5 Things Every Fan Needs to Know About the Miami Heat for the 2012-13 Season
As we slowly inch towards the 2012-2013 NBA season and each team begins to take what is likely to be their final form, it's clear that the Heat received more attention after losing in the NBA Finals than they did after winning it this past season.
Well, whether you are a Heat fan or a Heat hater, there are certain things you need to know and understand about this original super team as we move forward.
As Miami prepares for their journey towards a Heat-peat, let me prepare you for what promises to be another great season for the NBA and interesting season for the Miami Heat.
The Miami Heat Still Exist
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I know there's been a lot of other exciting developments throughout the NBA this season. So this obsession with the new kids on the block is understandable.
But, it's almost as though people have forgotten that the Heat still exist.
Not only do they still exist, but they have added more pieces and last time I checked, are still the defending NBA champions.
For one, talent on paper does not always translate into on-court success.
Number two, no matter how you look at it, the Heat are still the most versatile and athletic team in the league. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say they won't exactly willingly step aside and make room for the new and improved teams consuming the NBA.
The Target on Miami's Back Has Gotten Bigger
It's okay LeBron, don't panic.
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Once people realize the Heat do still indeed pose a threat, it will be Miami's turn to come to it's own realization.
Let's go back two years to when the Big 3 decided to come together. Instantaneously they became the villains of the NBA.
The NBA fan base, outside of Miami of course, rejoiced when the Heat failed in 2011, and gave credit to everyone but the players when they won it in 2012.
The hatred for LeBron may have lessened, for now. But I can assure you that the target on Miami's back has gotten even bigger.
Now, not only are they one of the best and first teams in the league to bring together a group of talented guys in hopes of winning a title, but they are also the defending champions.
As a result, there will be a lot of new obstacles for the Heat to conquer this upcoming season. They are definitely circled on a lot of teams' calenders throughout the league.
The Heat Are Just Scratching the Surface of Their Potential
This is only the beginning.
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In reality, the Heat are just scratching the surface of their potential.
LeBron James may or may not be in his prime, but either way, he's pretty darn good. Just this past season we really saw him come into his own as the best player in the NBA, arguably on both sides of the floor.
With the burden of winning an NBA championship to solidify his career lifted off his shoulders, we will surely see James continue to improve and progress as a player.
As for the rest of the team, with the new acquisitions of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, the Heat have managed to improve on paper and hope this will translate to the court sooner rather than later.
Allen and Lewis are two versatile players with the ability to stretch the floor even more for Miami's Big 3.
However, at the end of the day it comes down to chemistry, and chemistry comes with time. Looking at a team like the Spurs, they may not have the most talented roster, but the chemistry they have developed on the floor over the years is unmatched.
The Miami Heat have the opportunity to continue to improve for many years to come. That's something very scary for the rest of the teams in the NBA to deal with over a long period of time.
The Heat's Opponents Will Have to Give Up One Thing or Another
Don't get too upset when your favorite team is giving up countless looks to the likes of Ray Allen, Shane Battier, and Rashard Lewis all game long.
Would you rather take your chances with a shooter hitting an open three, or LeBron, Wade, or Bosh finishing around the rim.
Whether you like it or not, something's got to give when you're playing the Heat.
They've got too many weapons and are too versatile as far as what they can do on the offensive end of the floor.
You may want your team to run more, but understand that means more fast breaks consisting of Wade and LeBron.
You may want your team to close out better on shooters, but understand that means one-on-one coverage on Wade and LeBron, two of the best players in the game today.
It's all about prioritizing threats when playing against the Heat, but it gets pretty tough when the lesser threat is leaving Allen wide open for three.
The Best Player in the League Still Plays for the Heat
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Like I stated before, with all this hoopla taking place throughout the league, whether it be Dwight in LA or the Nets moving to Brooklyn, it seems as though people have forgotten about the defending champs.
Furthermore, what I find even more confusing is that people are easily overlooking that the Heat still have the best player in the NBA on their roster.
There is nobody in this league that can stop LeBron James. Some may do a better job at slowing him down than others, but at the end of the day, James is a freak of nature who can bully his way to the rim anytime he wants.
For those who don't believe James is not the best player in the NBA, I'm very interested in hearing who you think is and why.
For those of you who recognize the fact that James is indeed currently the best player in the league, yet are still going crazy over the new look of the Lakers, you are contradicting yourselves.
Just like when Kobe was in his prime and you could always count on the Lakers to contend for a championship, that's where James is right now.
For as long as he continues to play at such a high level, the Heat should be the favorites to win it all.
There is not another player like him in the league.
This is not a rant about how good James is, but this is a public service announcement deeming him still alive, you know, just in case it slipped your mind during this long offseason.