LeBron and Heat Mentally Fatigued
Very few teams have ever three-peated a NBA Championship and the two-time reigning champs are beginning to realize why. The Miami Heat have been broken, battered, and bruised all season. Three of their starters – Dwyane Wade, Shane Battier, and Mario Chalmers – have been in and out of the line-up all season long. And the lack of continuity on a night in and night out basis is beginning to show.
“It’s a long and grueling season for all of us, not just us because we’re the champs,” LeBron James said. “We’ve played a lot of basketball in our four years together. It’s taken a lot of wear and tear on all our bodies. It’s mentally fatiguing. And you just try to find the motivation the best way you can as an individual and as a collective group…We’re banged up right now. We’re not an excuse team right now, but we’ve got three starters [out]. And even though we’ve got a lot of depth, it’s hard to make up for three starters being out, so we could all use a break for sure.”
The All Star Break is still a month away, so the Miami Heat will have to figure out a way to mentally rejuvenate themselves another way until then. With the second half of the season just around the corner, the season will only get more and more grueling from a mental perspective. Additionally, there are a lot of hungry teams that are chomping at the bit for their very first NBA title. So, the Heat will be tested more this year than ever before. Keep in mind that this year would be their fourth time in the Finals if they made it, since they lost their first time around. Four appearances in the NBA Finals is a difficult feat; one which this mentally exhausted team may not have enough mental fortitude for this year.