Tag:Miami Heat
Posted on: August 27, 2010 2:28 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2010 3:47 pm
 

Rush, Evans, Hasbrouck suspended

NBA players Brandon Rush, Tyreke Evans, Kenny Hasbrouck suspended for various games this season.
Posted by Matt Moore


The NBA today suspended Brandon Rush, Kenny Hasbrouck, and Tyreke Evans for games starting in the 2010 NBA season.

Rush is at once the most surprising and most severe, getting five games for violating the NBA's drug policy. Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star reports that this is Rush's third violation of the drug program , which automatically leads to a five-game suspension. Evans recevied a one game suspension for his little joyride last April . Hasbrouck had been arrested for driving while intoxicated in New York, and received two games.

Evans is the highest profile player, and his absence will make the Kings' season opener in Minnesota a pick 'em. Were it a better team, they would undoubtedly be underdogs in that game.

Rush, though, made strides last season, and this is a significant step backwards. It's not know at this time if the violation was for recreational drug use or violation for use of a banned substance as was the case with Rashard Lewis last season.

Hasbrouck was unlikely to see time for the Heat at all, and especially not for the first two games of the season. The Heat also had to expect this result after Hasbrouck's guilty plea. It's not known whether Hasbrouck will even make it out of training camp, being a D-League call-up on a championship-expectant team.

The fact that the Pacers were not made aware of the first two violations for Rush, per the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement in order to protect a player's privacy, is likely to spark some debate. Not being aware of a player's problems prevents a team from being able to get that player the help he needs. While the concern is unfair treatment towards those players, the inability of a team to support the player through his trouble can be construred to cause more harm than good. It's especially disappointing because of how Rush has developed, starting to look more and more like a central part of the Pacers' future.

This comes on the heels of another Pacer likely to face suspension, with Lance Stephenson arrested for assault on his girlfriend and mother of his kids. With how the Pacers have been hyper-aggressive in avoiding low-character players, this could spell a significant downturn for Rush's career.
Posted on: August 27, 2010 11:58 am
Edited on: August 27, 2010 12:03 pm
 

Pop Quiz: Who will be the Heat's Robert Horry?

Posted by Royce Young

Fall is here, hear the yell, back to school, ring the bell ... The NBA season is right around the corner, and NBA training camp starts in just a few short weeks. To get you ready for the NBA season, we've put together 25 pop quizzes. Pencils ready? We continue our Pop Quizzes with this question...

What player on the Heat will be much more important than we expect?

People remember Michael Jordan first. Then Scottie Pippen . After that, the rest of the six championship Bulls teams featured a number of different players, pretty much remembered by being the other guys.

But Chicago wouldn't have won the 1993 title without John Paxson . Wouldn't have won the 1997 title without Steve Kerr. Wouldn't have won 72 games without Toni Kukoc and Ron Harper. It's easiest to look at the stars on a roster and forget about the role players that sometimes mean as much or in certain circumstances, more than the featured studs.

So with the triad of stars in Miami with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, most are forgetting there are 12 other players on the roster. I'm not sure many realize that the Heat intend on starting the traditional five players instead of three. And some of the extrras aren't bad players either. Between the rest of the Heat roster there are four combined All-Star appearances and two championships. Pat Riley did a masterful job assembling a power team based around three players, but he also did a pretty remarkable job of putting quality players around them.

And as the 2010-11 season gets going, we're going to start to get a sense about which of those guys will be the one that steps up in big situations. For the most part, one of the big three will handle things. But there will be nights Bosh is in foul trouble, LeBron is off and Dwyane Wade is sick. Or a night where the Heat run into another premier team and LeBron , Wade and Bosh aren't enough to carry the team. You'll certainly see that situation in the postseason. So who could be that hidden MVP for the Heat? Who could be the captain of the Robert Horry All-Stars, the role player that does his job and while it may not seem like a lot, means darn near as much as the primetime players?

The obvious candidates are probably Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem . Miller was signed to be a sharpshooter from outside and relieve pressure off of Wade and LeBron . With him hovering around the perimeter, lanes should stay open for Wade and LeBron to drive, and if the defense collapses, he'll be ready for an open 3.

