The Miami Heat may have lost in the Finals to the Dallas Mavericks, but this team's journey as an elite power in the NBA has just begun. Even if you hate this team, which you probably do, you have to be able to realize that they have the potential to be one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history.
This team has been together for one year and they were able to get to game six of the NBA Finals. If you think that is a complete failure, you’re kidding yourself.
I mean, what competition do they really have in the Eastern Conference? Not a whole lot, if you ask me.
Chicago? Possibly the most overrated team in the league. Rose can’t do it himself. Boston? Too old, they’ll fade away in the near future. New York? I’m a huge Knicks fan, and sure, they may get Chris Paul before the 2012 season, but I’m still not sold on Melo and Amar’e as a good fit.
The Heat, however, will only get better as a team. They even led the NBA Finals two games to one. If they can do that in their first year together, it’s almost scary to think what they can accomplish after years of playing together.
Also, please don’t tell me LeBron can’t perform in the fourth quarter. Yes, he had some bad moments in the Finals, but I wonder sometimes if I’m the only one who watched the Heat’s series against Boston and the Eastern Conference Finals between them and Chicago.
LeBron came up huge in late moments in the fourth in several games in those two series and there’s no doubt in my mind that he can repeat that in postseasons to come in the future.
One playoff series, even if it was the NBA Finals, doesn’t change my opinion on LeBron James. He’s still the best player in the NBA, not Dirk Nowitzki. Heck, I’d still put Dwyane Wade and Kobe over Dirk on my top five list.
Don’t kid yourself, the Miami Heat will be back in the NBA Finals for years to come. It’s hard to believe a team that was as proficient as the Heat were for their first three rounds in the playoffs won’t be back as contenders fighting for the league’s championship.
As long as this team can ignore the media and just focus on what they have to do as a team to get better, they will undoubtedly win numerous NBA Finals.