After winning their second straight championship last year, the Miami Heat are once again the favorites to take home the NBA title. Should they win it all again this year, they will be the first three-peat champions since the Los Angeles Lakers took home the crown in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
Apparently South Beach isn’t nice enough this time of year as the Heat took off to the Bahamas for training camp. Last night, the Heat continued their warmup for their title defense as they took on the Detroit Pistons up at the Palace of Auburn Hills in their second preseason game.
Obviously, the main attraction was reigning two-time MVP and best basketball player in the world, LeBron James. James obliged and put on a show right from the opening tip. LeBron’s passing is one of his most underrated abilities. He’s genuinely one of the best passers in the league, however it often gets overlooked because of just how much he does on the court.
Last night, LeBron finished with 7 assists on the night, with 5 of them going to Chris Bosh – 3 of which were in the first quarter. All of the assists to Bosh were impressive, but the slickest one was the third of the bunch (10 second mark of the video below).
Late in the first quarter, LeBron and Bosh combined to force a Pistons turnover and were quickly off on the fast break. LeBron caught the outlet pass and pushed the ball down the right side of the court, setting up a 2-on-1 with Bosh filling the lane on the left. A few feet from the basket, when it looked like LeBron would just take the ball to the hoop himself, he instead wrapped the ball behind his back to Bosh, who slammed it home.
(Below you can check out all 5 of LeBron’s dishes to Bosh.)
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