The Miami Heat did not have a first-round selection in the 2013 draft.
That pick went to good use.
“I gave up No. 30 to Cleveland for LeBron James," Heat president Pat Riley said with a smile. "I’m OK. I’ll make that trade again.’’
That sign-and-trade was made in the summer of 2010, after Riley convinced James to join the Heat.
Only three franchises have ever repeated, but if James continues to improve, Miami is a good bet to join the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls in that class, regardless of what Riley does, or doesn't do, this offseason.
So can he improve, after winning two straight regular season and NBA finals MVP awards?
His relative youth (at age 28) and driven mindset suggest that he can.
Six days after the championship, he was already thinking ahead:
“It’s something that I want again. Because the time goes fast. We won it Thursday night, and we’ve already had the parade, and now it’s like, what do you do? It’s the summer. For me, I’m obsessed with success. I want that feeling again. I want to be able to win another championship because it’s the best feeling in the world. I want it. I won’t let myself down with it.”
The following are five reasons why he won't.
(All quotes for this piece were collected over the course of the author's coverage of the Miami Heat for the Palm Beach Post.)