Since becoming a conglomerate of talented players–LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and now more recently Ray Allen and Chris Anderson–the Miami Heat has become two things: loathed for its star power and the team to beat.
During The Decision, when LeBron announced that he would take his talents to South Beach and play alongside Wade and Bosh, there were mixed emotions. He was a highly sought-after free agent. The New York Knicks, the now Brooklyn Nets and other teams were interested in being graced by His Majesty.
But the team to feel it the most was the Cleveland Cavaliers. James was berated and accused of being disloyal. He became loathed for not winning a ring as a Cavalier and for taking the “easy” way out. Even Michael Jordan chimed in with his rant about wanting to beat the talent of his era, not to play on the same team as them.
Question: Why did people ignore the fact that the Boston Celtics had Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, who were known as the Big 3?
In any event, the Heat didn’t meet their goal on the first try. They lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the Finals. This brought smiles the faces of Dan Gilbert, Cavaliers fans and James antagonists alike.
A season later, after having enough time to build chemistry, they win the Finals. The King Without A Ring finally got his bling–with a Finals MVP and an Olympic Gold Medal to go with it. Two seasons later, the Heat has 19 straight wins and is the team to beat.
Although I anticipate this streak coming to end, Miami is definitely the team to beat. I don’t mean in the regular season, I mean the postseason. I don’t see anyone in the East or the West cooling off the Heat at all. I only see an Avengers-like team beating the Heat in the playoffs. Since there isn’t any out there like that, the Heat will be Finals champs again this year.
Just remember, I said it first.
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