We always hear about it, but we rarely get a chance to see it. It’s like the national television cameras are never focused on the right shot long enough to catch it unless it involves Mario Chalmers getting scolded. But according to ESPN, the Miami Heat had a few hostile huddles against the New York Knicks:
“Verbally spitting at each other, I like it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s what we need to get ready for the second season.”
These types of impromptu team meetings have become the norm during the Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade era both on and off-court, which makes it a little weird that they made it through 76 games before anything really became public, especially with the team being pretty nonchalant regardless of the outcome.
I guess Sunday was just the right time. Their rivals were in town, they were a few men down and James had a look that was a cross between not wanting to play and being completely over the inconsistencies that have been caused by a litany of injuries. However, whatever they argued about during those timeouts woke them up enough to almost assure them that they won’t be seeing a replay of the No. 1 vs. No. 8 upset of the 1999 NBA Playoffs.
With Miami in year four of their win-now movement, it’s good to see that they still have enough bite in them not to be shaken by the bark of their own criticism. Because when championships are the mission, it has to be a no-sensitivity zone — something that I’m sure Heat fans hope the Indiana Pacers don’t develop anytime soon.