It is nothing new for the Heat, though. They have been the team everyone wants to destroy since superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh decided to call South Beach their new home and team up with Dwyane Wade.
The Heat fell short in their first season together, losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals, but last season the league's best trio of players took over and would not be denied the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
This season the Heat have assembled an improved roster to defend their championship. To the displeasure of many teams around the NBA, former veteran All-Stars Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis signed to play with Miami this offseason.
Here are four teams that will have extra motivation in 2012-13 to knock the Miami Heat off their throne.