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Hang Time Podcast (Episode 60)

MIAMI — Wait, it’s not over yet.

Before the champagne in Mark Cuban‘s hair dries and the victory parade through downtown Dallas kicks off, we wanted to share our final observations from the thrilling, roller coaster ride that was The Finals.

It’s not easy trying to capture two months of riveting drama, on and off the court, in the limited amount of time we have — kudos to the 2010-11 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, by the way.

That’s why we forced a couple of old friends of the program to join us on Episode 60 of The Hang Time Podcast to see if they could help us figure it all out.

Michael Wallace of ESPN.com’s Heat Index and Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com weighed in with their takes on Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James, Jason Terry, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and all things Finals.

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Miami’s Championship DNA?

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Love them or hate them, no one can deny the ambition of the Miami Heat.

Not everyone will agree with their methods, a four-part series — Inside the Heat: “Championship DNA” probably won’t endear them to the masses in places like Boston, Chicago, Orlando or even Los Angeles.

But their sheer disdain for any reasonable limit to the expectations they’ve placed on themselves is both refreshing and frightening at the same time.

They’ve already created a cottage industry out of their own hype — ESPN.com’s “Heat Index” launched Monday and it’s only a small piece of the massive coverage plan various media outlets have in store for this team.

Some people would argue that touting your “Championship DNA” in October is wildly presumptuous (the Prime Minister made that point loud and clear early this morning).

I’m having a hard time reconciling the words of both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, each of whom has tried to douse the expectations in recent weeks by claiming that the hype, and the subsequent backlash, surrounding this team is media generated as opposed to an inside job.

That’s nonsense.

These guys didn’t have any problem embracing the hype in July, so don’t pass off the responsibility for it all now. There’s nothing wrong with chasing championships. I don’t think anyone, not even their biggest critics, begrudge them for that.

It’s just that there seems to be so much sizzle riding the back, at least for now, of so little substance.

If the Lakers (the two-time defending champs) were producing mini-movies detailing their championship pedigree, maybe it wouldn’t seem quite so strange. It wouldn’t be nearly as “presumptuous” as it might look when you watch this Inside the Heat: “Championship DNA” series.