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Podcast: How out of shape are NBA players going to get? And Haslem defends Miami’s honor

We have hit the two-week mark of no Miami Heat basketball. How’s everybody holding up?

The Heat Check podcast is back this week to talk about what’s happening in real life rather than what happened last decade, as David Wilson and Anthony Chiang, the Miami Herald’s Heat beat writer, try to talk through their lives without any NBA or any type of sports whatsoever because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The conversation quickly brings us to our increasingly unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles. If we’re starting to feel out of shape, NBA players certainly are, too. Whatever the NBA looks like whenever it returns could be rough at least at first, so we talk about some of the options the league has in front of it to make sure the competitive integrity isn’t compromised by a layoff of at least two months. The good news for Miami is All-Star wing Jimmy Butler is psychotic enough to figure out how to make do with his fitness regiment even while he’s cooped up at home for weeks on end.

We then pivot to the story of the day Wednesday: Udonis Haslem mercilessly roasting the spring breakers who gave South Florida a bad name by keeping the party going while the coronavirus spread across the United States. The Heat power forward’s open letter in The Players’ Tribune was about much more than just a chance for the Miami native to mock some ignorant college kids — it was hopefully a chance for the whole world to be reminded Miami-Dade County is about much more than just South Beach.

Finally, we wrap up by taking a few important questions, including one about All-Star post player Bam Adebayo’s series of “mood” GIFs captivating Twitter for a few minutes each day as he catalogs what life is like for a professional athlete confined to a small living space. NBA players: they’re just like us.

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