TAG: Miami Heat

NBA / Oct 19, 2014 / 7:30 pm

Video: Watch Rookie Shabazz Napier Lead The Heat Past Spurs In OT

Jeff Ayres, Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier is forcing Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra into an uncomfortable position when it comes to the Heat’s point guards. With Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers ahead of Napier in the depth chart, something might have to change if Napier continues to torch teams in preseason like he did in Miami’s OT win over the still short-handed defending champs on Saturday night. Read More »

instagram, Smack / Oct 15, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Udonis Haslem Threatens To “Back Hand” The “Punks Hiding Behind Social Media”

Udonis Haslem

We really hope Udonis Haslem doesn’t get fined. The 11-year Heat veteran and three-time NBA champion took umbrage with a recent comment on an Instagram photo and decided to respond. Unfortunately the rhetoric will might get him in trouble with the league office and it’ll only spur on the mongoloids who think it’s OK to trash athletes and others while sitting comfortably ensconced behind the screen of their phone or computer. Read More »

NBA / Oct 15, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra: “I Think There’s Too Many Games, To Be Frank”

Erik Spoelstra

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says he’s open to learning potential benefits gleaned from the NBA’s 44-minute game experiment. As opposed to shortening individual contests by several minutes, though, Spoelstra makes it clear he would instead prefer if the league cut entire games from the 82-game regular season schedule. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Oct 12, 2014 / 8:30 am

Dellavedova & LeBron Miscommunicate On Pic & It Turns Into Perfect Headline

LeBron James, Matthew Dellavedova

During yesterday’s 122-119 overtime Cavs win over the Heat in Rio, Brazil, there were a lot of headlines asking whether LeBron James forgot he didn’t play for the Heat anymore. In one sequence involving Cavs backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova, James appears to set a pick on his own man when it was really just a communication breakdown between two new teammates. Read More »

NBA / Oct 11, 2014 / 10:00 pm

Video: LeBron Embraces Chalmers, Wade After Cavs-Heat Preseason Game

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Miami Heat 122-119 in an overtime thriller on Saturday that lived up to the hype surrounding LeBron James’ first game against his former team. Well, sort of. The score is real, but it belies the actual story: Cleveland was in control for the game’s majority until both teams rested their regular players at the beginning of the fourth quarter, and LeBron was noticeably disengaged from the opening tip. One thing we actually learned (or confirmed), though? All is well with James and his spurned teammates. Read More »

Smack / Oct 11, 2014 / 2:30 pm

Chalmers: Kyrie Will Have To Adjust To LeBron’s Leadership Style

LeBron James, Mario Chalmers

Mario Chalmers is a solid NBA player, and was certainly influential to the Miami Heat’s unprecedented success over the past four seasons. But casual fans don’t know the University of Kansas product for his quick hands, clutch shooting, or oft questionable decision-making. Instead, they see Chalmers as the internet meme he so quickly became during his time playing with LeBron James – as The King’s on-court whipping boy. Read More »

NBA / Oct 11, 2014 / 1:00 pm

What Bad Blood? LeBron James, Dwyane Wade Meet At Global Games Reception

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

Awkwardness? Likely. Hard feelings? Perhaps. Outright vitriol? No way. After recent comments and reports surfaced that suggested a major rift between the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers, team leaders Dwyane Wade and LeBron James greeted each other with smiles at the Global Games reception in Rio last night. Read More »

Smack / Oct 10, 2014 / 8:00 pm

LeBron James Calls Recent Comments By Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade “Surprising”

Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

The Miami Heat are moving on from LeBron James. Nothing to come out of South Beach in the immediate wake of James’ departure or in the months since have refuted his impact on the organization the past four seasons, or outright chastised him for returning home to the Cleveland Cavaliers. But a small war of words has been simmering nonetheless, and grew hotter this week when Chris Bosh said that he hasn’t talked to LeBron since The King’s decision and “doesn’t have much time” for players not on his team. Read More »

Smack / Oct 10, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Report: Cavaliers, Heat Avoiding Social Engagements In Brazil

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

A common critique of the modern NBA is that it lacks the competitive spirit – hatred is a better word – of the 1980s and 1990s. Players are friends first and opponents second, detractors say. That sentiment passes muster; growing up playing AAU basketball and the presence of social media keep these guys far closer socially than their predecessors. We don’t think that’s a bad thing, but can understand those that enjoy an air of outright vitriol in a basketball game. Might the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat be headed that way? It’s doubtful, but there are signs pointing the game’s newest rivalry is heading that direction. Read More »

Smack / Oct 9, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Chris Bosh Says Playing For Cavs Will Be “Very Difficult” For Kevin Love

Kevin Love, Chris Bosh

Basketball isn’t played on paper. Point guards aren’t pitchers, and centers aren’t goalies. It’s always remiss to expect players on new squads or just-formed super-teams to enjoy the success basic talent levels suggest. The 2007-2008 Boston Celtics are the exception to the rule; the 2010-2011 Miami Heat and certainly 2012-2013 Los Angeles Lakers are the norm. Read More »