The Miami Heat would like a do-over.
No, not on the offseason haul of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. But rather on the approach.
Uh, yeah, perhaps they did get just a wee bit ahead of themselves.
“It’s not easy putting this kind of talent together,” Wade acknowledged in the wake of losses to the Grizzlies and Pacers. “The easiest part was making the announcement and that seemed like it was hard, right? And that was the easiest part.”
July 7: Wade and Bosh announce at midday on ESPN they will play for the Heat.
July 8: LeBron announces in prime time on ESPN he will play for the Heat.
July 9: Wade, Bosh and James celebrate their signings rock-star style at AmericanAirlines Arena, forecasting multiple championships.
Today: A middle-of-the-pack reality.
“It’s going to take time,” Wade said of the revised forecast, amid the cold front that has Erik Spoelstra’s future under increased scrutiny. “I think inside, in here, most of the team has communicated with each other to keep our goal that we have in mind first and don’t really get into the outside expectation.”
It is, of course, an “outside expectation” that the Heat created, one that Spoelstra said during training camp that he and his team embraced.
Now Wade is taking the long view, with each of the three under contract for six seasons, albeit with escape clauses after four.
“We’re together for six years, and outside expectations of what this team can be one day might be (realized),” he said. “Right now, at this moment, it’s not that. And we’ve got to understand that and keep working toward that.”
Already Jeff Van Gundy has backed off his prediction of the Heat challenging the all-time best record of 72-10. Of course, Van Gundy also had forecast that the Heat might go the entire season without consecutive losses, something that has happened twice already.
No, this has not been easy, will not be automatic.
“A lot is going on right now with myself and D-Wade; we’re playing passive,” James said. “And then when we take a shot, it almost looks out of rhythm. It looks very out of rhythm.”