Chris Bosh isn't in the business of making promises.
Will they disband after four years together? Remain with the Miami Heat in an attempt to finish what they started? Who will be the first to go, and where, if they don't?
Bosh himself knows the stakes. He understands the questions that are going to be asked. And he's made it clear that the Heat won't have an answer for them until after this season, according to the Sun Sentinel's Shandel Richardson:
Everybody wants to know what we’re going to do [after the season]. Yeah, I get it. Everything depends on this season. If we win, cool. If we lose, that’s when it’s like, "What if?"
Potential for a three-peat still exists, but the pursuit of a third straight title won't incite satisfaction. The attainment of said title may not even spur a solution.
All eyes are on LeBron first and foremost. Let's get that out of the way. His will be the decision that shapes the outcome of this exhausting process. If he stays, there's a better chance that the Heat remain intact. If he goes, Miami's superteam status goes with him.
Complicating matters is the fact that arguments can be made for both sides of the spectrum. Cases can be built for LeBron to stay and for him to leave. Winning another title doesn't change that either.
Three consecutive championships could compel him to re-sign (or opt in) and chase a fourth, or it could instill a sense of closure, the feeling that he, Wade and Bosh have done all they can together.
We just don't know. And neither does Bosh. Or LeBron himself. The Big Three can't provide us with any insight into what happens less than one year from now. They haven't made their decision, and it has yet to be made for them.
That's what next season is for: finality.
Win or lose, James, Wade and Bosh will be armed with enough information to know what comes next. LeBron will know what to do. Third straight championship in hand or noticeably absent from their clutches, the Heat will finally make a decision.
Next season. Everything depends on next season.
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