There is, or at this point, was plenty of intrigue around the Miami Heat this summer. Their actual roster has enough excitement running through the collective veins of the fan base due to the return of Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic, the projected return to good health for Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts, as well as the additions of (former) high-flyers Gerald Green and Amar’e Stoudemire to the bench.
The Summer League Heat, the focus of this piece, certainly raised my eyebrows a bit. They ran the table in the Orlando Summer League, going 5-0 but still missing out on the actual championship game by virtue of the point system that rewards teams for winning quarters in addition to winning games. They flamed out in the Las Vegas Summer League, accumulating a 1-4 record — including an embarrassing 101-69 loss to Boston, and their 73-68 overtime loss to the Kings in the consolation round in which they led by 25 at the half. Regardless, there were a few things to take away from Miami’s Summer League stint(s).