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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  123 responses

Miami Heat Say It’s NBA Title or Bust in 2012


by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Given all of the craziness happening around the NBA at the moment, there is considerably less drama surrounding the Miami Heat this year (a stark contrast to last season, when they signed LeBron James, Chris Bosh and re-upped with Dwyane Wade.)

Just because less people are thinking, talking and writing about them doesn’t mean there’s any less pressure on the South Beachers. If anythng, the expectations for the Heat are higher than ever before — especially within the team’s own locker room.

From Fox Sports:

“I think we’re the best team in the league and we’re going to work like it,” said forward Chris Bosh, “We’re looking to win it all. There’s nothing else left.” Makes sense considering the Heat lost in six games to Dallas in the NBA Finals last spring. Not even a seven-game Finals loss in the upcoming season would cut it.

“If we don’t win a championship, yes, it’s a bust year,” guard Dwyane Wade said. Unlike the other two card-carrying members of Miami’s Big Three, LeBron James didn’t offer a hurry-up-and-Tweet-it quote on winning a title. But don’t get the idea he doesn’t feel the same way. “That’s our goal, ultimately,” James said of a championship. “It’s a long ways from now. But it’s our goal. We didn’t come together to make the playoffs or come together to win a playoff series. We came together to win the NBA Finals. But we know it’s a long road. We’re going to take every step and not skip a step to try to get there. We’re not going to shortcut anything. … We just hope to have a better result if we hope to get back to that point.”

The Miami Heat are considered the favorites to win the 2012 NBA championship.

I suppose it’s a good thing that the team’s superstars seem to have wholly embraced the enormous challenge, pressure and expectations that come along with being considered the sure bet this season.

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  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    They have the most chance of winning it all this year as much as I hate to say that..

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    And LMAO at that picture.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Yeah, the Heat have got this one. For sure.

  • http://ZOGS.CA ZOGS

    SO will that mean “by bust” if they dont win,they will all assemble somwhere else?
    SO YOU BETTA START PACKIN UGLYS CAUSE MY NlGGA KOBES GOT IT THIS YEAR!

  • http://tempdog1 Tempest

    Wade for MVP

  • http://tempdog1 Tempest

    Wade for MVP

  • Zabbah

    Bulls 2012 champs.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    When the Clippers claimed Billups, the Heat lost their shot at a chip this season. Real talk! Now who they going to find to babysit them during the 4th quarter? LMAO

  • Björn Atli

    Co-sign IAMORANGE4EVER, picking up Billups for “veteran leadership” is something they would have needed, as dumb as it may sound.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Lakers 2012 champs. I dont see us gettin knocked off again

  • AD

    it is a bust if they dont win it all but deron williams and the nets are goin to be in the way!

  • Björn Atli

    they’re gonna have the best record in the east though, imo

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @Bjom we shall see! lol

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    fanboys.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    JTaylor21 how’s that Bro Bron fathead holding up on your ceiling over your bunk bed?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    *Bron Bron

  • keith_250

    The Heat will win the title this year because of one simple reason: 66 games. This will finally be the year Lebron dominates and comes up clutch in the Finals, just so he can get a big asterisk next to his championship. It only makes sense because everyone always needs a reason to explain why he sucks or is overrated and this will continue that trend. He will finally get his ring this year, but everyone will say it doesn’t count because it was only for 66 games. He will have to win again next year to shut everyone up.

  • RunNGun

    I’d like to ask LeBron, not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4… BUST!

  • Yesse

    That’s what they said the last time.

  • Lew alcindor

    that picture needs context, cause it looks weird as hell.

  • ClydeSays

    Haha. Or bust, huh? What does that mean? They’ll quit playing ball, retire, give up their salaries if they don’t win it all this season?

    They should know better than anyone, there are just too many things that can go wrong during the year. Injuries, a streak of lousy games, etc, etc.

  • jadams12

    this aint news. same thing they said last year

  • Suckrates

    I think the Detroit Pistons are going to stun the world and win it all

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    They said the same last year…

  • jake

    I would enjoy it if they didnt make the playoffs.

  • http://www.slamonline.com alf

    Just wanted to see what the consenus here is:

    If the Heat really won the title this year, do people mark this as an asterisk? Or a legit title?

    Much like ’98 when the Spurs won after the lockout (I believe it was Timmy’s rookie year?), Phil Jackson has always coined it the asterisk title.

