A lot of people are saying the formation of this new Heat team hurts the NBA by concentrating so much talent on one team. I couldn't disagree more. The NBA has been at its best when there are great teams, even when that means the bottom of the league suffers. The NBA loves rivalries and dynasties. I see some of both in the making.
The Heat and Lakers could very well meet in the finals for the next 2 to even 3 years. I think the Heat unseat the Celtics at the top of the East and develop that kind of Celtics-Lakers matchup like we saw in the 80s with two great, great teams going at it year after year. Then, in 2-3 years it will likely be the end of Kobe's career--the Oklahoma City Thunder will be in prime position to take their place in the West and challenge the Heat.
At the same time, if Derrick Rose becomes the star that many think he will, the Bulls could very well be stepping up in a few years to challenge the Heat in the East. And who knows, maybe the Knicks get Carmelo and Chris Paul or Tony Parker next year and make it even more interesting in the East. And if we're getting into what-ifs, maybe the Blazers add another piece in the West and get into the mix.
The point is, there are some great teams in the making in the NBA. I think we could be entering some great years for the league. THAT IS, if they can figure out a new CBA and not shut down for any amount of time.