“A lot of people think the Heat are just resting but, you know, we play a lot of games this season, and we got guys banged up at certain times with different elements. So, we got to get them healthy just like other teams have done. It just so happens that we’re able to do it at the end of the year.
“We took care of business and we were able to say, ‘OK, we have these injuries, let’s just try to take care of them and be smart.’”
Although James admitted on Saturday night that he wasn’t even aware of the team’s win total until he glanced at a boxscore after the game and noticed the number “60” staring him the face, he acknowledged that reaching that plateau is a notable accomplishment.
“As a team, we didn’t acknowledge it,” James said. “I don’t even know if we knew until we looked at the stat sheet, but it’s huge. It’s a select company, and we should be very privileged to be a part of this team, be a part of this franchise and to go into that 60-win category.”
For longtime fans of the Heat such as forward Udonis Haslem, a Miami native, eclipsing the 1996-97 squad, which featured Tim Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning, would be a thrill.
“It would mean a heck of lot,” Haslem said. “That was a heck of a team, and I remember watching those guys play and they really, really defended and the played hard every single night, so that’s a heck of a team to surpass.
“Those are my guys and I look up to those guys, so even if I have an opportunity to surpass those guys, I’m still going to look up to those guys for what they’ve done for the Miami Heat and for the city.”