SPORTS COLUMNIST

David J. Neal
Since coming to The Herald in 1989, David Neal has covered shootings, domestic violence, labor strife which is to say he covered high school sports and Florida International sports for three and a half seasons, the Florida Panthers for 11 seasons, the NFL/Miami Dolphins for four seasons. Along the way, the Indianapolis born and raised Neal has written several auto racing columns, although he considers the Indianapolis 500's Race Day the one holiday on which he refuses to work.

Email David at dneal@miamiherald.com

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David J. Neal: Role players hold key to Miami Heat title hopes

 
From left: Heat players Mario Chalmers, Rashard Lewis, Chris Andersen and Michael Beasley horse around on the bench during the regular-season finale between the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at AmericanAirlines Arena.

No matter what media blowhards like me say, individuals don’t win championships, even in the NBA. Not Wilt Chamberlain. Not Magic Johnson, Larry Bird or LeBron James. No, not even Michael Jordan.