I have never been one for making a big deal out of the NBA regular season.
I think the season is entirely too long, which is evident by some of the elite teams taking nights off and losing to bad teams.
Regular season or not however, the Miami Heat are showing a glaring weakness: The lack of desire to be the best.
When the Heat opened camp, ESPN kept reporting that the Heat practices were intense. Dwyane Wade and Lebron James were getting after each other in one-on-ones and pushing each other to be the best.
What I saw on Thursday, March 3, 2011 was disturbing; you saw no intensity, no sense of responsibility, no desire to be the best and no desire to crush the best.
Again, I understand that teams do not go hard for all 48 minutes, but to blow a 24 point lead at home is just unacceptable.
If this team truly wanted to be the best, these types of games would not happen.
Blowing big leads has become a trend now, which is the most disturbing aspect. The Heat blew an 11 point lead in Chicago and an 18 point lead at home against New York.
In all three of these games, there has been one common denominator: no killer instinct.
People can rip the talent on the roster after James and Wade all they want. However, if the roster was so bad, how did the Heat get such big leads in these games?
I like the Heat's roster. I think it is good enough to compete for a NBA title.
I do not like the lack of passion on the Heat. The sloppy turnovers and the lazy defense are signs of just not trying hard.
Why has Dwyane Wade not demanded to have the ball at the end of games? Clearly, no one else is getting it done. It is time for him to have some passion and want to win the game, he has done it for years in Miami.
Why has he stopped now? The lackluster efforts put forth are spreading throughout the team, that's why.
It is frustrating not only as a fan because the fans care so much about the game and become frustrated watching their team not care about the game.
It is also frustrating for anyone who takes pride in their jobs.
Personally, I have always taken pride in myself on being the best I possibly can be at my job. So to watch grown men take no pride in their jobs, is very frustrating and disappointing.
If the Heat want to slack off against the Washington Wizards and the Detroit Pistons of the world, that is fine.
However, when you go up against the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls, that is the time to have pride in what you do and give a full 48 minute effort.