With the Miami Heat finally meeting their expectations and hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy last June, the same fire to win it all just naturally doesn't exist anymore.
If anything, the road to repeating as NBA champions will be even tougher as the Heat might run into a variety of roadblocks, such as a lack of motivation, complacency, a change in identity, injuries and increased competition.
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra has discussed the challenges of winning another title, even refusing to use the word "repeat," in order to highlight the fact that this is a new season, and last year's triumphs cannot help Miami this year.
Miami was able to get the monkey off its back and put the naysayers to rest, but that comes at a price: they can no longer use that as fuel.
The Heat have to rely on each other and the desire to build a dynasty with their current team to be champions again.