Before we, as Heat fans, came to once again experience the glory of winning a championship and being among the league’s select elite, we were forced to deal with a lingering mediocrity that left much to be desired.
Between 2008 and 2010, the Heat failed to make it past the first-round; losing to the Atlanta Hawks in seven games in 2009 and then to the Boston Celtics in five games in 2010. Speaking on behalf of the Heat fans who were following the team at the time, we weren’t disappointed because we knew that anything more than a first-round exit would be a positive.
My, what a difference a year can make.
Last year at this time, the NBA wasn’t getting ready for training camps or just coming off the Summer League. Instead, ESPN’s news on the NBA had little to speak of outside of the ongoing meetings between the league and the NBPA in hopes of working out a new CBA deal. Technical and financial jargon littered the airwaves and we wanted nothing to do with it as NBA fans.
There was no Summer League, a rushed training camp and only two preseasons games before the start of the season, which was moved from its original starting date on October 30th to December 25th.