Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Marion for Brand and the #7 rumor for the Heat?

Could be at once both awesome and awful.

I mean, let's be honest. The only person who doesn't think Michael Beasley is going to be awesome? Pat Riley. And unless Michael Beasley looked at Michael Vick and said "why can't I do that too?" Beasley's going to be special.

And yet? Say the Heat pull the trigger. They'll have a potential 1-4 of Wade, Mayo, Gallinari/Alexander, and Elton Brand. Obviously, there are still questions here as to the health and veracity of Elton, but he is a very hard worker. You can bet on him returning awesome.

But then again? Pat Riley could parlay this into entertaining but flawed in desperation for Derrick Rose. Derrick Rose is special. Derrick Rose is the #1 pick. But he could just as easily be one man lost in a sea of dislocations and slow recoveries in Miami. The Heat could be Eastern Conference solid, or they could suck again.

It all depends on Old Man Riley.

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