Heat’s Change Comes From Within

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Rockets are over the moon with the arrival of Dwight Howard. The Nets are busy loading up on veterans Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko. The Bulls figure they’re right back in the picture with the return of Derrick Rose. The Clippers and Warriors are on the rise with additions of Doc Rivers and Andre Iguodala, respectively.

summer-league-logoSo is there any reason to be concerned that the two-time champs from Miami have done little more than sit on the beach this summer?

During his visit to the Orlando Pro Summer League, coach Erik Spoelstra said the improvement to the Heat will come from themselves.

“Even our veteran players, even guys that are over 30 years old, you have to continue to try to get better,” Spoelstra said in an interview on NBA TV. “And the only way we’ll get better, and you see the competition around the league is getting better, our guys have to get better.

“Our best players take that upon themselves, so it’s easy for the other guys to follow. But even a guy like LeBron (James), coming off of an MVP year the year before, people thought that was probably the highest level that he could play at and he played at an even more historic level last year. We’re going to need that from quite a few players next year.”

In an era where change is always in the air, the Heat with back-to-back titles can afford, are using cohesiveness and consistency as their strength built around the core of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

The Heat re-signed free agent center Chris Andersen and now the only member of the playoff roster not under contract for next season is Juwan Howard.

“It was important for (Andersen), for us, to be able to get him back,” said Spoelstra. “It was one of the biggest signings, we thought, during the year.

“His style fits very much to how we like to play, defense and toughness and rebounding, he finds a way to get open. But his personality also fits. And he’s got that great TV personality that you all see, but inside the locker room, you have to be a little bit out of the box to fit in our locker room.”

Spoelstra said the most important thing for the Heat going forward is to continue blending and refining the talents of the Big Three.

“It’s taken some time,” he said. “I think you probably forget what we looked like when we first put the group together. It was rough offensively.

“I think early on, we were able to develop our defense and create an identity and play off of that. But offensively it’s taken some time to get into a comfort level and gain some confidence. Another year, hopefully will do that. But we also have to have an improvement from within.”

24 Comments

  1. Jay T says:

    MEMO FOR MIAMI HEAT:

    GET GREG ODEN… Anything else would be uncivilized.

  2. LA-Supporter@Manila says:

    Savour now because next year Lebron and Bosh will go to LA.. Rondo to LA.. Carmelo to LA.. Yahooo… LA will get a three peat again..

  3. TO HEAT PLAYERS:

    NEVER FORGET WHERE YOU COME FROM AND DON´T LET YOU LEAD BY THE MIAMI´S NIGHT PARTIES.
    DON´T GET DIZZY BECAUSE WE ARE GOING FOR MORE NEXT SEASON. YOU ARE A PROFFESIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYER NOT A ROCK STAR AND BE PROUD ABOUT THAT. FAMILY. PERIOD.

    ANY WAY YOU COME FROM YOU DON´T HAVE TO BE SHY ABOUT IT.

    LET´S GO FOR THREEHEAT. KEEP SAVE AND REST. GO TO CARIBE AND REST NEXT 4 MONTHS.

  4. Gillsy says:

    The Heat don’t have to worry, they know bosh is starting to fade that’s why Anderson has done so well filling the gap in the middle. Their only problem is getting Wades health back to some respectable standard, cause he came off knee surgery last year and the whole season his knee was never really right. However, if they could do a trade that would upgrade the middle you would have to think about taking it. Their biggest threat in the east is the Nets, sure they have a bunch of old guys, but each day they add to their bench. they are almost to the point where their second crew would start on most other teams. While in the west, the Warriors are going to surprise a lot of people this year their team looks so balanced and can play big or small.

  5. Dew says:

    Why is everyone saying who else the Heat need to get via trade or signing?? They made it to the finals the last 3 years while winning back to back championships without having to make any moves other than what they made when they got LeBron and Bosh. They need to keep the formula going until someone else can exploit any vulnerabilities they have with success. Success does not mean over 1 or two games but actually beating them out. Also, why does everyone keep putting playoff positions together based on what is on paper at this point?? We forget there is a trade deadline come next feb? Teams could get injured, become their own worse enemies, not gel well, etc…Too early to be picking playoff spots in any particular order at this point. Only contenders I see at this point are the Heat and Spurs as they have proven they can get there and have made the least amount of changes which is probably a good thing. On paper, sure…the Clips, Nets, Golden State and Rockets look good. But can they mesh well with their new additions? Can they challenge the teams who got there last year? I personally do not see anyone beating SA out West and the Pacers or Bulls may come close this year to challenging the Heat out East. As far as the Nets go…we’ll have to see if Kidd can get the group to play well together and good enough defensively to beat anyone come playoff time. Most challenging aspect of the Nets is if the old guys can stay healthy and play long minutes after a long season during the playoffs. When you have James playing 40+ and even 50+ in some instances in playoff games, hard to know if Brooklyn can hang around with that kind of play.