    So, is that the case for the Heat (or whoever the champions are)?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    PJax is the only person (out of spite) that claims the spurs 99 title should have an asterisk.

  • http://jayemmbee23.tumblr.com Clutch Performer

    isnt that what they said last year?

  • http://Gmail Dirty Frank

    Many of you have said it…howis this any different to last year. Can’t stand players making guarantees and empty promises.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    DUH! Last season was the only season it’s acceptable for the two best players on earth, playing on the same team, not too win a title. It is now, Championship or Failure.

  • bull22

    we have heard this crap before… it was a BUST last season anyway…

  • robb

    These Miami guys really enjoy putting as much pressure on themselves as possible.

  • KHALID SALAAM

    Man i hate people who hate the Heat.

  • sam

    They said it last year, and they considered last year a bust. They aren’t gauranteeing a championship – they’re just saying that’s what they’re working towards and will be happy with nothing less.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Every contender should feel the same way, championship or bust.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    OKC shouldn’t feel that way. Neither should LA if the Dwight Howard & Hedo Turkoglu for Pau and Bynum trade goes down. (Kobe will though)

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Why not OKC?

  • Vic

    They said this last year…BUSTERS!!

  • O

    Seriously, what team can stop them? The Lakers don’t have a SQUAD anymore. Mavs lost Chandler, Butler and JJ. Celtics are a year older. Bulls made NO upgrade. And the Thunder are one more player away. I hate the Heat, but they got this one…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    BUST! Let’s go Bulls!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    They haven’t even made a run at the finals yet. There best players are younger than 25. And feeling like failures at this young of an age isn’t constructive (imo)

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    If Riles had balls of steel he’d deal LeBron to Orlando for Dwight Howard.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    no asterix imo for whoever wins, it’s 66 games right? not 50, even that one was legit imo, everyone played by the same rules

  • http://www.listerblister.blogspot.com rainman10

    Umm the Bulls have made upgrades. Pay attention.
    Mavs also replaced their guys with Odom, Vince, and Delonte. And they made the playoff run without Caron.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    IAMORANGE, DWade would be better tho, because he’s older than LBJ

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I see where you’re coming from but Bron made it to the Finals at 22 and DHow at 23 with lesser talented supporting casts than the one that currently surrounds a 23yr old KD. I don’t see why OKC can not make a run to the Finals with DAL (possibly) taking a step-back defensively and the Lakers lacking the athleticism and speed to keep up with them.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @Max…Riles would never trade Wade. Never. That would be like the Yankees trading Jeter.

  • Jose

    1)Wade For MVP
    2)Picture is hella creepy
    3)Title or Bust was kinda the case last year, but i think thats the case for any contending team every year

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I am not at all saying they can’t make a run at the finals, in fact, with the way the west is (currently) constructed, I have them making it too there. I just don’t think they should view the season as a “bust” if they don’t win it.

  • vctmac

    heat do have the highest chance because they signed a center tht can play. eddy curry might not be the best but hes better than any center james wade have had on the heat together. he has apparently lost 70 pounds and is looking for an oppurtunity to “revive” his career lol .i look to see chris bosh getting more rebounds and possibly even stretching the D upto the 3. battier will provide defense tht the heat might miss from chalmers or even from miller. lets not forget nene is still on the market here……

  • bike

    Bosh has stated if they don’t win it all this season, he will undergo a sex change operation and his new name will become Chris Bush.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    its kind true… if u cant win with LBJ and DWade on the second time around theres something wrong… coaching staff maybe?

  • jay rose

    safe to say its gonna be a bust….. BULLS 2012 CHAMPS!!!!

  • Youngindy21

    Most likely BUST. The Heat better hope the Indiana Pacers don’t get O.J. Mayo or their title hopes go down the drain.

  • JoeMaMa

    If you added up all the pounds Eddy Curry has ‘lost’ these past couple of years, you could get a starting 5 worth of weight. Also, that photo is timeless. More comments should deal exclusively with that.

  • ALEX80

    B.U.S.T.

  • vctmac

    oh the pacers? and a title run?
    dnt think so.

  • slamfan4life

    i thought thats what every team wants…..so bust….meaning….”F#%K why didn’t we go to CHI?”

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    nbk, I agree.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    a year ago, that would have never happened, haha

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    true.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    isn’t free agency still going? why hasn’t anything happened today?

