Tag:Ben Golliver
Posted on: November 1, 2010 11:55 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:22 pm
 

The Miami Heat have a new hand signal

The Miami Heat have developed a hand signal. Posted by Ben Golliver

It wasn't enough for the Miami Heat to be the talk of the NBA for the entire summer, after LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh decided to team up in South Beach. It wasn't enough for the Heat to attract veterans like Mike Miller, Jerry Stackhouse, Juwan Howard and Zydrunas Ilgauskas to fill out the roster.  It wasn't enough for the Heat to be so loaded that they had 18 or 19 quality NBA players in their training camp, making roster cutdowns more painful in Miami than anywhere else in the league. None of it was enough, so the Miami Heat have decided to develop a coordinated team hand signal to establish themselves as cooler than the rest of the world, and the team is using it so often that we now have no choice but to write about.  Via Getty images, here's LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem and company pinching their fingertips together with both hands raised above their head. miami-heat-hand-signal Here's a closer look at the sign, as demonstrated by Heat reserve point guard Patrick Beverley on Twitter. patrick-beverley-hand So what does the hand signal mean?  Heat guards Wade and Mario Chalmers have made reference to the sign recently on Twitter, with Wade saying he was going to keep its meaning a secret.  Surya Fernandez of HotHotHoops.com caught up with Beverley to chase down an explanation.
While coach Erik Spoelstra and later Juwan Howard trotted out for messages to the crowd, the Heat team started in with a new silent hand signal of pinching their fingertips together with raised hands as the team saluted the crowd after the scrimmage ended and during an impromptu dunk display featuring LeBron and Patrick Beverley.
Was the gesture an inside joke? Perhaps it’s a sign of unity or maybe an acknowledgment to the crowd (or haters?). The reason why the team has started doing it has something to do with Beverley, who is acknowledged as the player who introduced it to the team, but he is tight-lipped about it.
“It’s part of our secret society,” joked Beverley. “I grew up doing it but the rest? No comment. Let’s just leave it at that.”
Congratulations. Not even Andy Bernard would want to join that secret society.  I've gotta say I'm stumped on this one. I carefully investigated this chart and determined that they are not making the American Sign Language sign for any of the 26 letters in the alphabet. Past that, it's hard to care. Tas Melas at The Score ventures that the the hand signal is a hush to the haters, a way to visually silence their critics.  But this whole thing begs the question: Whatever happened to the good old days, when hand signals actually stood for something meaningful? michael-jordan
Posted on: November 1, 2010 10:24 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Michael Beasley comes back to Earth

After six weeks playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, forward Michael Beasley is singing a different tune. Posted by Ben Gollivermichael-beasley Don't get it twisted: no one will mistake Michael Beasley for a bastion of reliability.  But, back in September, when the new Minnesota Timberwolves forward, brought over in a trade with the Miami Heat, was just starting to get acclimated in his new city and new team, Beasley's optimism was at an all-time high.  In an interview with Timberwolves.com writer Jonah Ballow, Beasley was asked if his former team, now loaded with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, was the team to beat in the NBA.
"Honestly, and I know a lot of people are not going to like that fact that I'm going to say this but I think we are the team to beat. You know, that's just me and my ego speaking. I think the Lakers are the defending champs two years in a row, I think the Lakers still hold that title. It's nice to see somebody try to fight back but as of now, the Lakers are still the team to beat." 
That's right, Beasley said the Timberwolves -- a team that was coming off a 15-win season last year, a team that hasn't broken .500 since 2004-2005 -- were the "team to beat." A team whose president, David Kahn, thinks useless center Darko Milicic is "manna from heaven" and who was fined for telling a radio station that Beasley had a problem with marijuana in Miami, but it was behind him now. The team whose coach, Kurt Rambis, runs the triangle offense without most of the necessary pieces to make it work. It goes without saying that Beasley's boldly optimistic prediction elicited plenty of laughter and wisecracks of the "Let's see what he says in December" variety.  Well, Beasley didn't even make it all the way through October.  Ray Richardson of the Pioneer Press reports that Rambis is already questioning his team's professionalism, just three games into the season.  Richardson notes that "the word 'Professional' was written in large letters on a chalkboard inside the Timberwolves' locker room Saturday night" after a 20-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night. As for Beasley, who enjoyed a fair bit of winning at Kansas State and in Miami, the transition to the basement sounds a bit rocky. 
"I feel like everything we've been working on since training camp went out the window tonight," Beasley said. "As of right now, we're the worst team in the NBA."
Beasley was so disturbed with the results that he sat in front of his locker stall staring at the floor with his uniform on. He was the last player still in uniform, but he had a reason. Beasley was preparing to go back onto the court to do some extra shooting.
In case you are keeping score at home, it took just six weeks for Beasley's assessment of the Timberwolves to plummet from "team to beat" to "worst team in the NBA."  That's got to be some kind of record.
Posted on: November 1, 2010 9:21 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:19 pm
 

