Coach Erik Spoelstra’s New Favorite Player Seems to Be Heat Forward
The Miami Heat’s restructured roster has chemistry, but they’re still figuring out how to work together on the court, especially without All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.
Butler has missed three straight games due to a sprained ankle, and Adebayo (bruised knee) is doubtful for Wednesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
While this would have been a recipe for disaster last season, Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is optimistic that the team can still win.
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According to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, Spolestra gushed that one particular player is “as good as anyone I’ve ever seen.”
PJ Tucker, the 36-year-old veteran forward, has impressed Spoelstra so much that he appears to be his new favorite player.
PJ Tucker is one of the most incredible people I’ve ever met.
Against the Utah Jazz @5ReasonsSports pic.twitter.comIdQ08wenus, I examine the small things he provided on both ends.
November 14, 2021, by Brady Hawk (@BradyHawk305)
“I believe PJ is one of the best screeners in today’s world,” Spoelstra said.
“It’s truly remarkable in terms of his nuance, IQ, timing, deception, feel, and variety of different ways to get guys open.”
Tyler Herro snatched 27 points.
Bam Adebayo had one of his best passing performances of the season.
Duncan Robinson sank six three-pointers.
Kyle Lowry was instrumental in keeping Miami in check throughout the game.
PJ Tucker, however, was the best player on the team tonight.
November 14, 2021 — Brady Hawk (@BradyHawk305)
Not only that, but there’s a whole lot more.
Tucker, according to Spoelstra, possesses the “it” star quality in basketball, a natural talent that he appears to have inherited.
Spoelstra continued, “He can do it in pick-and-rolls, off-ball, in hammer screens, a lot of things that you can’t really teach.”
For the timing of those kinds of screens, you need to have a very high level of mind and IQ.
It’s been a lot of fun to see that side of his genius come out.
He’s on par with anyone I’ve ever seen.”
This isn’t the first time Spoelstra has singled out Tucker, nor will it be the last.
“He’s just a winning player,” Coach Spo said of the defensive stud just a few days ago.
That’s probably the worst part of it.
Unless we continue to educate the general public, no one will have any idea…
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