5 New Year's Resolutions for Miami Heat
With Christmas now behind us, the new year is right around the corner, and a new NBA champion will be named soon enough.
That being said, the Miami Heat will look to continue on their quest to repeat, but needless to say, that's not the only goal for the organization moving forward in 2013.
New Year's resolutions are oftentimes forgotten by February, but there are a few points the Heat can't afford not to address next year.
Since we all survived the end of the world, there's no better time to look ahead and establish some goals for the future.
Raise your glasses as we go through five New Year's resolutions for the Miami Heat.
As important as it is for Miami's Big Three to stay healthy, this goes for everyone on the team, especially the older players like Shane Battier, Mike Miller and Ray Allen.
Throughout the playoffs you never know when your number will be called, if ever. But the most important thing is that all players are available and pose a threat come June.
Guys missing games during the regular season for a minor injury may be looked down upon by their fantasy owners, but in the long run, it is what is best for this Miami Heat team.
It has to be a priority for Erik Spoelstra and Co. to keep this team healthy, even if it means shutting some players down when they beg to play through it.
Every guy is going to get beat up throughout the season. The more rest the better.
Win the East
Now, this goal may contradict with the first considering the more you rest your big guns, the less likely you are to win.
However, these two resolutions do indeed have the power to coexist.
Although Miami has yet to win the Eastern Conference during the Big Three's tenure, it has successfully made it to the NBA Finals two years in a row now.
But this needs to be the year. It's going to be more important than ever to go into the playoffs hot with the improving East that currently has the Boston Celtics sitting at the No. 8 seed.
Find a True Center
Small ball is cool and everything, but the Heat don't even have the ability to go big, and that's a problem.
Whether it be before or after this season is over, the Heat have got to add a true center to their roster. He doesn't necessarily have to be an All-Star, just capable of defending and finishing around the rim.
A true center is the only thing missing from this already-stocked roster.
Continue to Fly Under the Radar
So far this season, there have apparently been many more intriguing stories than the Miami Heat's quest to repeat.
Whether it be the new-look New York Knicks, the exciting Los Angeles Clippers or the struggling Lakers, the Heat have managed to fly under the radar this season, quietly putting together another good season.
This isn't something to complain about. As a matter of fact, this is something the Heat should want to continue doing.
Now that they've won a championship, not only is the pressure relieved, but also the media.
But don't be surprised to see the attention shift their way if they are once again one of the last teams standing.
Ultimately, the goal of every NBA player should be to win an NBA championship. There is no greater reward.
The Heat were fortunate enough to win it all last year, but the only thing better than one is two.
Miami has the talent defend its title, but it's going to take much more than just that, including hard work, focus and the understanding that everyone wants to take you down.
As LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh continue to build their legacy together, another championship in 2013 will go a long way in their names being included with some of the best trios to ever play the game.