The Miami Heat may not be the winningest franchise in the NBA, but they’re a prime destination for free agents, and not just because of South Beach.
Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley have taken pride in the so-called ‘Heat Culture’ they’ve instilled within the organization, and it goes way beyond those two words.
When asked by ESPN about it, big man Bam Adebayo shed more light on what it truly means to embrace Heat Culture and how the players strive to live up to that standard (via Vice City Alerts).
Bam Adebayo on Heat Culture:
"I can answer that question in one word: standard … Miami Heat have a standard; we uphold that standard. We look forward to being held accountable to that standard. That means winning games and being able to raise that trophy at the end of the… pic.twitter.com/DRIouKNar6
— Vice City Alerts (@ViceCityAlerts) July 31, 2023
We’ve seen countless players who were dispatched or outcasts somewhere else turn their careers around as soon as they get to Miami.
You won’t even sniff the court unless you’re putting in the work; it doesn’t matter who you are or how much money you’re making.
The Heat have made a living out of turning undrafted players into legit valuable rotational pieces, proving that it doesn’t matter how highly recruited you are.
Notably, the Heat are far from the most talented team in the Eastern Conference.
Still, they’ve made it to the NBA Finals twice in four years.
And while one could argue that they don’t take the regular season as seriously as they should, the Heat have proven over and over that hard work does pay off, and that it takes way more than just talented rosters to find success in the most competitive basketball tournament on the face of the Earth.NEXT: Video Shows Jimmy Butler Back In The Gym