The Miami Heat fell short in their quest to win three consecutive NBA titles last night, after succumbing to a 4-1 Finals series loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
And now, as is common with those who lose out in the final reckoning, some images have emerged showing the various merchandise that the Miami Heat would have marketed had LeBron and co managed to overcome Gregg Popovich's team.
As you can see above, or via this link, it is fair to say the idea of the much-coveted three-peat- features fairly heavily.
After winning two consecutive NBA titles in 2012 and 2013, much of the Heat's regular-season and subsequent playoff run had been dominated by the idea that they could join the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics as the only franchises in the history of the league to win the LArry O'Brien Trophy three times in a row.
And while in the end it was the likes of Khawi Leonard, Tim Duncan, and Tony Parker who were able to don the traditional flat-peak cap and t-shirt commemorating the Spurs' fifth NBA title, these mock up designs (courtesy of sportslogos.net) show that the Heat were ready to make the most of their moment.
As well as the t-shirt and cap designs - which feature the traditional franchise logo with the words 'Three Peat' replacing the 'Miami Heat' monicker - there are also supposed sample designs of various other products that would likely have been rolled out in the wake of a Finals in which the Heat were victorious.
This includes everything from beer Koozies and car licence plates, to pennants, key chains and commemorative framed posters emblazoned with the phrase 'Back 2 Back 2 Back'.
Whilst it would be wrong to claim the Heat were acting out of arrogance, with the need to be prepared meaning the designs were a necessity as the postseason got underway, the images are still likely to draw derision from fans of other NBA franchise's around the league as the Miami Heat's period of dominance looks to be reaching an end.
Gregg Popovich, his roster, and the fans who frequent the American Airlines Arena can however of course point to their two recent Championship wins (and rings) as well as four consecutive Finals appearances.
A run that deserves respect despite their recent downfall.
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