This season marked the beginning of Miami’s “Big Three” era. People didn’t like that James had left to join a super team, they didn’t like the way he had announced it, and they didn’t like the Heat’s arrogance (“not four…not five…”). Accordingly, before the Warriors became the “Super Villains,” the Heat were the league’s most hated team.
They never fully meshed in that first season, as each of the three stars tried to figure out his role. That didn’t bite them until the NBA Finals, when the veteran Dallas Mavericks—led by Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, and Jason Kidd—exposed the Heat’s dysfunction and buried them in six games. It was a great example of a team beating a far more talented group of individuals