Before I begin, I must say one thing; I refuse to apologize for my prediction. Whether you chose to call me a hater, or simply a sour grape eater, Miami didn’t beat San Antonio. Despite, LeBron’s, Wade’s, and Ray Allen’s performances, Miami was on the verge of the fence. Tony Parker proved to be a handful form game one. Likewise, Chris Bosh was routinely outplayed by Tim Duncan. Let’s not forget that Manu Ginobli’s performance late in the series. For a good part of the series, San Antonio was the better team; they made the better plays, and had the better shooters (Danny Green is certainly not on Ray Allen’s Christmas list). This was San Antonio’s series to lose. For the first time this season, Miami was the underdog. People doubted LeBron. Personally, as much as I can’t stand him, I never doubted him. Let’s face it; the man’s a MVP for a reason. Simply put, there is no active NBA player that is better than him. This hurts my heart to say, but LeBron may have gotten closer to outdoing Kobe’s legacy already, even with only two championships…enough about that. The fact of the matter is that San Antonio beat themselves. They choked. Tim Duncan missed a lay-up that he would make while on the toilet. Manu simply didn’t play as consistent as he should. What we as NBA fans must realize is that this wasn’t a series of what-ifs; this is more or less a series of “why”. Why didn’t Duncan make that lay-up? Why did Tony Parker play so inconsistently? Why didn’t Manu step up? The answers to all of these questions are simple: San Antonio choked. Sadly their season is now behind them, and with congratulations to the Heat, we can now look to the future. This series ultimately predicted how the next two seasons would look. This has been a statement that I’ve been predicting since game one. There is a lot to be said about the 2013-14 season. A lot can happen. Likewise, there is a lot that won’t change with the outcome of this year’s finals. No matter which way you look at it, we are all in for surprises.
As we all know, the contracts of the big three expire in 2014. With that being, winning a championship says a lot about the way this team will go after 2014. Had Miami lost this series, I would’ve expected this whole team to over go a makeover. The biggest choice would’ve been whether to keep or get rid of Chris Bosh. Releasing Bosh would’ve made a lot of sense considering the large amount of talent in that pool. Likewise, with early termination options for the big three, it could’ve been possible for Chris Bosh to opt out of his contract this season. However, if I was him, I would’ve still waited until 2014 for a max contract. Thankfully for Bosh, Miami did win the championship despite his lackluster performance. With that being said, the probability of him being resigned has risen, if only slightly. The cards are still in the air for Bosh, and there’s still a possibility that Bosh could be handed a joker. I expect Bosh to stay in Miami. Then again, this is the NBA.
As for LeBron, his legacy is as solid as it has ever been after this championship. As I said earlier, LeBron is getting closer to outdoing Kobe in the chase for Jordan. There are so many people that say that this chase is all about championships. I disagree. I honestly believe that the chase for the superior legacy goes along with the time taken to get multiple championships. While Kobe did it quicker, LeBron has gone through a lot of scrutiny to accomplish the goals he’s set for himself. While I also believe that a lot of that scrutiny is deserved, going to Miami was probably the best thing that LeBron could’ve done to reach those goals. There are still many people in Cleveland that hate LeBron for leaving. I don’t hate him for that reason. My hate for LeBron is a rivalry hate. With that, I respect LeBron, as well as the Miami Heat Organization. Another championship, while being a great profit for the NBA as a business, is still well deserved. No one cheated. There were no shaved points. Everything was settled on the floor. The only criticism I have for this series win is the huge load of Miami bandwagon riders that are suddenly NBA analyst; leave that to the professionals. I congratulate Miami on another championship; well earned, and well deserved.