Sacrifice is one of the main terms that should be associated with the Miami Heat.
Stars LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade sacrificed money and individual glory to play together and compete for multiple NBA championships. Role players like Ray Allen, Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem, and Rashard Lewis sacrificed money and playing time for the same reasons.
For such a star -studded team the Heat have a roster full of players who have pushed their egos to the side for the bigger picture of capturing the ultimate prize.
Miller is healthy for the first time in his tenure with the Heat, yet he is still 10th in playing time and is averaging less than 14 minutes per game. Lewis did not play in wins versus the Cleveland Cavaliers or Milwaukee Bucks, yet started the last two games after Shane Battier sprained his MCL. Haslem turned down nearly $10 million in the summer of 2010 to remain with the team and play as a backup. Allen left the Heat’s arch enemy the Boston Celtics for less money and essentially the same role. James put his entire brand and historical greatness on the line when he decided to take his talents to South Beach. Bosh sacrificed being a number one scoring option and became the third wheel. Wade publicly decided that this was James’ team.
These actions take humility, trust, and a level of faith in a system that most professional sports lack in modern society. Players playing for less money, less glory, and taking flack for pursuing winning championships is without question the less popular thing to do in the 2012 sports world.
The Heat fully embody the word sacrifice because of the way these players have chosen to obtain championships as a team than all-star games, money, and popular contest as individual players. Every athlete professional or amateur knows that doing such is an extreme sacrifice.