The 2012 NBA playoffs are set to kick off tomorrow and all eyes will be on the Miami Heat and their super trio of Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh after coming close to their first tile together last season.
Now considering Miami has what many feel to be the best “Big Three” in the NBA and playing in a weakened Eastern Conference playoff bracket now that Orlando has lost Dwight Howard for the season, one cannot expect nothing less than a return to the Finals and winning it all for this season’s Heat squad. Other than that, the Heat’s season would be viewed as a bust.
However, Wade and James differ on that statement.
Wade feels anything less than an NBA crown would make the season a failure.
“I say yes,” he said. “There’s only one champion. It’s a failure for every other team. If you don’t win a championship, you had a failed year.”
James thinks otherwise.
“The season won’t be a failure,” James said. “You put too much work into a season to automatically call it a failure, but it would be a disappointment.
“This is our goal. This is what we’ve come together for. A failure is a strong word. We commit ourselves and we dedicate our season, we work hard every day and to automatically say it’s a failure, I think that’s a big word. But I think it’d be a disappointment, because that’s what you work hard for every day.”
I am going to side with Wade here.
Miami was built up as the next dynasty in the NBA. There was much hoopla when Bosh and James were added and in their first season together they came up short against Dallas. This team was built to dominate the NBA but so far, they haven’t. They still finished second to the Bulls, a team without the star power like Miami and without their sole star Derrick Rose for most of the season due to injury.
Yes I know, this is only their second season together but if this team doesn’t win it all this season or at least by next season, then it might be time for Miami to rethink their direction.
As for James’ opinion, that just says a lot. If you are a fan of the Heat, wouldn’t you want your NBA MVP candidate to show some passion, guts, and see him share the same passion for the NBA crown as Wade and not couch a winning season on semantics?
There is no doubt Miami is a strong candidate to go to the NBA Finals but until James and Wade get on the same page, Heat and their fans may want to delay any championship celebration in South Beach.