TORONTO -- No one is saying what was actually said during the bus ride to the airport when this all started.
All they will admit is Shane Battier produced one of the signature moments of the Miami Heat's 21-game winning streak. It occurred after the Heat's first victory during the stretch, a win against the Toronto Raptors on Super Bowl Sunday.
Battier delivered a heartfelt speech after the team left a sports bar in downtown Toronto. The contents, however, remain unknown.
"You had to be there," center Chris Bosh. "You just had to be there."
The Heat, who on Sunday return to the site of where the streak began, managed to keep Battier's speech a secret for nearly six weeks. It was only revealed when guard Dwyane Wade told the media after Friday's win in Milwaukee.
Wade went far as saying the speech was part of the reason for the recent stretch. The Heat have a chance to tie the 2007-08 Houston Rockets for the second-longest win streak in league history.
"I think the biggest thing for our team was just staying and watching the Super Bowl and getting away from basketball and enjoying each other as a team," Wade said. "We got the famous speech from Shane Battier and we've been rolling ever since."
Only the 15 players and coaching staff on the bus will ever know what was exactly said. Because the Heat are keeping it more classified than government documents.
"I can't divulge that," Battier said, laughing. "It was all in the virtues of teamwork, brotherhood and staying in the moment in my own special way. I was filled with the spirit of community and brotherhood. It was a fantastic day. I just wanted to let my teammates know how I felt."
Bosh did offer a hint of what the speech contained. He jokingly said it was Battier creating a look-at-me moment while also making it a team bonding experience.
"After watching the Super Bowl, it was a good game, we had a great time, I guess the main focus was that you're going to miss me when I'm gone," Bosh said. "It wasn't so much about him, but he tied in everything. He tied in life, the Super Bowl, everything. It was a good time."
The speech served as the capper to one of the better team moments of the season. The Heat originally planned to return home after the Raptors game, which ended around 3:30 p.m. That meant they would have missed the Super Bowl because of no Internet or televisions on the plane.
"We talked about how not being able to watch the Super Bowl, it wasn't the American Way," guard Ray Allen said. "We were all disappointed because there was so much hype. We were all disappointed. We all wanted to see the game. The organization made it happen. Whether you want to say it was coincidental or not, you got to always say that any time you had opportunity to have some team bonding and building off the floor, it always bodes well in your favor."
Forward Udonis Haslem said it was the first time in his 10 seasons the team had watched a sporting event together.
"We got closer on the court," Haslem said. "We watched the game, ate, everybody cheered for their own team. It was all in good fun. I think after that we did come closer together. We don't do it every year. I think that was first time we had the opportunity to do that on the road. Every little bit helps. It's not always on the court, but off the court helps, too."
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