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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Miami Heat 'No Go Out' Policy

Leadership by the best players is what separates the good NBA teams from the average NBA teams. It is the same at any level from college to high school. Just take a look at what Cleveland has been able to do under the leadership of their superstar Lebron James.

This is a good story about the Miami Heat and their superstar Dwyane Wade. His leadership for the Heat has put him in the MVP discussion. This weekend the playoffs begin and the Heat open up in Atlanta. This can be a burden on some teams since NBA players are often treated like rock stars in the night clubs and bars. Ask any player which NBA cities are the most fun to visit, and Atlanta quickly comes up. The scene, the nightlife, it's a tantalizing combination. And this week, it's forbidden to Heat players. Not by decree of the coaches -- but by captains Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem.

"I think it's the best leadership and the strongest leadership that these guys have shown here in a Heat uniform," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. "That's the most powerful. We've talked about it all the time as a staff. Sometimes that can fall on, you know, not deaf ears, but when your veteran guys and your captains say that, I think that's a beautiful thing."

"The veteran guys before us, when we came in to the league like Brian Grant, Eddie Jones, that's what they believed in," said Wade, referring to two former Heat captains. "So this is the core of what we know. This is focus time. This isn't play time. Play time is the summer. You can do what you want in the regular season, too. Not now. We're the leaders, so we're just going from what we know."

"The No. 1 focus right now is to take care of business," Haslem said.

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