Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Miami Heat on fire, but not in a good way.

The Miami Heat are officially in crisis.

It's been bubbling for a while, with losses in 4 of their last 6 games, they now stand with a 10-8 record, only good enough for 5th place in the East. While the record is not particularly bad, and it still is early in the season, things are happening now that may have a damaging effect on the rest of the season.

During one of those 4 losses, coach Erik Spoelstra called for a time-out, and while he was walking towards his players, he and LeBron appeared to walk into each other accidentally. However, sharp-eyed analysts quickly pointed out that LeBron James appeared to intentionally walk into his coach in a show of anger and aggression. Allegedly, the players and their coach are not on good terms right now, with several players claiming that Spoelstra is not letting them 'be themselves.'

I'm going to back up Coach Spoelstra on this one, as much as I think he's got his tactics wrong. Spoelstra has got probably the hardest job in the NBA managing a team with two of the sport's best players. Dwyane Wade, long-time hero and adopted son of Miami, and LeBron James; newcomer, MVP, league's future and probably the largest ego in the game. Instantly Spoelstra had problems brewing. The Heat would need to put in hours upon hours of hard work and practice to be able to gel into an efficient and dangerous offensive unit. The problem is, LeBron James isn't exactly the type of guy who enjoys constant work and training. He goofs around and makes jokes throughout practices. Spoelstra allegedly lost patience with 'King' James and gave him a very humiliating dressing down in front of his team mates. Spoelstra is in a very difficult place right now. If he decides to give his players what they want and they still do not function as a team, he will be criticised for not laying down his authority. However, if he decides to maintain his tough stance, he risks losing the support of the men that matter, his players. I think Spoelstra needs to maintain his stance, but he also needs to sit his players down together, and they all need to talk. Spoelstra shouldn't lecture them about their failures, together they need to talk about how they are going to get this experiment to work.

The other problem in Miami are their fans. Not often a sentence that appears in sports. Miami's fans the league's worst for supporting their team right to the end of a game. They have hardly been turning up in numbers either at the start of the game, many only showing up well into the 1st Quarter. The fact that the Heat have had to start running prize schemes for fans who turn up for the Tip-Off.  Incredible.

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