Miami Heat 2021/2022 Season Preview – Heat Culture
Bad Men, Bad Takes – Season 1, Episode 10
The Heat narrowly avoided having to qualify for the Post-Season via the Play-In tournament last season, and have loaded up on talent ahead of the new campaign in an attempt to rocket up the Eastern Conference Standings and return to the NBA Finals.
The key addition, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, looms as a perfect fit for the Heat culture, with the BMBT team all loving what he projects as bringing to the squad.
“He’ll bring another veteran presence and help take some of the load of Jimmy Butler”, Ben said, noting the load that Butler had to wear on a nightly basis during last season.
Hunter loved the addition of Lowry so much, he sees the Heat as being able to defend well enough to be in any game they play this season.
”This (Lowry) is a major upgrade over Dragic. I think Butler with Lowry means they can have a top 4 defensive rating with Bam manning the middle”.
Whilst there were a number of personnel changes during the off-season, Rob was most intrigued by guard Victor Oladipo, who, despite being acquired at the trade deadline last season, was injured for all but four games of his time with Heat before re-signing with the team.
“I think Oladipo has the potential to be an X-factor for the team. I think he can play a really vital role for them”, he said.
Ben saw the potential impact of Oladipo a little differently however, noting that while the talent is there, injuries remain an issue as they have been in recent years.
“He has a lot left to give if he can stay healthy, but if not, he could literally just be sitting on the bench all year”.
Listen to the full show podcast to hear BMBT’s concerns on how shallow the Heat’s roster is, conspiracy theories about Udonis Haslem, a eulogy to PJ Tucker and Hunter’s latest multi win!
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