The Miami Heat received their NBA Championship rings on Tuesday night, then went out and beat down the team that they are chasing in terms of history. The Chicago Bulls welcomed back former MVP Derrick Rose, who sat out the entire 2012-13 season after tearing his ACL in April 2012, and many experts think(or hope) that the Bulls will mount a formidable challenge to the Heat this season. Yet Miami won this contest 107-95, it’s not really this Bulls team that they are chasing. 72-10. The all-time best record ever posted by an NBA team. That record of course, belongs to the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan. The Jordan-led Bulls won the NBA title three years in a row. Twice. The Heat, led by Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, are chasing that Bulls team and that kind of history.
Only three franchises in NBA history have won three titles in a row. The Lakers, Bulls, and Celtics have all had a least one 3-peat, but only one team in NBA history has ever won at least 70 games in a season. Those 95-96 Bulls. The Heat have a chance this season to join both of those elite clubs this season. And make no mistake, this is the year to do it. LeBron James can, and most likely will opt out of his contact this year, making him a free agent. Wade, the face of the franchise for the last ten years, is coming off of another year where injuries were a factor. Chris Bosh is trying to return to the form that made him an elite player. Oh, and by the way, this is the best roster that Miami has ever put on the floor. Coach Spoelstra has Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Greg Oden, Norris Cole, and more in addition to the “Big 3″. Nobody associated with the Heat will say it, but this is the year to chase that 72-10 record.
Are 73 wins possible? Sure. Would that elevate this Heat team to being one of the greatest of all time? Definitely. Will it happen? That’s really tough. Anyone that remembers that year with the Bulls will remind you that Chicago didn’t lose a bunch of games to other contenders. They actually lost sleeper games to teams like the Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors. The Heat won 66 games last season, so at first glance it would appear that they only need to win a few more games to challenge that record, yet they certainly can’t count on another 27-game winning streak like they had last year. There is no doubt that the Heat are chasing history. To James, Wade, Bosh, and every other member of the organization, good luck, you’ll need it.
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Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).