Haslem is the classic role-playing big man. He rebounds, plays physical defense and has a feathery jumpshot that can be deadly. He understands his strengths and weaknesses and with Bosh with him inside, Haslem will be there just to spell Bosh and provide some interior assistance.

Eddie House is another player that will likely play a key role in a few victories. He was instant offense off the bench for Boston and his contributions were a large part in the Celtics winning the 2008 NBA title. When he comes in the game, he's ready to shoot from the hip. That might be a problem at times seeing as there are a lot of guys that need shots in Miami, but House understood his job in Boston playing with Kevin Garnett , Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, so I'm sure he'll get it with the Heat.

Those three are all prime candidates to play that big spot. But we expect those three to all play significant roles. The question is, who do we not expect to play a big role that will? My guess is third-year point guard Mario Chalmers.

The thing is, Chalmers is a starter. But he couldn't be more of a role playing starter. His job is to defend, get his team into an offensive set and then get out of the way. But there will be times opponents bracket the Heat's stars leaving Chalmers with the ball in his hands. He's going to have to make some shots. He's going to have to create some scoring opportunities. Wade and LeBron can't do this all on their own. They need their starting point guard to help.

Chalmers has already hit one big shot in his life. He's proven he can handle pressure. And he better. He'll have a ton of it on him in Miami and if he doesn't play well early on, fans and media will be calling for his head. In one respect, he'll have a ton of focus on him. In another, everyone has forgot that he's even on the team, much less a starter. But he's going to have a chance to prove his worth. And I'm guessing he will.
Posted on: August 26, 2010 8:41 am
Edited on: August 26, 2010 9:19 am
 

Shootaround 8.26.10: Heat defense and Boom fat

More on Heisley's train wreck, Chinese investor deal falls through for the Cavs, the Heat defense, and Baron Davis' fat.
Posted by Matt Moore


Earlier in the week we told you about Michael Heisley's train wreck on Memphis radio . Now, Chris Herrington writing for the Memphis Flyer has gone through the interview quote by quote to outline just how off Heisley is in his logic and assertions. It's so bad that Herrington had to break it into two parts . That's a fairly impressive crash and burn for the owner of a major sports league franchise.

How good are the Heat going to be on defense? That's the question John Krolik walks us through on Pro Basketball Talk. Krolik asserts that Wade and James are not only terrific perimeter defenders, but their weaknesses should be covered by the other's strengths (ex. Wade's weak post-defense can be managed by James' strength there). The big questions, predictably, surround their low-post defense and it's likely going to be up to Bosh to step up for the Heat to be dominant defensively. Bosh is going to have to be the player he was treated as and paid to be in free agency, with a complete game to go alongside those pretty jumpers and rebounds.

Former NBA player Jay Vincent has been indicted in an internet scam fraud.

The deal to bring in Chinese investors to the Cavaliers fell apart months ago , via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. The investment was partially targeted by Cavs ownership to help woo LeBron James. It represents just another in a long series of events that likely did not help the Cavs in retaining James, despite a feeling from most people that his relocation was planned out months or maybe even years ago. If there was any chance of him changing his mind, front-office moves and things like this deal falling apart likely didn't help instill confidence from him in the franchise or its future.

Danny Ferry has rejoined the Spurs and will oversee their D-League affiliate among other duties. The Spurs take the operation of their affiliate very seriously and Ferry is a prime candidate for this kind of job. It's likely a welcome relief to be working with players that want a job again after his recent experiences.

Long story short: fouling or not fouling when up three will pretty much net you the same win percentage. Go figure. No, seriously, go figure, because the math behind this stuff is fairly complicated.

Baron Davis refutes a report that he's gone tubbo. No word on if he's also going to refute the assertion that he's lazy, injury-prone and inefficient.

Scottie Pippen's getting his own statue , which is pretty neat for him. Of course the best pose of him won't make it: him standing over Patrick Ewing.

A Stern Warning reports that Patty Mills will remain a Blazer this season .

Some really great news for Mikhail Torrance, who suffered a heart attack in a work-out, collapsed, and slipped into a coma. He's breathing on his own again .





Posted on: August 25, 2010 8:56 am
Edited on: August 25, 2010 8:59 am
 

Shootaround 8.25.10: Damp in Miami?

