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ASK IRA: Is front-loaded home schedule a Heat advantage or trap?

ASK IRA: Is front-loaded home schedule a Heat advantage or trap?

Q: Ira, why would the Heat go on the road for all of January? That's when people are looking for a warm place to watch their games? -- O'Neal. A: (Actually, AmericanAirlines Arena is air-conditioned, but I digress.) Because first the circus comes to down and then Madonna, which some might say is redundant. That's why you'll hear little grumbling from within the team about a schedule that has the team at home in January only twice after Jan. 6. The Heat not only are the primary tenant of AmericanAirlines Arena, but also book the building. So they, in essence, blocked themselves out of their own building. Of course, perhaps it all was part of a strategy to load up on home...

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