Charlotte Bobcats Not Afraid of Miami Heat

By Ed Niser

The shock waves from LeBron James’ signing with the Miami Heat can be felt across the NBA.

Charlotte Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson, however, released some bold statements on what many members of the sports world are calling the modern day dream team of Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and most recently James.

“They’re going to be great,” Jackson said. “It’s going to be good for basketball. It’s going to be good for the city of Miami. It’s going to be exciting for the game. At the same time, they’ve got to go out there and win games just like every other team.”

By the way most people are talking, the Miami Heat are already getting sized for their championship rings before a single game has been decided in the 2010-2011 season.

Jackson felt that James should have signed with Chicago or Cleveland, but he is more than eager to rise to the challenge of facing the totally revamped Heat roster in Southeastern Conference showdowns this coming season.

Even though the Miami Heat did not win the NBA title last season they will have a large target on their backs coming into the season, seeing how they now have three of the top players in the league.

“I’m not one of those guys who’s going to lay down just because they put all those guys on the same team,” Jackson said. “I don’t think anybody on my team is going to lay down. We’re going to come out and play. Everybody has respect for those guys, but at the same time you have to win games to get respect on the court.”

With that statement Jackson showed great pride and confidence in his teammates knowing the Bobcats will be a team to be reckoned with in the Southeastern Division.

The Bobcats salary cap woes are causing them to take a seat on the backburner when it comes to signing big name free agents.

Souteastern Division foe Atlanta, signed Joe Johnson to a six-year-deal worth $20 million a season, but the Bobcats are headstrong on making a push towards the postseason despite a bargain basement roster.

Jackson was asked by the Associated Press about the challenge of playing in the Southeastern Conference this coming season and claimed, “ I love it. This is what I play for, to overcome odds. … If you think you can just wait until September to get ready? You’ve got to start getting ready now.”

Jackson does not see the threesome of Bosh,Wade and James as immortal, but as an open challenge for his team to show their ability to defy the odds.

“The feeling of knowing that they’re stacking this team and we still have the ability to go out there and beat them, I think that’s something that I’m working for,” Jackson said. “I think individual defense comes into play a lot now that you have those three great one-on-one guys on the team, great playmakers on the team.

Jackson makes a good point in saying that the Heat has three great one-on-one guys, but how will their talents mesh and what will the team chemistry be like? These are the questions that will be focused on when the Miami Heat take the floor for the 2010-2011 campaign.

Let it be known that the Bobcats will not cower in fear, when the Heat grace the floor of Time Warner Cable Arena.


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