You have to live with your past mistakes in the NBA, more so than most people in a normal life. Your faults and misfortunes are broadcast to millions of people, over and over again, dissected in print, television, podcasts, and bar conversations for year. Things which happened in seconds become the source of constant questions. The Heat face that kind of scrutiny after putting up the big talk in 2010 and failing to deliver in their first Finals appearance as “the big three” last year.
A lot of the conversation this year has followed how this Heat team is the same, and different, from last year’s Finals squad. How the experience is similar and different. How the players are similar and different. How the narrative is the same, always, and repeating.
The Heat, well, they’re kind of done with it.
From our own Ira Winderman, via the bane of my existence, Sulia.com:
Erik Spoelstra, on if LeBron James, has changed from last year’s Finals, “We’re done with last year and analyzing last year’s Finals.”
Yeah, something tells me Spoelstra and the Heat are going to get asked about that stuff at least once more, and that it’s going to keep coming in waves. Something also tells me if they win the NBA Finals, he won’t mind talking about last year so much. Funny how that works.
You can’t escape your past, you can only try and live with it.