The Game Changer 11.01.10

The Heat are rolling, the Thunder are struggling, Brandon Jennings goes triple-double, Jason Kidd hits from way downtown, Rajon Rondo dresses up like Tiger Woods for Halloween, and a bunch more. Posted by Ben Golliver

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.

THE BIG ONE: MIAMI KEEPS ROLLING

Another day, another runaway win for the Miami Heat, who clobbered the New Jersey Nets on Halloween, 101-78. The result wasn't particularly surprising, but it was a nice chance to see how the Heat handled one of the league's best big men, New Jersey's Brook Lopez. Entering the season, many felt Miami's biggest vulnerability was at the center position. The Heat uses a rotating cast of characters -- including centers Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskuas, Jamaal Magloire and power forwards Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem -- to handle opposing big men. While there is both size and talent in that group, none of the players individually stands as an ideal match-up for guys like Lopez, Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum. On Sunday, Lopez had a nice game. He finished with 20 points, five rebounds and an assist on 8-17 shooting in 28 minutes. He wasn't dominant, but he was clearly New Jersey's go-to player and he hit from a bunch of places and in a variety of ways. Unfortunately for Lopez, his teammates combined to shoot 3-14 from distance and 22-67 from the field. So while he shot 47%, his teammates shot 33%. And that was basically the ball game. The Heat showed Sunday that one-tricky pony offenses are simply no match for its balanced attack. Without New Jersey's shooters -- multiple shooters -- hitting from the outside, Miami's perimeter defenders were free to harass Lopez to their heart's desire. Coach Erik Spoelstra used Anthony, Ilgauskas, and Bosh on Lopez at different points over the course of the game, and each received help from teammates collapsing into the paint. Miami's active defense combined for 10 steals and they paid careful attention to boxing out Lopez on the offensive boards, limiting his opportunities for second-chance points. While Lopez is very good already, he is not an elite force capable of swaying a game single-handedly. On Sunday, he was just a puzzle -- a relatively simple one at that -- for the Heat to solve. With six Heat players scoring in double figures and a team shooting percentage above 53%, Lopez needed a lot more help than he received.  Sunday felt like a lesson for the rest of the NBA teams. Bring a balanced offensive attack -- some credible outside shooting to complement a solid interior game -- or risk watching LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh yuck it up on the bench during the fourth quarter, your fate already sealed.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES OF THE WEEKEND:

Brandon Jennings:  23 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 6-8 shooting.
Young Money cashed his first triple-double in Milwaukee's Saturday win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Honorable Mention goes to... John Wall: 28 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists 9-17 shooting. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft showed he's going to be a serious problem for NBA defenses, blasting off in Washington's loss to Atlanta on SaturdayPaul Millsap: 30 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 12-19 shooting. With this stat line in Utah's win over Oklahoma City on Sunday (their first W of the season), did Millsap just officially stick a fork in the Carlos Boozer Era?

DON'T MISS:

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the New York Knicks are cooperating with a league investigation into allegations of illegal pre-draft workouts that stretched over multiple seasons. He also writes that New York needs to surround power forward Amar'e Stoudemire with some better talent.

