NBA Finals: Meet the men behind 'The Heatles'; Call them the Miami Roadies

‘THE HEATLES': Beyond LeBron James, DWade and Chris Bosh, there's six other Miami players who set the stage for the main act.
By JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: June 10, 2012

THE ROADIES

We are well-acquainted with the Miami Heat headliners, but it's time to meet the crew that sets the stage. The unsung, often-ignored contributors to the Heat's sustained success:


Mario Chalmers: Seeing how only one basketball is used, playing point guard alongside a three-headed monster is hardly an enviable position. At times, Chalmers has helped the cause immensely, but also has disappeared.

Shane Battier: The Heat landed this prized free agent after the lockout. He's someone who was on the Thunder's radar. The ageless Battier keeps plugging along. You love him on your team and hate him on the opposing team.

Joel Anthony: He'll give you 20 minutes of banging, pounding, screening and positioning that can be the difference between winning and losing. You forget about him until he comes up with a tip or rebound at a key moment.

Udonis Haslem: He'll also give you 20 minutes of banging, pounding, screening and positioning, but will stuff a stat sheet more than Anthony. He frequently has proven he can drain a shot when unguarded. Can't be forgotten.

Mike Miller: Due to a slew of injuries over a 12-year career, this dude can barely stand, much less run or walk, yet somehow he can still drain a 3-pointer when you need it most. He must be respected, and guarded, at all times.

Norris Cole: Daequan Cook's former high school teammate has had some impressive moments during his rookie season and soon could be running the point, but has played sparingly during this postseason (8.4 minutes per game).



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