Tag:Heat Stroke
Posted on: October 12, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: October 12, 2010 11:02 am
 

Heat Stroke: Dolphins and Heat duel

Posted by Royce Young

It didn't take long for the Miami Heat to try and assert themselves as the dominant South Beach sports franchise. Move over Dolphins game. There's a Heat game to be heard.

WBGG Big 105.9 in Miami carries both Dolphins and Heat games on its airwaves (and classic rock otherwise). Of course there's an issue when both teams play at the same time. And that's what we're looking at right now. On Oct. 31 both the Heat and Dolphins play at 1 p.m.

The Heat have filed a complaint against Clear Channel because the Heat claim that Clear Channel is breaching its contract by favoring the Dolphins and airing their game. From the Hollywood Reporter, "According to the complaint, the team’s two-year-old broadcast rights agreement with Clear Channel specifies that if another Florida sports team was granted a rights agreement, the Heat would be entitled to an equivalent package."

You see guys, the Miami Heat are kind of a big deal now. Nobody bumps Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James. Nobody! Especially not Chad Henne.

But the Heat have a point. Reportedly there's a clause in their contract that gives them the priority in such a circumstance. And with their new cast of high-profile characters, there's no way they're letting that slide. This is in the first week of the season where interest will be at its peak.

According to the lawsuit, Clear Channel's contract with the Dolphins have the team rights on WBGG-FM plus rights on WINZ-AM, with the right to sell advertising. The Dolphins also (allegedly) got two hours of pre and post-game airtime, where the Heat just got a measely half hour. Supposedly other extras for the Dolphins were tossed in such as outdoor promotions, public service announcements, charitable events and rights fees.

This is kind of an interesting crossroads here. The NFL has been the sporting world's top dog for a while now, always drawing the most attention from people. Now the Heat are challenging the perch the Dolphins sit on. Of course they have a contract that says something important, but the point is that the NBA is now going head-to-head for the right to attention with the NFL.

And who thought what the Heat did was bad for business in the NBA?
Posted on: October 11, 2010 1:20 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2010 3:19 pm
 

Heat Stroke: You will pay to see the Heat play

Breaking News: Heat will make NBA ungodly amounts of money this year. Posted by Matt Moore

Mike Wallace, now of ESPN, commented Friday night in Kansas City for the Heat's sellout crowd (the first professional basketball game in KC's Sprint Center to actually feel like it sold out) that the Heat could be the NBA's stimulus package, with the way they're drawing people . Based on the enormous amount of attention the team is getting and a report today from the Wall Street Journal , that joke could be much closer to the truth than we suspect.

The WSJ today reports that ticket prices for the Heat are up across the land by as much as ...wait for it... 72% from the rest of the league. That's just stunning, I don't care how expected it was. That 72% increase is for the Celtics, though, arguably their biggest rival. But what's interesting is how widespread the increases are. The second biggest increase is in Cleveland, where the price is over $127 per ticket, versus the season average of $74.51.

Just so we're clear on this, the owner that has consistently disrespected James for what he feels is betrayal, and who played to the fans' heart strings, that owner will be making a considerable profit from James' appearance in Cleveland, and apparently demand is high enough to justify it. This is the great thing about sports. We feign outright disgust while still paying for that which disgusts us.

Meanwhile, the same effect happens with Toronto, where the price rises over $54 to see Chris Bosh not play defense for someone else, and even in cities who weren't burned by this summer. Rockets prices are up over $40, and Sixers prices are up over $52 Bucks. That's quite a steep increase in the middle of an economic downturn, regardless of when the recession ended. It's yet another sign of what the more rational among us tried to say this whole time. People can badmouth the Heat all they want, they are great for the league. Not good, great. Every team is going to profit significantly on those nights when the Triad Circus comes to town, and there's no denying they want those dollars.