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Ok y’all, about the NBA league Pass. I got an e-mail today saying I get 15% off.. is that everybodys deal?

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    ^About that, there is a free trial untill the 9th of January.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    What pic are y’all talking about?
    The one on the home page?

  • javy

    Breaking News, in this year 2015, the Heat are ready to make a run at the title and shut people up!!!
    Wade says this is their year.
    Lebron, after consulting with his friends, sorry his agents, he’s ready to not be a sidekick.
    Bosh says he put on some muscle and is ready to kick butt.
    All Heat fans are excited this year. No, really this time for sure. C’mon, on a serious note, they’re ready. This time is for sure. Seriously though. For sure. Really!!

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max
  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    BREAKING NEWS: Lakers signed Gerald Green. SMH, first they signed Jason Kapono, then they traded LO for a bag of chips, and now they’re kicking the tires on Gerald Green. Meanwhile the Clippers about to trade for Chris Paul and have Chauncey Billups to back him up and play some 2 guard. Battle Los Angeles: Advantage Clippers

  • http://nba.com GP23

    ^Please say you’re joking??

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Gerald Green was invited to camp.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Marc Stein tweeted the Lakers signed Gerald Green.

  • ab40

    bosh got his lil mini gp going on on that pic haha. They’re the favorites but if they’ll pull it off is a huge questionmark to me. Battier is so righteous he’s gonna sit at all the press confrences and give us the good answers instead of lebron’s i’m more famous than all of you so suck it. Green has been in camp with the lakers since day one. It isn’t breaking news.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I like Gerald Green. But I thought he died… JK, but seriously where has dude been?

  • http://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine IAMORANGE4EVER

    It’s BREAKING NEWS WHEN STEIN TWEETS IT! lol

    ESPNSteinLineMarc Stein

    Lakers OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE announce they’ve SIGNED GERALD GREEN for a look, which I think my man @DubiPick recently called all the way from Ra’anana

    21 minutes ago

  • http://slamonline.com jumpman22

    they kind of already got busted last season

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Signed for a look means he was invited to camp. It’s like a 10-day contract, except it is a “camp contract” – He’s going to get paid for camp, but he isn’t guaranteed a roster spot.

  • bike

    Yup, it’s true. Lakers signed Green and McRoberts. Green’s been knocking around China for a couple of years…

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Is it me or does Bron look awkward in that pic??

    And….I hope he doesn’t shrink in every 4th quarter of the Finals(if they make it) like last year, it was pretty shocking.

  • Sean B

    Wow… apparently all you need to do in today’s NBA is win one NBA Championship(7 years ago), lead another franchise with a lean playoff history as deep as they ever gone(2009 Nuggets) and your career is fully entrenched with the “leader” title.

    When did Chauncey become such a leader and where was I that I missed all of this? Miami Heat don’t need Billups to win the crown. All he would do is pull up on fastbreaks and jack 25 foot 3 pointers, much to the dismay of all involved.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Chauncey Billups is a 40% 3pt shooter…..as much as people don’t like how he plays, he’s actually pretty effective. Which should be pretty obvious at this point.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    As a Laker fan I should hate Chauncey like the rest of Laker nation, but he is a stud. (wish the Lakers picked him up, don’t tell anyone)

  • shutup

    I dont understand how people believe LA actually has a shot this year, they lost the best coach in NBA history and replaced him with Mike Brown. On top of that they lose Odom, and break Gasols heart, team chemistry and morale have to be at an all time low. The Heat should win, I dont like their coach either, he doesnt have enough tenure to really demand that these superstars listen, I also believe that he is the one of the main reasons they lost last year.

  • Nash

    I think this year will be harder for them to get out of the East than last year. We’ll see though. Also I’m predicting a season ending injury for Lebron this year. Mark my words.

  • clifton

    I think the same way. I hope that the Miami Heat win a NBA championship. They deserve one because they came together as a team to win one step by step and don’t skip steps while they’re doing it.

  • j.r #36

    Bust

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-talk/2011 Diesel

    I love all these Step Brothers type pictures the Big 3 take. I can’t look at these pictures without thinking of old school class pictures that have the straight ahead picture and a silhouette of your profile in the upper right hand corner all on the same picture.

  • http://skjflf.com Jukai

    Hey, no center or point guard but f*ck that talk, champs!

