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Presents are nice for any Heat fan but don't fret if you didn't get what you wished for this Christmas. Watching LeBron, Wade, Bosh and the rest of the Miami Heat isn't too shabby.
Heat fans shouldn't be too greedy during the holidays. After all, what more could you want besides having Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James joining forces here in Miami and then winning the championship last season?
As it turns out, plenty can still be desired at this time of the year (and the NBA season) and no, we're not talking about all of that Heat gear you asked for but didn't get from grandma (hey, nice wool sweater by the way).
Sure, you could go out and get yourself not just commemorative apparel and merchandise to celebrate the Heat's triumphant season but also purchase a ring from the official Jostens 2012 NBA Championship Collection.
But material possessions are only secondary to what any NBA fan would want from their team of choice, and that's victories and plenty of them until their team is the last one standing at the end of the season.
Of course, the Big 3 represent the biggest collective gift of all to Heat fans everywhere when they decided to join like Voltron and set up their base in Miami with an eye towards annual domination of the NBA. So there really isn't much more to ask from them, is there? Sure, Bosh tends to disappear from time to time in the Heat's offense or gets crushed on the boards. But really, as I already pointed out, Heat fans can't be too greedy and should thank their blessings for the Summer of 2010. When LeBron announced his Decision, it truly was Christmas in July for South Florida basketball fans.
So what do the Heat need to do to ensure another parade down Biscayne Blvd.?
With a roster as talented and deep as this one, the only gift Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra and the fans can wish for is consistency. Ray Allen with his on-again, off-again shot. Udonis Haslem's midrange jumper going in at the same rate it did before his injury in the 2010-11 season. Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole playing at a level consistent with their best moments during the 2012 NBA Playoffs. The entire team to display the kind of defense fans have seen from this core before.
The holidays are a time for not just enjoying presents from loved ones (although that is pretty fun) but also for enjoying the quality time spend with loved ones.
If the Heat can play up to their abilities, then by next summer Heat fans will look back and consider all the rooting on for their favorite team for several months time well spent.