By Chris Slone
Four years ago, Lebron James held a special presentation on ESPN, called “The Decision,” which served as a worldwide platform for James to announce his intentions on where he was going to spend the next several years of his NBA career.
After endless speculation, James announced he was taking his “talents” to South Beach. James teamed up with superstars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who left the Toronto Raptors, to form the “Big Three.”
The stakes were set at an all-time high for the trio as they were pegged as the most dominate force in the NBA and perhaps in the history of the league.
During a rally in Miami, as Heat fans and the rest of the world watched, the trio held up one finger after another until six fingers were raised in the air.
The symbolizing message was loud and clear to the NBA: the “Big Three” were going to win six-consecutive NBA Championships. The No. 6 was significant because it signified an accomplishment by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during the 1990s.
Jordan guided the Bulls to three championships from 1991-1993, then walked away from the game of basketball. Upon his return, Jordan won three more championships from 1996-1998.
Now, four years into their reign, the Miami Heat have reached four-consecutive NBA Finals. However, the Heat feature a 2-2 record in those four appearances.
During their first finals appearance, the trio lost to an over matched Dallas Mavericks team in six games. Then, after winning two-straight championships, Miami lost to San Antonio in five games. The Heat were lucky it wasn’t a sweep by the Spurs but thanks to four-consecutive missed free throws at the end of game two, Miami squeaked out it’s only victory of the series.
With reports surfacing over the last couple of weeks that the Heat are attempting to make a run at free-agent superstar Carmelo Anthony this summer and given their NBA-Finals record, it sounds like the front office in Miami is displaying their disappointment in the most dominating force ever assembled.
So now the question becomes — is this experiment, along with the expectations laid down by James and company in the very beginning, an epic failure?
Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext 298, or on Twitter @crslone.