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Dec. 28, 2015 - Miami, FL, USA - Miami Heat's Chris Bosh jokes with his daughter watching the game from the front row during the second quarter on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami (Photo by Pedro Portal/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
Starting Five

The Starting 5: Heat without Chris Bosh

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1. Does rebuilding formally begin now for Heat? – Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel Miami Heat Blog

With the recent news that Chris Bosh’s playing career with the Miami Heat may, in fact, be over, Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel Miami Heat Blog fielded questions from fans that all centered somehow around Bosh or the rebuilding of the team. While the team may never take on a full, tear-it-down-and-start-over rebuild like the Philadelphia 76ers, moving forward without Bosh makes a playoff spot this season somewhat unlikely, and a re-tool should be in order.

2. Phil Jackson needed to explain trading for Derrick Rose, but he didn’t – Joe Flynn, Posting and Toasting

At a press conference heading into the beginning of training camp, New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson fielded questions about acquiring point guard Derrick Rose, who is wrapped up in the middle of a civil trial over rape allegations. So how did Jackson do, finally addressing the status of his new point guard? Poorly, according to Joe Flynn of Posting and Toasting. When Jackson really needed to be more forthcoming, he came off as smarmy and dismissive.

3. Gibson, Wade, Must Sacrifice for Younger, Better Players – Geoffrey Clark, Chicago Bulls Confidential

The Chicago Bulls are in an interesting spot, with a team of veteran players as well as some young players that are in desperate need of development. If players such as Nikola Mirotic, Doug McDermott, and Denzel Valentine can make big strides on the court this season, that will be better than any potential realistic outcome for the team as a whole. But what does that mean for veterans such as Taj Gibson and Dwyane Wade? They may have to sacrifice some for the greater good.

4. The Wizards need improvement from Oubre and Porter – Chris Manning, Hardwood Paroxysm

The Washington Wizards were one of the more disappointing teams in 2015-16, taking a young team that finished 46-36 and swept the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs and finishing just 41-41. They missed the playoffs last year, and this season is big for their development process. That means they really need improvement from 21-year-old Kelly Oubre and 23-year-old Otto Porter. Both players haven’t begun to scratch the surface of their potential in the league, and for the Wizards to become a team that can make a deep run in the playoffs, they have to do that.

5. Bucks acquiring Michael Beasley from Rockets for Tyler Ennis – Frank Madden, Brew Hoop

After loosing guard Khris Middleton to a torn hamstring, the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t hesitate to make a big move. They traded backup point guard Tyler Ennis to the Houston Rockets in exchange for former second overall draft pick, Michael Beasley. The forward has been dogged by questions about his defense and, in general, the amount he cares about improving upon his game. This will be the sixth team he’s played for since 2008, and as recent as late February he wasn’t even on an NBA team. But there’s no doubt he has talent, especially on the offensive end, and is an intriguing move from the Bucks’ standpoint.

The Starting 5: Heat without Chris Bosh

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