“Whatever role I’m put in, I’m gonna do it and I’m gonna do it well.”
That’s what Meyers Leonard told media last week about his role heading into next season.
As training camp is set to begin tomorrow, there will be a lot of interesting changes that will be made. For one, Moe Harkless and Avery Bradley trying to mesh with the team, while Jae Crowder and Derrick Jones Jr have parted ways.
Another thing is that there will be increased roles for the young guys including a possible starting job for Tyler Herro, plus getting Precious Achiuwa and KZ Okpala acquainted with the team.
There seems to be so much uncertainty surrounding the rotation, but there’s a good chance we see a similar starting front-court from last season.
Bam Adebayo and Meyers Leonard headlined the front-court last season, and were a big reason that starting lineup was one of the most effective in the league.
The perimeter shooting from Meyers gives Bam the space he needs to work the offense, which usually occurs at the free throw line extended.
And the thing that stands out the most defensively with Meyers is the comfortability factor, since his vocal on-court attributes help everybody out on the floor.
Once again, that is something big for the young guys on the roster, since having a free safety in the back calling out screens and plays can truly help a player’s confidence.
“Watching what Jimmy did…It made me feel like I could run through a wall in all of my off-season training. And I have.”
That statement from Meyers sums up this Heat team. A big advantage Miami has over other teams is their chemistry on and off the floor, but mostly since they all drive each other to be better.
And that chemistry can possibly continue with a very similar starting lineup, except they get to sprinkle in some more depth throughout the game, which will be very important this season.
Meyers is looking to come back stronger than ever after recovering from his ankle injury, and this team knows he will be ready to make an impact on day one.