A: That's an intriguing question, one that has to factor in that they still have Chris Bosh as a July 2010 addition, but a question that mostly comes down to what you think of today's Dwyane Wade vs. the Dwyane Wade who played for the Heat in 2009-10. As a matter of comparison, the final game the Heat played before acquiring LeBron was a 96-86 playoff loss to the Celtics on April 27, 2010. In that game, the Heat started Jermaine O'Neal at center, Michael Beasley and Quentin Richardson at forward, and Wade and Carlos Arroyo at guard, with Udonis Haslem, Mario Chalmers, Joel Anthony and Dorell Wright as the four reserves off the bench. This season, the Heat are expected to start Bosh at center, Josh McRoberts and Luol Deng at forward, and Wade and Chalmers at guard, with Chris Andersen, Danny Granger, Norris Cole and perhaps Haslem as the first four reserves off the bench. I think you certainly can make an argument for the current roster, if you still believe Wade is an All-Star talent. Remember, in that April 27, 2010 loss to the Celtics, the Heat were able to get 45 minutes, 38 seconds out of Wade.
Q: Are the Heat coaching staff still looking to keep playing Bosh at the five? I know that we all want big things from Bosh, so why not do the best we can to help him succeed by playing him at the four more often? -- Bryan, Mountain View, Calif.
A: Because about the only way, with this roster, that happens if is Birdman plays alongside Bosh, which is possible at times. But I also think that with Bosh starting alongside McRoberts, it won't be so simple to tell which is the power forward and which is the center. Bosh will play like Bosh, no matter the positional designation. The question is who the Heat are going to have banging against the big-muscle centers.
Q: Now that it's public knowledge that Ray Allen's furniture is packed up and wrapped in plastic, can the media catch on to what the public already knows: He is headed to Cleveland. The general manager, LeBron James, already recruited him in the Bahamas. -- Patrick, Hollywood.A: Oh, everyone has caught on. First Kevin Love, then Ray Allen will arrive. It is why I think James Jones acted too impetuously. I can't fathom him getting many more minutes in Cleveland than in Miami, considering he would be playing with the Cavaliers behind Mike Miller and Allen, in addition to the 3-point shooting of Love.