June 25, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (left) , power forward Chris Bosh (center) and small forward LeBron James (right) at the 2012 NBA championship rally at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
There is a long topic in the forums about the Heat being picked by ESPN to repeat as NBA Champs.
Here's what the fuss is all about.
ESPN.com's national Summer Forecast asked our panel of 100 voters to name the 2012-13 Eastern Conference champion. Well, only two teams earned votes, but it still wasn't close. The Miami Heat garnered 96 ballots, while the Boston Celtics swooped up the other four.
That post was followed up with the Heat being picked by the experts to win it all.
Here's the thing though. As much as I bleed green and think and hope for the best, ...I also feel like the Heat are the "favorites" to win it all again. They have the most talented starting 5, they beat the Celtics (pretty convincingly at times) two years in a row, they added Ray Allen, and are the defending champs. And yeah, LeBron's getting better, as much as it pains me to say it.
With all that said, there's a difference between being the "favorite" and being the team that actually wins it all. The Heat have the odds, the Celtics have pride and a whole lot of talent of their own. If a few things break right for us or if something breaks wrong for the Heat, there's no question that we could unseat them and head to the Finals where it is anyone's game.
Championships aren't won in August and September. They play the games in June and we've got a ways to go before then.