is Jeff Van Gundy crazy?
JVG: Miami Heat Will Break Chicago Bulls’ Wins Record
by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni
Every few years, a great team gets put together, and people get understandably excited about said team’s potential. And then, inevitably, those same people go a little too far with their excitement, and begin to predict immortality for that squad.
Last season, the Celtics’ newest employee went overboard with the prediction game. This year, it’s the Miami Heat’s turn to face what some (read: yours truly) would consider wholly unrealistic expectations.
Here’s Jeff Van Gundy saying the type of stuff that you just know has Michael Jordan and a host of former greats ready to come out of retirement again, and do something absolutely horrible to him.
From the Miami Herald:
The Heat not only will be great, but historically great. So predicts the co-lead NBA analyst for ABC/ESPN.
“They will break the single-season win record [of 72],” Jeff Van Gundy said. “And I think they have a legit shot at the Lakers’ 33-game [winning] streak [in 1971-72], as well. And only the Lakers have even a remote shot at beating them in a playoff series. They will never lose two games in a row this year.”
“They have put together a much better roster than anybody could ever have expected,” Van Gundy added. “There is now no good way to defend them. They are unguardable. They are indefensible. They are just too good and have added so much shooting and are so versatile that they will score at will. And with Erik Spoelstra coaching, they will be in the top three defensive teams in the league, as well. The other 29 teams better hope the lockout gets moved up a year.”
“Team John Dillinger” had better be ready to live up to the hype. For it will be unrelenting.
No, he's not crazy. He saw what everyone saw the past 5 seasons. ALL 3 of these players had taken terrible supporting casts to the playoffs over the years. When you add 3 top 15 players on a team with some young players ( Chalmers, Pittman, Varnado, Anthony) and some vets ( Big Z, Howard, Miller, Jones).
I personally think they go 66-16 but if they go 70-12 or even 73-9 ( which would break the record) I would not be shocked. I also think they can go win 33 in a row. They NBA has good teams but they could beat up on tons of teams, rest the Miami Trio in blowouts and go hard against the teams who are good.
He is not crazy... You will see..
its funny i can remember the teams the Bulls lost to that season..
but people seem to forget that Bulls team had been together for years..With Lebron,Wdae and Bosh all those guys were the main focus of their teams offense....plus they the Bulls had 3 great defenders in the starting lineup who could guard multiple positions...I think if Lebron,Wade & Bosh come in to training camp completely healthy and willing to put aside their egos for the good of the team..The NBA is in for a record breaking year....
Rudeboy, I blame myself for 2 of the Bulls losses in the 1995-1996 season. I had an unlucky Bulls shirt and I got shortly before their first loss, I didn't wear it for a while and when I did again they lost their 2nd game. I stopped wearing it for game days after that. The Heat better hope a fan doesn't get an unlucky shirt and wear it on their game days, lol
Not this year, maybe in two or three years but definitely not next season. You can have best players, team needs time to develop chemistry. It's a thing you learn in soccer when you have to cohabit with 11 players, same &$#%#&@! with basket-ball.
i think they will atleast tie the record, id be surprised if it happened next year but i think they will atleast tie it once during the period of time that these guys play together in miami
The Heat will not win over 70 games or 33 in a row ever.
They won't break any records this season, that is for sure. But let them build some chemistry and let them play together for a few seasons, maybe add some veterans and they might make it.
Do you guys know how hard it is to win 33 games ina row let alone 72 games in a season in the NBA this team has 3 all stars who have never played togther in the NBA and one of the weakest supposrting casts in the NBA they will be good but 72 wins in there first season togther thats crazy i say 60-65 maybe and now way in hell they win 33 staright games both those Lakers and Bulls teams had amazing chemistry and longevity togther and hall of fame talent with good supporting casts
what do you guys think is harder, 33 in a row or going 72-10?
I'd say 33 in a row, I think the most the 72 win Bulls team won in a row was 22 or 23, I think they went 32-3 during a stretch, 33 in a row is pretty amazing, even more so than 72 wins over an 82 game season.
yeah, i think 33 in a row is probably a little tougher. I mean, all it takes is one off night.
I don't think they will, but I wouldn't be shocked if they tied or broke the record. I mean, they have two of the top three players in the NBA and an elite power forward. Their supporting cast is decent. I guess it all depends on the chemistry they develop and how soon.
I don't think they can win 33 in a row, but I don't think 72-73 wins is out of the question.
I'm curious how Spoelstra can handle all that ego and get the role guys involved too, I'm not saying he can't do it, I'm just curious. Also as to what kind of a role Riley plays with the day to day team operations next year.
There are some strong personalties in the Heat organization. Spoelstra is the head coach, but I don't think it'll be his job to handle alone.
There are too many transitions that have to be made. This team is starting from scratch, so chemistry is going to be an issue. Injuries are as well. If one of the big 3 goes down, they aren't nearly as unbeatable.
They will win 70 at some point during the 6 years though. I agree with what Van Gundy is saying, the formula is amazing. Instead of having to account for 1 Lebron or Wade, theres both of them. Double teams are pretty much out of the question for anybody, so you will have Wade, Lebron, and Bosh destroying single coverage, to dunk or kick off to the best set of shooters in the league.
Spoelstra can't handle this team though. Riley takes over at allstar break.
33 in a row would be harder then you think. The east is pretty difficult and with most of their games being played against eastern conference teams, i doubt they will beat that.
The east is pretty difficult and with most of their games being played against eastern conference teams
JVG just want attention because there is no way this happens. The years Bulls won it they had a good team from top to bottom and the league was weaker.
Only if Riley is coaching but it would be smart to rest them before the playoffs started.
70 wins what does that mean nothing if you don't win it all.
Van Gundy is talking crazy they won't win 33 in a row thats for sure.
The East has improved a lot and Orlando, Atlanta are pretty good regular season teams.
erik spolestra has the biggest catch 22 job in the world
he has all this talent to work with but get anything under 65 wins and a trip to the finals
he will be canned
if they do or dont now we have something to prove later what you said if it doesnt happen most of you will say you said you never said that and the visa versa. The thing is though we have never seen this before so we dont know and these guys have played together on team usa i think they'll be fine. There all great players, great players can make it work without egos.