The Miami Heat are built for this short season. A short training camp, two preseason games and 66 game schedule is exactly what Lebron and his teammates need. There's no time for preseason light shows prophesying not one, not two not three, not six championships. No time for the big three to think about anything except basketball, and that plays to their advantage. The lockout plays to their advantage but will people still give Lebron credit for wining during a short season?
December 9th will be the opening day for training camp and free agency. Contenders like The Bulls, Lakers, Thunder, Celtics and even World Champion Mavs have a lot of questions to answer on their rosters. Even after filling their rosters, it would take until at least the middle of February for players to get acclimated to each other. Not Miami. The Heat will be a force to be reckoned with right out the gate Christmas Day. Pat Riley will find the necessary role players needed to fit around his big three but that doesn't even matter. The Heat lost in the NBA Finals because of their stars but not this year.
The pace will be frantic. There will be tons of back to back games scheduled and even some back to back to back games as well. How will an aging Kobe and Dirk hold up during this time? Can Derrick Rose teak a beating in the paint for three straight nights? Miami is poised to blow through a young Bulls team still looking to find their identity and an aging Celtics team looking to stay afloat. Their biggest test will again come from the representative from the Western Conference but this time star power will prevail over team basketball.
Will we still give credit to Lebron James if he wins his first ring during a short season due to lockout? Do you remember who won the NBA Championship the last time this happened? The San Antonio Spurs won their first title during the 1998-1999 season. A season shortened to 50 games and saw the Spurs propelled by the star power of David Robinson and Tim Duncan blow rack up a 37-13 regular season record and blow through the playoffs at 11-1. The twin tower's first title seems to be a lost one. They beat a Cinderella New York Knicks team in one of the lowest rated NBA finals in history. If the Heat win this year, will anybody care? Will anybody even remember?
Lebron James will undoubtedly make sure you remember his first NBA Championship no matter how short the season was. The city of Cleveland will still cry and burn whatever jerseys they have left. Dan Gilbert will write another letter in crayon and we will see the biggest celebration in South Beach known to man. People still won't care, in fact, Lebron will have to make due on his promise of six or seven rings for anybody to give him credit.
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