They will have the edge over other teams because they are the defending NBA champs but they will be an incomplete team when the highly anticipated 2012-2013 season kicks off.
Dwyane Wade is returning from knee surgery and the Heat coaching and training staff are ensuring not to rush him back to the floor too soon. Wade will be limited in training camp and may miss some preseason games.
Ray Allen is returning from ankle surgery and although he will be in uniform on Oct. 30 when he will face his former team the Boston Celtics he has openly admitted that he has and will continue to play through pain.
Mike Miller is returning after almost considering retirement due to his ailing back injury from the Heat’s postseason run.
Last but certainly not least, LeBron James may have a slow start to the season. James is coming off an all-time great season of basketball since he won the regular season MVP award, the NBA Finals MVP award, captured his first NBA title, and then led Team USA in the 2012 Olympics to a gold medal. This will be his first time coming into a season after a long offseason. James played the most basketball and the best basketball of his life from December 2011 to August 2012. Not to mention his tour of China and the partying and celebrating from officially becoming ‘King James.’ James has admitted that he will try to ease his way back into the swing of things through training camp and he will need to get as much rest as he can in order for the Heat to have a shot at repeating.
Quite frankly, between the injuries, chemistry, and the championship hangover, the Heat may be plagued until Christmas. I would not be surprised if they lose to the bitter and much improved Celtics on ring night.
The Heat won’t start off hot.