Wednesday , Aug , 11 , 2010 J.N.

Miami Heat’s Three Am-Egos is a threat to Jordan’s Bulls 72-10.

"They will break the single-season win record [of 72],” Jeff Van Gundy said. "And I think they have a legit shot at the Lakers’ 33-game [winning] streak [in 1971-72], as well. And only the Lakers have even a remote shot at beating them in a playoff series. They will never lose two games in a row this year.” A long time friend brought to my attention regarding this comment about Dwyane Wade’s Miami Heat. I’ve caught this awhile back and needed time to ponder about such a notion. You guys do realize that in order to break the record, the team can only lose nine games, right? Count that again – 9 games. Seriously.

Let’s cut through the crap – why is breaking the Bulls’ 72 win season a team goal? This is pointless. Obtaining home court advantage and winning the title should be the priorities – not some regular season record. The roster is impressive on paper. Then again we have seen many squads with great names, such as various Laker teams, Bird’s Celtics, Pierce’s 2008 Celtics, Duncan’s Spurs, and none of them managed to break 70. Wade’s Heat featuring LeBron James does have the potential to eclipse the thing just like those previous squads. Let’s examine the steps.

–    Erik Spoelstra – He’s just not experienced enough to handle this. I can hear Pat Riley arguing within himself on when to fire Spoelstra.
–    Dwyane Wade – He is public enemy number one among die hard Chicago Bulls fans although both sides love the feud. Wade is right – the universe needs enemies. His PER is usually 25+. He averages 24+ points and 6+ assists. He is also the team’s best killer. He was number 2 in the NBA in PER behind LeBron James with 28.0. Wade’s win shares last season was 13.0, which ranked him at number 4.
–    LeBron James – He is the Heat’s best player minus the killer instinct. He is the ultimate stat whore. His player efficiency rating hovers around 30. Bron averages at least 29 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists on any given season. He’s a very durable walking triple double. James is the sole reason why the Cavaliers won 60+ games in back to back seasons. He led the league in win shares with 18.5. In theory, the partnership with Wade should be a fruitful one.
–    Chris Bosh – He is not a superstar or a franchise player, but he is a pretty good power forward. He’s capable of scoring 25+ points while grabbing 12 rebounds.
–    Mike Miller – He’s the team’s best pure shooter.

And this is why they probably can’t break the record.

–    Egos – no clear cut hierarchy.
–    Overall roster is not well rounded – Big Z and Juwan Howard are fodder at this point in their careers. Udonis Haslem is solid as a power forward, but weak as center. Jamaal Magloire is nothing special. Mario Chalmers is mediocre. Eddie House is a nice spot up shooter, but can’t do anything else. Carlos Arroyo is probably the most useful bench player that Miami has.
–    They are not great defensively. Chris Bosh doesn’t like to play physical defense. He is scared of contact. The team’s interior defense is bad just by looking at that roster.
–    There’s not enough experience.
–    Injuries
–    Every team is not intimidated. They will treat each battle against the Heat as a championship game. The Eastern Conference is top heavy with Orlando, Boston, Chicago, Milwaukee, Atlanta, and New York.

The 72-10 Chicago Bulls featured the ultimate duo in NBA history (and sports in general) with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Both men were elite 2 way players. Dennis Rodman provided more elite defense and rebounding. Ron Harper was an underrated defender. Toni Kukoc was an excellent versatile sixth man. The center position wasn’t special, but that was done by committee and they didn’t fear from physical play. MJ, Pippen, Kerr, and Kukoc can hit the three. Phil Jackson is an elite experienced head coach.

This team had clear cut hierarchy, a lot of experience, well rounded, and barely any injuries. They also played physical prolific defense.

The Miami Heat will definitely flirt with 70 wins in future seasons, but they will not break it this upcoming year. Will they break the record eventually? No. 72 wins is a behemoth number. LeBron is definitely dancing on the sidelines during meaningless games and Jeff Van Gundy’s quote is a big jinx. They will dominate the regular season, but breaking 72 is an enormous undertaking to fathom. If they do break it, cool. I just don’t see it though. I hope they break it. If they can’t, I will be disappointed and disgusted. All that hype for nothing. Pfft.

The Miami Heat can only lose 9 games.  That’s an absurd number to live up to.


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