MIAMI The Heat will enjoy as much as possible being handed rings Tuesday night. But they would find it a lot more fun if the Charlotte Bobcats were in town.
Instead, the Miami players, after getting their championship bling from NBA commissioner David Stern, will have to face Boston in the regular-season opener at AmericanAirlines Arena. Yes, the Celtics who are still seething from losing to Heat last June in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.
I wish that was one of the rule changes, said Heat guard Dwyane Wade. I wish we could do it the night before.
For now, NBA officials are much more worried about flopping. But the league at least this time is allowing teams a 15-minute warm-up period after the lengthy ring ceremony rather than making them come out to play immediately.
Still, its not going to be easy for the Heat, who, after dispatching Boston, beat Oklahoma City 4-1 in last Junes NBA Finals. They remember how they felt about losing to the Mavericks in the 2011 Finals...