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Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

Posted on: November 28, 2010 1:00 am
Edited on: November 28, 2010 1:05 am

Posted by Royce Young

Remember back in September when people were talking about 72 wins and stuff with the Miami Heat? Well, they better start tightening things up because they only get two more losses if that's going to happen.

And there are just 65 games left. Going 63-2 the rest of the way shouldn't be a problem, right?

The Heat dropped to 9-8 with a loss in Dallas to the Mavericks, 106-95. Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined to score 67 points, following the blueprint exactly. Problem for the Heat was the rest of the team added just 28 points. Even worse, the other two starters added just six, all coming from Carlos Arroyo.

Following the game, which makes losses in four of their last five outings with the only win being over the lowly Sixers, the Heat held a players only meeting that reportedly lasted over 30 minutes. Oh to be a fly on the wall in that locker room. I imagine it was a lot of LeBron yelling about stuff, Dwyane Wade trying to be The Leader and Chris Bosh crying softly in a corner.

A players only meeting reeks of desperation. These guys are worried. They don't know what's going on. You can point fingers wherever you want and most of them are at Erik Spoelstra. But the idea behind this group was that Bugs Bunny could coach the team and they'd win. Players have got to play, especially when there's this much talent there.

 I'm not so sure how much the players only meeting included the other 12 guys on the roster, or if it was really Miami's Big Three talking to each other. Fact is, they've got to play better. That was the plan, that was the idea behind them joining forces. They'd be great and overwhelm teams with talent, and then the other players could fill in a few blanks. Really, after LeBron joined the Heat, most felt like the other 12 guys could be just about anyone . But Pat Riley actually put together a nice complementary roster with proven role players like Eddie House, Zydrunas Ilguaskas and Mike Miller, who of course is currently injured. And not only is the trio not holding up their end, they aren't getting much support either.

Mike Miller's return will certainly help, but he's not going to fix everything. He'll space the floor, but since when is Miller some kind of super role player that is the missing link between an average basketball team and greatness?

Last season's Heat were 10-7 after the first 17 games. Now this group is definitely better - I have no doubt - but there's a reason they're losing. They haven't gelled, they don't know how to play together and role players aren't playing roles well. Basically, they're a jumbled mess of a basketball team. When you formulate how things are supposed to work, it functions around your best player, his key supporting castmates and then quality role players. The Heat have no idea where or how any of those things fit in.

Will a players only meeting get things going a bit? Maybe. It's good that the team understands that there are issues. Issues that the coaching staff alone can't correct. So they got together and talked about it. Or yelled about it. I guess we won't ever really know.

Wade mentioned after the game how the 2006 Heat championship had a losing record at this point and didn't get going until they were beat down by the Mavericks by 40 points. But comparing that Heat team versus this one isn't accurate at all. One group was structured as a team. The other is built as a group of basketball players. There's a big difference.

Things can get better for the Heat with three winnable games ahead with the Wizards and Pistons at home and the huge Cavs game on the road. Those may seem like gimmes, but with the way they're playing now, I wouldn't hand them all three.

But even so, beating average and bad teams isn't good enough for this Heat group. They're supposed to be great, remember? They're supposed to win not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven championships. And ironically, unless the players start working this thing out, that statement might actually be exactly right.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 2:41 pm

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

Maybe now the fastfood media will see what we've been saying all along. The Heat are three players deep. They have no center and no point guard. Wade and James both operate best with the ball. Both are better when the other is either not on the court or is standing there watching him take over, which is practically always. They can't rebound and play defense in spurts. And Bosh has the absolute worst contract in the NBA. Consider this: player A average 15.6 PPG, 13.20 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.5 BPG and 1.5 SPG. Player B averages 17.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.2 BPG and 0.8 SPG. Player B makes twice as much ($110 million to $60 million) as player A. Who would you rather have? Incidentally, player B is Chris Bosh. Player A is Joakim Noah.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:52 pm

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

I hate the Miami Heat and am thrilled to see them struggle.  There is only one ball, and they clearly haven't figured out how to share it. 
Chris Bosh is going to be an uber-bust.  I floss with his arms.  He needs to own the post for Miami, but that'll never happen...

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 7:18 pm

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

So I guess South Beach isn't so fun now?

What the 'Big 3' need to realize is that they need to play as a team. All of these guys had success alone, because everyone on their team was willing to play around them, they just need to figure out how to do that themselves. The question is how much ego can one team take, and will their egos be so big that they need to ship one or two stars away from miami before their contracts expire?

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2010 6:16 pm

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

Yes, it will help. Help give the Heat Haters Club even more material to use to make fun of The Three Jesters.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2010 6:10 pm

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

people keep reminding us that it is a 82 game season. yes it is. but those 82 games dictate who you play in the playoffs. and with each loss the heat get, it adds to the pressure of the season, and we all know how well lebron handles pressure. this trio will not win a ring. bosh will be gone first when the heat realize that they are paying 115 million to a guy getting 15ppg and 8rpg a game. they will trade him for a center and a point guard. and since nba trades have to be of equal value they will be a pretty good center and point guard. 9-8, thats pathetic and they should be ashamed.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2010 3:54 pm

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

I don’t know who was right or wrong, however, when the sports talking heads were crowning this team as the second coming and predicting that this team would win 72 games this season. I had a feeling that these sports talking heads were a little off the side walk or out of the trees in which they were residing.

You have one guy that is so egotistical that he think he invented the game of basketball. Some were even calling him King James, as I was calling him Prince James. There must be an adjustment in this name, we now have to call him prince James in waiting.

There are intangibles that go into the make up of a team. The Dallas Cowboys found that out when they had T.O and Pacman Jones on the team. Talent is very good to have and without it you will not win many games or championships, but there are some in intangibles that must be a part of each team. You must have team chemistry, you must be on the same page with the same goals in mind and you must have a team leader that know how to get the team to the goal they have set out for themselves..

This team has talent with enormous egos and nothing else. They have role players with no direction. Everyone think they have a goal of winning the NBA championship, however, they have no leader, no goal as to how to accomplish the goals they want to attain.

Until they get to this stage, understand the leadership, understand that they are the reason for their failure and future success, they will always be seeking understanding and have leadership problems.

So hold all the team meeting you want, but you must address the issues of why the team is not accomplishing what you would want to do.


Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2010 3:25 pm

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

"The short of it is, people, that it takes time even for good players to figure out which way is up." 

Usually that's true, but seems to me the Celtics in 08 went 28-2 to start. There's "not jelling" and then there's dysfunction. Seems like the Heat is close to that. (I was rooting for them to fail, but now I kinda want them to get it together...a little.)

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2010 2:46 pm

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

Ask Wade and James, please trust your teammates. Why not make a pass if your teammate has better chance then you. If they can pass the ball well that't not hard to make a shot.

Got to make it run

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2010 1:16 pm

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

Where are all the Heat fans that were posting at the beginning of the season defending this bunch of uber-talented losers?  Where, oh where have you gone, Heat fans?

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2010 1:12 pm

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

Lebron is the basketball equivalent of T.O. 

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