There are a lot of questions surrounding this year’s Miami Heat. Will the Big Three be able to share the ball enough? Are they going to win the NBA championship? Do they really need a point guard? Are Joel Anthony, Jamaal Magloire and Zydrunas Ilgauskas really a contending team’s center rotation? Is Mike Miller going to shoot open shots this year? Will Juwan Howard ever chill out? You get it.
However, one question that’s going to follow the team throughout the season, literally until the last game, is whether or not they can they break the Chicago Bulls’ record for wins in a season. ‘Tis a question for the ages, my friends. Thankfully, Steve Kerr has an answer.
“I just don’t think that’s a record that’s going to be touched,” Kerr said in a conference call. “Those were very unique circumstances with Michael Jordan coming back after his playoff failure after his return from baseball. He was so motivated and it seems like he won about 10 games on his own that year because he decided he didn’t want us to lose. He had such an incredible edge.
“I do think LeBron (James) will have an edge this year based on a lot of the criticism that he’s received. I think they are going to win a ton of games; they are too talented not to. But there are so many variables and so many things that can go wrong. We’re seeing one already before the season starts with (Heat guard) Mike Miller being out for at least a couple of weeks. Dwyane Wade has missed most of camp with the hamstring injury.”
I’m with Steve Kerr on this one. The Heat are going to be very, very good. Quite possibly championship-level good. However, going an entire season with less than 10 losses is crazy. Between the little ticky-tack injuries that are preventing the Heat from training at full-strength and an improved Eastern Conference, it’s going to be tough for the Heat to get on the kind of roll they’d need to be on for a 73 win season. Heck, they face the Celtics on opening night and that could very well be loss No. 1.
Of course, if there’s any team that could challenge the Bulls’ record, it’s these Heat. They’ve got some amazing talent and these guys are going to be driven to prove the haterz wrong. It wouldn’t surprise me if they broke the 72 win mark, but I wouldn’t bet on it, just like I wouldn’t bet on Juwan Howard ever chilling out.