Ever since getting LeBron, Wade, and Bosh to join forces, the Heat put themselves in position to be as hated as the Yankees. Because of all the hate, many people have refused to give Miami the credit it deserves when it comes to the type of talent they have on their team. Jeff Van Gundy is not one of those people. The former Knicks and Rockets coach and current ABC analyst and Jennifer Garner’s daughter lover told The Miami Herald that he expects the Heat not to have just a good season, but a historically good season:
They will break the single-season win record [of 72],” Jeff Van Gundy said. “And I think they have a legit shot at the Lakers’ 33-game [winning] streak [in 1971-72], as well. And only the Lakers have even a remote shot at beating them in a playoff series. They will never lose two games in a row this year.
“They have put together a much better roster than anybody could ever have expected,” Van Gundy added. “There is now no good way to defend them. They are unguardable. They are indefensible. They are just too good and have added so much shooting and are so versatile that they will score at will.
Van Gundy also praised Erik Spoelstra, saying that the coach will have them focusing defensively as well. Look, I’ve been about as big of a Miami supporter as there is, but I think Van Gundy is getting carried away there. Is Miami incredibly talented? Yes. Have they stocked their roster beyond just the Bermuda Triangle? Definitely. But to say they won’t win back-to-back games or that they’ll win more than 72 games is just setting the bar entirely too high. With injuries alone they might not reach that mark. I do think the Heat can win a title in their first year, but it’s not a lock. Maybe Jeff is trying to psyche Miami out to give his brother’s team a better chance in the East.
ABC’s Jeff Van Gundy: Miami Heat will break Chicago Bulls’ win record [Miami Herald]