No longer are they hopeful of simply vying for an NBA championship for their formerly ringless leader, LeBron James, or their seemingly endless number of hangers-on looking to end their careers in style.
This season marks the beginning of a new journey for James and Co.
This is their chance to turn last season's triumph into the latest dynasty of a league whose history values teams based on the number of championship banners flying above their home courts.
Recent history suggests that these aspirations are far from being pipe dreams.
In fact, since 1987 the NBA has seen nine successful championship defenses (most recently the Los Angeles Lakers—coincidentally a potential roadblock for the reigning champs—in 2010).
Miami may have reloaded since the last time that we saw them, but it's a little early to call Jacob the Jeweler with ring sizes and design ideas.
But, if they can manage to accomplish the following, it's a good idea to at least put him on speed dial.