Posted by Royce Young
  • If you didn't watch "Jordan Rides the Bus" last night, make sure to catch one of its 500 re-runs. Absolutely terrific stuff. My favorite tweet of the night about it though came from SLAM's Russ Bengtson: "Kobe's calling the Dodgers right now."
  • Bobcats GM Rod Higgins says Erick Dampier might be traded rather than waived: "It's going to take a while," Higgins said. "Now that we've got another center, waiving him for the sake of waiving him doesn't make a whole lot of sense for us. We're going to continue to talk to teams to try to improve our roster."
  • Want to watch the best dunk-off of all time? Watch the best dunk-off of all time:
  • Brett Hainline of Queen City Hoops on Kwame Brown: "Kwame's signing puts the Bobcats at 4 centers on the squad - one of whom I have confidence in taking a shot that is not a dunk (take a bow, Nazr). While it was certain the Bobcats are going to waive/trade Dampier, this makes it appear unlikely that he will be re-signed following his eventual waiving, as he had previously indicated an interest in doing."
  • Matt Hubert of D-League Digest writing on Hornets 24/7 about Mustafa Shakur: "But the biggest takeway from this signing is the fact that the Hornets appear to be turning over a new leaf under new general manager Dell Demps, formerly of the Austin Toros. His D-League experience may prove to open new doors for an organization that previously had very little involvement with the D-League, and the signing of Shakur could be just the beginning."
  • John Krolik of PBT with an outstanding breakdown of LeBron James off the ball: "According to Synergy Sports, LeBron took 125 field goal attempts off of a "cut" last season, and converted 101 of those attempts. That's an 81% conversion rate. That, folks, is the definition of unstoppable, and that's how LeBron shot 65% from the field in international play. LeBron is great at scoring in isolation or pick-and-roll situations. He may be just as good at making plays for other in those situations. But he's unquestionably at his most effective when he can build up a head of steam and attack the rim against a defense that isn't waiting for him."
Posted on: August 24, 2010 9:31 am
 

Shootaround 8.24.10: Heisley goes Vesuvius

Heisley blows up, Bosh says no to loyalty, and Nate McMillan's on the hot seat in today's Shootaround...Posted by Matt Moore

Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley went on the radio yesterday and had himself quite the little adventure. Among his more interesting answers, besides calling host Chris Vernon "partner," and "son" several times, Heisley admitted that he has not read the CBA, and was therefore previously unaware of the clause that allows for negotiating with rookies on incentive-based bonuses. This is toally okay for an owner who simply signs the check and directs the front-office, but not so much one who makes the majority of basketball decisions. Having listened to the whole interview, I can tell you it was, in fact, an abject trainwreck.

SI's been close with Chris Bosh, and did another interview with him this week. The soundbyte you'll want to take note of is that he thinks loyalty has no place in free agency. Which was, you know, kind of apparent to begin with.

Nets Are Scorching looks at how Derrick Favors could make the difference in the Nets breaching the playoffs. This is akin to looking at how your place kicker can help win you a Super Bowl.

Is there any player with a wider range of possible results this season outside of Greg Oden than Hakim Warrick? In Phoenix, in a system that produces great players beyond their talent alongside Nash, with a host of magical trainers, Warrick could make significant leaps forward. Or, he could be Hakim Warrick. At least he's excited and ready to work .

Blazers edge says this is a "make or break year" for Nate McMillan.

Beyond the Beat takes a look at players' reactions to the famous masks they've had to wear for facial injuries. That's nto a metaphor. We're talking actual masks.

Bucksketball is worried about chemistry with the Bucks. They have the talent, but the personalities is the concern.