  • Yessir

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. lakers 2012 champs? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. good one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003283181574 Gametimeweezy

    I’m just glad the Knicks are relevant again because we got somethin for them. It’s like the good old days when Larry Johnson beefed with Alonzo Mourning and all those battles except now it’s Melo vs. LeBron. Can’t wait till we see the Heat!

  • Ldub20

    Another year of chemistry under their belt. Signing Battier and Curry (not big on Curry). And if LeBron can show up in the 4th quarter it should be another trip to the finals with a different result. In the Heats favor. Not a huge LBJ fan, but he was brought in to do what he did in Cleveland. And he didnt do that in the playoffs/finals 4th qtr. Hoping for an exciting season all around with Miami taking the gold.

  • BuddhaWearsNorthCarolinaShorts

    Did I just step out of a time machine?

  • boss

    the east will be war from the first round miami have there work cut out now the knicks got stronger bulls will be thougher it wont be easy

  • http://Slamonline.com Mars

    Lose out, and get Anthony Davis and John Henson in the DRAFT. Game Over

  • jsmallz

    Really seems like the next couple years a championship or bust….anybody seem to remember the all might kind promised so many rings. Lets see how many bandwagon fans they can get this year

  • T-Money

    I’d rather thm nnot play ith any centers or point guards in the last 6-7 minutes than have mediocre players on the floor. Wade, Battier, Bron, Haslem and Bosh is the best line up. Play it a lot and deal with the size issues.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Hey fellas, guess what? Jamal Crawford turned down a 2 year 10 million dollar offer by the Pacers…That’s good news for Knicks Knation! Ya dig? Sho Nuff!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Cosign T-Money

  • BBaller

    Does a 1st round knockout = I’m taking my talents elsewhere.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    let’s keep it a 100 there’s not a team out there with a realistic chance of stopping the heat. LOL… esp. if they can still get nene.

  • BBaller

    Is Bosh pouting in that picture? Or did someone punch in the lip?

  • BBaller

    For some reason i’ve got this feeling Wade is going to miss a lot of games with an injury this season.

  • BBaller

    Not wishing it on him by all means, but how would Miami fair if that did occur?

  • BBaller

    @Datkid Nene just agreed to stay with Denver!!!

  • http://skjflf.com Jukai

    T-Money: Remember when people said the same thing about the Wade-Miller-Lebron-Haslem-Bosh combo?
    I’m not saying the Heat can’t win a championship using the lineup you described. I’m simply saying having decent bigman and decent point REALLY SHOULD HELP SITUATIONALLY. It will turn Miami into a “probably” champion into a “definite” champion.
    Plus I really don’t like the Haslem/Bosh combo. They’re the same players… they are really identical.

  • http://skjflf.com Jukai

    *turn Miami FROM a probably to a definite

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003283181574 Gametimeweezy

    they are undersized is what they are

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    They played with that lineup healthy for exactly 0 games last season Jukai.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    wait nene is gone? F*CK…. Well dalembert is still there so…

  • #6marjons

    the second year runnin

  • http://SLAM FLIGHT 9

    66 games and they should win it… they can’t get it at an 82 game season anyways.

  • BBaller

    Still, as a Spurs fan i hate the the asterik championship, it means the same as any other. All 30 teams know the rules, you have 66 games to gear for the #1 seed, and the playoff process is the same. Who in 98-99 thought the Spurs would win it? Huh ,anybody?It may benefit some teams (Heat,OKC,Bulls) but all teams start with the same outlook, although i still think last years Spurs record 61-21 was better than the Bulls 62-20,the west, especially being in the South west where every team was above 0.500. The Heat should win barring injuries and another Lechoke.

  • http://facebook.com/lijiabin justine bacnis

    it’s hard to say that they’re going to win it all this year, especially when there are so many potential title contenders in the league.

  • BBaller

    Bust like a bubble,please can some other team form a team that will punk this heat team. I respected Lebron, Wade and Bosh before they teamed up in Miami.Imagine if they won, the muscle flexing will be vomit inducing!!! Just like their parade of 1, not 2, not 3 but …..As a Spurs fan i hope the Lakers or Dallas whip them.That says a lot.

