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Common Threads of Every Repeat NBA Champion
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Can the Miami Heat do it again? NBA success is self-perpetuating, and though repeating as a title winner is a difficult feat, it does have some precedent. Magic Johnson pulled it off in the '80s, then Isiah Thomas at the turn of the decade. Michael Jordan had a double three-peat. Kobe Bryant has been a part of consecutive titles in two different eras. 

Now it's LeBron's turn, if only the Miami Heat can defy convention somewhat. This team is smaller, more versatile than the typical championship winner. A majority of the other repeaters were tall, lumbering teams, not so inclined to bet on the side of rained three-pointers, slung by a slew of six to eight guys. 

This doesn't make a Miami title more or less unlikely. It just means—much like Detroit's point-guard fueled attack—the Heat would be a championship repeater unlike any other. 

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