"Those guys' biggest goal is to win a championship and not try
to win 72 games," Pippen told reporters. "But if Jeff Van Gundy wants
to take a bet, I would bet him that they won't break it."
"You can put a lot of great players together, but it's about building
chemistry," Pippen said. "There have been a lot of great teams put
together. But that doesn't really seal the deal.
"I think that Boston is still the best team in the East. Miami has to prove themselves."
I agree fully with Pippen on the Miami will struggle to break the record thing. However, I think this idea of "the Celtics are the best until someone beats them" is just silly.
Yeah, having great talent doesn't seal the deal, but to put this in perspective, since the 2003 season when these three entered the league, there have been a total of 31 seasons put in at a PER over 25 with over 2000 minutes played (just to weed out anomalies).
The Miami Heat own 9 of those 31 (Bosh 1, Wade 3, LeBron 5).
Of the remaining 22 seasons, they're split amongst 10 players. The only other time two even two of them played together over this stretch was Wade/Shaq and Kobe/Shaq (and both won at least one title). Yes, the Heat need to prove it on the floor, but Vegas isn't taking the Celtics, and neither should anyone else. Van Gundy's premise about the total talent level seems quite fair to me even if asking for 73 wins is quite a bit.
The Miami Heat is definitely amongst the best trios of all time in terms of raw talent though, and I expect them to put it together on the floor. So I certainly agree that they need to prove it on the court, but if you're going to Vegas to bet your house on who wins the finals, I wouldn't pick the Celtics.