If Dan Gilbert was really so outraged on behalf of the city over James' betrayal, he'd drop ticket prices for that game so that the fans could get afford to come see the man who broke their hearts and tell him how they feel. I'm still stunned the league is putting this on national television (which we'll get to another time), but the draw is obvious. Heck, just look at the ticket prices. Meanwhile, the Heat are going to put the NBA on the map in a way not even the recent Celtics-Lakers rivalry has been able to. This is going to be a peak season for the NBA in attention and revenue. Just a shame the peak comes right before the lockout fall.

Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:51 am
Edited on: October 6, 2010 9:41 am
 

Heat Stroke: Heat-Knicks to go 3D

ESPN plans to broadcast Heat game on ESPN 3D, take overhyped team into overhyped technology scope.
Posted by Matt Moore


Just in case you haven't had enough of the Miami Heat in two dimensions, you'll be able to get them in the third for the first time. The New York Times reports that ESPN will broadcast the first 3D NBA game on December 17th , between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat. The network will air the game on their newest venture, ESPN 3D, not to be confused with ESPN 3, their online component, or ESPN 8: The Ocho . From the Times :
Steve Hellmuth, the N.B.A.’s executive vice president for operations and technology, acknowledged that these experiments produced mixed results. He said producers were still determining how best to shoot games in a way that maximized the advantages of the medium. For basketball, Hellmuth said, this would probably mean fewer of the high, wide shots common in standard broadcasts, and more shots from the “low-slash position,” captured from a camera at the corner of the baseline
Oh, so the game will actually have its own look and feel. Neat. We're pretty excited about this. In fact, we've already put together a list of things we're excited to see in 3D for the first time in this game:
  • Carlos Arroyo's strange, carney hands. We think they'll look like tentacles, only not quite Rondo-esque.
  • Dwyane Wade's various sleeves, braces, and wraps. It'll feel like we're so close we can actually smell the hospital.
  • Amar'e Stoudemire's dunks, which we're pretty sure in 3D could actually give viewers PTSD.
  • Mike Miller's hands. After all, maybe in 3D we'll see what's wrong with them that he keeps passing instead of shooting.
  • Mike D'Antoni's mustache. It'll get us ready to eventually see it in the fourth dimension where it belongs, amid the cosmos.
  • Chris Bosh's defense. Maybe it'll seem more real that way.
  • LeBron James' ego. We're hoping the third dimension actually brings it into the physical dimension and it looks like a shadow player playing behind him.
  • Gallinari, because really, what's better than a 3D rooster?
Posted on: October 5, 2010 5:11 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 5:12 pm
 

Heat Stroke: It begins

Posted by Royce Young

It's just preseason. The games, the stats, the highlights don't count for anything. But finally, 89 days since "The Decision," the new Miami Heat will take the floor in a competitive basketball game.

The Heat host the Pistons tonight at 7:30 ET (it's on NBATV), opening what many believe could be a historical season. Yes, it's not Oct. 26 when the real thing gets going and the Miami trio may only play a handful of minutes. But they will all three be in uniform and in the Heat's starting lineup tonight. It's doubtful Erik Spoelstra will really break out anything big, but still. Still.

Three things I'll be watching closely:

1. How do Wade and LeBron work together offensively?
Carlos Arroyo is the starting point guard tonight (Mario Chalmers is out injured) but as we've seen over the years, Dwyane Wade tends to get the ball in his hands and operate a lot as well. But the thing is, so does LeBron. Granted, Spoelstra may just run the Heat through a number of simple offensive sets and there might not be a lot of ad-libbing, but who's the orchestrator?

2. What will the rotations look like?
Again, preseason game. So obviously this isn't the set rotation for Miami, but how will Spoelstra utilize his bench. Will he mass substitute or will he pluck in guys like Eddie House, Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem. All three are playing behind the Big Trio, but do they sub in separately or all at once?

