LeBron James and the Miami Heat: 10 Great Teams That Lost Their Season Openers
Time to panic, people. LeBron James has made a huge mistake. Chris Bosh is overrated garbage, Dwyane Wade will never get used to being second banana and the Miami Heat have a horrendous supporting cast.
Or maybe we should wait for Game 2 of the NBA season before rushing to judgment.
For those of you who missed it, the Miami Heat lost the first game of the 2010-2011 season on Tuesday night in Boston, as the Heat's Big Three made a less than splashy debut and looked more like the Washington Generals than a team destined for greatness.
The good news?
In the history of the NBA, this is not unprecedented.
The 1954-1955 Syracuse Nationals
The Dolph Schayes/Red Kerr Syracuse Nationals team of 1954-1955, which broke through for an NBA title during a brief interim period between the Lakers of the 1950's and the Celtics of the 1960's, lost its first two games of the season to the Lakers and the Celtics.
After six games, the team was 2-4.
They finished the season tied for the best record in the NBA, though, and topped the Fort Wayne Pistons to win the title.
The 1957-1958 St. Louis Hawks
Bob Pettit's 1957-1958 St. Louis Hawks, the only team other than the Boston Celtics to win an NBA title from 1956 to 1966, began its season with losses to the Celtics and the New York Knicks and started its season 1-3.
The 1974-1975 Golden State Warriors
Rick Barry and the Golden State Warriors had the best record in the Western Conference in the 1974-1975 season and swept the Elvin Hayes/Wes Unseld Washington Bullets in the NBA Finals.
The season got off to an ignominious start, however, when the Warriors lost by 15 to the Los Angeles Lakers, 105-90.
The 1984-1985 Los Angeles Lakers
Coming off back-to-back NBA Finals losses to the 76ers and the Celtics, the 1984-1985 Los Angeles Lakers started their season with back-to-back losses to the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks.
In fact, that Lakers team lost three of its first four and five of its first eight before reeling of seven straight wins and getting back on track.
The Lakers would eventually prevail over the Celtics in six games in the Finals.
The 1986-1987 Los Angeles Lakers
Coming off a 1985-1986 season in which they failed to make the NBA Finals for the first time in five years, the 1986-1987 Lakers were looking to come back strong.
They failed in that endeavor, however, losing on opening night to the very Houston Rockets team that had taken their place in the NBA Finals the year before.
Victory would be their's, however, as they finished the season 65-17 and made it back to the Finals, topping the Celtics in six games.
The 1990-1991 Chicago Bulls
The 1990-1991 Chicago Bulls actually started the season with three straight losses, to the Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Bullets, and Boston Celtics.
By the time it was all said and done, though, Michael and Scottie had their first championship and had given birth to a dynasty.
The 2003-2004 Detroit Pistons
In the 2004 NBA Finals, the Detroit Pistons shocked the Los Angeles Lakers in five games, making a rather clean run through the vaunted Shaq-Kobe-Malone-Payton super team.
The season didn't start so prolifically for the Pistons, though, as they dropped the opener to the Indiana Pacers by a score of 89-87.
The 1958-1959 Boston Celtics
The 1958-1959 Boston Celtics, with Bill Russell, Bob Cousy and Tommy Heinsohn, started out their season with an opening night loss to the New York Knicks and ended up losing three of their first five games.
Of course, the Celtics won the NBA title that season, the first of eight titles in a row for the team.
The 1981-1982 Los Angeles Lakers
Coming off a disappointing first-round loss to the Houston Rockets in the previous season's playoffs, Paul Westhead and the Los Angeles Lakers stumbled out of the starting gates in the 1981-1982 season, losing the opener to the Houston Rockets, and four of their first six games overall.
After 11 games, Magic Johnson famously had Westhead fired, Pat Riley took over and the rest is history.
The 1997-1998 Chicago Bulls
The final year of the Chicago Bulls dynasty began not with a bang but with a whimper, as the Bulls dropped the season opener at the Boston Celtics 92-85.
That Bulls team got off to an uncharacteristically rough start, going 8-7 in their first 15 games.
They also lost Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Nevertheless, at season's end they were hoisting their sixth trophy in eight years.
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