Has Pat Riley changed his mind on the Heat’s backup center job in only a few days? Last week the Miami boss said the team was looking for backup centers but didn’t need one. Now Miami is doing its homework on Andray Blatche of all people. Who should be more wary in this possible deal, the Heat because Blatche has never impressed anyone for longer than a week or Blatche because Eddy Curry, Dexter Pittman and Juwan Howard had less of a role than an extra in a crowd shot last year? … What position would Usain Bolt play in the NBA? We guess that question can only be answered when you figure out how to translate his mind-bending speed into an offense. He won his second gold in the 100 Sunday by ripping off a 9.63, if you missed it. His talents seem to need a wholly new position on the court, where you can have one guy ready at all times for fast breaks. He’d have to stand on the baseline of the opponent’s hoop at the elbow of the baseline and out of bounds but is “all-time offense” like in a backyard pick-up game that has odd numbers. Naturally, he’d bolt down the alley along the out-of-bounds line the second the offense got a rebound and look for the dime. It wouldn’t be an automatic score because he has to run past everyone still on defense, but we bet he could get buckets if teams didn’t have a cherry-picking defender. … You’ll see some stuff soon here on Dime about the Adidas Nations tourney out in SoCal, but this was interesting, too. Antoine Walker was making the rounds telling some players about the importance of good choices. He’d certainly know. … We’re out like Bolt.
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