TAG: Miami Heat

NBA / Sep 22, 2014 / 4:30 pm

10 Biggest Questions Entering The 2014-2015 NBA Season

Derrick Rose

With the new season just over a month away, we tackle the biggest questions facing the NBA in 2014-2015. Will LeBron James lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a title? Will the Houston Rockets regret letting Chandler Parsons get away? Will Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher help the re-built New York Knicks to the playoffs? Find out the answers to those pressing queries and more with our 10 biggest questions entering the 2014-2015 season. Read More »

Latest News / Sep 22, 2014 / 2:00 pm

Report: Miami Heat Won’t Abandon Small-Ball

Erik Spoelstra

LeBron James was the Miami Heat’s identity over the past four seasons. The inverted offense and hyper-aggressive defense that became the team’s calling-card were certainly bigger than one player, but would still not have been implemented without the singular force Erik Spoelstra frequently called “1-through-5.” It made sense, then, to expect wholesale schematic changes for Miami in 2014-2015 given James’ departure, but apparently Spoelstra and company will stay true to the systems going forward that helped the Heat to so much recent success. Read More »

instagram, Video / Sep 19, 2014 / 1:45 pm

Shabazz Napier Makes Seated, Rolling Halfcourt Trick Shot

Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier (photo. Miami Heat Instagram)

The Miami Heat’s Shabazz Napier went from LeBron James favorite on a perennial title contender to third-string point guard on a solid but transitioning team. If he shoots in games like he does in practice, though, perhaps the rookie first-rounder will render his currently underwhelming reality fleeting. Read More »

NBA / Sep 18, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Popovich Says Heat Didn’t Respond Well Mentally After Game 2 Finals Win

Gregg Popovich

Always deflecting attention away from himself and his brilliant championship team, Gregg Popovich says the San Antonio Spurs’ mesmerizing play in the last three games of the NBA Finals was about more than their standalone performance. According to the future Hall-of-Famer, the complacent attitude of their opponents was influential to the Spurs’ incredible and ultimately crowning success. Read More »

Video / Sep 16, 2014 / 5:45 pm

Watch Sick Video Of LeBron’s Top 100 Plays In Final Season With Heat

LeBron James

LeBron James (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Do you have 30 minutes to spare? Neither do we in the middle of the work week, but that shouldn’t stop you from watching this epic mix of LeBron James’ top 100 plays of the 2013-2014 season. Read More »

Smack / Sep 15, 2014 / 11:45 am

Mario Chalmers Says Heat Deferred To LeBron Too Much In The NBA Finals

Mario Chalmers

LeBron James averaged 28.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game for the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, and shot scintillating marks of 57.1 percent from the field and 51.9 percent from three-point range. More impressive? The King did it all against Gregg Popovich, one of the greatest coaches of all-time, who helmed an elite defense forged by Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, and a seamless, team-wide commitment to scheme. James’ matters certainly weren’t made easier by the performance of his supporting cast, either: Dwyane Wade was two steps slow, Chris Bosh hardly rose to the occasion, and the Heat’s banged-up, depleted peripheral pieces struggled to make a positive impact on either end of the floor. Read More »

NBA, sponsored01 / Sep 4, 2014 / 6:00 pm

The Equalizer Part 1: LeBron James In Command

LeBron James, Kevin Durant

This summer’s free agent de jure, LeBron James, headlines the initial installment in a 3-Part series where we’ll give you the NBA players who best represent “The Equalizer,” a person who levels the playing field so everyone gets a fair shake. There aren’t many players capable of navigating the various obstacles blocking the path to equanimity in the most dire of on-court situations, but our three Equalizers fit the bill — both on and off the court. Read More »

Smack / Sep 2, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Dwyane Wade Used A “Hollywood As Hell” Backdrop At His Wedding

Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union got married over the weekend. Everyone involved with the wedding reportedly signed non-disclosure agreements, so we probably won’t hear much about the actual proceedings. Still, several Instagram photos did make their way online and showed us how Wade turned a Joakim Noah quote into a wedding backdrop. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Aug 29, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Video: The Top 10 Miami Heat Plays Of The 2013-14 Season

Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

The 2013-14 Miami Heat made it to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season. They did not, however, capture a third straight title, and the focal point of their dominating four-year run, decided to head home after opting out this summer. Despite the loss of LeBron James, let’s take a look back at the final season with Miami’s big three of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and James. Read More »

Smack / Aug 27, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Dick Bavetta’s Three Favorite NBA Crowds: L.A., New York, Boston

Dick Bavetta

Recently retired NBA referee Dick Bavetta named his three favorite NBA crowds in an interview this week. Read More »