It's not easy to go from win-now-at-all-costs mode into a rebuilding mode. And make no mistake about it: If you break up the core of a championship team, you are in essence going into a rebuild.
Just ask the late 1990s Chicago Bulls, or the current day Dallas Mavericks. Yet even as the Miami Heat celebrate their second straight title with a parade on Monday, there have been calls for team president Pat Riley to do just that: Break up the Big Three.
Heck, in my postgame look ahead for Miami published after Thursday's clincher, I touched upon a number of ways Riley could tweak his roster, and mentioned the options of trading or using the amnesty provision to clear Chris Bosh from the roster. Many others have suggested this as well. Just Google "trade Chris Bosh."
If the Heat had lost on Thursday, the cries to break up the Big Three would be a chorus. Trade Bosh, because the Pacers and Spurs exposed Miami on the interior. Trade Dwyane Wade, because his knees have robbed him of his elite athleticism. Some would even call for trading LeBron James, because you might be losing him in a year, anyway.
But Miami didn't lose. Right now, the Heat players are laughing and dancing down Biscayne Boulevard before hundreds of thousands of adoring fans. That being the case, we have to turn to history as our guide. History tells us that you do not break up championship cores -- they break themselves up eventually.