  • http://skjflf.com Jukai

    NBK: That’s true, but that still doesn’t solve the issue that Wade is seemingly too lazy to guard the point (is it optimal for Battier to do that?), Lebron and Wade both don’t want to play a “true” point guard (I’m not sure what that means but they’re pretty adamant about it), Bosh and Haslem play exactly the same (finesse fours who use their jump shot to open up driving areas for themselves. I sure hope they can play on opposite sides of the floor. It’s going to get lonely in the post if Bron isn’t there yet) and no one on that team is imposing enough to man up a giant center.
    Sure, terrible players aren’t the answer, but I was just hoping to see some type of movement. I see Przybilla, Stevenson, and hell, even Ajinca are still on the board. Just one guy over seven feet who can raise his hands up in the post for offense/defense. I do notice that there is no points out there, so hey, here’s to Mario Chalmers.

  • T-Money

    jukai: i don’t think you can make any judgment on that 4th quarter line up based on last year. haslem and miller were hurt most of the year and they had to throw that line up out there deep in the playoffs and just wing it. also, most of all, battier is not miller – i’m not counting on miller for anything this year and i’m not sure he’s needed (there are only so many perimeter minutes to allocate when wade and bron play 40 each). i don’t know if wade is too lazy to guard point guards, i just think lebron is a better defender and that’s why he was on, say, derrick rose. ultimately, that point is a bit moot because a wade-battier-bron trio can guard any team on the perimeter in crunch time. on the second point, ud and bosh don’t play the same way at all. ud can’t create for himself, he cuts to the basket and shoots baseline jumpers. bosh posts up more than you give him credit for and is someone you can throw the ball too in the mid post area and let him go to work. play your best players as long as you can match up defensively with the other teams. not that hard.

  • T-Money

    basketball is a fluid sport like soccer, positions doesn’t determine what a player is allowed to do like in football. a guy like wayne rooney can play as an attacking midfielder, left winger, support striker and lone striker depending on who else he is playing with. i see versatile basketball players in the same way. i just feel that people get bogged down with positions too much. coach k is a prime example of a coach who gets the most out of his lineups. he played melo and bron at the 4 and bosh at the 5 in beijing because he wanted his best players on the floor. he also played cp3 and deron together. at duke, he often plays with 2 PGs and no centers on the floor. i remember an interview when he said something like “if my 4 fouls out and the guy backing him up is my 9th best player, i’m going to put my 6th man in regardless of positions if the defensive match ups make sense.”

  • fitzy

    is this what we’re gonna hear for the next 3 years

  • marc

    i find it funny that he said they took no shortcuts to win a final? but isn’t teaming with arguably the best sg in the same conference a shortcut? But I do see the heat going to the finals every year. Lets be realistic if they play to their full potential no one is stopping them. It just comes down if they can execute in the finals.

  • T-Money

    having said all of this, if lebron plays to his abilities in the finals, they’re looking to repeat. it all starts and ends with bron.

  • vctmac

    the heat need another big name center or presence down low
    AND COME MARCH IF THE HEAT SIGN JR SWISH, OHH MAN< THEIR BENCH IS GNA BE FIRE CUZ UNLIKE MIKE MILLER, JR CAN DO OTHER THINGS THAN PULL UP FOR JUMPERS. JR NEEDS TO GO TO A TEAM WITH A LEADER, ITS EITHER CHICAGO OR HEAT. BUT BEWARE JR IS GNA DO IT BIG THIS YEAR. THE HEAT NEED A SHOOTER, SLASHER and A GUARD WHO IS A HIGH FLYER OFF THE BENCH. WHNE DEFENSE IS NEEDED, MOVE SHANE TO THE 2 AND JR GAURDING THE 1. IT WORKS LIKE A HAND IN GLOVE FIT.

  • vctmac

    it also gives wade,lebron more oppurtunities for a breather when they have a defense spark and an offensive FLAMETHROWER on the floor with JR SWISH.

  • burnt_chicken

    1. people sure hate the Heat.
    2. pressure is cool! Heap it on, fellas!
    3. Bosh and Haslem are not identical. One is a sub, one is a perennial All-Star. Both: deservedly so.
    4. If there was ever a sure thing in basketball it was the Runnin Rebs of the almost-mid-90s winning back to back titles. Get it?

  • burnt_chicken

    hey- refresh my memory-who were those fantastic PGs and Cs of that 90′s Bulls dynasty. Their greatness eludes me at the moment.

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