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Goran Dragic: If Slovenia can win European Championship, Miami Heat can win World Championship, ‘Why not?’

Goran Dragic: If Slovenia can win European Championship, Miami Heat can win World Championship, ‘Why not?’

Heat guard Goran Dragic flexed his muscle while leading Slovenia to a EuroBasket championship.   Goran Dragic and the Slovenian national team overcame long odds to win the EuroBasket championships this summer. Now Dragic sees a parallel to his NBA team, the Miami Heat. “Nobody gave us a chance, the Slovenian national team,” Dragic said today on a conference call from...
After winning EuroBasket gold, Goran Dragic is ‘fully confident’ he will be ready for start of training camp

After winning EuroBasket gold, Goran Dragic is ‘fully confident’ he will be ready for start of training camp

Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat drives around Deron Williams #31 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena on March 6, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Miami won the game 106-98. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) MIAMI — It’s been quite the offseason for Goran Dragic. The Heat point guard led Slovenia to the EuroBasket gold medal this month and...
With start of training camp days away, Pat Riley believes Heat are ‘one step away from being a very good team’

With start of training camp days away, Pat Riley believes Heat are ‘one step away from being a very good team’

MIAMI — The Heat’s current 19-man roster has combined to make zero All-Star game appearances. But Miami is still widely expected to end up as one of the Eastern Conference’s eight playoff teams this season. That may be tough for some to figure out, but the Heat feel those expectations are justified. “There were only 12 All-Stars in the Eastern Conference last year...
Heat president Pat Riley on Dwyane Wade: ‘Any opportunities that are there, we’re always going to approach that’

Heat president Pat Riley on Dwyane Wade: ‘Any opportunities that are there, we’re always going to approach that’

Heat president Pat Riley was careful when talking about Dwyane Wade’s situation with the Bulls. MIAMI – With the Chicago Bulls and Dwyane Wad e seemingly moving toward a buyout, Heat president Pat Riley was asked about Wade returning to the city where he played for 13 seasons. “I feel great about our relationship that we had over the 13 years,” Riley...
Highlights from Heat president Pat Riley’s preseason press conference

Highlights from Heat president Pat Riley’s preseason press conference

MIAMI – The Miami Heat open training camp Tuesday at Florida Atlantic University. Today, Heat president Pat Riley gave his state of the team address, touching on everything from expectations to Dwyane Wade to  the makeup of the roster. Here are the highlights from Riley’s presser. On the roster: “I’m happy with it. Erik (Spoelstra) is happy with it. It&rsquo...
Miami Heat 2017 training camp preview: Hassan Whiteside is back with some new faces behind him on the depth chart

Miami Heat 2017 training camp preview: Hassan Whiteside is back with some new faces behind him on the depth chart

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside smiles before an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) With the Heat starting training camp on Tuesday, we are ramping up our coverage with our position-by-position breakdowns. Today we bring you a closer look at where Miami stands at the center position. We went...
How hard should the Miami Heat push Goran Dragic in training camp?

How hard should the Miami Heat push Goran Dragic in training camp?

MIAMI — With the Heat set to begin training camp on Tuesday, there’s one looming question. How hard should coach Erik Spoelstra push Goran Dragic in camp and the preseason? Dragic has spent the past month playing with the Slovenian national team in the EuroBasket tournament. “I think Spo has talked about that with his staff and also with Goran,” Heat...
Heat president Pat Riley on trip to bring relief to Florida Keys: ‘We couldn’t believe what we were seeing’

Heat president Pat Riley on trip to bring relief to Florida Keys: ‘We couldn’t believe what we were seeing’

Heat President Pat Riley on a shopping spree last week at the Miami Shores Publix . (Photo Rise Miami News) Pat Riley’s shopping spree at a Miami Shores Publix a week ago was not his only involvement in Hurricane Irma relief. Riley, Steve Stowe, who heads the Heat’s charitable fund, and equipment manager Rob Pimental were part of a convoy to the Florida Keys last...

