Originally Posted by DMAVS41
Wade missed 7 games
Shaq missed 23 games
Williams missed 23 games
Mourning missed 17 games
Posey missed 15 games
Using regular season records to judge a team is often flawed. The truth is that the Heat were the 2nd favorites to win the title going into 2006. Only the defending champion Spurs were ahead of them. They played a lackluster season for a variety of reasons including injuries and the Stan Van Gundy situation.
The team was barely over .500 with Van Gundy and was actually pretty dominant under Riley. Of course, it was under Riley and healthy in which the team won the title.
So lets not act like 52 regular season wins is a good way of judging that Heat team.
And yes, if you take 06 Kobe over 06 Wade....then you need to be consistent for 09 as well.
And their supporting cast was still far stronger than the 06 Lakers, even with the injuries. Oh, and they played in the East.
And no, Kobe 09/06 was a better basketball player than Wade 09/06.