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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.
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Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:50 am
 

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

PAINIC IN SOUTH BEACH!! PANIC IN SOUTH BEACH!!...Who's on first, What's on second, I don't know who's on third!!...Three Blind Mice, Three Blind Mice, See how they run, See how they run...May the jokes about these clowns continue thru Easter. And Bosh crying like a lil bitch in the corner-THATS PRICELESS!! HAHAHAHA!!!!




Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:49 am
 

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

Lebron should be fined or suspended one game by the Miami Heat for bumping their coach te way he did yesterday, it's not all the coaches fault why they are losing. That team has chemistry issues and you have to look at the three that wanted to play together so bad or should I say wanted to take their talents to South Beach, to link with the third



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:41 am
 

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

Lebron went in there and made a team commercial...What should we do? starring Lebron, Bosh, Wade, Riley, Spolestra... Riley entered saying What she would do? Fire Spolestra?  Should i come coach the team? What should we do?

Spolestra comes out what should we do? Practice free throws? What should we do? Bench Lebron? What should we do cuz I know I'm about to be canned?

Wade comes out what should we do? My stats are taking a hit. What should we do? Demand a trade to play with Kobe? What should we do?

Bosh comes out what should we do? i was really good on a bad team. What should we do, send me to Cleveland like everyone thought Lebron wanted originally? What should we do? Join Wade and demand a trade to play with Kobe? What should we do?

Finally Lebron enters What should I do? Make sure I win in Cleveland. What should i do? Complain about the supporting cast. What should I do. Hit a jump shot? What should i do?   Admit i'm really gay and the teams struggles are stemming from not being able to focus do to the constant inappropiate thoughts of Wade in the locker room going through my head? What should i do? Should I come out so the team can play at a high level or should i pretend and keep bangin Wades mom. IM NOT A ROLE MODEL. What should i do..



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:40 am
 

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

All the meetings in the world will not save the Heat from the WMMS curse!  Bad Karma is hovering over this team, LeLoser James, and Chris BUSH!  It wouldn't surprise me to hear that James and Bush had season ending or career ending injuries.  It would be fitting pay back for what James did to his fans, his teammates, the City of Cleveland, and the Cavs organization.  Also for the crappy way BUSH quit on Toronto at the end of the season.  I hope the five seasons they signed for with Miami are nothing but a HUGE disappointment for them.  Not one ring will come of from this union!  Not one!



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:32 am
 

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

It`s so damn funny with them start the season this pityful. So many people(mainly the media clowns) proclaimed them the champs for the next 4-5 years... guess everyone forgot, that the games are actually played on the courts, and not on paper. Chances are they`ll get this turned around, but right now, this is just too funny.



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:17 am
 

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

Makes you wonder if LeBron started the meeting off by saying "I'm LeBron James, so I know the problem is not me."



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:47 am
 

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

The Heat has won against the 6ers(twice),Nets(twice),Twolves,Raptors,suns,bobcats, and won & lost to the magic (that washes out) but they have lost to all playoff contenders(celtics twice),Hornets,Jazz,Mavericks. lost to below average teams like grizzlies,pacers. They will be lucky to be get by the first round of the playoffs.Their 9-8 record is soo bad that,they are only beating teams that are awful,they cant even beat average teams.



Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:08 am
 

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

A players only meeting reeks of desperation

Yep, hitting the proverbial panic button. 



Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:03 am
 

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

ALL I CAN SAY IS ALREADY!!!. That doesn't make any sense most likely the coach will get the blame but those players will have to look at themselves for this Miami is constantly bringing in players to accomidate their three stars but nothing seem's to be working...

That Mirror is looking bleak.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2010 7:41 am
 

Heat hold players only meeting; will it help?

"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."

...Chris Bosh crying softly in a corner?  Ha ha ha...he was sobbing like the bitch he is.  Talk about over-rated, pre-season talent.  Bosh...hahahaha.  What a chump.  The best part of the holiday season so far is watching these clowns fall down.  And fall down.  And fall down...



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