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Jeff Van Gundy says the Heat will break Bulls' record of 72 wins

Aug 8, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Jvangundy.jpgOh, good. This should go over well.

Jeff Van Gundy, in an interview with the Miami Herald, thinks the Heat will break the ’96 Bulls’ record of 72 wins, and will challenge the ’72 Lakers’ record for consecutive wins of 33. No, seriously. He went out and said what a lot of people are thinking:

`They will break the single-season win record [of 72],” Jeff Van Gundy
said. “And I think they have a legit shot at the Lakers’ 33-game
[winning] streak [in 1971-72], as well. And only the Lakers have even a
remote shot at beating them in a playoff series. They will never lose
two games in a row this year.

Oh, okay, then. Tell us how you really feel, Jeffster. Well, I’m sure the normally pessimistic Van Gundy had some reservations about how this team will come together, the same way everyone else has questioned them, somehow glossing over the ridiculous amount of talent they have. Right?

“They have put together a much better roster than anybody
could ever have expected,” Van Gundy added. “There is now no good way
to defend them. They are unguardable. They are indefensible. They are
just too good and have added so much shooting and are so versatile that
they will score at will.”

I’m sure these comments will be received rationally and without overreaction from both commenters on this blog, and pundits and fans worldwide.

The fact is that this kind of talent combination has rarely been seen in the NBA over the past 30 years. Expansion, the salary cap, and the market have all conspired to prevent such an uneven distribution of talent. For all the worries about chemistry, their lack of size, their egos, and everything else, this is a ridiculous amount of talent. We’re talking about some of the top players in the NBA, arguably three of the top five, all suiting up in the same color jerseys for 82 games (well, okay, they’re likely to coast and sit at the end, but you get what I’m tossing out there).

Van Gundy’s remarks should be well regarded. He’s been around the NBA for quite a while. He’s seen greatness first hand, and isn’t one to throw out that kinds of lofty praise.

That said, I’m sure the Heat would rather Van Gundy hadn’t made that kind of statement. More expectations? Just what they need.

110 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Anonymous - Aug 9, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    playing in the Eastern Conference, the Heat will have the best regular season record. But the Lakers will win the Championship. They have the best player with the best mindset in Kobe, they have way too much size, they have the big game experience and the x-factor is that they want to win it for Phil’s last hurrah.

  2. thorsif - Aug 9, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Sorry about the 3 posts..I must have been too impatient for msnbc

  3. Bulls Fan - Aug 9, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    So, what you’re saying (4 times) is…..

  4. Jimmy Marlins Fan - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    yeah because there a ton of yankees fans that complain about free agency and they complain even more when they win a world series
    do you see my analogy?

  5. Big L - Aug 9, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Here we go again with the Miami Heat Hate… Yea . Now we will see wat D-Wade and Lebron can REALLY do.. i mean forget the fact that 1 is a 2 time Mvp and the other has a finals Mvp.. forget the Fact that Both have great Numbers against the Celtics and Magic… Forget that Lebron Killed the Lakers Last year or that Wade Has always played well against Kobe…. Now On a team Together with a 6’10 Pf who Averages 24 and 10 we will really see how good they are. Some of u guys make no sense at all.. O yea i forgot they have no inside presence and Bosh is soft rite? Except for the fact he killed the Celtics last year averaging 25 and 11 while shooting 64% from the field and 94% from the foul line… Wasnt so Soft in thos games was he? and if he was wat does dat say about K.G,Perkins,and Big Baby if they couldnt shut down a ” Soft ” Player? Against the Lakers he Averaged 20 and 10, against the magic he averaged 23 and 9.. So Was he Soft Then? As ” Soft ” as Bosh is he still got his numbers against BYnum,Gasol,Odom, and D. Howard … Soo How Soft were they? Or Did none of them jus not play in those games? D.Howard and other Centers will get good numbers against the heat.. But The Heat match up well in every other Position except the Point.. Dnt Believe me? Garnett and his Old Knees From Boston or Rashard Lewis from Orlando CANNOT guard Bosh.. ( see stats above ) Paul Pierce will b up for the challenge.. But he cant Guard LBJ for a whole game ( and u have no other really good perimeter defenders) And Orlandos Vince Carter or Qrich guarding LbJ is laughable… Rondo wont guard any of the Big 3 1 on 1 becuz it takes him out of wat he does best.. use those long arms to get into the passing lanes and get steal/deflections and Ray allen Guarding wade for a whole game is Comical. JJ Reddick and V.C cant guard Wade and they will let Jammeer do Watever he Wants so How Exactly do the Magic And Celtics have and edge over them again? As a Heat fan the only team in the East i even consider a threat is Chicago…I do think Boston will ” get up ” for those HEAT games but by the mid 3rd quarter they will be worn down.. I understand its hard to root for the Heat Now and maybe me being a Yankee fan is the reason y i like my teams bein that way But The Fact that they r the best in the East cant really be argued

