It’s the dog days of the NBA offseason, and I’m feeling nostalgic.
In my seemingly infinite time of browsing the interwebs, I stumbled across a fairly popular video of an interview between Allen Iverson and Stephen A. Smith on Smith’s short-lived ESPN show.
A user uploaded the video with a specific portion where Smith asked Iverson about his takes on then-young guys such as LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade.
Iverson provided the media with memorable quotes throughout his career, but he tops himself this time by seemingly predicting the hate and disdain LeBron James would receive once he made a move that wasn’t ideal in the public’s eye.
A few years later, LeBron would leave Cleveland for Miami and would be jeered in every venue he played in. This, after spending seven years as the NBA’s golden child and heir apparent with the Cavaliers.
To this day he is still being harassed by opposing fans.
A magical 2012-13 campaign that featured the Miami Heat winning a franchise-record 66 games, pulling off a 27-game winning streak that ranks second all-time for consecutive wins, a league MVP for LeBron James and NBA championship has been culminated into one jarring video featuring the team’s top ten plays of the year.
Number one is painfully obvious, but the other nine provide great reminders as to what else ensued throughout the year.
Included is all three of LeBron James’ game-winners of the year rolled into one spot, as well as game winners from Chris Bosh and Ray Allen.
However, only one of Allen’s game-winners is included, neglecting the timely threes he made against San Antonio in the regular season and Cleveland.
The video doesn’t give a proper summary of just how devastating and lethal the Heat were, especially in the closing moments of games, but it’s a fine tribute to the theatrics performed by the back-to-back champions.
The full preseason schedule was released today and the Miami Heat’s first contest is a matchup with the Atlanta Hawks on October 7th.
We know you’re filled with so much anticipation that your head might explode, so I took the liberty of providing a video that features LeBron James and his clutch moments of the 2012-13 season.
It will always grind my gears how ESPN convinced a nation of mouth-breathers to believe James couldn’t come through in moments or games that were of significance.
Here’s ten more minutes of proof.
The Miami Heat announced earlier this week that they will be inviting Summer League standout Eric Griffin to training camp.
The NBA offseason is almost as annoyingly prolonged as the NBA regular season is.
If you wanted interesting NBA news, then the release of the schedules is going to be the most newsworthy event that will tide the fiendish fans of basketball until the season opener.
For the Miami Heat, that day is Tuesday, October 29th against their semifinals opponent this past postseason, the Chicago Bulls.