We've all been watching the Heat. Watching them struggle. Watching them fail. Exaggerating that failure (really they're still an elite team). Trying to figure out what's going wrong.
The one thing I've heard over and over again is that Wade and LeBron don't have games that complement each other well.
Explain to me how LeBron and Wade's games complement each other any worse than Michael and Scottie. None of the four were really good three point shooters. All four were primarily slashers. All four were elite talents that could score and pass. All four can make a huge impact defensively with their athleticism.
Yet, Michael and Scottie made it work.
Was it because Scottie was never a number one prior to playing with Jordan? He came in as the sidekick and accepted that role. There was always a clear dynamic of who the man was.
However, in Miami, it doesn't seem like there's much battle over who the man is. LeBron is the man. No, the real problem is simply that he's failing in that role.
Is it the coaching? I think Spoelstra is in over his head. He's putting forth the same 'rah rah' speeches, but given his elite offensive talent, he's managed to craft an offense that can go off on crappy teams, but good teams don't seem to struggle to much to contain.
Is it the cast? Jordan/Pippen clearly had more depth around them IMO. Yes, Bosh is arguably as good or better than any third guy on the Bulls, but he's not tougher, and the Heat don't need his scoring. The Heat have no toughness inside. Dampier/Z even make the Bulls center rotation in the dynasty era look pretty good.
Mike Miller hasn't been himself this year. The other three point shooters are okay, but there's no Kerr, Paxson, or Armstrong. There's no defender like Ron Harper. The dynasty Bulls simply had more depth.
Whatever the reason, Michael and Scottie were magical. I think a SG/SF tandem is the toughest tandem in the NBA to win with elite players at those two positions (vs matching up elite players at any other two positions), but the Bulls pulled it off six times. Maybe they made it look too easy.
Watching LeBron and Wade struggle now simply reminds me of how awesome and unique the Michael/Scottie tandem was. That said, it's too early to count the Heat out. Sure, they're getting rolled right now. They're struggling against good teams, but they have the talent to make things happen. The Bulls swept them but only won by a total of 8 points. Any of those games could have easily swung the other way, and there are no guarantees that they won't in the playoffs.