The Miami Heat since July 2010 has epitomized what could be described as an overanalyzed topic. Everything they have done in the last 14 months has been highly scrutinized to the max. Why? Quite simply because they possess three of the best players in the game, two of the league's most dominant forces, and they formed in a very controversial way.
After forming together in dramatic fashion in July, many speculated that this could be a group that could go on a long, sustained run that would yield several championships. Many thought that it may not happen in 2010-11, but once this team jelled with their immense talent, there would be no answer for them. Some even thought it would be almost unfair to play against them.
The Heat definitely showed flashes and sustained moments of showing how really good they could be last year. They went into Cleveland into one of the more hostile environments the NBA has ever produced and completely blew them off the court. They had win streaks of 12, 20 of 21, 8 and 11 of 12, looking downright dominant at times. There was no question that at times the Heat looked like they were worth every bit of the hype they had garnered going into the season and could be special in June.
The Heat seemed to really kick into gear and show championship quality in the playoffs when they outlasted and overwhelmed the Sixers, Celtics, and Bulls. In each series, even in adversity, they looked like a team that just had too much and had really hit their stride. The “Big 3” consistently produced large numbers, and members of the supporting cast stepped up in timely fashion to help them advance to the Finals.
In the end, even after getting off to a great start in the Finals against the Mavericks and looking like they would win Game 2 with a 15 point lead in the 3rd quarter to grab a commanding 2-0 lead in the series, it was if the basketball gods said, “This cannot be!” The Mavs went on to come back in dramatic fashion and win Game 2 on the road and the series changed from that point forward. After winning Game 3 on the road to regain home court advantage, the Heat seemed poised to overcome adversity and come out on top as they had done so many times last season. Instead, the Mavs took full control of the series and were very convincing in the clinching of their 1st NBA Championship.
So where does this leave the Heat? Was last year just a trial run? Was that their best shot? Will the Heat always find a way to lose despite their overwhelming star power? Or will there always be one reason or another why the Heat never won a championship despite LeBron James’s famous declaration of them winning a seemingly infinite amount of championships together. He said the playing part would be easy, they at least found out that that will never be the case. Especially if there is a media around them to heavily scrutinize their ever move, and they are the hunted around the league.
I have had the same opinion since the team formed, and still feel strongly that the “Big 3” version of the Miami Heat will NEVER win a championship. Here are 10 reasons why: