Miami Heat Player Introduction Video for 2013-14 Season Will Get You Fired Up
Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat strength and conditioning staff have had to resort to unconventional means to keep their players engaged.
After three straight Eastern Conference Championships and back-to-back NBA titles, complacency is a real and dangerous threat.
So, Spoelstra and company have taken their training regimens outside the box.
Way outside of the box, actually.
Rather than suicide sprints, three-man weaves and layup drills, Miami players apparently did nothing but strength work this summer—and this wasn't your typical gym workout. It had everything from beating a giant tire with a sledgehammer to air boxing to even shooting a burning basketball.
If that wasn't enough, these workouts were confined to a factory that just so happens to be on fire.
Has OSHA gotten wind of this?
Kidding aside, this should get any fanbase fired up. Assuming, of course, the chance to see LeBron James and company wasn't enough to get your heart pumping on its own.
The music selection is of the recycled variety, but the visuals trump last season's Heat intro:
And it's still "Seven Nation Army" as the intro song. Which is... eh. But the video's better.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) October 30, 2013
You have to wonder, though, if it's enough to get this notoriously late-arriving (and early exiting) crowd into its seats a little earlier. The appeal of being fashionably late is undoubtedly strong in this fashion-crazed market, but why not soak up every second you can get with the league's latest dynasty?
There's a finite amount of time that the franchise can keep this group together, and the clock is absolutely ticking. One home game is already in the books, and no one knows how many playoff contests Miami will host this time around.
These are the moments to cherish, folks. Between James' pregame fireworks and the fiery introduction video, there are reasons to get over to the AmericanAirlines Arena as early as possible.
Who knows, maybe you'll even find something to add to your own burning-building workouts.
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