I'll go ahead and get this out of the way: I think the Miami Heat will repeat as NBA champions. That being said, this is in no way going to be an easy task. Actually, you could say it's going to be harder than last season.
We know what Miami brings to the table. The team features three All-Star players, one being the league's best player in LeBron James. Along with that, the Heat have plenty of veteran role players and evolving guard that round up a superb and rather complete roster.
With that in mind, most of the Heat's obstacles do not come from within themselves. Instead, it stems from the fierce competition that the Heat are bound to meet in the playoffs. Current contenders are getting stronger while new ones emerge which could spell trouble for the defending champions.
Miami doesn't have many internal issues as they are a well-meshed team with a sure-fire game plan, but this road is not going to be easy by any means.
Let's check out Miami's seven biggest obstacles to another championship run.