Is Will Bynum going to wind up starting ? Really?
Posted on: August 19, 2010 8:52 am
 

Shootaround 8.19.10: John Mayer burns the Heat

"" Posted by Royce Young

  • The Hornets are embracing variable ticket pricing: "Yet-to-be-determined prices will be assigned to games based on value and demand, influenced by factors such as an opponent's quality and the day of the week the game is played. Each game will fall into one of five pricing categories: marquee, premium, classic, value and preseason."
  • Rob Mahoney of Hardwood Paroxysm on who takes the last shot in Miami: "In almost every regard, the Miami Heat will not be like other basketball teams. So why should they be when it comes to their play-calling with the game on the line? Erik Spoelstra has all of these incredible scoring options laid out for him. No coach in recent memory has been more empowered to go away from the “Get X the ball and get out of the way,” endgame mantra. If there’s really a place where Spoelstra’s talents can stand out amidst the incredible star power on Miami’s roster, it’s there."
  • Terrico White should've been in the dunk contest last year. So what that he was still in college.
  • Dime looks at the five worst trades ever: "Date: September 9, 1980; Warriors Get: Two 1980 1st-round draft picks (Rickey Brown and Joe Barry Carroll); Celtics Get: Robert Parish and a 1980 1st-round draft pick (Kevin McHale). This is like something out of a video game. The Celtics should have got fined for armed robbery. How do you steal two NBA legends for nothing?"
  • Usain Bolt sees Kevin Durant as a role model: "When I was younger mine were Michael Johnson and Don Quarrie. Johnson was pretty much the best runner in the world, particularly at the 200m  -  my favourite event  -  and Quarrie was one of the best Jamaican sprinters in history, so I just wanted to be like them. I still have people I look up to even now. At the moment it's Kevin Durant, the basketball player (he plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder). Kevin is a good leader; he's very strong and very determined. Whatever he does, whether he's tired or injured, he works through it, pushes on and challenges his team-mates to do their best."
  • The Grizzlies and rookie Xavier Henry are in a stalement with his contract over performance based incentives. And owner Michael Heisley had in interesting quote on it: "Isn't it reasonable to think that the 12th pick in the NBA draft can make the rookie team?" Heisley asked. "I think what we're asking for is reasonable." I guess that would depend on what one sees as reasonable, would it?
  • Kenyon Martin tells The Denver Post he understands Carmelo's situation and even says the Nuggets are going backward: "I understand what he's going through," Martin said in a phone interview. "If I'm Melo, I'm thinking — are we getting better? They've got to prove to me that we're getting better... Everybody else around us got better. But we're taking steps backwards."
Posted on: August 18, 2010 10:00 pm
 

Chris Bosh doesn't mind the hate

Heat Triad forward says the team expects negativity, heightened pressure.
Posted by Matt Moore


In the ongoing saga of the Heat v. Public Opinion, there have been salvos aplenty the last few days. LeBron's GQ article , Dwyane Wade's charity stop , and now, Chris Bosh's interview with SI 's Chris Mannix at his "Get Milk" campaign event. Mannix spoke with Bosh about a number of topics, including who's going to take the last shot for the Heat (whoever's hot that night), how much he considered Cleveland (he didn't), and, the big sound byte, how he feels about all the hate being heaped upon him and the other two members of the Miami Triad. From Mannix's HTML to your eyes:

"It's a healthy hate," he said. "When the Lakers came to town, I hated the Lakers. It's what you need as motivation to beat these guys. We know we're going to get a team's best every single night. We know we're going to get the crowds best every single night. We have a big 'X' on our back. People are saying our team is not good for basketball. We're going to hear everything. It's OK. It's going to happen. We just have to win and keep on moving."
A healthy hate, huh? Well, that's certainly making lemon-scented cleaner out of rancid, poisoned lemons. It's also a continuing part of the orchestrated effort by the Heat in anti-hate maneuvering. The same kind of lines are being injected into all three of their statements. Things like "no one is 100% LeBron/DWade/Bosh" and "the hate should be fun." It's nothing but big smiles and happy words about enjoying all the villainy they've been accused of.

The real question? Do any of these guys have a vengeful bone in their body? Bosh has never really come across as a killer, more of the "friendly next door neighbor who can pull down stuff from the top shelf." James has his own long history of doubts regarding his killer instinct (despite his game being best-fit for all-around dynamics and not the dagger in the heart). Wade is really the question mark. He has a history of clutch theatrics, and definitely plays with a chip on his shoulder. But he doesn't own a move like Kobe's jaw-jut or Jordan's sneer. Those are theatrics, of course, but they belie a bigger theme of righteous (or unrighteous) vengeance.

