The Miami Heat finished off the NBA Finals a lot quicker than most people predicted and they certainly set our chat world aflutter with their accomplishment. We leaned on some former NBA vets and our own experts to get their thoughts on what this means for the Heat now and moving forward. For all of our other chats, check out our chat archive page.
Deven (Buffalo, NY)
What would a first title mean for LeBron James?
Sam Perkins, 17-year NBA veteran
Getting that first title would be, like redemption. Like a monkey off his back. I think it would mean the world to him. If he does win one, he has to be considered the best if he wins a couple of more. There are guys that have won one title, but with LeBron, he has deemed a great player, but he has to get more than one to get that admiration. Full transcript
On a Scale of 1-10, how would you rate LeBron's performance?
AC Green, NBA record for consecutive games played
I have been very impressed with LeBron. I like what he's brought to the game on a consistent basis. He understands that he has to find a way that works for him to create separation from outside distractions, whatever they may be. You have to find a way to get within that internal strength. He's been able to do that on a consistent basis. From the tip to the final buzzer, he's been a part and effective. He hasn't been perfect, but he's been a part a whole lot more than the critics have given him in the past. Full transcript
Jorden Baumblit (NY)
In your personal opinion, is LeBron James the best player in the NBA?
Tom Haberstroh, NBA Insider, blogger
Yes. And I don't think it's close given the work he does on both ends of the floor. Many coaches/execs believe he's the Defensive Player of the Year. And he's averaging 31 points and 5 assists here in the playoffs. Who else has that resume? Full transcript