*The following opinion/op-ed piece is from Gossip Extra’s Jose Lambiet regarding several Miami Heat players, its owner and management.
Four Miami Heat stars dealt with distracting, non-basketball personal matters during the recent playoffs.
The side shows included the purchase of a new home, two baby mamas and one ex-wife.
Fans deserve better — especially during the playoffs.
Gossip Extra says: Heat President Pat Riley must mandate that players take care of non-basketball drama BEFORE the 2014 playoffs, not in crunch time!
How hard could that be?
This week, Gossip Extra learned exclusively that sharpshooter Shane Battier, who missed so many shots that his butt ended up on the bench, bought a $3.2 million house in Coral Gables.
Fine and dandy. It’s a nice home.
Thing is: The deed (below) shows Battier pulled the trigger on his big purchase June 12, the day before the NBA Finals’ Game 4 at San Antonio.
Battier couldn’t possibly have waited for the team’s three months off, July through September, to start searching for and buying a new house?
And then, there was Dwyane Wade, who went cold during key games even if he got hot at the right times.
Wade also dealt with the aftermath of a divorce, and others on the team had to pay for it. Process servers dropped in on Riley, Wade’s boss, to hand him a subpoena right before the Eastern Finals’ Game 7.
Wade’s post-divorce drama continues, but at least, the NBA’s on vacation and he’s got nothing better to do.
Add Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh to those with playoffs distractions, both of the baby mama type.
Chalmers’ college sweetheart wants more child support because he’s making more money than when he agreed to pay her $2,600-a-month. Of course, she filed her request in the early stages of the playoffs — and Chalmers, too, disappeared off the radar for entire games.
Bosh’s ex-girlfriend decided to appeal a judge’s decision in Orlando to reaffirm Bosh’s status as a resident of Texas, not Florida, thus allowing him to pay lower child support.
And saying that Bosh played badly throughout the post-season is an understatement.
You can’t blame these women for seeking attention when the limelight is on the men.
But you can blame the men for not taking care of business before the playoffs.
The Heat was lucky to win the Eastern Conference Finals and NBA Finals.
To keep a dynasty winning
Had one shot rolled in, or another rolled out, the Heat could’ve been eliminated in May.
Did outside distractions play a role in the Heat needing seven games to win two series against inferior teams?
It’s no secret that superstar Heat players — not multi-billionaire owner Micky Arison, not alleged hard-ass president Riley — call the shots.
Discipline, or the lack thereof, has become an individual player’s decision.
But come next year’s playoffs, team officials may want to ensure that personal distractions be eliminated.
No baby mama can resist $10,000 to keep quiet from April to June.
No ex-wife treated with a wee bit of respect would try to harm her bread winner during the playoffs.
Whatever it takes!
And a house that can be bought June 12 could almost always be bought July 12.
The sacrifices needed to keep this dynasty alive for the next two or three years might actually include common sense — and Heat honchos growing balls.
We also thought it was interesting that one of the response Jose lambiet received from a Joel Goodman was predictably along right-wing, conservative, racial/racist lines:
WHEN ONE EMPLOYS MEN OF THAT ETHNICITY THEY MUST UNDERSTAND THE CULTURE AND LIFE STYLE THAT THEY PURSUE. SPENDING MONEY LAVISHLY, IMPREGNATING VARIOUS AND SUNDRY EASY WOMEN AND SHIRKING ADULT RESPONSIBILITY IS JUST PART OF THEIR WAY OF LIFE. THAT IS PARTIALLY THE REASON FOR MANY PEOPLE STILL NOT LIKING OR WANTING TO ASSOCIATE WITH THEIR KIND. IT ISN’T POLITICALLY CORRECT-BUT IT IS REALITY….