The new element is the experience of being the defending champs for the many players on Miami's roster who earned their first ring in 2011-12.
The lures of over-celebration (and subsequent complacency) may not be quite the detriment in the dynasty-friendly NBA as it would be in the NFL, which has seen as many successful championship defenses in the past 30 seasons (four) as the NBA has in just the last 16.
But Miami may struggle to find that same drive and channel that same energy that led them to the game's apex.
As for the familiar, though, that proverbial target placed on the backs of all reigning champions is hardly a new concept for this group of players.
This is, for the most part, the Miami Heat after all, league villains and championship favorites for the past two seasons and counting.
LeBron James will, somehow, still have something to prove to his detractors.
And coach Erick Spoelstra's seat has had all summer to simmer under the unrelenting South Florida sun.
Just business as usual for the NBA's most talented roster.