TAG: Erik Spoelstra

instagram, NBA / Mar 22, 2014 / 12:13 pm

Miami Mobs Mike Miller After He Accepts His Championship Ring

Mike Miller, Erik Spoelstra, LeBron James

Mike Miller, Erik Spoelstra, LeBron James (Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Miami team member, and two-time champion, Mike Miller was back in Miami Friday night with the Grizzlies in town. The Heat, who had to let him go for luxury tax reasons before the season, did it right, with Erik Spoelstra handing him his 2013 NBA Championship ring before the game started and a commemorative video telling Miller to “keep letting it fly.” Read More »

NBA / Mar 4, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Mario Chalmers Is Miami’s Biggest X-Factor

Mario Chalmers

Mario Chalmers (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sports)

Speaking softly, humble, but with the confidence and cadence of a veteran who has seen and done everything the game has asked of him, Mario Chalmers off the court doesn’t deviate too far from the player we see on the court.

He most certainly is not the whipping boy you have been led to believe. He is an essential piece to this Miami Heat roster that has won the past two NBA titles. It’s even arguable the Heat could have overcome LeBron James‘s struggles in the 2011 Finals had Mario replaced Mike Bibby in the starting lineup sooner than Game 6. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Feb 4, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Is LeBron James Fouled Too Hard, Or Is He Flopping?

LeBron James, Josh Smith

LeBron James, Josh Smith (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

A few sites have picked up on a Vine video pretty clearly showing LeBron James embellishing some contact two times in one sequence during the Heat’s win over the Pistons on Monday night. But Heat coach Erik Spoelstra tells the Sun-Sentinel LeBron is getting roughed up because he’s big and strong enough to handle fouls that are more similar to tackles. So which is it, or is LeBron inflating some contact while also being able to handle harder tackle-fouls? Read More »

NBA / Jan 28, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Dime Q&A: Mario Chalmers On Obama, Richard Sherman & The Clutch Gene

Mario Chalmers

Mario Chalmers (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

It was during a highly emotional game in December against the Indiana Pacers, a team they faced off against in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals when tempers flared on the Miami Heat sideline. LeBron James went to sit on the bench during a timeout after Mario Chalmers had turned the ball over. The two exchanged some words and Mario said something to LeBron that made him erupt from his seat, charging at him until Udonis Haslem had to restrain him. Read More »

GIFs, Smack / Jan 21, 2014 / 11:41 am

Miami Heat Team With Michelle Obama For Delightful Dunk Cam (Video)

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Ray Allen, Michelle Obama, Erik Spoelstra

During the Miami Heat’s recent visit with the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Heat members, Erik Spoelstra, LeBron James, Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to help in a public service announcement for the Lets Move campaign to promote an active and healthy lifestyle. The First Lady, no stranger to basketball since she and her President Hubby are huge fans, set up a dunk cam where she threw down on Allen and Wade as part of the spot. Read More »

Smack / Jan 14, 2014 / 6:30 pm

Heat Visit The White House, President Obama Tells Them To Lay Off Mario Chalmers

Barack Obama, Miami Heat

Barack Obama, Miami Heat (photo. @JoeGoodmanJr)

If you’ve spent any time watching the 2-time defending champion Miami Heat, you’ve probably noticed how often the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh yell at Mario Chalmers. ‘Bron almost took his head off one night, before apologizing. When the Heat visited the White House today, President Barack Obama noted Miami’s practice of yelling at ‘Rio and joked about how much NBA fans love to root against the Heat. Read More »

NBA / Jan 13, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Why This Year’s Miami Heat Team Is Their Best Yet

Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen

Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

When LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh rose out of the stage amid the pyrotechnics and billowing smoke that bore resemblance to meeting the end boss of a video game, we were inclined to believe that these three alone were going to be devastating enough of a trio to wipe the floor with the NBA. Any record that had stood the test of time was to be toppled over, becoming nothing more than a pile of dust in the wake of this super team. 72 wins, unbelievable winning streaks, and dynasties were going to cower in fear and submit to a new idea of success.

What we failed to realize, and what history should have told us, is that three All-Stars, no matter their influence or talent, was not going to be enough to win a title or create the dynasty we envisioned. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Dec 29, 2013 / 8:24 pm

Chris Bosh Overruled Coach Erik Spoelstra And “Became A Prophet” Before His Game-Winning Three

Chris Bosh, LeBron James

Chris Bosh, LeBron James (Steve Dykes-/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Bosh had a pretty remarkable Saturday night. He scored a season-high 37 points to help his Miami Heat — sans LeBron James — overcome the Blazers in Portland. He also hit the game-winning three-pointer with under a second to play. Now comes word he actually overrode the instructions of coach Erik Spoelstra before the game-winner; Spoels had wanted CB to go for the tie, instead of the win. Read More »

NBA / Dec 17, 2013 / 11:15 am

Look Out, NBA: Miami’s Bench Has Never Been Better

Norris Cole

Norris Cole (Rob Grabowski/USA TODAY Sports)

Erik Spoelstra is boring holes through me as he answers my question on whether his Miami Heat are missing anything when Michael Beasley, the team’s newcomer that was sitting out Saturday night’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, isn’t available.

Adamantly, he speaks highly of his bench, specifically the volume of talent, saying, “Depth’s one of our biggest strengths on this roster, so we don’t like to use excuses.” Read More »

NBA / Oct 6, 2013 / 4:00 pm

Floyd Mayweather Takes In A Miami Heat Practice

LeBron James, Floyd Mayweather

LeBron James, Floyd Mayweather (photo. Instagram/kingjames)

Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather stopped by the Miami Heat practice facility today to deliver a message to the team before they embark on their odyssey to win a third straight NBA Championship. LeBron James — no stranger to celebrity — was actually excited just to be in the undefeated boxer’s presence. Read More »