First the constant media attention, then the malaise from the opposing crowds would supercharge opposing teams to play their peak game. In 2012-13, they’ll be getting every team’s best shot merely because they are the world champs.
But Miami didn’t hold serve with their championship roster; rather, they improved upon their small-ball approach around LeBron James with new additions Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. If Miami wasn’t the most flexible team in the league already, their lineup combinations will be aplenty.
On the other hand, the Heat coaching staff has a ton of work ahead of them to sort out this rotation. In addition, the Heat talent has to avoid the championship hangover their predecessors, the Dallas Mavericks, had trouble with.
Obviously, there are more factors in play here, but this step-by-step guide covers the big issues surrounding a Heat repeat bid.