  6. thorsif - Aug 9, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Best talent: The Heat; Best team: The Lakers; who wins the championship? Man, I can’t wait for the season to begin!

  7. Crash - Aug 9, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Sore loser? Cry baby? Or bitter? You pick, which one are you are? LITTLE BITCH!

  8. Eddie - Aug 9, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    JUST REMEMBER one very important fact. The LAKERS have many CLUTCH PLAYER!!! They hit shots when they count!!! FISHER, KOBE, GASOL, heck even ARTEST won them a game or two during last years playoffs. Other than D-Wade, Lebron & Bosh couldn’t win #$%$&!!! for their respective team. GIVE ME FISHER & KOBE in the last two minutes of a game any time. LAKERS will win AGAIN. LEBRON will not win a Championship as long as KOBE is the league…..

  9. Anonymous - Aug 9, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    I really hope your not talking about regular season games

  10. Anonymous - Aug 9, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    I really hope your not talking about regular season games

  11. MgmLove - Aug 9, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    This is a wonderful topic, i had love the Bulls back then, and I even somehow think tha Miami can break the record of 72 and the streak of 33. The difference will be injury, how will they respond. The Bulls still beat down opponents when they were a man down due to suspension or injury. For all those talking about doormats, at that time there was also a large amount of great teams in the East which they played 4 times a season; Knicks, Indiana, Orlando(Shaq,Penny,Grant),Miami(Zo,Hardaway)& Detriot. And the West was loaded and they also got beat on. And in the playoffs they didn’t lose a game til the finals. Saying all that I really believe they can pull it off, but they better get a ring, because with all records broken with the ultimate hardware it won’t mean a thing!

  12. marvis sapp - Aug 9, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Then take your punka$$ comments wit U

  13. MgmLove - Aug 9, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    the system got used in a way the league didn’t want but when you figure out how to get around it to win, you do what you gotta do. I mean they took a pay cut to play together so if anything they made a sacrifice in order to win. I’m a KG fan and I know he told LBJ he need to exit before its to late. Love or hate ‘em they did the damn thing and big ups to Pat Riley for making it happen, He let the players chose. So chill JD hatin’ doesn’t look good, by no means!

  14. Anonymous - Aug 9, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Agree

  15. Larry - Aug 9, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    My prediction is, they will get dismantled after the first year, just like the Laker dream team that lost to the Pistons. First, they need to have an instant chemistry and a real great coach. Jeff Van Gundy’s prediction is just as good as mine!

  16. Rob - Aug 10, 2010 at 2:33 AM

    Thank you, Jeff Van Gundy. Finally a coach acknowledges the potential this team has, that is, to be the best ever assembled in the NBA. Rarely do you have 3 of the top 5 players in the league be this unselfish and join forces just to win titles, especially in today’s NBA of selfish players (attn: Kobe, AI, Carmelo, the list goes on…). LeBron, Bosh and Wade should be applauded for taking less money and putting aside their egos, yet they are being criticized for making this move.

