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5 Takeaways from interview with Meyers Leonard
5 Takeaways from interview with Meyers Leonard
Apr 24, 2024 2:45 AM

The Miami Heat’s starting center, Meyers Leonard, went on a zoom call today to discuss his status, the team’s situation and more as they head into the bubble in a couple of days.

Here’s some of the key moments from this interview…

1.

Meyers Leonard:

"I seriously cannot wait. I had a lot of ups and downs in Portland. One thing I didn't have was a consistent role. That's something I earned here and I want to continue to earn. I don't care about stats. All I care about is wins."

— Five Reasons Sports Network (@5ReasonsSports) July 6, 2020

Meyers Leonard talks about his current role with the Miami Heat and the impact he thinks he makes. Also mentioning he didn’t have a consistent role in Portland but does here. He says, “I don’t care about stats. All I care about is wins.” This has shown to be true since the Heat went 34-15 when Meyers was starting this season. It also caused the Heat to be in a bit of a slump down the stretch of the season. So getting him back on the floor should get the Heat back to their early season form.

2.

Meyers Leonard acknowledges he could have gotten better treatment for his injury but he didn't trust having a third party trainer coming into his house.

But he says "I feel good. My ankle is strong. Everything has healed correctly."

— Five Reasons Sports Network (@5ReasonsSports) July 6, 2020

One of the most important parts of this Miami Heat team is a healthy Meyers Leonard. Which is why it was great to hear Meyers say everything healed correctly. One of the only positives of the hiatus for the Miami Heat, if there was one, was getting Meyers Leonard back to 100%. So hearing him say he feels good with less than a month away from the season returning is big for this Miami Heat team.

3.

When asked how quickly the starting group can get back on the same page, Meyers Leonard is confident it won't take as long as some other teams.

"Heat culture is very real. That gives us a leg up."

….

"Here, everybody knows their role."

— Five Reasons Sports Network (@5ReasonsSports) July 6, 2020

It’s always great to hear Heat players embracing the Miami Heat culture. Meyers definitely thinks it’s a plus saying, “Heat culture is very real.” He also goes on to saying that everyone knows their role on this team, which definitely fits this format. Having a certain type of structure in the bubble should definitely benefit the Heat.

4.

On the deeper rotation after the trade, Meyers Leonard concedes:

"There are going to be sacrifices that are going to have to be made."

Repeats that the team played well with him on the court, "but I'm going to have to earn that again."

— Five Reasons Sports Network (@5ReasonsSports) July 6, 2020

Meyers talks about the depth of the rotation after Miami acquired Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala. Meyers has yet to play a game with them since he has been out with injury since the trade was made. He says he will have to earn his spot again once the season resumes in Orlando. This won’t be a problem for Meyers since his strengths of on court vocal abilities and leadership will be much needed in a playoff setting.

5.

Final one from Meyers Leonard:

"When you win, you get paid and you get to stick around. And I like it here."

— Five Reasons Sports Network (@5ReasonsSports) July 6, 2020

Meyers Leonard says, “When you win, you get paid and you get to stick around.” The word that best describes this quote is earning, which is something he brings up a couple of times throughout the interview. He then ends the interview saying, “I like it here,” which should make all Heat fans happy since this is the last year of his deal. And hopefully re-signs so he can help lead Miami to the playoffs for many years to come.

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