Sunday, March 24, 2013
Are the Miami Heat Prepping to Break 72-10 Next Season?
If they get the record and win this year's championship, the Heat will undoubtedly be recognized as one of the greatest teams in NBA history. If they don't get the record, but still get close to it and end up winning the championship, there will be some recognition for them as one of the greatest.
The Heat want greatness and they want to go down in the annals of NBA history as an unstoppable force which won often and with a certain level of superiority over the rest of the teams. Simply put, they want to be considered as the best ever.
To be the best ever, they want to surpass the comparisons to the Chicago Bulls of the Michael Jordan era. The Heat can match Hall Of Famers and they have a 'Big 3'. While the Bulls had Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, the Heat offer up Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. For the Heat, Ray Allen is also in the mix. Bosh may not make the HOF, but James, Wade and Allen will.
Lebron James will be in a contract year next season, 2013-14, and there is some doubt as to his return to Miami because he will have so many options, possibly a return to Cleveland or a stint in LA or NY. He knows as do his teammates that to make history, it has to be done now. They want a title this season and next to have three championships in a row.
Everything the Heat are trying to prove is about winning the comparison to those Jordan Bulls who won 3 championships in a row two times.
If the Heat win it all this season and next season, they will be considered a dynasty. The records that fall along the way among the three championships will reveal the depth of the dynasty.
Pretty much any dynasty among sports teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and MLS are secure in their demonstration of prowess and the ultimate success of their achievements. What differentiates them are the record books.
The Heat are in the midst of a remarkable run. They know what they are capable of. They want the LA Laker record for consecutive wins. They feel like they deserve it. They've worked hard to make their team this good and this impenetrable with the best combination of highlights and chemistry.
To come this far on the consecutive games streak must have opened the Heat's eyes to the possibilities of beating the best regular season record of 72 wins held by the 1995-96/Chicago Bulls. Of course, this can't be done this season, but it is fodder for sure for next season.
Either record, the consecutive wins streak or best regular season record will lift up the profile of the Miami Heat forever, but owning both records along with a couple more championships would put them in a class all their own.