"This is painful for every one of us to go through this, there are a couple of guys crying in the locker room right now, it's not a matter of want."
Coach Eric Spoelstra's comments after the 87-86 loss to the Bulls on Sunday.
Honesty is not always the best policy. No one likes to be labeled as a cry baby and for a team like the Miami Heat perception is reality. After all the hoopla surrounding the summer free agency period the Heat lack confidence and are feeling the pressure of unfullfilled promise and expectation. To be fair, the expectation was probably a little unrealistic. It's difficult at best to throw an all star team together let alone put the weight of the world on their shoulders and expect them to go out and perform flawlessly. Every mistake is magnified and every failure scrutinized beyond belief. It is not in the Heat's DNA (They're emotionally and mentally soft) to deal with adversity and doubt. The question is where do they go from here?
I said months ago that coach Eric Spoelstra was in way over his head and that the Miami Heat needed a different coach to take them to the promised land. The problem was masked with an 18 game winning streak in December, but that was against mediocre teams. Their schedule has taken a turn recently and the Heat haven't responded favorably. They have blown HUGE leads at home, struggled against the elite teams, and Lebron James has missed a game tying or winning 3 pointer in 3 of the last 4 games. That tells me the Heat don't make adjustments very well and they have a tendency to choke down the stretch.
If they keep coach Spoelstra the Miami Heat will have to tone down their level of expectation and that is nearly impossible to do considering the talented players on their roster. Obviously we're too deep into this season to make a change now, but the Heat are built for immediate results. Maybe they will find their way and silence all the critics, but for now they just look like a bunch of spoiled brats who need a hug (Thanks to coach Spoelstra). They get past the 1st round in the playoffs, but that's it. Too bad, the Moheatos are entertaining.