LeBron’s overplayed “Not one, not two, not three...” line has contributed to making the Heat the most scrutinized team in NBA history and put an immense amount of pressure on them to win rings.
Now that the Heat succeeded in winning the Larry O’Brien Trophy, the initial monkey is off their backs, but they are still expected to repeat as champions or their season will be considered a failure.
While other championship teams in the past have had high expectations to repeat the following season, no team has it like Miami does, and that is because of LeBron James.
With James recently telling the Associated Press that he wants to be “the best of all time,” he has no choice but to continue to win rings, as that’s the only component that separates him from getting closer to that feat.
With that in mind and the fact that Miami reloaded its roster with Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, there is no room for error this season. If the Heat fail to repeat, no one will be shedding any tears for James, Wade and company.
The Lakers are the last team to repeat, accomplishing the feat in 2009 and 2010. It’s no easy task, however, as the league as a whole has much improved, so the Heat will certainly have a lot of people gunning for them.
Here are how the 2012-13 Miami Heat stack up against the past 10 NBA champs.