Despite saying their sole purpose of playing together was to win NBA titles and multiple NBA titles, not just one the Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh Miami Heat have now extended their title-less streak to 9 games with a 112-107 loss to the Celtics on Thursday night.
"It's a disappointing loss," said James. "Sure, it would have been nice to have won an NBA title or two by now, but maybe that's not realistic."
The Heat are 5-4 with none of their victories coming in the playoffs or NBA Finals, meaning they remain 73 regular season games and a full postseason away from being able to come together as a team and prove themselves.
"Not only that, but we all have six-year deals," said Wade. "We probably can't be truly evaluated until after those six years are over. I mean, what if we had won an NBA title in our regular season opener this year but then never won one again? That would be a failure, right? But what if we start this season 5-4, like we have, and still win 3 or 4 titles in the next 6 years that would be pretty good, right? I'm honestly asking. I'm so overcome with personal failure right now I can't think straight."
James said he didn't want to focus on Miami's many failings.
"Hey, the NBA isn't about us right now," he said. "The Hornets started the season 7-0. Everyone knows they are the best team. So I want to congratulate them on their inevitable NBA title in June. We're just going to regroup and try to be better than the Hornets in 2011-2012."
Heat coach Erick Spoelstra said he will begin bringing Wade, James and Bosh off the bench.
"How much longer can I watch this failure without making some changes?" said Spoelstra. "More than 9 games? Really? That seems so long."