To minimize the impact of the luxury tax, the Heat have deliberately signed low investment, high reward players.If it pans out well as we hope it does for the Heat, there will be a 3peat! This is not wish full thinking but just better strategy and the Heat taking care of business and doing what it needed to do to improve its chances of winning another championship.If there is a 3peat, it should not surprise anyone if the league decides to raise the minimum that can be paid on a veteran, so that the Heat gets no break from the luxury tax for signing such players in future.That is the genius of the minds in NBA.
Now the league is not happy with the 2,3,2 format. They reason that Game 6 in Miami was a lucky game for the Heat that was won on home field. They reason that the Spurs lost Game 7 and hence the NBA finals, because the Spurs played back to back on the two crucial games of the 2012/13 NBA finals. So no more back to back home games after Game 4, hence the new 2,2,1,1,1 format.
They reason that the 2,3,2 format favored the Heat than the Spurs to win the series. They quickly forget that the Spurs were capable of winning away games as they showed in stealing one of the two first home games of the series in Miami.And that the odds quickly was in favor of the Spurs as they went back to San Antonio with the series split 1-1 and the Spurs having 3 back to back home games to be played in San Antonio.Three games had the Spurs won all would have ended the season for the Heat with 5 games played.The Spurs and the rest of the league quickly forgot that the Spurs were playing against the reigning 2011/12 NBA champions. So the Heat stole one game in San Antonio to keep their hopes alive going back to Miami. And now they get punished with the league announcing a change from the 2-3-2 format to a 2-2-1-1-1. The implication of the 2-2-1-1-1-format is very clear. A team that is up 3-1 after Game 4, is more likely to win going into the next 3 series of alternate games with all the rigors of traveling that will go with it. And talk about traveling across time zones, who do you think it will favor? The team from the West or the East? Your guess is as good as mine. Getting home court advantage during the regular season becomes more important now than ever.
It is true that there have been several calls in the past for the change from the 2-3-2 format. But why did the league wait so long to respond to or heed these calls now that the format has produced back to back champions with the much hated maligned Heat as the champion? Sheer coincidence, I think not.The change in format, is like other camouflaged missiles aimed at the Heat. As usual the Heat never complains but play along with the league. Should the Heat win next season championship as we hope they do, soon the Heat haters and whiners will complain that a 2,2,1,1,1 favors the Heat because the Heat have the experience and youth to withstand the rigors of traveling that comes with a 2,2,1,1,1 format. And yes, the time zone will come into discussion somehow to favor the Heat. Do not say that I did not tell you so.
I said it last year that the luxury tax was the brain child of whiners, and that if the Heat won the 2012/13 play off,expect some changes to come in the league.That the whiners will not be satisfied. So here you have it, 2-2-1-1-1 format.I am not suggesting that the league hates the Heat but how much pandering to the whiners and Heat haters in this league should we take?
No matter the odds, the Heat will prevail.
Let's Go Heat, Go !