Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 12/7/12

Winning back-to-back championships is one of the most difficult things to do in sports. For starters, being a champion means wearing a bullseye. A championship team is going to get its opponent’s best effort night in and night out, and that can wear on players over the course of a season. Then, there is the question of motivation. How do you stay as hungry as you were the previous season? If you ask the Miami Heat, they will tell you it’s no easy task. “Yes, it’s impossible to have that same fire, that same hunger,” Chris Bosh told Chris Tomasson of FOX Sports. “The hunger changes, but we don’t have the same motivation and we have to find different motivations now. And I think that motiviation is always just trying to be the best and sometimes you got to be knocked down a few times in order to get that back.” People don’t seem to hate the Heat as much this season as they did last year and the year before, when the Big Three was first assembled. There is certainly less hatred for LeBron James, who was recently named Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year” and can no longer be labeled a choker. According to forward Udonis Haslem, Miami needs to somehow rediscover their “us against the world” mentality to repeat as champions. “We have yet to play four quarters of angry, hatred basketball like we used to play when people hated us,” Haslem explained. “That’s part of my job as a captain, and I got to carry a chip on my shoulder… At one point, we felt like it was us against the world, and we felt like everybody hated us and I guess we kind of lost that feeling. But I’ll figure out a scenario that makes us seem like everybody still hates us.” Admitting your weaknesses is a good place to start, so kudos to the Heat for understanding this season is different from last season rather than being in denial. If LeBron wants to be live up to the nickname Pat Riley gave him, it will take more than one championship ring. King James should have plenty of motivation — he just needs to find a way to feed it to his teammates.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Is D'Angelo Russell in over his head?

Percy Harvin voices support for Tyrod Taylor

Richardson pleads not guilty to traffic, resisting arrest charges

Andrew Luck tried not to watch Super Bowl, was still ‘salty’

RG3 blames intern for liking Instagram post trashing owner

Former USC linebacker suing school over insurance policy

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Fred Jackson expected to sign with Seahawks

Adrian Peterson accused of fathering another child out of wedlock

Robert Griffin III liked fan’s Instagram post trashing Redskins

Report: Tom Brady may have been ‘open’ to one-game suspension

Fenway Park staff reportedly confiscating Don Orsillo signs

Clippers’ owner Steve Ballmer betting on himself

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The Opening Drive: Jamal Anderson warns UM fans before heading to Salt Lake City

Best and worst MLB players in August

RG3 blames intern for liking Instagram post trashing owner

Four most surprising roster cuts from NFL teams

Raiders cut Trent Richardson

Caroline Wozniacki smoking cover of ‘Rhapsody’

Everett Golson named FSU's starting QB

Urban Meyer won't announce QB before season

Teammates relieved RG3 was benched?

Five NFL teams that should trade for Robert Griffin III

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker