It’s all relative to expectations, I suppose, but if Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh wants to know what it looks like when an NBA team ‘sucks’ I might respectfully point him in the direction of the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Heat are 6-7 this month and have lost seven of their last 11 games. Nothing disastrous, but that record does involves some questionable losses to teams like the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics. When the team lost to the New Orleans Pelicans Saturday night, the frustration of the month boiled over for Bosh and LeBron James.
Here was Bosh’s take on things (from ESPN.com):
We suck. We need to turn it around. There’s no passion. There’s nothing.”
James, who twisted his ankle in the loss, said the team has gotten in the habit of making excuses:
Put another injury on my list. It is what it is. I’m not using it as an excuse…
…It’s too many excuses. Everything is an excuse. We do something wrong, it’s an excuse. We don’t get a stop, it’s an excuse. We turn the ball over, it’s an excuse. What we’re doing right now ain’t good enough.
It’s very frustrating. We’re all frustrated. We just got to all get on the same page. I don’t know what we’re going to do, but we’ve got to figure it out.”
The Heat have a little less than a month to square things around before the playoffs start. Whether it is a lack of passion or an excess of excuses, a good place to start when it comes to figuring things out is having LeBron James on your team. It’s a safe bet that this team will be fine by the time the postseason rolls around.