The Miami Heat are heading to the NBA Finals for the fourth-straight season but, of course, the story always centers around LeBron James.
“We are competing against the Michael Jordan of our era,” said Frank Vogel after the Heat beat the Pacers, 117-92, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Vogel went on to call the Heat the Chicago Bulls of this era. Vogel would have preferred that the Pacers were the Bulls, and that the Heat were the Pistons on the 90’s. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, the Pacers enter an offseason full of questions and Miami continues to write pages in this chapter of history.
Now the Heat are the first team to advance to four-straight NBA Finals since Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics from 1985-1988, keeping everything in historical context because, really, that’s what this all about.
It’s not about getting LeBron’s ring, or proving that the Big Three model works anymore. It’s about history. About how we will view these games, seasons and post-seasons in the future.
Of course, the Heat still have four more wins to go before cementing their place as one of the greatest teams in NBA history. To hang another banner would elevate this team from an era to a dynasty.
“When it’s time to start getting ready for the Finals, we will lock in. But we do not take this for granted,” said James in his post-game interview.
LeBron and these Heat have a knack for keeping things in perspective while also having fun. Sure, you might see them at LIV tonight. But you’ll see them in the weight room, film room and, on Thursday, the locker room in either San Antonio or Oklahoma City with a chance to keep adding pages to their chapter in the NBA history book.
And, of course, for LeBron to narrow the gap between he and Jordan.