People want a sense of urgency. They’re tired of seeing Miami play like they are too cool to be bothered with 82 games. This is the reason why, on nights like last night, some would rather sit and watch the NCAA.
At least the college kids actually play as if they love the game while the Heat go about their days like Andrew Bynum.
Maybe it’s because the so-called student athletes have to deal with heartbreak after a major loss — to rivals and to end their college stays — or perhaps the money has the professionals jaded. But forward Udonis Haslem says that the Heat are not entitled. Yet, when they play, they watch the ball as if it is supposed to magically bounce to them every time.
It’s the same lack of heart and hustle that we have been expected to overlook and except for a myriad of reasons.
“We do something wrong, it’s an excuse,” LeBron James said in his postgame interview. “We don’t get a stop, it’s an excuse. We turn the ball over, it’s an excuse.”
Apparently James is finally tired of trying to justify the poor play that has revolved around the team from Biscayne Bay. And from the sounds of yesterday’s comments from Chris Bosh, the rest of the team is too. So let me be the first to say it’s about time that this squad stopped smiling during losses and decided to take the embarrassment like a sharp shot to the soul.
Who knows, James could even take his own advice and put a zip on all of the reasons why — we know Mario Chalmers would love that.