There was a moment in the second half of this iconic Miami Heat night, on this beautiful Thursday evening, when the TV camera turned to sitting Pat Riley, who arched his neck, lifted his chin and suggested the angular idea of an eagle inspecting its structure. the world.
What did the poet write about your created world – about the fact that everything is stored in it?
Down on the field, Miami Heat coach Eric Spoelstra has become a star again, not only thanks to strategic ideas such as the triple team, Philadelphia’s best team under his control, but also young players such as Max Strus and Gabe Vincent, beating their own colleagues from Philadelphia, James Harden and Tyrese Maxi.
If you are tired of the ego, exhausted by money, frustrated by the world of obscenity of professional sports, it was your evening. This is your team. It is the antidote to what scares you away.
Strus and Vincent climbed the hard road. The shock was what we would call Division 0 – Lewis College for Chicago – before it was drafted. Vincent was also left without a draft and played for the Stockton Kings. Not the Sacramento Kings NBA. Stockton Kings of the Development League G.
They started with self-belief and nothing else. Do you have that in you? Can you build a career on this?
Strus and Vincent, the two unnamed, did not play against James Harden’s $ 171 million contract and James Maxi’s choice in the first round in that Heath win in the second round series.
They categorically embarrassed them.
“I think it was Max’s first double-double in his life,” said Pitbull Heath pit bull, looking at a statistical sheet in which Strus had 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Strus had a similar double-double in the previous game, Tucker said.
“I think those were the first two double-doubles of his life,” Tucker said without a pause.
It wasn’t even a signature that night. Strus was asked how to play like that, define himself that way and said, “It’s too new for me, too new for me, I’m not ready to answer that question yet.”
“It’s one of the biggest not only in my career, but in my life,” he said. “It’s one of those moments where you want to be a basketball player and do what we earn for a living.”
He spoke about the heat in the final of the Eastern Conference.
“I’m very excited,” he said. “I want to start tomorrow.”
Look, “Heath” is hosted by Jimmy Butler, who as a player with a big name and big money was the central story of this series with Philadelphia. Butler played for Philadelphia, moved to Heath and determined the difference in franchises. Philadelphia is soft, uncertain and has invested in Tobias Harris.
“Tobias Harris over me?” Said Butler after that night.
The heat is fierce and unshakable.
As far as the hardness of his Butler is on two sides, Strus and Vincent define this team with a blue ribbon. Spoelstra and his staff designed them with such an open mind – to reach the ceiling – which is often lacking. Last season, Riley gave them a minimum bilateral contract, and – do you want to talk smart? – the minimum two-year contract from this season.
That means about $ 2 million in players’ pockets. Who in the real world would give that up? Only now are they either surpassing the idea or defining why The Heat is a franchise with a blue ribbon. They created hungry players into front-line players.
You have to love the way Spoelstra talks. The development of young players is not “linear”, he said. There were “gradual steps”. Fans asked them, “What didn’t interest me,” Spoelstra said, referring to the percentage of Vincent’s shots.
Vincent has never been a pure playmaker before. He grew up. He learned. He was the best player on the floor for the Nigerian team against the US national team. The concussion was a star of the summer league. Some franchises say it doesn’t matter. The heat always shows that this is so.
It’s the NBA playoffs without rolling back big stars. There is Janice Atetokunmpa of Miowoki, who can expect heat in the Eastern Conference championship series.
But who else? Joel Embide of Philadelphia. He left, sent by the heat. There is no other single star in the East. This is the world in which the Heat thrives, the one built by Riley and Spoelstra
They were once the franchise of the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosch. Now their team does not have a player drafted in the top 10. They are defined by The Undrafted Two. Can you rate it? Even love it?
They start in the playoffs of undefeated players such as Strus and Vincent. Thanks to them, they also win. Riley, surveying his world in Game 6 against Philadelphia, had to be content with that. But not too happy. The question arises when small names can continue to win big ones.