“The Miami Heat once again are champions!”
Last month in June, The Miami Heat, led by LeBron James, has finally dismantled the San Antonio Spurs in a historic, epic game 7 to take the championship for the second year in a row. This year’s playoffs for The Heat was a lot more challenging; at one point in the playoffs NBA fans were sure that the Indiana Pacers would drench the fire of LeBron, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh (honorable mention: Ray Allen). However, they fought back with charisma(although it wasn’t always easy; like I just mentioned earlier this year they were on their heels in the NBA Finals when they played against the Spurs) Both teams gave it their all – except Manu Ginobli…I kid I kid! Just a joke…can’t blame Spurs final game 7 loss to the magnificent heat on Ginobli, but he did have several unprofessional turnovers in the last 5 minutes of the game. Would it be better if it is said he negatively influenced the Spurs to lose grasp of the title? Well, that’s a whole different story.
The main problem for NBA teams all over the USA is that every year, not a single team can match the Heats ferocity, and flowing game play on the court. Although in the end the win-loss ratio doesn’t always matter (The Thunder’s standings stood at 60-22 by the end of the season; loss in the 2nd round of the playoffs to the Memphis Grizzlies four to one), but it does go to prove something. Heats 27 winning streak just went to show exactly how ferocious they can be, and that not a single team can overthrow them from the throne.
Miami Heat win the title at Home.
But it looks like the Brooklyn Nets are taking their game a step further…no, not getting past the first or second round, but take the 2013-2014 NBA championship? The Nets previously spent little time upgrading their roster and building a team that can attack at opponents just like the Heat can. However, thanks to Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, the Nets have not spared a single dollar when it came to innovating and improving the team in every single aspect. Prokhorov has made one thing clear: cash isn't a problem. Because of the money spent, the Nets now withheld a deep, vicious look to the team, by adding NBA all-stars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. They have also added previous all-star Jason Terry, who provides experience to the team (won a championship with Dallas in the 2010-2011 season). On top of that, Andrei Kirilenko will also be joining the team next season (Garnett, Pierce, and Terry all coming from the Celtics, leaving them for the dead…which could be debated). All these 4 players are bound to make a huge positive impact on the Brooklyn Nets, and are definitely going to give teams like the Heat, Oklahoma Thunder, and (New York favorites) the Knicks a sweat. Well, at least that is what the roster is implying! Garnett, Piece, Terry and Kirilenko are all coming together to a team that is already composed of great NBA players; Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and one of the greatest centers in the NBA, Brook Lopez (just to name a few). Chances are in the NBA 2013-2014 season the Heat are still going to be on top of the East Conference, however Brooklyn sure look like they’ll challenge that statement, or at least end up being runner-ups.
Garnett, who is 37 and Pierce, 35, came to Brooklyn for one goal: last run at the chip. They are definitely out of their prime, and tops will be able to provide 3 more years before calling it quits, so the trade made between the Celtics and the Nets couldn’t be too good to be true… and that is yet to be seen. Who knows, Los Angeles Lakers had a championship squad looking team last season (Steve Nash, Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard etc.) but look how they turned out…struggling for the 8th seed of the Western conference. Will the Nets end up being one of the most intimidating teams in the NBA? Or will they follow the Lakers footsteps?
Time will tell.
Andrei Kirilenko from the left, and Nets owner Prokhorov on the right