NBA author for ESPN.com since 2008 Previous factor and editor at NPR

ON A DECEMBER morning in 2005, the Miami Heat boarded the group bus at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia. The team had arrived from Milwaukee late the previous night, and was arranged to practice, then face off versus the 76ers the following night. However the bus took a detour. Rather than drive to the practice gym, the Heat quickly came to a regional film theater.

” The next thing you understand, we’re consuming popcorn, watching ‘Magnificence Road,'” Udonis Haslem, who was in his third season with the Heat, informed ESPN. “We required a mental recharge.”