Heat's James mum on future in South Florida

Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:30pm EDT
 
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By Steve Ginsburg

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Moments after the San Antonio Spurs completed their demolition of the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, speculation about whether the LeBron James-led Big Three would stay in South Florida kicked into high gear.

James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are all eligible to become free agents this offseason but, following Sunday's crushing loss to the Spurs, they deflected questions about their NBA futures.

Despite representing the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals all four seasons they have played together, expectations for Miami are so high James felt compelled to defend the team's 2014 season, which failed to produce a third straight title.

"You know, we're not discrediting what we were able to accomplish in these four years," he said.

"We lost one, we won two, and we lost another one. (I'll) take 50 percent in four years in championships any day. Obviously, you want to win all of them, but that's just the nature of the game. You win some, you lose some."

The Heat were dominated in this year's best-of-seven finals, losing in five games. Each San Antonio win was by at least 15 points, while Miami's lone victory was a 98-96 thriller.

James played well against the Spurs, scoring 31 points with 10 rebounds and five assists in Sunday's series-ending, 104-87 drubbing. Wade and Bosh, however, were inconsistent, forcing James to shoulder more of the load than usual.

The 29-year-old James, a four-time NBA MVP, said he and Wade did not know what to expect when they decided to become teammates years ago.   Continued...

 
Miami Heat's LeBron James sits on the bench during a timeout against the San Antonio Spurs during the second quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio, Texas, June 15, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Stone