  17. JD - Aug 10, 2010 at 2:41 AM

    Spurs?! Really? Enough with the Spurs already please. The Spurs’ basketball play is so old they make the Boston Celtics’ Big 3 (Big 4 really, but let’s put that aside for comparison purposes) look like the Miami Heat’s Big 3.

  18. Rod - Aug 10, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Honestly, the Lakers have a better chance at winning 70+. Why?
    Because they have chemistry, size, DEFENSE. They have 3 of the best perimeter defenders in the league that are back by two 7 footers.
    Lakers can score at will and lock you down.

  19. Jay-p-Zee - Aug 10, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Hahaha…
    Don’t be fooled.
    JVG is setting up the Heat to fail.
    He is basically coming to his brother’s defense in a very backhanded way….
    The Van Gundy family are still pissed by the firing of Stan that led to the Heat’s only title.
    They are saying, ok so you went out and built a title contending team, but they are setting them up to fail buy stating that winning a title will not be good enough – that if they win without besting the 96 bulls record or the lakers 33 record- that they will just be another team – nothing special…
    Someone should call out JVG.
    Oh wait I just did…
    Jeff is a funny guy…love his sportcasting…one of the best actually that calls it correctly and insightfully…but in this case he is just sticking it to Riley a bit.
    Its like saying ok so you got a trophy wife but is she Ms America?
    Or ok you got a Porsche but will you ever drive it at 155 mph or go for sunday rides; he’s basically calling out Riley to do something great rather then expected.
    Motivation to the players?
    No.
    Absolutely not.
    A dare and thumbing of his nose for his brothers sake to Riley, absolutely.
    He will deny it but we knwo the truth.
    Nice job JVG.
    At least we know you still have a great sense of humor still with your passive agressive prediction.

  20. Zed - Aug 10, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Let’s brace ourselves NBA fans; the Heat will be the only team in NBA history to go undefeated during the regular season. And, they will win it all against the Lakers. Phil Jackson, who coached the mighty Jordan/Pippen Chicago Bulls, knows better than anyone else what his team will be up against, but no amount of Zen therapy will help the Lakers survive the raging Heat. Kobe and the gang will be dominated and silenced. IT’S OVER.

  21. Omnius - Aug 10, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Jeff VanGundy should be smart enough to know not to count your chickens before they hatch. Rest assured that the Heatstroke are grossly overrated and will not be as good as people think. Idiot Jeff just gave every team in the NBA extra incentive to play harder against the Heatstroke and that will mean lots more losses than he thinks. I bet the Celtics beat the Heatstroke during the playoffs again because LeBoring James is the King of Choke and wimps out playing tough defense. It’s the Heatstroke who only have a remote chance of beating the Lakers, not the other way around. Kobe Bryant is still the greatest player in the NBA! The Repeat World Champion Lakers will Threepeat even if the Heatstroke are lucky enough to emerge from the Eastern Creampuff
    Conference.

  22. Omnius - Aug 10, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Hey Zed – must be nice living life in a drunken stupor. Better get a big prescription of oxycontin because you’re going to need it too calm down as the Heatstroke lose a lot of games next year. Kobe Bryant is the greatest player in the NBA! The Repeat World Champion Lakers will Threepeat even if the Heatstroke are lucky enough to beat the Celtics in the Eastern Creampuff Conference.

  23. will - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    rumble “young-men” rumble! Why can’t these young men do something different? Why in America of all places these young men have to do something that that the old farts like Jordan, Bird, Kareem, did? These guys are young men in the prime of their basketball careers and we are saying do it OUR way! Thats BULLCRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Being fresh is what America is all about. Why not have superteams? The Yankees have been doing this for years. The yankees have a budget greater that many countries.

  24. MtyQuinn - Aug 18, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    You know what happens when you stay in the Heat too long? Your brain gets fried. The lakers will win it again, and it wont even be against the Heat. They will lose in the 2nd round to the Celts. All you Heat banwagoners will be home crying like little biotches, lol

  25. Zonekeeper - Aug 19, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    You’re missing one key person that the Heat don’t have that Jordan, Pippen, and Grant had, and that Phil Jackson.

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