THUNDER STARTING COLD:

By Royce Young Offensively on paper, the Oklahoma City Thunder should have it good.  They have the league's reigning scoring champ in Kevin Durant. They have rising scorer and potential star Russell Westbrook. they have quality role players with scoring ability in Jeff Green and James Harden.  And yet, the Thunder offense has sputtered in the first three games. Yes, the team is 2-1 after a Sunday night loss to the Utah Jazz. But on the season, OKC is shooting 39.9 percent from the field and 20.8 percent from 3-point range. So really, it's sort of amazing the team has two wins under its belt.  What's kept the Thunder alive is the free throw line. OKC is taking an average of 41.6 free throws a game and is making 84 percent of those attempts. Without all those freebies, the Thunder could very well be sitting at 0-3.  Against the Jazz Sunday, it's the first game the Thunder didn't make more free throws than baskets. (In their first two games, the Thunder took 47 and 44 free throws, respectively.) OKC made 32 shots total and 30 free throws (out of 34). Still a large number from the stripe, but obviously not enough in a game the Thunder lost by 21. Not to dismiss the Thunder's two victories by simply saying they were gifts from the charity stripe, but at this point, the Thunder offense isn't really getting it done.  For instance, against the Utah, Oklahoma City went 23-35 inside 10 feet, but 9-45 outside of that. In fact, Durant made five of those longer 2-pointers (four 3s) and the rest of the team just four. The Thunder are settling for jumpers, the ball movement is poor and the typically deadly transition offense just isn't there right now.  The 3-point shot just isn't there and outside of Durant who is 6-13 on the season from deep, OKC is just 5-40 from 3 as a team. That's 12.5 percent. That's fairly terrible.  So is there a problem with the Thunder offense? No, not really. It's just kind of a matter of progress. Scott Brooks runs his training camp and preseason based almost entirely around defense and has even said publicly that he's not too concerned with OKC's offense. Any team looks better offensively when its making shots and right now, OKC's not making shots. Durant is shooting just 38.8 percent from the field which is obviously not something that will keep up.  The Thunder can thank the free throw line for their two wins and curse poor shooting and some defensive breakdowns for Sunday night's loss. The offense is sputtering right now, but it's a result of settling for jumpers and the fact that some of those jumpers just aren't going down. 

WHIMSY:

The Boston Celtics clearly had a good time on Halloween. For a full look at all the Halloween costumes around the NBA, click here. celtics-halloween

 

VIDEO CLIP MANIA:

Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd shows that, even in his decaying old age, he still has some tricks up his sleeve. Kidd sinks a three-quarter court shot before halftime of Dallas's game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. Video courtesy of outsidethenba on YouTube


ONE FINAL THOUGHT:

Rest in peace, Maurice Lucas.
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Posted on: November 1, 2010 9:17 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:21 pm
 

