Meyers Leonard Explains Why Miami Heat’s Culture Gives Team ‘Leg Up’ in NBA’s Restart

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The Miami Heat have one of the best team cultures in the NBA.

Heat newcomer Meyers Leonard believes the squad’s special culture will give it an advantage when the season resumes later this month.

The NBA suspended the 2019-20 season back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the league office has found a creative way to continue the campaign. At the end of this month, 22 teams will congregate in Orlando, Fla., and fight it out for playoff seeding before gunning for a championship.

No team will be granted home-court advantage or luxurious accommodations. Every player will deal with the same circumstances.

As a result, the unique bubble in Orlando will be a test of mental strength.

Leonard, who is in his first season in Miami, understands the potency of the Heat’s iconic culture. The Heat play hard, don’t make excuses and are always zoned in.

In addition, team captain Udonis Haslem believes the Heat’s mental edge will keep them ahead of the rest of the league.

On the season, Leonard is averaging 6.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He is eager to get back on the court and help the Heat compete for a title.

The Heat hold the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

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Born and raised in South Florida, Justin has always been a passionate Miami Heat fan. An avid supporter from the time Miami got its first championship in 2006 to having a league-worst 15-67 record in 2008 to the whole LeBron James era until now, Justin has seen and stuck through it all. His all-around analysis and heart for the game has made him a premier NBA writer. He writes for a variety of sites but his commitment to the Heat is always top priority.