The players on the Miami Heat will have the daunting task of trying to become the sixth team in league history to win three consecutive NBA titles. With so much talk outside of the locker room, team president Pat Riley and head coach Erik Spoelstra decided it was necessary to keep the players grounded. That is why they allowed boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. to give the team a speech that should set the tone for the entire 2013-14 season.
Mayweather entered the Heat team facility on Sunday, gave Miami a powerful speech they will never forget and left before any member of the media could question why he was there in the first place. It was a slick move by the organization, one that could pay off tremendously in the near future.
“With him being 17 years-and-0 — we’re trying to defend two titles — he’s been defending for a long time,” superstar LeBron James said, according to ESPN.com. “He definitely knows where we’re coming from. It’s definitely exciting to have someone, one of the greatest of all time, to be in your presence. It’s something you can talk about years from now when you look back on the history of sports. That guy was at our practice.”
Nobody outside of the Heat knows exactly what Mayweather said in his speech. However, the one thing that is clear is that it left a lasting impression on everyone that was fortunate enough to hear it.
“From one champion to another, he just talked about being proud of us and how we handled ourselves,” Dwyane Wade told ESPN.com. “He knows, as a champion, how hard it is to go out there and compete when people try to take you down, take what you work for. He kept telling us how proud he is of us. If you got up today and you were a little tired, you walk in and see the champ, you work a little harder.”
Mayweather’s 45-0 record, 26 knockouts and numerous boxing titles makes him more than qualified to talk to the Heat about defending a title. However, it is not just about defending because that is what the team accomplished last season. Mayweather’s message is more along the lines of how to become one of the greatest of all-time, which is exactly what James, Wade and the rest of the Heat want.