The 2013 NBA Finals were one of the most exciting, intriguing and just all-around entertaining of any Finals in league history. While the veteran San Antonio Spurs looked as if they would pull out the improbable Game 6 win on the road to win the title, the Heat proved to be far too talented to roll over and die.
LeBron James became the second consecutive Finals MVP and planted his face in the Mount Rushmore of all-time great Finals performers. He averaged 25.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game in the playoffs and became the greatest player in the world on the greatest team in the world.
So, I know it’s extremely early– almost too early– but what do the Heat have to do in order to ensure that they win three straight titles?
There’s no question, barring an extreme team breakup, that the Heat will be favorites to win the title in 2013-14. Having the most wins in the NBA this season and looking unstoppable, this team should be the favorite every year from now until the big three retire.
In order to ensure a three-peat, the Heat need to stay together and build a dynasty in Miami.
A huge key to their success next season will be the play of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade as well. James and Wade seem to be more of a ‘big two’ for the Heat nowadays while Bosh has fallen to the wayside. However, Bosh and Wade need to build a bigger connection with each other. This goes for LeBron and Bosh as well.
It’s almost like Bosh is the third wheel and just doesn’t fit in with the other guys. If the Miami Heat want to win another title, post-play is key. Bosh can be that dominant guy that he once was, but he will need the trust of his teammates to help him get there.
So, Miami Heat, if you’d like to three-peat, please involve Chris Bosh a bit more. No, he didn’t pay me to say that.