Let me preface by saying I hate the Heat. Trust me, it pains me to say, but can we shy away from the truth any longer? The Heat have the makings of a dynasty and it is about time we start to treat it that way. Under great management, good coaching, and surprisingly unselfish play by 3 superstars, they are poised to repeat this year. The days of shying behind excuses of Lebron being a choke artist are over, it is now irrelevant because they won’t be trailing in the 4th quarter much.
Another key to Miami’s success is that their competition is dwindling. Few teams can contend for the NBA finals in the new era of all-stars flocking to the main stream teams. Coming into the season, there were 5 legitimate title contenders at the beginning of the season: Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks, and Boston Celtics. But do any of these teams really pose a threat to the defending champs?
Lakers: After the firing of head coach, Mike Brown, and the search for a new one underway, the team is a mess. They aren’t playing defense and they are very sloppy on the offensive side of the ball. At first, it could just be the assembling of the team needing time to adjust, but I don’t recall the Heat struggling this much. If the playoffs began today, I am not confident that the Lakers would make it out of the first round. Rumors are spreading about Phil Jackson being interested in the job, if so, watch out.
Thunder: The Thunder post the greatest threat to the Heat. However, the Heat cruised past the Thunder in 5 games last year. The Heat have only gotten better, adding key role players in Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. The Thunder seem a lot less intimidating without the immaculate beard of Harden staring down Wade on the defensive side. Granted, they received Kevin Martin in return, but I will take the beard over him every time. (I mean really, how awesome is his beard?)
Knicks: Honestly, I just don’t think they can compete. Period. They added Jason Kidd, and that is good, but his age is starting to catch him. They do not match-up well with the Heat, and until I see them play actual defense, I will continue to overlook them. They’re trying, just not hard enough.
Celtics: Talking about age… The Celtics are old, really old. Garnett and Pierce are not as intriguing of players as they once were. If Rondo keeps dishing out 100,000 assists a game, then they may stand a chance. But in the end, I think the loss of Ray Allen is just too much for them to overcome. I do like the addition of Courtney Lee and Jason Terry, but let’s be honest, the Heat will coast through them to the NBA Finals.
So there you have it. The Heat are the best team in the league, and the competition was left in the dust with no signs of catching up any time soon. Lebron is looking to make the media eat their words, mocking him for saying the famous phrase “not one, not two, not three” etc. as it appears they are heading in that direction. Oh yeah, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are there too, I suppose I forgot to mention it. The NBA has 4 great teams, and one legendary team. Let’s face the facts, it is Lebron’s league and everyone else is just lucky to be playing in it.