The Miami Heat have taken a page out of an NFL quarterback's handbook as they attempt to win an NBA championship.
Guards Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole were handed wristbands with offensive plays written on them, similar to what you'd see Patriots star Tom Brady or Giants QB Eli Manning wear in the upcoming Super Bowl.
"It looks just like a quarterback's," Chalmers told the Miami Herald. "Something Peyton Manning or one of them will wear."
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra added the cheat sheets for his guards when his slumping team returned from a recent western road swing with three straight losses. He claimed they are helping Chalmers and Cole "access information quickly."
At the moment the QB-style wristbands are only being worn during shoot-arounds and practices. Spoelstra first brought up the wristbands when chitchatting with reporters at practice and seemed upset with the idea fans would be reading more about them. He stressed this isn't some kind of scheme to get publicity, "It's not a gimmick."
Cole is averaging 8.8 points and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 41.0 percent from the floor during his first season. Chalmers sits at 11.8 points and 4.4 assists per game with 50.8 percent shooting. The 11-6 Heat travel to Cleveland Tuesday night to play LeBron James old team the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With LeBron and Dwyane Wade leading the way, Miami just needs average play out of its point guards for a return trip to the NBA Finals. Spoelstra is hoping repetitive use of the cheat-sheet bands will help his rookie Cole especially, telling reporters he wants the playbook wristband burned "into his mind."
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