Moreover, who plays and who plays first? Is Jamaal Magloire even in the rotation? What about James Jones and Da'Sean Butler? The Heat did a pretty incredible job of filling out the rest of the roster after Bosh, Wade and LeBron but it's possible some of those guys might be stuck at the end of the bench.

Will the Heat stick to positions or is there a chance we see some unique pairings like LeBron at point, Wade off the ball, Mike Miller at the 3, Haslem at power forward and Bosh at center?

3. Who runs the pick-and-roll?
Late shot clock, who's setting up the pick-and-roll, Wade or LeBron? Dwyane Wade is one of the most dynamic pick-and-rollers out there but LeBron is an absolute bull with a switching defense.

Let me say again so you all don't think I'm crazy for making a big deal about a preseason game that we won't learn much. But there will be something to take from this because though it doesn't count, at least we finally can stop talking and see something live and in action. Even if it doesn't matter.
Posted on: October 4, 2010 1:10 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2010 1:10 pm
 

Heat Stroke: ESPN hits warp speed on Heat

ESPN launching global initiative to track every conceivable detail of Miami's first season with the Triad. Posted by Matt Moore

You knew this was coming. If you're feigning outrage and shock, stop now. ESPN covers big stories with exhausting girth. That's their thing. They take the biggest stories, the ones likely to pull in the most people, and then they swallow them whole in a giant media albatross mouth. So it's only natural that they've now announced their plan for the Heat, and it is similarly behemoth.

You know why? Because we're all reading it. That's why. No matter how much people say they're sick of LeBron James, they're still in love with commenting on James news just to say how sick they are of it. No matter how much we argue they haven't won a single game, the fact is that all their games across the league are selling out and people are predicting record ratings. The Heat are going to sell. And ESPN has taken full advantage of that fact. It started with "The Decision" and it continues with the "Heat Index."

ESPN announced today that they are launching a special coverage initiative called "The Heat Index" which is, honestly, massive. It features now-former Cleveland Plain-Dealer reporter Brian Windhorst, who has covered LeBron since high school, Mike Wallace of the Miami Herald , Kevin Arnovitz, who runs ESPN's TrueHoop Network, and Sebastian Martinez-Christensen to provide ESPN Deportes coverage.

The package itself is huge, with a running tracker of how the Miami Triad stack up against other Big 3's throughout history, Heat-related Twitter aggregation, any Heat content from across ESPN and the TrueHoop Network, 24 hour live streaming feed of LeBron's house, a 3-D hologram display of how much merchandise is being sold at the arena, and health meters attached to the players. Okay, those last three I made up.

When we launched this here Heat Stroke, it wasn't just to bring you Heat news, it was to show you just how completely ridiculous the coverage of this team is going to be on a daily basis, more than any other story in the NBA, including the 16-time-and-defending champion Lakers. That's the irony. We recognize how ridiculous the coverage of the Heat is and will be, and at the same time we're a part of it. Why? Because you want to know.

Everyone's obsessed with this team. They're genuinely excited about the combination of talent on board, or they love to complain about the coverage, and in order to do so, they have to seek it out. Not that finding it is going to be very hard. Get used to it, this is the new NBA world for the next 12 months. All Heat, all the time Until next summer, at which point it's all lockout, all the time.
Posted on: October 1, 2010 2:33 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2010 2:34 pm
 

Heat Stroke: Very big important news

Posted by Royce Young

BIG TIME BREAKING IMPORTANT NEWS: LeBron James will be allowed to wear his headband in Miami this season. Phew, now I can sleep tonight.

Courtesy Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, LeBron said at Friday's practice, "I asked for it and I got it."

You may be wondering, "Why did LeBron have to ask if he can wear his headband?" Well, that's because Pat Riley has some sort of ban on them, for reasons unknown to anyone on the planet. From an old article, Riley is quoted as saying headbands are
"the disease of me ...  "I've just always had a thing about headbands."

