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The Miami Heat Will Win At Least 60 Games in the Shortened Season

December 25, 2011 Leave a comment


Battier's unique qualities will provide a calming influence to the Heat stars

As Jimmy Johnson would say, “You can put it in three-inch bold headlines”! Yes, there it is; a strident anti-Heat fan predicting the most dominating season that the NBA has ever seen. When the regular season ends, the team that wears fiery red and black can call on Moses Malone for a playoff prediction: “Fo, Fo, Fo, and Fo”. Like it or not, but fans of the NBA are about to embark on a season of epic proportions.

When the Heat last left us, they had been out-hustled, out-game planned, out-played, and certainly, out-classed, by the Dallas Mavericks last June.

It looks like Dwyane Wade wasn’t pretending to cough after all before Game 5 of the Finals. Wade and his teammates were just showing preliminary signs of a team about to choke away the NBA Championship.

But that was last season. Pre-lockout. Pre-Lebron post-up game. But most importantly, pre-Shane Battier.

The Heat’s signing of free agent Shane Battier seems to be running way under the proverbial radar on the eve of this season. It shouldn’t be. Battier is going to be the superglue, mentor/leader that LeBron James has been seeking for his entire career (life?).

The garbage behavior that has been associated with the Heat should diminish significantly this season. That’s because whenever any of the entitled, Big Two, superstars of the Heat begin to get flustered or get out of line, Battier will be there to take charge and deflect from the antics and actions. Unlike any other teammate in LeBron’s past, Battier has the rare leadership qualities that often goes unnoticed on a day-to-day basis, but will be felt over the course of the season.

During those moments when LeBron is having difficulty being in the media spotlight, Battier will be there to keep him from moments like he had in Cleveland after he returned last December and also when he spoke after the Finals about the fans that disliked him, saying “All the people that was rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today.”

What makes Battier different is that he’s not a superstar player, but carries himself like a superstar person. He’ll be a major influence on both LeBron and Dwyane Wade and keep them focused on being great. And great is what this team will be this season.

Everything that was accomplished last season was with barely any kind of cohesion between the hastily assembled stars and rent-a-role players. Now they’ve been together for a season of trials and tribulations. Now add the calming influence of Battier and 10-15 minutes of Eddy Curry and this team is much better going into the season. Give LeBron a role model as a teammate that he can strive to emulate, both on and off the court and this team can be special.

Needless to say, LeBron will roll to the MVP.

Look out NBA.