On the heel end of a pretty crazy week for the Miami Heat, now we have a couple former Heat players coming out and blasting the championship team of 2006. That's right...apparently our ‘team of destiny' was more a team of lazy luck, with guys who played the part of basketball player at just the right time while still jumping on the back of Dwyane Wade after crapping the bed during the first two games of the NBA Finals.
This all began earlier this week when Sports Illustrated came out with an article in which Shaquille O'Neal blasted his former team, saying that during their title run of ‘06 the Heat were very unprofessional and had a poor work ethic. That didn't really faze me because Shaq has always been a very immature person and stuff like that coming from him doesn't surprise me in the least.
But earlier today Michael Wallace posted a blog that touched on the same thing that Shaq was talking about. Wallace caught up with for Heat and current Magic point guard Jason Williams, who is preparing for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Williams was asked to compare his current team to the Heat back in 06, and here is what he had to say:
"We weren't as focused when we won the championship in 2006. I can say that. I was there. I saw it. I was at the shootarounds, all the practices and stuff. Don't get me wrong. We got the job done. But here (in Orlando), with every little thing, we're so focused."
"I didn't even know that was going to be a shot at the title. But I'll take it. D-Wade carried a lot of that slack."
Wallace reminded us of how things were back then, and the irony that Jason Williams and Shaq were probably the two most troublesome players on the team. Both were supposedly kicked out of practice on more then one occasion. Then there was that story about Shaq refusing to leave the practice floor and instead running at Pat Riley and having to be restrained by Alonzo Mourning. Keep in mind that none of this is actually confirmed, but part of the mystique of that team.
So yeah...a perfectly insane way to end this week of Miami Heat news. I wonder what next week will bring!