Lakers owner supports increased revenue sharing

Jerry Buss, the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, says through a spokesman that he supports increased revenue sharing in the NBA. Posted by Ben Golliverjerry-buss  Whenever the issue of contraction in the NBA was raised during the last few weeks, one couldn't help but wonder whether it was a case of rich owners publicly bullying poor owners.  It's no secret that the league's franchises enjoy vastly different levels of success and that their interests might not be in total alignment during ongoing labor negotiations with the players' union. By floating the idea of contraction, perhaps, the league or some of its owners might be reminding struggling franchises that it's a privilege, not a right, to participate in, and profit from, the collective. Another hot topic along rich owner / poor owner lines is revenue sharing, whereby the team's most successful financial teams (usually those in the largest markets with the sweetest TV deals) help subsidize less successful teams in the name of the competitive good and league-wide stability. NBA commissioner David Stern has acknowledged that the amount of revenue sharing among NBA owners will increase after the next round of collective bargaining, to narrow the gap between teams that play in front of packed houses with movie stars sitting courtside and those playing in half-empty stadiums. While you might expect the large-market owners to protect their financial interests by toeing a stern line against increased revenue sharing -- or at the very least remain quiet about the issue in public -- Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register writes that Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers has publicly voiced support for increased revenue sharing in the NBA's next collective bargaining agreement.
So how much are the Lakers going to fight that revenue sharing? "Not only are we not going to fight it, we'll support it," Lakers spokesman John Black said Sunday night, "due to the benevolence of our owner, who is willing to sacrifice for the overall good of our league." There you have it: The Lakers, the league's royalty whose purple and gold robes already make everyone in the NBA some nice coin, are on-the-record on board with giving up a lot more. At a time when there's almost no good news coming out about how the NBA could avoid a lockout after this season, that's a definite something.
Is it just me, or does an alarm bell go off anytime you hear the word "benevolence" used to describe someone with power? The guy is an NBA owner, not a third-world dictator. He's willing to share a few extra of his millions with other millionaires, I'm not sure that qualifies, exactly, as benevolence. But this statement does qualify as a meaningful step in the public discussion. Even if Buss is trying to get in front of potential criticism, his willingness to address the issue is a positive sign. And Ding makes a smart point: the Lakers, as a financially successful team and one that is in the midst of a potential dynasty as the end of Kobe Bryant's career approaches, have arguably the most to lose on both the balance sheet and the court if there is a lockout. Here's hoping Buss, whose Lakers have stood as a model franchise for decades, means what he says, and that other NBA owners appreciate his message and follow his lead.
Posted on: November 1, 2010 7:59 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:20 pm
 

Shootaround 11.01.10: Kobe is healthy, got it?

Kobe Bryant says his knee is healthy, questions in Houston after a slow start, two young point guards shine on Saturday, and former all star Maurice Lucas passes away. Links from around the NBA. Posted by Ben Golliver
  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant says his knee is 100% healthy, but he's a little testy about it. Writes Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com: "Bryant told a FOX Sports West reporter during an interview shown on the Staples Center video board that he is all the way back from offseason surgery to his right knee and didn't want to be asked about it again. Bryant was later asked if his statement was accurate by reporters in the locker room and he stood by it. 'Yes, so leave me the hell alone about my [expletive] knee,' Bryant said."
  • Last week, Boson Celtics guards Delonte West and Von Wafer got into a scrap after practice. In a video posted on Boston.com, West attempts to downplay the incident. "It's not that serious. We've moved past that, you know. We're competitive guys being competitive. Hopefully, it's for the benefit of the team. There's nothing wrong with healthy competition and pushing each other to get better. But things went a little too far."
  • Washington Wizards rookie point guard went off huge against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. Despite the loss, CJ Hempfield of BulletsForever.com liked what he saw. "John Wall had stretches during the 3rd quarter in which he looked unstoppable. Not only was he blowing past people on 1-man breaks but he also began to blow by defenders in the half court as well as hit a jumpers. He began to show flashes of what he might become in the future and the prospects are awesome."
  • In other electric point guard news, Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks, one of the finalists for last year's Rookie of the Year award, notched his first career triple double on Saturday. Alex Boeder of BrewHoop.com was suitably impressed. "Jennings pitched a near perfect offensive game, getting all Chris Paul on the Bobcats to the tune of 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists on 6-8 from the field, 3-3 on threes, and 6-8 from the line. He bursted with channeled enthusiasm for the game of basketball tonight, looking like the most excited guy in pregame introductions, and then directing an offense that owes him a thank you card signed by all. As a game manager, this was about as good as a 21 year-old can get."
  • Rob Mahoney takes a look at some Miami Heat numbers for the New York Times. " At first glance, turnovers would appear to be one of Miami’s most glaring flaws. James and Wade combined for an abysmal 14 turnovers against Boston on Tuesday, and James followed that sloppy performance with another nine turnovers of his own against Philadelphia. Something to note, though: Miami has been turning the ball over more often than it should, but it won the turnover battle in both games. Miami posted a lower turnover rate than both of its first two opponents (the Heat had a -3.3 turnover rate differential against the Celtics and a -3.2 differential against the 76ers), suggesting that while turnovers are a problem, they’re not necessarily the problem."
  • We noted last night that former NBA all star power forward Maurice Lucas passed away Sunday at age 58. His New York Times obituary. "Lucas was a rugged defender and an outstanding rebounder, capable of a sturdy pick and a timely basket on offense. Possessing a glare that presumably intimidated many an opposing player, he became the prototype power forward when he emerged as a star for the Trail Blazers in the late 1970s."
Posted on: October 31, 2010 10:51 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:20 pm
 