Riley isn't the only coach that has a hangup with sweatcatchers. Jerry Sloan and Scott Skiles both prohibit them too. The common line of thinking behind restricting headband usage is that individuality is not part of basketball. Every play should dress the same, act the same and play as one unit on the court. It's a discipline thing. Most don't wear headbands for the intended use of catching sweat, but more for fashion reasons. I'm not saying I agree, I'm just saying I think that's the reasoning there.

However, LeBron's not getting special treatment from Riley just because he's LeBron. Previously, Riley allowed Jermaine O'Neal to keep his headband when O'Neal played in Miami. Odd how Riley easily allows something he called a "disease."

As for why LeBron insists on wearing skullbands,
James told the Akron Beacon Journal back in 2006, "I've worn a headband for a long time ... It is a routine. I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't wear one. If it is something you have been doing your whole life -- it doesn't matter what field you're in, athletics or the business side -- if someone comes and tells you to switch your routine up, it is going to mess up your work."

And instead of causing a MAJOR distraction this season in Miami, luckily Riley sidestepped all unnecessary controversy and attention by permitting LeBron to wear his headband. Crisis averted.
Posted on: September 30, 2010 1:43 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 1:44 pm
 

Heat Stroke: Role playing in Miami

Posted by Royce Young

The most coveted veteran free agent destination this summer was South Beach. But that was only after LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh decided to take their basketballing abilities there.

Once those three committed, you knew everything the Heat did would turn into a circus. Well, case in point, this here themed post.

But don't worry gang, LeBron, Wade and Bosh will totally hog all that spotlight for you so you don't have to. They're team players like that.

"Everybody always mentions me and C.B. and D-Wade," James said in an AP story. "So, the rest of the guys can fly under the radar and just be great for this team, which we know they can be."

Yeah, don't worry LeBron, Patrick Beverley totally plans on flying under the radar this season. And he salutes you from taking that media distraction away from him so that he can morph into a great player.

It is something interesting I've noticed as the Heat's much ballyhooed training camp has begun, that pretty every interview, every major television package includes the Big 3. Right now, that doesn't bother anyone. But come February if Mario Chalmers is playing a key part on the court and he's not getting any attention, could that bother him? He's in a contract year and surely he'd enjoy some attention for his efforts.

Maybe not though. Maybe everyone understands the situation and knew what they were getting into when they signed with the Heat. But a lot of the reason the trio signed in Miami was not just to put together a big winner on the court, it was to get everyone talking about them. And they will be. Just not the other 12 guys.
Posted on: September 28, 2010 3:44 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2010 3:45 pm
 

Heat Stroke: SVG talks Heat, and we listen

Posted by Royce Young

If at any point this season all the Miami Heat talk starts to get stagnant with boring quotes and a bunch of standard answers of, "They're a great team blah blah blah," have no fear. Just run to the bank of good Heat quotes that is located in Orlando.

Stan Van Gundy has never been one to hold back on what he thinks and yesterday at media day, you can be sure he talked as much about his fellow Floridian team as he did his own. And of course he, and a few other Magic personell, provided today's ridiculous Heat item of the day:

"ESPN is like 'all Heat, all the time,'" Van Gundy told Tim Povtak of FanHouse. "This isn't about us getting together for training camp and the theme is we have to beat the Heat. That's ridiculous. There are a lot of good teams. They aren't the standard bearer.''

But the good stuff from Orlando didn't stop there. Magic general manager Otis Smith said, "They've got a good three (players). I've got a good 12. We're as deep as any team in the league, probably deeper,'' said Magic general manager Otis Smith. "They've got three, and we're solid 1-12. Until they start playing the games, it's just a team on paper."

Smith was told that 99 percent of the analysts are picking the Heat to win the East, he quipped, "I'm in that one percent then ... Boston won the East last year, and the rest of us finished second. They might beat us 3-4 times during the regular season, but once the playoffs start, it's a different ball game."

That right there, is called bulletin board material. Or if you're LeBron James, mental note material.
 
 
 
 
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