It would seem that the certain players on the Miami Heat roster are determined to enter the regular season in the best shapes of their lives. According to Shandel Richardson of the Sun-Sentinel, a monetary bet was made by Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers to see who could lose 10 pounds in one week. All four players seem to be in great shape, with Chalmers ultimately taking the lead in the weight loss bet.
By dropping fried food and soda and adding salad, Chalmers has found the weight loss to be easier than one would expect. Although strength and conditioning coach Bill Foran thinks Chalmers lost “too much, too fast,” the weight loss could help Chalmers become a quicker guard, both offensively and defensively.
“I feel a lot faster. It helps me get to different spaces on the court and small cracks easier. [Losing the weight] was more of a conscious thing of winning, helping the team. It wasn’t an individual bet but what can I do to help the team get better.” (Chalmers, Sun-Sentinel)
This is a great mindset to have. In order for this current Heat team to successfully win a third straight title, they will have to come together as a team and have one common identity. Although this bet seems trivial, it is a motivator for getting in shape and staying focused for the players involved. The weight loss will be extremely beneficial in the long-run for all the players involved. The Heat organization has always been known for their “outside the box” motivators, and this is another tool for the Heat in their quest for the rare three-peat. Although money was used for the bet, the ultimate prize will be waiting for them in June.