The Heat in Miami continues to get turned up, and now the bulls-eye target across the team's chest got more magnified with recent comments made by an ESPN analyst.
Jeff Van Gundy is never one to hold back his thoughts as an ABC/ESPN analyst. To hear Van Gundy make a bold prediction in regards to the new Miami Heat is nothing really knew. I mean this is a guy who held onto Alonzo Mourning’s leg and was dragged around as if he were a young child’s blankie. So, we know that he will go all out and hold nothing back.
But to say that the new Miami Heat team can actually beat the Chicago Bulls’ record-setting, 72-win season of 1995-96 seems a little bit on the loony side.
Well, that is exactly what Van Gundy predicted while a guest on “The Waddle and Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 this past Monday.
Van Gundy went even further to say that the Heat are also good enough to go after the Los Angeles Lakers’ 33-game win streak set in the 1971-72 season and that Miami will not lose two games in a row all season.
Now, Van Gundy was quick to cover himself a little by saying that all this could happen barring injury or any other unforeseen events that could transpire through an 82-game season.
Come on. They haven’t even played a single game together yet. I know that LeBron James did just win 66 games with his former crew in Cleveland and that his current crew is probably better than the one he had in Cleveland, but those guys also had been playing together for years. It is not like the Cavaliers were winning 66-plus games in all of James’ seven years with the team.
Even that Bulls team that did win 72 games had been developing team chemistry for years. It didn’t just suddenly become this dominating team overnight. Plus, it had already won together, so the team actually had more to play for than just a title.
First and foremost, the Heat have to win the title before even thinking about setting the regular season wins record. That is why they all went there. Not to win 73, 74, 75, or 82 games during the regular season, but to win an NBA Championship. And according to James, they aren’t going to win just one, two, three, four, or five, but they will win at least six if they do it right and take care of business.
So, before we go and get bold with dropping predictions of just how good this team will be, let the Heat win a title or two first, and then let’s start talking about win totals and winning streaks.