Former all star Maurice Lucas passes away at 58

Maurice Lucas, power forward for the 1977 NBA champion Portland Trail Blazers, passed away at age 58 on Sunday. Posted by Ben Golliver maurice-lucas Jason Quick of The Oregonian reports on Twitter that former Portland Trail Blazer power forward Maurice Lucas passed away on Sunday. Lucas, a four-time NBA and one-time ABA all star in a career that spanned 14 years and eight teams, had battled cancer for a number of years. Lucas will be remembered, particularly in Portland, as one of the league's great enforcers. In a small town that often feels picked on by the country's larger cities, Lucas reached heroic heights, as he never shied away from contact or conflict.  Lucas famously got into it with Philadelphia 76ers center Darryl Dawkins during Game 2 of the 1977 NBA Finals, and many believe the incident turned the series in Portland's favor. The Blazers went on to defeat the Sixers 4-2, winning what is still the only championship in franchise history.  Here's video of the fight, courtesy of patvilhauer on YouTube . For this combination of fearlessness and ultimate success, Lucas will stand as one of Portland's most beloved professional athletes for decades to come. Former Blazers center and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton, Lucas's teammate on the 1977 title team, recently called Lucas "the greatest Portland Trail Blazer of all time ." Walton also named his son, Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton, in honor of Lucas. Lucas began his career in the ABA, but was drafted by Portland when the league folded. After a four-year stint in Portland, Lucas went on to play for the New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and Seattle SuperSonics. He then closed his career in Portland in 1988, and shifted into an assistant coaching role the following season. More recently, Lucas served as an assistant coach under Blazers head coach Nate McMillan, starting in 2005. He primarily focused on developing Portland's big men both physically and mentally, calling on his playing experience to tutor players like LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Oden. Cancer forced him from the bench multiple times, and Lucas was unable to return for the 2010-2011 season. His No. 20 jersey has been retired by the Blazers and it hangs in the Rose Garden rafters.  Maurice Lucas was 58 years old.
Posted on: October 31, 2010 9:51 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:20 pm
 

Shaq wins best NBA Halloween costume picture

Pictures of the best Halloween costumes from around the NBA this year. Posted by Ben Golliver When it's not enforcing a dress code, tightening up the technical foul rules or threatening contraction, the NBA can be a pretty fun place. This year, players, mascots, cheerleaders and fans all got into the Halloween spirit, dressing up before, during and after games.  NBA stars like Dwyane Wade, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Shaquille O'Neal got into the act, and Shaq easily takes home top honors for his bold attempt at cross-dressing as "Shaqueeta."  Let's have a look. dwyane-wade-justin-timberlake-halloween Miami Heat star guard Dwyane Wade dresses up as Justin Timberlake, white face and all. Via I Am Black Bobby's Tumblr . al-horford-kanye-west Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford dressed up as Kanye West. Via Al Horford's Twitter . zaza-pachulia-charlie-chaplin Horford's teammate, Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia, dresses up as Charlie Chaplin. Via Horford's Twitter . halloween-nba This couple is really enjoying the Los Angeles Clippers game. Via Getty. kardashians-halloween-nba Kim Kardashian and a friend dress up (I think they are dressing up?) while watching the Miami Heat take on the New Jersey Nets. Via Getty. nba-fan-halloween One Clipper fan decided to dress up as owner Donald Sterling. Rimshot! Via Getty. elizabeth-banks Actress Elizabeth Banks dresses up as a cat as she takes in Friday night's game between the Portland Trail Blazers and New York Knicks, along with Tracy Morgan and Russell Simmons. Via Getty. halloween-nba The Los Angeles Clippers cheerleaders went all out. Via Getty. toronto-raptors-mascot As did the Toronto Raptors cheerleaders, who are put through their paces by the Raptors mascot. Via Getty. brook-lopez-halloween-nba Brook Lopez, center for the New Jersey Nets, wore black and orange shoes during his Halloween day game against the Miami Heat. Via @Jose3030 on Twitter . rockets-mascot-halloween-nba The Houston Rockets mascot poses with fans dressed up in the Halloween spirit. Via Getty. boston-celtics-halloween-costumes The Boston Celtics goof it up, with wing Paul Pierce, guard Ray Allen and company all decked out. Via Paul Pierce's Twitter. boston-celtics-halloween Here's another Boston Celtics team shot. This one includes point guard Rajon Rondo as an injured Tiger Woods. Via Paul Pierce's Twitter. shaqueeta-shaq-halloween

