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NBA Finals Q&A: ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst says covering Heat 'like piloting a 747'

ESPN.com Heat beat writer Brian Windhorst says some of the animosity for the team has subsided, but small moves still get people riled up.
by Berry Tramel Published: June 10, 2012
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Q: What's it like to cover the Heat?

A: It's like piloting a 747. It's a big unyielding beast where small moves causes lots of people to get riled up. And I completely understand why the Heat generally dislike the media.


Has the animosity for the team subsided?

Somewhat, because they had a relatively calm regular season compared to last year. But for the first time ever, people across the country were rooting for the Celtics last week. And this week, the Thunder probably will never have as many fans. In the playoffs, it's as intense as it was last year, as the ratings show.

What have you seen from LeBron James that suggests this trip to the Finals might be different for him than last year's?

He's taken all sorts of steps to center himself and get his emotions under control. Probably because his emotions contributed to how badly he played in the finals last year. I have no idea if he'll keep it up, but he's played some of the best basketball of his career over the last 10 games and I think his behavior modification is part of it.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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