I get it.
Don’t change a team that reeled off 27 straight wins in the regular season.
Don’t change a team that won back-to-back NBA championships.
Like I said, I get it.
But what I think a lot of Miami Heat fans (and Pat Riley) don’t understand is that this team needs a change. When Pat Riley was asked if the Heat had lost Game 6, if he would have made some moves and changed the team, he said, “Probably”.
Obviously, the Heat didn’t lose Game 6. And obviously, the Heat are NBA champions once again — but why should a Ray Allen miracle shot determine whether this team should change, or bring everybody back?
If you’re willing to change before that shot is made, why shouldn’t you be willing to change after the shot is made?
Don’t get me wrong. I want the Heat to three-peat. I want the Heat to get better every single year. I want the Heat to pull off a 73-9 regular season, or a 34-game winning streak.
But I think that the Heat’s weaknesses were exposed in the Indiana series and the San Antonio series.
Age (and by extension, staying healthy). Strength and toughness in the paint. An over-reliance on LeBron James.
And I don’t think that bringing everybody back (which is essentially what Pat Riley said) helps turn any of these weaknesses into strengths — or at the very least, neutralizes these weaknesses. Maybe you bring some people back. But you shouldn’t bring everybody back.
Because every single year, you should have two goals:
1. Win an NBA championship
2. Be better than you were a year ago.
And I don’t think bringing everybody back is the best way to go about achieving those two goals (especially the first goal) particularly since this veteran-laden team just got one year older.