The Triad does seem to be slowly embracing this idea, though, that they will have to fuel themselves from the negative energy thrown at them. They have to learn from their past failures and rally around a single cause: shutting the mouths of the millions of people who have doubted and cast aspersions towards them. Of course, contrary to what Wade said after the free agency coup was completed, the hard part isn't over. Winning the games. That's the hard part, and it hasn't even begun.

Here's more of Mannix with Bosh:

Posted on: August 18, 2010 11:28 am
Edited on: August 18, 2010 12:22 pm
 

Wade: 'I don't do these things for recognition.'

The Heat star talks about coming home, being portrayed as a villain, and handling the ball among the Miami Triad.

Posted by Matt Moore


Dwyane Wade isn't Public Enemy No.1 in the NBA, but he may be No. 3. As the inciting member of the new Miami Triad, he's taken a lot of hea... I mean, flak for how "The Decision" and formation of the new Heat came together. And that was before the response to his Twin Towers comment . But the negative attention hasn't slowed him down at all... either in terms of personal engagements or from his multiple charity commitments.

In fact, Wade has become quite the force when it comes to NBA charity work. He now has the Summer Groove event he does in cooperation with Alonzo Mourning, and the event he will host this weekend; The Wade's World Charity Weekend in Chicago. The event features benefit dinners, a bowling party and basketball workshops, but the focus is on communicating with underprivileged kids in Chicago about the importance of education.

Not exactly the nefarious work of the villain Wade's been made out to be, along with LeBron James and Chris Bosh. I spoke with Wade by phone today about the weekend, being portrayed as a villain, and oh yeah, who's handling the ball in Miami?

Matt Moore - CBSSports.com: So you're heavily involved with this charity as well as Zo's Summer Groove. Why is this one so important to you, is it just the element of being home?

Dwyane Wade: Yeah, just being home, you know? I'm honored to be involved with Summer Groove in Miami with Zo and the work we do there, but this is where I'm from. I know what these kids go through, because I went through some of the same things. I see myself in some of the youth here, and that's why it's so important.

Moore: We live in an era where athletes of all types and sports do very real, very explicitly illegal acts, and little is made of it. On the other hand, your business decisions of the past three months have led people to vilify you and your teammates to a degree. Is it frustrating to see the kind of negative attention you receive, despite being a great player, a good teammate, and a positive force in the community?

Wade: Yeah, I don't think the world focuses on the positive things enough. I understand being the villain is what people like. People play to that. They want to know about the villain. They don't want to know about the good. They say they do, but statistics show that they don't. The thing is, I don't do these things for recognition, being a good teammate, being a positive member of the community. I do them because those things make me whole and complete. A lot of that negativity? It's just speculation. You've gotta deal with it and move on. I've learned that not everyone's going to be 100% DWade. Hopefully the ones that do get to know me more and the things that I do and that's what they make their opinions from, from who I am. Everything else is just speculation.

Moore: What event specifically is the best part of this weekend?

Wade: The Saturday where we focus on the kids. That's when we have the Youth Summit, dealing with major issues. Specifically, violence and education in Chicago. And that's when I get to hear their stories and what they've been through. The talent show that night, giving them a platform, letting the community know these kids are out there and giving them a voice. That's a really big part of this weekend, giving the community to really check these kids out. We need more support from the community for these kids.

Moore: Doing these events, seeing these kids first hand, all the work that you've done, does it make you want to be involved at a higher level? Does being so involved make you think about being involved in a political or more advanced level when your playing days are over?

Wade: Yeah, actually. My focus is on right now, my goal is to start now and do things now. Then, to build a platform when I'm done playing basketball. I try and do these things, not just in Miami or Chicago. I do things in every city we go to, like during All-Star Weekend. I just want to make a difference as much as possible. At the end of the day when there's no more DWade, I want to have made a difference.

Moore: With the new Heat coming together, you've got more weapons, obviously, but there are going to be questions about how it's all going to work on the court. Do you see yourself handling the ball more coming up the floor more, less or the same as in years before? Are you going to be playing more of a point-type position, or will it be business as usual in Miami?

Wade: The same pretty much. You know, I handled the ball a lot last season in Miami. I also played off the ball a lot. I don't think that changes a lot. I'm a playmaker, and I'm going to score. At the end of the day, my job is to put the ball in the basket. I'm also going to create opportunities for my teammates, and that won't change.



 
 
 
 
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