Miami Heat: Can They Actually Improve Without LeBron?

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May 28, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1), forward LeBron James (6), and guard Dwyane Wade (3) react during the fourth quarter in game five against the Indiana Pacers of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Miami 93-90. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat are poised for an exciting season, as they move to recover from Post-LeBron Syndrome. They’ve kept some valuable free agents, added some nice pieces and, with team president Pat Riley running the show, there’s always the feeling that they could make a move to further strengthen the team.

But can you remove LeBron James, the best player in the game, and somehow be better?

First off, let me be clear that this is hardly an attack on James’ individual greatness. He has a phenomenal array of skills and is one of the few players in today’s game that can instantly transform a game by themselves.

This is a look at how the Heat performed over the course of the four years James was part of the team and how they might be even better without him.

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