by David Ramil

The addition of Amar’e Stoudemire by the Miami Heat followed a familiar pattern — build a team top-heavy in talent and surround them with veterans that have yet to win a title and are hungry for one last chance. The team first employed that strategy in 2005, signing franchise-favorite Alonzo Mourning along with Gary Payton, giving each a ring to add to their respective hall-of-fame credentials.

It was utilized again during the four years of Miami’s bygone “Big 3” era, with the likes of Shane Battier, Rashard Lewis and others, punctuating long careers with a championship or two.

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