It wasn’t long ago that the Miami Heat were marked by athleticism first and foremost. But the departure of LeBron James and the inevitable effects of Father Time have combined to make Erik Spoelstra’s team one of the most abjectly ground-bound and slow-footed in the league last season. How did Pat Riley react? By signing the ultra-explosive Gerald Green, for starters.
It still remains to be seen how the Heat will play in 2015-16, but expect to see a far greater share of highlights with athletes like Green, Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow, Tyler Johnson, and even Amar’e Stoudemire flanking a core of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Goran Dragic.