Andrew Bynum Is the Center of Truth in Miami Heat’s Title Myth

Las Vegas recently installed the Miami Heat as favorites to win the NBA championship in 2011, and after their recent free-agent coup landed LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, it's easy to understand why.

In James and Wade, Miami has arguably two of the game's top three players; in Bosh, it has one of basketball's top power forwards.

Wade has called the trio the greatest in NBA history, and James has promised to win at least four or five championships, but behind their bravado, very serious issues still remain for Miami.

One of the biggest areas of concern is the need to surround the three stars with quality talent. As of this writing, free agent Mike Miller and mainstay Udonis Haslem have both stated their intentions to be a part of Miami's team.

There is no doubt that Pat Riley will have this team ready to contend by the time the NBA regular season tips off, but regardless of whom he finds to fill out the rest of the roster, there is fallacy in the logic of Miami as title favorites.

The two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers have done nothing this offseason suggesting they are not fully prepared to defend their championship, plus they have the advantage of a seven-foot gorilla in the room.

It's easy to get swept up in thoughts of a Wade, James, and Bosh trio dominating the NBA, but championships are not won with three players alone, and in some instances the remaining players the Heat sign may be just as important as the stars.

Miami will be able to find athletic, talented players willing to play for a pittance, but will any of those players have the size, strength, and talent to contend with Andrew Bynum in the post?

The strength of the Lakers' team was found in the superior post play of Pau Gasol and Bynum last season. Even though Bosh may be an effective counter for Gasol, who guards Bynum?

Shaquille O'Neal has been the most prominent ...

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