Dwyane Wade watched from the sidelines and rested his knees as a new face on the Miami Heat roster got the chance to impress.
Unfortunately for Roger Mason Jr., his debut for the defending champions was anything but impressive. In the second game in as many nights, Mason Jr. made what probably was the most important start of his career. The guard has experienced the highs and lows of the NBA, as he has bounced around from team to team for the last decade. He never really found a place to call home, but hoped to change that in South Beach.
Wednesday night, Mason Jr. had the chance to prove to Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley that he can add a new dimension to the Heat. Well, add insult to injury for Miami and Mason Jr. Not only did the Heat lose to the rebuilt Philadelphia 76ers, but Mason Jr. did nothing to set himself apart. Granted, the starting spot in the wake of Wade’s absence, Mason Jr. only had three points and three assists in 15 minutes. It was a lackluster performance by a player who is trying to prove his worth to the coaching staff and front office.
C’mon man! Only last week were you fighting for the 15th and final roster spot. In only the second game of the season you are given the opportunity to start and you blow it! This is the chance of a lifetime!
Role players must use every opportunity to prove themselves. They must be ready to go at any possible moment; they must be prepared to make a difference.
Who knows when Mason Jr. will start again, or even play again.The Heat has a deep and competitive bench with 10 players fighting for playing time.We are still waiting for Michael Beasley‘s regular season debut and what he might bring to the table. Yes, the basketball season is young and there are still plenty of games to be played, but for someone like Mason Jr., there may not be a next time.
One night, one performance, can make or break a role player’s career. Mason Jr.’s poor performance is only good news for Miami’s other bench players.