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CHANGO
02-04-2012, 01:37 AM
Intense meeting helps Heat rout Sixers
By Brian Windhorst
ESPN.com


PHILADELPHIA -- The trainers, security and other support staffers were kicked out and doors slammed shut. For well over an hour the Miami Heat player and coaches met Thursday afternoon at the Philadephia 76ers practice facility. And, apparently, had it out with each other.

It was one of those meetings that happen periodically throughout any season in any sport. This one, though, apparently had some edge. There were some strong words used and some players singled out. Some star players, it sounds like.

The night before in Milwaukee the Heat had embarrassingly blown an 18-point lead in what turned out to be a chemistry-shaking loss. What looked like a healthy dose of swagger contributed to them becoming lethargic. Then, what looked like some borderline selfish -- or call it hero ball if that’s more politically correct -- offensive play from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Plus some lazy defensive play from everyone else down the stretch that killed any chance of surviving it.

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James: “It was a little bit of everything. It was no holds barred, honestly. There were no tongues being held. If we are going to hold ourselves to a championship standard then we have to go out there and play like it. No one can take things personal if someone says something to him. You have to take constructive criticism. We have to go out there and play at the highest level we are capable of.”

Wade: “We were able to communicate with coaches and they were able to communicate with us on what we feel comfortable with and what we wanted and what lineup we wanted in there as well. That is the kind of team we should be.”

Bosh: “It was extremely important. Just to get some feelings out there and talk about what was going on. We talked about the elephant in the room, which is we’re not giving the effort we’re capable of. We want to win a championship and in order to do that we have to take small steps in the regular season. We have to get better and we have to keep it up.”

“We took some huge strides today but that’s over now. We have to really keep it up. We showed what we can do when we really put our minds together. It was not about our record, it was about the way we were playing and the way we were giving up some leads. We should’ve been getting separation. But that is over now. We have to work on getting better and that is what the last two days have been about.”

Full story: http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/12230/intense-meeting-helps-heat-rout-sixers

Nice, I hope this has really helped, and as Bosh said they stop giving up so many leads.

lavilevi23
02-04-2012, 03:16 AM
We need to build momentum on this.

justinnum1
02-04-2012, 10:12 AM
:clap: great to read.

Slug3
02-04-2012, 10:26 AM
Happened last year and BAM we took off

justinnum1
02-04-2012, 11:33 AM
Shane Battier really hits the nail on the head
Shane Battier: “The player meetings, they can go one of two ways. You can say things in those meetings that can be destructive or constructive. I thought it was good to just allow people to vent a little bit. In this game, communication is the most important thing. I don’t care how talented you are. If you don’t have that trust and can’t communicate that talent is going to go to waste. It was indicative of our season. If we communicate and we’re more together, we’re a really good team. We seem to struggle when we become individual.”

“If you polled the guys, they wouldn’t say we were playing at the highest level and that has been disappointing. We need to have these sort of efforts two or three times in a row.”

Grifftiggs
02-04-2012, 11:48 AM
Spo doesnt get the most out of his players. He needs to be fired and bring in Riley or someone who will get the most out of his players. There is no reason they should have even needed a meeting. Too much talent, not a great leader.

SteBO
02-04-2012, 11:53 AM
Spo doesnt get the most out of his players. He needs to be fired and bring in Riley or someone who will get the most out of his players. There is no reason they should have even needed a meeting. Too much talent, not a great leader.
Once the ball gets tossed in the air, there's little a coach can do about play on the court. It's got little to do with Spo. I view it as a bail-out excuse, and that's underselling it a little bit imo.

therealwd27
02-04-2012, 12:41 PM
Battier is really smart lol. Hes always prepared, players should listen to him..he knows what hes saying..He got it right on the money with his comments

Haberstroh: You’ve said that Shane Battier has been like another assistant coach for your staff. He’s mentioned that in free agency, one of the first questions he had for you (and his potential suitors) was whether you could supply daily analytics for him. That’s got to be a first for you, right?

Spoelstra: It’s the first time anybody’s ever asked that. Not only did he ask for it, he explained what he received in the past and it was the equivalent of what our coaching staff receives. We had to retool our game plan package that goes to all the players and then another special packet that goes to Shane every game, which is probably five times the amount of information. It’s staggering the amount of information that he wants to consume and what he’s able to apply during the game.

therealwd27
02-04-2012, 12:42 PM
Shane Battier really hits the nail on the head

:clap:

dimgim
02-04-2012, 01:45 PM
Once the ball gets tossed in the air, there's little a coach can do about play on the court. It's got little to do with Spo. I view it as a bail-out excuse, and that's underselling it a little bit imo.

Couldn't be more wrong in my opinion...a great coach makes his team play a certain style and tempo or makes them accountable. Spo wouldn't have won a title with Boston the first year their big 3 was put together because he doesn't command that authority that great coaches have that even Rivers as a former player has. With this group of talent so set in their ways they need someone that commands respect to get them to reach their ceiling not individually but together as a team. Imagine if Thibs was coaching Miami...:speechless: that'd be scary.

justinnum1
02-04-2012, 03:00 PM
Couldn't be more wrong in my opinion...a great coach makes his team play a certain style and tempo or makes them accountable. Spo wouldn't have won a title with Boston the first year their big 3 was put together because he doesn't command that authority that great coaches have that even Rivers as a former player has. With this group of talent so set in their ways they need someone that commands respect to get them to reach their ceiling not individually but together as a team. Imagine if Thibs was coaching Miami...:speechless: that'd be scary.

Not really. The d wouldnt be much better, and our offense would be atrocious with thibs. He would overplay our guys and burn them out before the playoffs. Thbis defensive system works because they have great defensive players, not to mention 2 great defensive centers. He gets his guys to overachieve, but so what. They dont have 2 huge egos on there team either. Wade and bron got egos, nothing wrong with that, but we see how it can hurt us when they go hero mode.

And spo would have won a ring his forst year with boston big 3, but thats my opinion. It comes down to the players. Spo has put our guys in position to win every night, whether they execute the game plan is up to them.

Devster3
02-04-2012, 04:19 PM
First Shane battier is just what this team needed. A guy who is smarter ten egos.

Mainly look it's Spo's job to handle the egos as a coach and he clearly fails in this aspect. If he demanded respect this team would always play team ball instead of hero ball. Spo needs to put them in line. The team is greater then any individual, that's final! If you win, we all win. If you get your points and still lose, you still lose.

If any player goes against Spo's game plan, he shouldn't be scared to bench them.

beasted86
02-04-2012, 06:52 PM
To be honest I disliked the way they played yesterday.

Still wasn't enough attacking, and they refuse to establish Chris Bosh as a scorer.