MIAMI -- Nobody has to the tell the Miami Heat players what's at stake in 2013-14.
"I think we understand this is a once in a lifetime opportunity," Dwyane Wade said.
That's because the two-time defending champions will try to become the third NBA team of the modern era to win three straight championships. Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls did it twice (1991-93, 1996-98) and the Los Angeles Lakers with Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant three-peated from 2000-02.
The Heat will begin their quest for a third consecutive title at home against the Bulls in Tuesday night's season opener.
"We have a very motivated group," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We always constantly emphasize the growth mindset, re-inventing ourselves, getting better, embracing the new challenges and not just thinking our game from last will be good enough."
Last year, the Heat won 66 games and cruised through a regular season that included a 27-game winning streak. The playoffs, however, were a bigger challenge as Mi...