Perhaps not everything was happy Instagram posts, inspirational tweets, wining and slapping hands inside the Miami Heat locker room.
And after two NBA championships, along with four straight NBA Finals appearances, that was probably inevitable — relationships weaken and the schtick eventually grows old.
And over their four years together, it’s expected that would happen. Perhaps they exited before things got “bad,” even.
At least that’s what Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel may have been eluded to.
I think one of the most difficult facets of recent Heat seasons was having so many players on the roster who thought they merited playing time, when even if they did, there simply were not enough minutes to go around. Just about every name you mentioned is someone trying to revive a career, who likely would crave minutes. The reality is that the roles of players Nos. 10-15 on an NBA roster as just different, specialists who may or may not play at all. It’s all part of team building. It’s not always about getting the 15 best players. That proved trying in the locker room in recent seasons.
With everything that surrounded the Big Three in Miami, I’m actually surprised something like this didn’t come out sooner and when they were still a “team.”
It’s a testament to their friendship, I presume. Or perhaps the way their locker room was controlled by Eric Spoelstra and Dwyane Wade should be applauded a bit more.
Either way, we’ll probably never really know what went on in that Heat locker room. Perhaps there was an underlying reason why the Heat broke up a bit prematurely, or maybe they had run their course together.
We’ll never really know.