    • Sergio says:

      ray allen? birdman? Rashard Lewis? We made plenty of moves.. without the first 2 player mentioned we wouldn’t have won another championship. and without rashard and the company of our bench we wouldn’t have had that 27 game win streak. quit playin

  6. Rhedz says:

    My playoff picture

    East

    Heat
    Bulls
    Pacers
    Nets
    Knicks
    Cavaliers
    Hawks
    Bobcats / raptors

    West
    Rockets
    Clippers
    Warriors
    Pelicans
    Thunder
    Grizzlies
    Spurs
    Lakers / Mavericks

    • klji says:

      you mad to put spurs 7th in west… they will always be there in the top 3.. the only team to challenge heat…

    • eyo says:

      Yo what ur smokin? it must be good.

      • Pops says:

        Heh seriously. Okc-Memphis-Spurs at the bottom? With basically the same rosters as last year?
        West: Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Memphis, Warriors, Rockets, Nuggets, who knows.
        East: Heat, Pacers, Nets, Bulls, Knicks, Wizards, Pistons, Cavs

  7. Wickedfrog says:

    Miami Heat Roster is very good. Adding additional key player “Center” will give Lebron James and the others can play their possessions. Lebron James played multiple Spots… Point Guard/ Center/PF/./././ Chris Bosh is not a center he is more Power Forward. Hopefully, Pat Riley will consider GETTING #1 Omer Asik #2 Greg Oden…. = Super Miami Heat

  8. B Radd says:

    Done with the Miami Cheat, next topic…

  9. Max says:

    What are we waiting to sign Samuel Dalembert?? Need do explain the reasons?

  10. Wilt #13 says:

    I Think the Heat need to make another little move,Pat Raily is really to smart of a person to think the Heat are going to win it all next season like they did this one.
    Chicago is getting better,Nets and Indiana is not getting any softer.
    Sign a player who fits they’re style of play.Not sure who is that one player but they all know they need that one big who will Defend and Rebound and know that he will not be big on the offense.
    Maybe Asik or Oden…Maybe even Elton Brand.

    • DEAL WITH THE TRUTH says:

      I think Pat can work his magic once again with Oden and possibly Osik. Though I think the chances of getting Osik are close to nothing because Heat won’t trade Bosh, well at least this off-season.

  11. zamiLo says:

    LURE IN OMER ASIK AND YOUR MIAMI SHALL IMPROVE. Omer must be disappointed when his team signed D12. He is a legitimate center. Top 5 in rebounding last season, both in regular and playoffs. It is a chance for him to earn a ring. Everybody will be happy (unless for the opposing teams). Pat, think about it.

    • Pritong Noodles says:

      Nah. The Heat don’t need Asik. He may destroy the good chemistry of the Heat. Birdman is good but he should also improve his game.

  12. theking0522 says:

    I like the fact that the Heat roster is staying as it was. The only threat to Miami will be Indiana or Chicago. The good thing is that if Miami finish 1st in the East, we will only face one of those two team. Miami, Indiana and Chicago will be 1,2, 3 in no particular order in the East. That means there is a greater incentive to be #1 seed in the East. That way 2 and 3 will have to face each other in a potential 2nd round and I hope that is Chicago vs Indiana. NOBODY in the West scares me against Miami. The best teams in the East are much better and deeper than anybody Miami could face in the NBA finals.

    • Pops says:

      I don’t understand how you can dismiss the west, maybe you just watched a few games during the playoffs or something but last year the west was stacked. The 1-6 seeds in the west last year could have given any east coast team a run, including the Heat. Miama and Indiana were the only legit teams from the east last year. Based on the moves made this summer throughout the entire leage, it will be interesting to see where the chips fall.