If or when the 2019-20 NBA season resumes, one challenge will be getting players back in game shape so that they’re ready for the playoffs.
“I’ve got a whole setup as far as gym equipment,” said Iguodala. “A lot of guys are on bikes or treadmills. We know the HEAT is all about culture and keeping the players in ultimate conditioning. [Strength and Conditioning Coach] Eric Foran has me situated with things I didn’t have, and we have a daily workout schedule. It’s pretty locked in.”
The Heat were one of the NBA’s feel-good stories prior to the suspension of the season. Many expected Miami to be a fringe playoff contender, yet it ran up a 41-24 record, good enough for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Just prior to the trade deadline, Heat team president Pat Riley, as is his natural tendency, upped the ante by trading for Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill. The deal was an attempt to supply the Heat with some veteran leadership, instead of relying primarily on young complementary players.
Iguodala has done his job so far, shooting 49.0 percent and 37.5 from 3-point range in 14 games with Miami. Crowder has also helped by shooting 39.3 percent from downtown himself.
As of now, the Heat are tops in 3-point shooting percentage at 38.3 percent.