History Repeats Itself: The Los Angeles Lakers And The Miami Heat

History Repeats Itself: The Los Angeles Lakers And The Miami Heat

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History indeed repeats itself and these historic recurrences can be creepy sometimes. One Reddit user took note of the similar-event repetition in NBA history between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat. The striking similarities between the two are just too much to be ignored.
History Repeats Itself The Los Angeles Lakers And The Miami Heat
Here are his observations:

2002 – Los Angeles Lakers won title with Shaquille O’Neal.
2006 – Miami Heat won title with Shaquille O’Neal.

2 Years Later

2004 – Shaquille O’Neal left the Lakers; Lakers became a lottery team.
2008 – Shaquille O’Neal left the Heat; Miami became a lottery team.

After that

2006, 2007 – After missing the playoffs, the Lakers had back-to-back 1st round exits. Their first playoff bout ended in 7, their second in 5. During this time, the team was essentially Kobe Bryant (A top-5 player) and garbage.
2009, 2010 – After missing the playoffs, the Heat had back-to-back 1st round exits. Their first playoff bout ended in 7, their second in 5. During this time, the team was essentially Dwyane Wade (A top-5 player) and garbage.

2008 – The Lakers’ solid off-season/trade deadline allowed them to become one of the best teams in the league.
2011 – The Heat’s solid off-season/trade deadline allowed them to become one of the best teams in the league.

2008 – The Lakers make it all the way to the Finals, without much competition, only to lose in 6 to a defensive-minded team full of hungry veterans. Their star player received a ton of hate for his poor performance.
2011 – The Heat make it all the way to the Finals, without much competition, only to lose in 6 to a defensive-minded team full of hungry veterans. Their star player received a ton of hate for his poor performance.

2009 – The Lakers made it back to the Finals, and got matched up against an inexperienced team featuring one of the brightest young stars in the NBA.
2012 – The Heat made it back to the Finals, and got matched up against an inexperienced team featuring one of the brightest young stars in the NBA.

2009 – The Lakers won the championship in 5 games, proving all the doubters wrong.
2012 – The Heat won the championship in 5 games, proving all the doubters wrong.

2010 – The Lakers made it back to the finals, matched up against a former title team with its core still intact.
2013 – The Heat made it back to the finals, matched up against a former title team with its core still intact.

2010 – The Lakers went down 2-3, but won Game 6 to force Game 7 at home.
2013 – The Heat went down 2-3, but won Game 6 to force Game 7 at home.

2010 – The Lakers managed to win game 7, claiming the NBA title and winning back-to-back.
2013 – The Heat managed to win game 7, claiming the NBA title and winning back-to-back.

Congratulations to the Miami Heat!

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