With "The Last Dance" documentary capturing millions of viewers' attention over the past few weeks, it's raised a lot of familiar debates. It's resurfaced the discussion around who's the GOAT, how players past and present would fare in different eras and which NBA dynasty is the greatest of all time.
When it comes to the best dynasty, the Chicago Bulls teams in the '90s are typically held as the gold standard. They were shortly followed by the Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal-led Los Angeles Lakers, which won three titles in a row (2000-02). From today's era, however, the Golden State Warriors are often considered the closest thing to those Bulls teams. While Miami Heat fans may point to the four straight NBA Finals appearances that resulted in two championships as being in the same conversation, former Miami All-Star Chris Bosh doesn't seem to think so.
During an Instagram Live Q&A on Tuesday, Bosh touched on a myriad of topics, including where he thought the "Heatles" stood in the pantheon of NBA dynasties.
"I was thinking about our place in the history of the game and all that stuff," Bosh said. "I even think the Warriors had more of a dynasty. I think ours was, you know the band Cream, from the UK? We're more like Cream. We'll come together. We'll play. We'll put this mega-thing together, four years, and four years only, baby. ... It was just a crazy time. It's crazy to even think I went through that."
For those rusty in their British rock band history, Cream, which was fronted by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eric Clapton, was only together for four years (1966-68) before the three members parted ways. It's actually a spot-on comparison for the Heat teams from 2010 to 2014. Not only did that their Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Bosh last for four years only, but Cream had just three band members, which could eerily symbolize the trio of stars Miami had.
Bosh also isn't wrong in his assertion that the Warriors' dynasty should be held in higher regard than theirs. Despite the absolute spectacle that was Miami's Big Three, the Warriors have been dominant for longer, and have one more ring to show for it. If it weren't for injuries to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson during the 2019 NBA Finals, the Warriors very well could've won a third straight title, becoming just the fifth team in NBA history to win three consecutive championships.
If James hadn't decided to go back home to the Cleveland Cavaliers after losing in the 2014 NBA Finals, perhaps Miami could've run it back a couple more years to win that third ring. Then maybe the Heat would be in the same conversation as the Warriors and Bulls. As Bosh notes, though, while it was a memorable time it eventually came to an end like the conclusion of a final world tour before everyone moves on.