Last but not least, here is cross-dressing Boston Celtics center Shaquille "Shaqueeta" O'Neal, who crosses every line of decency in the process. Via Shaq's Twitter.
Posted on: October 31, 2010 5:45 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Miami Heat look to upgrade point guard position?

The Miami Heat are reportedly interested in trading for a point guard before this year's trade deadline. Posted by Ben Gollivercarlos-arroyo There aren't many question marks on the Miami Heat these days, not with perennial all stars Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh in the starting lineup. But the point guard position does seem to be of some concern when assessing Miami's ability to win a title this season.  Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has named Carlos Arroyo the starting point guard, and while Arroyo has looked fine during the Heat's 3-1 start, he's being judged against the high standard set by Boston's Rajon Rondo and Orlando's Jameer Nelson, the two teams Miami that will stand between Miami and the NBA Finals. Adding to the fact that Arroyo doesn't possess top end talent, questions are circling about his backup, Mario Chalmers. Spoelstra recently told Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel that Chalmers would not be a part of the Heat's regular rotation for the time being.
When it comes to point guards, Erik Spoelstra's focus is singular. The Miami Heat coach said Sunday that he likely will utilize only one per game for the foreseeable future.
For now, that has Carlos Arroyo in the starting lineup and Mario Chalmers on the outs. Otherwise, Spoelstra said he would turn to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as his primary ballhandlers.
"I'm only playing one point guard now," Spoelstra said before Sunday's game against the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center. "And that is Carlos. And I'm divvying up the rest of the minutes between LeBron and Dwyane with our shooters."
ESPN's Ric Bucher proposes one solution: trade Chalmers and change prior to this season's trade deadline for an upgrade at the point guard position, thereby solidifying the positional depth and potentially finding a replacement at starter for Arroyo.
From Bucher: "Two different team executives said they expect the Heat to dangle $3 million and second-year PG Mario Chalmers to a lottery-bound team looking to shed the long-term contract of a mid-priced spot-up shooting PG. Riley's objective is to find another shooter to space the floor, a la BJ Armstrong or John Paxson in their Chicago days playing alongside Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen." Bucher lists Toronto's Jarrett Jack and Cleveland's Daniel Gibson as potential targets.
The Raptors could be open to moving one of their point guards, as there aren't sufficient minutes for both Jack and Jose Calderon. But Jack seems the better fit for the new-look Raptors, who are building for the future around young athletes like DeMar DeRozan and Ed Davis. If he was available, though, Jack, who was college roommates with Bosh at Georgia Tech, would be a solid upgrade over Arroyo for the Heat and he possesses the size and quickness to make both Rondo and Nelson work. He isn't a pure knockdown shooter in the Paxson mold, however.  Gibson better fits the space-clearing spot-up shooter role, but his overall game isn't nearly what Arroyo's is, so he would simply be a marginal improvement over Chalmers. Gibson does have the added benefit of familiarity with James during their time together in Cleveland, but that relationship isn't going to stop Rondo in crunch time. Surely, the Heat will have other options come trade deadline season. Miami could well discover that once wing Mike Miller returns healthy the need for shooting from the point guard position isn't as severe. That could make Jack, or a Jack-like point guard with size and quickness on the defensive end, the right fit.
 
 
 
 
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