Last evening, I excitedly turned on ESPN in anticipation of the Heat vs. Magic game. As the time passed, prior to the game starting, I listened to more and more scrutiny and debate regarding the impact of the Miami Heat this season. The analyzing of the Heat’s ability to be successful, specifically focused on the Big 3 of Dwayne Wade,
Chris Bosh, and Lebron James. There was also quite a bit of conversation regarding the Heat’s coach, Erik Spoelstra.
I must admit that I had mixed emotions while watching the various commentators give their input and opinions as to why the Heat were at 8-6 so far this season (8-7 following last night’s loss to the Orlando Magic).
There was even a clip of an interview with Barbara Walters and President Obama, during which Walters asked the President’s opinion as to why the Heat were not performing at a higher rate of success. President Obama responded with a very agreeable statement, advising that it takes time for a team to come together and a team of great players, who has never played together before, would not be as good as a team who has played together for a long time.
Prior to seeing the clip of this interview, I had not realized the level to which the world is closely watching this team. Sports writers and correspondents have begun to analyze every move to the point that it begs the question of whether the team is being over analyzed.
One of the reasons, that stands out, as to why the team is being scrutinized is because of the high expectations that were set prior to the start of the season. However, is it fair to write this team off as one who cannot accomplish a goal after only 15 of 82 games for the season?
Watching the pregame yesterday evening reminded me of another Big 3 that was anticipated to win a championship during its first season together due to the players on the roster. This happened in the 98-99 NBA season when Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, and Hakeem Olajuwon, were the heavy hitters for the Rockets. Although these 3 players are amazing, each in their own right, the success rate of the team was not as anticipated.
The same is now occurring with the Heat. While I cannot claim to be able to pinpoint what may be the reason for the Heat performing below expectations, I do believe they are taking a tremendous amount of “heat” from observers, while it is still early in the season and the team has not had the time it often takes for a team to stand out as one of the greats.
What will the rest of the season bring for the Heat? Has the team suffered a loss in confidence due to the naysayers? What changes, if any, are in store?
Feel free to comment below to weigh in with your thoughts and observations as to the start of the Heat season and what predictions you have for the remainder.