Don’t be a contrarian, just for the sake of it. When it comes to the 2013 NBA Playoffs, if you’re NOT picking the Miami Heat to win it all, that’s exactly what you are doing. Rarely can the “old-school” and “new-school” agree on something. When it comes to LeBron and the Heat, they’re damn near in lock-step at this point.
I’m not a fan of the Miami Heat. I respect LeBron James and his game, but I’m not copping his jersey or rockin’ his sneakers. I wasn’t a fan of how the Heat built their team. I grew up in Buffalo and live in Philly. Nobody is creating a “Super Team” in either city. Unless you live in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago or Dallas, it’s not happening for your city either.
That’s not the point. No matter who they came to be, the Heat are the best team in the NBA and they are led by the best player. They are playoff-tested and posses supreme confidence. Unless Derrick Rose makes a miraculous return at full-strength, the Indiana Pacers are the only team in the Eastern Conference capable of taking a series from the Heat.
In the Western Conference, you could see the Oklahoma City Thunder or the San Antonio Spurs pushing the Heat to the limit, maybe even winning. But that’s the rub; maybe. I did an informal poll of some acquaintances. You could either take the Heat to win the title, or the field (EVERY OTHER TEAM). The Heat are winning that poll and it’s not close.