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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: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2010 1:07 pm

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

How long did it take for the "Great Players" Garnett, Allen, and Pierce to figure it out?

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 1:02 pm

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

They held a meeting, but it wasn't for player's only. No management was allowed and the players got lazy and sent their agents instead.

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2010 12:53 pm

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

Players only meeting? Why didn't James and Wade just go out to lunch together? Seventeen games in and they need to clear the air? I can just imagine the conversation, Wade: "Remind me why I wanted you here." James: "I told you before, I don't remember." Wade: "Okay, don't panic. Let's just sit here until something comes to us."

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2010 12:35 pm

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

Team is 9-8, can't play worth a darn?  Yep, i say it's time to clean house, right now!  New coaching staff, new players, new radio and TV play-by-play announcers, new cheerleaders.  Hey, while we're at it, let's move them to a new city, like, say, Albuquerque.  They don't have an NBA team.

The short of it is, people, that it takes time even for good players to figure out which way is up.  We're not even a quarter way through the season yet, and people've got this team in the same class as the Clippers and the Sixers.  Let's step back, take a deep breath, and watch the Heat do their thing.  If at the end of 82 games they look like last year's Hornets, then we can point and laugh. 

Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2010 12:13 pm

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?


Brian Windhorst, who has followed LeBron James for years in Cleveland and was hired by ESPN to follow him and the Heat in Miami, said after James appeared to walk through coach Erik Spoelstra on his way to the team's bench in Saturday's game that he once did it out of frustration to coach Mike Brown in Cleveland, too.
A quick You Tube search will get you video of the offending incident, and in slow motion it appears like LeBron goes out of his way to bump Spoelstra, which if intentional -- would be a shot across the bow like no other. In fairness, the Brown incident is less pronounced, but either way it will be interesting to see if/how the national media covers this incident, and what the fallout (if any) will be.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2010 11:56 am

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

Good grief people, relax. It's the freaking regular season in the NBA. NO ONE cares what happens in the regular season. The Celtics played .500 ball for the majority of the regular season a few years ago and ended up in the NBA Finals. WHO CARES?!?

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2010 11:53 am

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

No idea why they keep calling them the BIG 3.. Bosh isnt worth the sweat off my balls...yeah he was good in toronto but id be good as the only scoring option and a team that couldnt shoot for Sh*t id grab 12 boards a game.....Hes over rated and the redheaded step child on this team. i wonder if Lebron and Wade even know boshs first name......maybe if they did what the celtics did and bond all summer and training camp instead of doing talkshows and that stupid a$$ thing where thay all cameout in the heat arena..They  wont win cause of the 2 egos on that team, watch when james misses a shot and youll see wades face like  wtf are ya doing and james saying same about wade....its bad when the knicks are 1 game worse then the crowned champs the heat....I blame cbssports. espn, foxsports, all for hyping this shit up, im just glad they didnt do this with my celtics, i woulda been sick of it already...heat wont even be a top 4 seed come pllayoff time....I hope riley does come back and he fails as well, hes just an older version of phil jackson only coaches when he has the best players on his team, he did that shit when he had shaq and wade....

Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 11:43 am

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

im2gud, that was AWESOME! Very funny post

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2010 11:26 am

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

Hey LeBron - want to change your mind? Sorry, too late...How does it feel to be not only one of America's most hated athletes, but your team also sucks?

Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 11:03 am

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

The problem is definitely the coach. I could coach this team. The fix is easy.

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