The Miami Heat have a chance to do something special this season. They’ll be attempting to pull off the rarity that is the three-peat, while making a fourth straight NBA Finals appearance. Love them or hate them, it’s impressive that they’re even in this position. But the elephant in the room is no doubt the summer of 2014. Each member of the big-three, Lebron James, Dywane Wade, Chris Bosh, can all opt out of their contracts and become free agents. It’s with that reality in mind that Bosh made these comments:
“With everybody being under contract and having no tomorrow, it’s kind of exciting because we know what we have to do for one and then, two, it’s like it helps you focus on what you need to do in that moment instead of next year or whenever. If we take care of business, we know everything is going to be all good. So, we just have to take that mentality and that kind of erases all the doubt.”
Translation – if Miami doesn’t win another championship in 2013-14, the big-three era is done.
I guess I can buy into the theory that the ‘one year at a time’ mentality helps the Heat. But one year for them is no ordinary year. It’s been championship or bust for this squad from the moment the new-look team was formed back in the summer of 2010. Extremely high expectations? Yes. But that’s only fair when three All-Stars team up.
Miami is no doubt the favorite to win it all once again this season, but we all saw that they were beatable in last year’s playoffs. However, if they can rise up and win another title, I don’t see how they couldn’t keep the band together for an attempt at a four-peat.