Here is what the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL draft looked like at the time.
Later Tom Brady displayed his skills during the 2000 NFL combine.
What his athletic performance didn't measure was whether or not he could flawlessly execute Bill Belichick’s game plan.
"He was more interested in football, playing quarterback and free safety, but was recruited to play basketball..."
"I was horrible at basketball...I was too aggressive and fouled out all the time."
What he learned as a quarterback was the importance of knowing his coach's game plan by heart and running it to perfection.
As a free safety, he developed instincts about the habits of his defensive assignments and be at the right place and the right time to stop them.
Some of his knack to follow Coach Erik Spoelstra's game plan, without a hitch, seems to have rubbed off on the entire team.
In the 11-30 days, the team seemed out-of-synch and confused on the floor, often seemingly with no clear idea on what to do next with the ball.
Much of the recent success also has to do with increased floor time of the Heat’s veteran trio Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters and James Johnson.
LeBron James seems to believe play makers are essential to compete at a high level from the entire 48 minutes of a contest, and Miami has three of them.
Dragic and Waiters receive most of the media’s praise, yet J. Johnson delivers timely assists to open shooters when the other team naps on him.
Dragic pointed out he feels confident his teammates will be exactly where they should be for high-percentage field goal attempts.
Curiously, impromptu hot-dogging dunks and muscle-flexing after baskets has been missing of late.
Now the team seems more interested in doing their job without trying to impress everyone else with ego-driven highlight plays.
Players even accept being benched if their performances hurt the team. They let their teammates carry the load in the meantime, until the fire returns to their belly.
While the All-Stars grab the headlines, Miami's collection of d-leaguers and rental players are quietly piling up the wins by working together as an unbeatable unit, much as the Sioux Falls Skyforce did last season on their path to a championship.
When one player falls, four of his teammates are there to pick him up and get him ready for the next play.