Just a few weeks ago I showed up at the gym and we shot for captains. Of course I knocked down the top of the key jump shot and was rewarded with the first pick. The guy I was picking against didn’t have a clue who could really play so he didn’t have any business picking anyways. Needless to say I was able to assemble what seemed like a monster squad. I had the best shooter, the best scorer, and the best rebounder in the gym on my squad, not to mention the best ball handler and passer, but I wasn’t trying to give myself props in this piece.
We easily won the first game and it appeared we had an all day squad. All we had to do was do what we do, and everything was going to be alright. Well let’s just say that didn’t happen. After winning the first game 12 – 2, things really went south. We played some guys who weren’t that bad, but had no business on the floor with us and they gave us their best but we managed to beat them with a pretty lucky shot 12 – 11.
The third game we got destroyed. Some guys, half of whom I wouldn’t even pick up in a normal game totally dismantled us. See the problem wasn’t how great the other team played against us, the problem was we stopped doing what we do. We transformed ourselves into the Miami Heat.
See like the Heat, we lost our identity. I understand my role. I am a pass first; create opportunity for your shooters, type player. I can knock down the open jump shot, but when I have a team full of scorers and shooters, there is no need for me to move outside of my strengths. For some reason, the Miami Heat has forgotten this. Ride your star power. No reason Dwyane Wade should have less than 8 field goal attempts in the fourth quarter in any game during the season.
There is also no reason why Chris Bosh should be shooting as many jumpers as he does down the stretch. LeBron will get a lot of bashing because he is under a microscope, but eventually he will master the art of shooting game winners. All he has to do is make a couple in some meaningful games and people will jump back on that bandwagon faster than they abandoned that ship.
Heat fans, no need to panic but there is a reason to be concerned. I think your team is built for a playoff run, but don’t get caught sleeping and don’t forget what you are. Make sure you are doing what you are supposed to do, and your role players need to know their role and stop crying.
Stay Breezy ~ I’m Out!