ABC/ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy is predicting that the Miami Heat are very likely to beat long-time records this year with the stacked 2010-2011 team Pat Riley has built.
Jeff Van Gundy believes the Miami Heat have a very good shot at beating the Chicago Bulls’ record-setting, 72-win season of 1995-96 and the Los Angeles Lakers’ 33-game win streak in the 1971-1972 season.
“I would think that everybody would think they would have a great shot at it,” Van Gundy said. “I don’t know if I said they will or they have a great chance, whatever I said, I just think if they’re healthy, the discrepancy between their talent level and and the next level is so great, that I just don’t see how they lose games. I think they’re that good.”
“Erik Spoelstra is a heck of a coach, so they’re going to be motivated to play well defensively, which is about coaching, and offensively they’re going to be an absolute nightmare to deal with,” Van Gundy continued.
“If LeBron James can win 66 games in the regular season with the guys he played with … then I think you add Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Mike Miller, it’s not a stretch to say they can win six more.”
Van Gundy feels the Lakers and the Boston Celtics are the only two teams in the league that stand a chance against the Heat this season.
“I think Boston — with the [Shaquille] O’Neal signing — has a legitimate chance as well,” he said. “But I think those are the only two teams that have a chance in a playoff series to beat them.”
Van Gundy also feels everyone is against the Heat right now and not willing to see how good of a team they are.
“I think people are trying to pick on Miami right now instead of opening their eyes to just how great they are,” he said. “There are going to be no chemistry issues. Wade and James are unselfish players.
“That doesn’t mean if they win a championship it’s a great accomplishment either, because they’re so much better than everybody. But to discount just how good they are, I think people are making a mistake.”