There’s no such thing as being comfortable in the NBA.
Successful teams know of this. Whether it be through a head coaching change, free agent signing or trade, the need to offer something fresh and unoriginal are ways franchises can be on track to the road ahead.
If not, we’ve seen what happens.
For the Philadelphia 76ers, staying firm on surrounding mediocre pieces around Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons bumped and bruised ‘The Process’ from ever becoming a wise saying. The Sixers were forced to fire head coach Brett Brown after a quick sweep in the NBA Playoffs. Furthermore, the chemistry and message inside the locker room are constantly questioned and will likely result in another issue down the line.
Then came the Boston Celtics, who were lenient on building around Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Instead of making a club-changing move last summer, they arguably downgraded on Kyrie Irving with the signing of Kemba Walker, let Al Horford move on and filled the roster with a plethora of young players. And with the easiest path to the Finals in recent years, Boston fell to a Miami Heat team in six games, entering the shortened offseason with questions as to what went wrong.
The Milwaukee Bucks joined that club recently, failing to surround the two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo with enough talent to live up to their expectations. The No. 1 seeded club was eliminated in the Eastern Conference semi-finals in five games to Miami, a series loss that left a negative outlook moving forward.
In simple terms, the Heat can’t fall into that ideal mouse trap.
Those three teams were in similar situations that the Heat is in as of now: surprising playoff success leaves an impression of a bright future ahead.
For Philadelphia, it was in 2018, Boston in 2018 and Milwaukee in 2019. In 2020, it was Miami’s turn.
As the NBA Draft – November 18 – and free agency – November 20 – approach, it’ll be on the Heat to make moves that’ll put them in their own category of great teams.
What would that be? Only time will tell.
What’s certain is that bringing back an ideal roster wouldn’t be the recipe for success. Teams get solved, and it’s only a matter of time until Miami potentially enters that list. After all, the popular 2-3 zone couldn’t seem to get them out of their Finals series against the Los Angeles Lakers. The need for a big-man hurt them down the line, and it’ll surely be a position they’ll look to improve on.
It’ll be key for President Pat Riley to continue his search for more “whales” and potentially find the orca to his championship campaign. Having the building pieces around the core players – Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo – is what makes a good team a great one.
Just take a look back at the recent champions. There’s no secret ingredient to it.