This week was the start of the Miami Heat’s training camp. Of course they do it in style by having it held on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The Heat have a huge target on their back. Making it to the finals three years straight, having the best player in the world, and arguably the best starting five makes that target even bigger.
I believe teams feel threatened by the Heat. Honestly, why wouldn’t they? Greg Oden and Michael Beasley being added to the roster during this offseason makes their road to a 3-peat look a little better. By LeBron James saying that he got better during the offseason is somewhat crazy but believable. What else could he do to get better? Did he improve his shooting more, or his post game? Did he work on basic fundamentals such as passing and dribbling?
The season is just around the corner and their first regular season game will be a show as they face off against the Chicago Bulls. The Heat have a lot of distractions that could cause them to fail. They had distractions last season and the season before that but they prevailed in spite of them. The talk about LeBron, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade having the opportunity to opt out of their contracts after this season can be a huge distraction. If the Heat 3-peat, will the big 3 will stay in Miami? Do the Heat have enough money to keep them in Miami?
LeBron has more distractions out of anyone with him being the face of the NBA. He’s on the new cover of the video game 2k14; he’s all over television in Samsung and Gatorade commercials. Michael Jordan just recently said they he could beat LeBron in his prime. That whole situation in general is funny because why is Jordan so worried about LeBron? He must feel threatened or scared that he may not be the greatest here soon. With LeBron being the best player in the league and saying that he wants to be the greatest of all-time puts another target on the Heat’s back.
I wonder what Kevin Duran, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, and Derrick Rose think about that statement? I’m sure they want to do everything they can to make sure the Heat don’t win another championship, and LeBron another MVP.
Besides LeBron, this year will most likely be the Heat’s toughest season to win not only the championship, but to win the Eastern Conference Finals too. The league is so competitive and will be exciting this season. Teams are stacking up, and I feel like they have to if they want to challenge the Heat.
Teams like the Brooklyn Nets who acquired Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry will be a good challenge for the Heat. The Chicago Bulls getting their star player back Derrick Rose will be another tough challenge for the Heat. The young Indiana Pacers always give the Heat a good challenge. The Eastern conference in general is very tough and wants to dethrone the Heat from building their legacy.
The Western conference will be tough too with young teams like the Houston Rockets who have James Harden, Jeremy Lin, and Dwight Howard. The Oklahoma City Thunder already have had a taste of the finals so you know they want to make it back. The Memphis Grizzlies had a great season last year and they will want redemption.
Every team in the NBA will be going after the Heat but I’m sure they’ll be ready. They have proven that they can face adversity, that they can face defeat and that they succeed no matter what players other teams get. LeBron, Wade, Bosh, and the rest of the team want that three peat and if they play like they did last year, they can get it. What’s great is, they’ve strengthened their roster, bettered themselves as players, and developed a chemistry that makes them more dominant.
With a coach like Erik Spoelstra, team owner like Pat Riley, and star players, the Miami Heat have what it takes to win another championship.