The Miami Heat make it their business to be among the best conditioned, the most disciplined, the most in shape, and the hardest working bunches in the NBA. It’s a huge part of what separates them as a franchise, as a culture, and as a team when it comes to the group and product they put on the floor every season.
Other teams aren’t typically as well prepared for anything as the Miami Heat are. That’s a part of their DNA.
It’s literally who they are. They are more physically and mentally prepared to go the distance.
A key part of playing for the Miami Heat not only means that a guy will be in the best shape of his life while there, but it also means that their endurance will reach its peak level. Well, it will be close or on its way there, at the very least.
With that, the NBA has, once again, hinted at lessening the load on these guys. It has, once again, hinted at making the paths easier for these all-world athletes.
The Miami Heat always have a physical edge because they work harder to be more physically fit. Among other reasons too though, don’t cheapen the game.
The NBA is a league that is full of the best athletes in the world. That is a given.
So, why is there always such a fuss to make things easier, lighter, or less strenuous on guys who get paid tons of money to do exactly that to themselves? It’s, quite literally, why they make the big bucks.
They are supposed to be able to do things that most others can’t, in situations that most others can’t, and for an elongated period of time that most others can’t. This isn’t pocket watching— it’s saying that those are the returns when you invest into yourself and your body into that game the way they do.
So, with that, you have no other choice but to fall here. If you are a Miami Heat fan, a fan of any other team, or a fan of the game, in general, this stance should be the one you take.
There are a ton of great things about the NBA game that we love. The athletes, themselves, are one.
The fabulous shot-making and ball skills are another. You can actually go on and on and on if you like to.
However, the thrill and passion of competition to see who can break the will and endurance of who is another. If you continue to make the game lighter or easier, then it doesn’t necessarily enhance the product on the court.
For some, myself included, it might actually cheapen it. As Richard Jefferson states above, “part of greatness is longevity”.
Be that throughout a season, a career, a game, or a stretch of a career, enduring what the game does to your body over the long haul is a huge part of the legacy. So, NBA, please don’t tinker yourself into oblivion.