Terry Rozier has strong criticism for Heat division rival

Terry Rozier said losing is in the Charlotte Hornets "DNA."
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Terry Rozier has only been a member of the Miami Heat for about a week – and has yet to experience a win with his new team – but can already tell there’s a big difference between this organization and one where he played for four-and-half seasons.

Rozier experienced just one winning season with the Charlotte Hornets during his tenure (2019-2024) before getting traded to the Heat. The Hornets are currently 10-35. The Heat are 24-23, but have lost seven straight games heading into Wednesday night’s tilt against the Sacramento Kings at Kaseya Center.

When asked how the Hornets handle losing versus how the Heat handle losing, Rozier said, “It’s the total opposite.”

“In Charlotte, you're kinda used to losing. It's in the DNA,” Rozier said. “Over here, it's the total opposite. Nobody wants to lose. Nobody is fine with it."

Terry Rozier said losing is in the Charlotte Hornets "DNA."

Rozier has a point. Over the last 20 years, no team has a worse regular-season win percentage than Charlotte, who have won just 39.8% of thier games over the last two decades. The Heat have the fifth-highest win percentage in that span (56.9%), behind only the Spurs, Mavericks, Celtics and Nuggets.

The Heat held a long film session on Tuesday as the hope to snap their seven-game losing streak.

The Heat on Tuesday held a long film session aimed at cleaning up the problems during this losing stretch. Rozier and his teammates acknowledged that players were called out.

Bam Adebayo said the team walked away from the film session “with a lot of clarity.” 

Caleb Martin said, “things were said that needed to be said.”

It's this professional approach to losing that Rozier said stands out in contrast to his experience in Charlotte.

“Everybody knows the difference between some organizations in the league and how well some people take winning, the culture of things,” Rozier said, “but this is the top.”