7 Reasons Miami Heat Can Win the NBA Championship
Therefore, it's safe to say I could easily run off a long list of reasons they are capable of repeating. Lucky for you, I've narrowed it down to the top seven reasons Miami is primed and ready for a Heat-peat.
Some reasons may be more obvious than others, but then again, who knows what some of the Heat haters have chosen to overlook with so much excitement and speculation surrounding the up and coming season.
Defense Wins Championships
The saying "defense wins championships" is about as old as dirt. Well, that's because it's proven true time and time again.
And now it is the Heat who have proven that they are committed and built to be not only a good offensive team, but a great defensive one as well.
Miami has an abundance of fire power when it comes to putting the ball in the hoop—this cannot be argued. But what people tend to forget is how good the Heat's Big Three is on both sides of the ball.
The scary thing is, there's still room for improvement.
LeBron James is not only one of, if not the best player in the NBA, but he's also an elite defender.
Often times forgotten is the fact that both Wade and Bosh are also good defenders for their position.
Add guys like Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, and now Ray Allen into the mix and you've got a team that'll make you work for every basket.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's what championship teams are made of.
They've Got the First One out the Way
The hardest step to take is always the first one. Oh yeah, and it's also hard to win your fifth, sixth, and seventh championship until you win No. 1.
The Big Three have now accomplished what they came together to do, kind of.
You see, they came together to win multiple championships. Not one, not two, not three...I'm sure you remember that speech.
Well, they are well on their way now. We will surely see a team playing with a lot less pressure riding on them every time they take the floor.
What's truly important to remember is that now that they've seen the view from the mountain top, they will do anything in their power to get back.
Don't mistake a more relaxed attitude to be a less driven Miami Heat team.
Instead, realize that they now know what it will take to win it all.
However, what they will quickly come to understand is that winning back-to-back championships comes with its own set of unique challenges.
I could have left King James for the last, but let's just get the most obvious reason out of the way sooner rather than later.
There is nobody on this earth capable of stopping James as of now.
He's too strong, too fast, and too good.
LeBron is either in his prime, or real darn close to it, and the way things are looking, nobody should be surprised if he captures 3-4 more MVP trophies before his career is over.
The NBA has never seen a player like him before. That cannot be reiterated enough.
No more comparisons need be made to the greats like Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson.
James is a player of his own breed playing the best basketball of his career.
The Big Three have now spent what seems to be two very long years playing alongside each other in Miami.
They've been through some ups and downs, seen the best and worst in one another, and have been collectively scrutinized more than any other team in NBA history.
The point is, they've been through a lot, resulting in them growing closer and closer to one another off the court, while developing some impressive chemistry on it.
Sometimes we see plays of genius between these three talented players, and all you can do is shake your head in awe.
With each member finding their own role with the team, especially during this last season, the Heat look like a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
LeBron James is now the clear alpha male. Chris Bosh has welcomed the fact that he will indeed have to play a lot of center for Miami. And D-Wade successfully passed the torch to LeBron, while remaining relevant and a force on both sides of the ball.
I'd say the Heat have finally figured a lot of things out, and it's looking as though Pat Riley's Big Three experiment will turn out to be a huge success.
Just in case the Heat weren't good enough already, they went out and added two guys who have the potential to fit in perfectly with the way Miami plays ball.
Mike Miller, James Jones, Mario Chalmers...yeah, they're good shooters. But Riley was able to go out and nab himself a great one in Ray Allen.
Allen just has that knack for hitting huge shots when they are needed most. He hit big shot after big shot in Boston playing alongside one of the best assist men the NBA has in Rondo.
However, Allen will find himself with so many open shots he won't know how to react at first now that he's playing with three superstars who demand a lot of attention.
Not to be forgotten, Rashard Lewis fits the model for Riley's ideal basketball player. Lewis can shoot lights out, is nearly seven-feet tall, can play multiple positions, and is looking for one more chance to rejuvenate his career.
It seems as though people are sleeping on the addition of Lewis, yet he has the potential to be even more of an asset than Allen due to his unique combination of size and shooting touch.
You heard it here first—don't say I didn't tell you so.
Don't write Dwyane Wade off quite yet.
It's no secret that he struggled with some nagging injuries during the season, especially during the playoffs.
But once again I've got to mention the Pacers series. Now, surely some of you Indiana fans have chosen to forget the game Wade had his knee drained and just went off, looking like Flash from 2006.
If a little draining of the knee can do that, don't you think a surgery and long summer break will do him some good?
Let that settle for a little bit.
Don't believe the hype, Wade has a lot more left in the tank than many of you are giving him credit for.
I bet you'll pick him up rather early in your fantasy draft. It's OK, you don't have to admit it.
The Formula Has Been Set
The formula has been set. Meaning the Heat now know what they have to do to win it all.
No more speculating about how hard it will be to win an NBA championship. Now they've got the memories, pain, suffering, blood, sweat and tears to look back on.
Like I stated before, winning back-to-back championships is another challenge in itself.
But things won't be too different for the Heat being that they've had a huge bulls-eye on their back since LeBron made The Decision.
A common myth is that you can only learn from your mistakes. The truth is you can learn from your success as well, and that's exactly what Spoelstra, LeBron and company need to do.
Take time to look back at those game tapes, see what did and didn't work, and continue to capitalize on their team's strengths and the other team's weaknesses.
If it isn't broke, don't fix it.