Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh promised to make history in Miami and, despite a disappointing start that has seen them win eight games already, the trio believes an NBA record-tying 9-73 regular season mark is still within reach.
"I'm as upset as anyone with our start," said James. "I need to do my part. Wade and Bosh have stepped up with some truly terrible games so far, but I need to pull my weight, too. I can't rely on them for all the failure."
Sitting at 8-6 after losses to the Grizzlies and Pacers, the Heat will have to finish 1-67 to match the Sixers' record of 9-73 in the 1972-73 season.
"It's going to be tough," said Wade. "As much as we want it, we still have games left against teams like the Sixers and Clippers. It's almost impossible not to win a few of those."
Lebron cautioned that the James-Wade-Bosh trio will not be measured on this year alone.
"People need to remember that," he said. "We signed six-year deals. If we don't go 9-73 this year, it doesn't mean that we're a failure. We have five more years. We all came from different situations, successful teams — it takes a while to mesh. You don't just start failing overnight. But I think we're making progress. Losing by 16 points to the Pacers was very encouraging."
Sources close to the Heat say that if the team wins another few games, head coach Erik Spoelstra may be replaced with Isiah Thomas.