I once dreamed of LeBron James realizing his maximum potential as a basketball player while wearing a Cavaliers uniform. I had hoped he'd demonstrate his unmatched level of skill and ability by bringing those championships to Cleveland.
There was even a moment, two seasons ago, when I thought maybe he needed his hometown's support on that quest for an NBA title more than he previously realized.
Five relevant reasons why the Miami Heat will not inevitably repeat as NBA champions this season do not exist. I'm not even sure there's a legitimate argument to support even one.
Entering his ninth season, at 27 years old, LeBron James is just now entering the prime of his NBA career—as crazy as that sounds for a guy who's already won three MVPs.
Despite the improvements Los Angeles made, the Lakers are still not better than the Miami Heat. The Oklahoma City Thunder will not take a step backwards this season, but they didn't do enough this summer to step past the Heat either.
Miami improved their championship roster by adding Ray Allen. Chris Bosh is also positioned to have his best season in South Beach to date this year too.
When the 2012-13 NBA season eventually concludes, like it or not, LeBron James and the Miami Heat will raise that Larry O'Brien Trophy as NBA champions for a second time.