L.A. may be the only team that can guard them one on one.

  17. DEVONTE - Sep 18, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    IF MIKE BEASLEY WAS STILL IN MIAMI LEBRON CAN THE POINT GUARD. BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE THE BEST STARTING LINEUP IN THE NBA. LEBRON PG #6, WADE SG #3, BEASLY SF #30, BOSH PF #1, ILGAUSKAS C #11,BUT THEY DON`T HAVE BEASLY. IT DOESN`T MATTER IF LEBRON PLAYS POINT GAURD OR SMALL FOWARD THEY STILL HAVE TO BEAT THE ORLANDO MAGIC,CHICAGO BULLS, AND THE BOSTON CELTICS IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS & THEN THEIRS THE LAKERS THEY WON BACK 2 BACK 2 TITLES MIAMI AIN`T READY FOR TEAMS IN THE PLAYOFFS. LEBRON MADE THE DUMBEST DECISION BY LEAVING CLEVELAND SO HE WILL PAY IN MIAMI AND HE WILL LOSE AGAIN AND WANT HAVE NO RING UNTIL 2013 OR 2014 SEASON

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