Miami Heat select Weston-based Ultimate Software as uniform patch sponsor

MIAMI — Nike’s new Miami Heat jerseys don’t look much different than last season’s version. But there is one small addition to the uniform. This is the first season NBA teams are allowed to put advertisement patches on their jerseys, and Miami is taking advantage. The Heat revealed they will use Weston-based Ultimate Software as their uniform patch sponsor...
Miami Heat individual game tickets on sale to general public Friday

Miami Heat individual game tickets on sale to general public Friday

Miami’s Hassan Whiteside celebrates a key victory over Golden State at AmericanAirlines Arena last January. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Miami Heat Individual game tickets for the general public  will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Miami opens training camp Tuesday at Florida Atlantic University and begins its 41-game home schedule Oct. 21...
Miami Heat 2017 training camp preview: James Johnson taking over at power forward

Miami Heat 2017 training camp preview: James Johnson taking over at power forward

James Johnson’s breakout season in 2016-17 landed him a lucrative contract and spot in the starting lineup. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)     With the Miami Heat starting training camp Tuesday, we are ramping up our coverage with our position-by-position breakdowns. Today we bring you power forwards. We will wrap up our previews Friday with...
Miami Heat to hold public scrimmage at Florida Atlantic University on Sept. 30

Miami Heat to hold public scrimmage at Florida Atlantic University on Sept. 30

MIAMI — Want an early glimpse of this season’s Heat team? Come to Palm Beach County. As the Palm Beach Post and several other media outlets reported earlier this week, the Heat announced Wednesday that they will hold this year’s training camp at Florida Atlantic University’s campus in Boca Raton from Tuesday, Sept. 26 through Saturday, Sept. 30. Practices will be...
Miami Heat 2017 training camp preview: Who will be the starting small forward?

Miami Heat 2017 training camp preview: Who will be the starting small forward?

Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Indiana Pacers at American Airlines Arena on December 14, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) With the Heat starting training camp on Tuesday, we are ramping up our coverage with our position-by-position breakdowns. Today we bring you a closer look at where Miami stands at...
Miami Heat exercise fourth-year team option on Justise Winslow for 2018-19

Miami Heat exercise fourth-year team option on Justise Winslow for 2018-19

MIAMI — With the Sept. 26 start of training camp just one week away, the Heat are making sure their roster is ready to go. On Monday, Miami signed Josh Richardson to a four-year, $42 million extension that will start in 2018-19 and added undrafted rookie forward Erik McCree as the 19th player on its preseason roster. And on Tuesday, the Heat announced, as expected,...
Mailbag: What do long-term investments in Dion Waiters, Josh Richardson mean for rest of Heat guards?

Mailbag: What do long-term investments in Dion Waiters, Josh Richardson mean for rest of Heat guards?

MIAMI — After losing Dwyane Wade last offseason, the Heat were left with a big void to fill at the guard position. One year later, some would say Miami has too many guards on its roster. After making long-term investments in Dion Waiters and Josh Richardson this offseason, what does the future hold for the rest of the guards on the Heat’s roster? Miami Heat head coach Erik...
Miami Heat 2017 training camp preview: Shooting guards

Miami Heat 2017 training camp preview: Shooting guards

Miami’s Dion Waiters celebrates during a Heat victory at the Brooklyn Nets last season. (Photo Getty Images)    With the Miami Heat starting training camp one week from today, we are ramping up our coverage with our position-by-position breakdowns. Today we bring you shooting guard. Check back the rest of the week for small forwards, power forwards and centers. SHOOTING...
Miami Heat sign former Louisiana Tech forward Erik McCree

Miami Heat sign former Louisiana Tech forward Erik McCree

  Erik McCree of Louisiana Tech celebrates after a victory over Ohio State during the 2015-16 season. (Photo Getty Images) The Miami Heat signed undrafted rookie forward Erik McCree of Louisiana Tech on Monday, bringing their training camp roster to 19. McCree, 6-foot-8, 220 pounds, played for the Houston Rockets’ Las Vegas summer league team in July. McCree led the Bulldogs...
Miami Heat to hold training camp at Florida Atlantic University

Miami Heat to hold training camp at Florida Atlantic University

The Miami Heat are coming to Palm Beach County. The Heat will return to Florida Atlantic University for training camp starting Sept. 26 through Oct. 30. Camp will consist of practices that are closed to the public Tuesday through Friday with an open scrimmage to wrap up  the week Saturday morning.  The Heat then will return to Miami for the preseason opener. Last...
It’s official: Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson signs 4-year, $42 million extension

It’s official: Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson signs 4-year, $42 million extension

Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson, drives against Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade during a game last December. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) It’s official: Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson is a rich man. Richardson inked his four-year, $42 million contract extension today, the team announced. The deal, reported last week and confirmed by the Post, starts in 2018-19 and includes...
Goran Dragic’s teammate, 18-year-old Luka Doncic, could be No. 1 pick in 2018 NBA draft

Goran Dragic’s teammate, 18-year-old Luka Doncic, could be No. 1 pick in 2018 NBA draft

Luka Doncic, 18, with his idol and mentor, Heat guard Goran Dragic. Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic was the best player at the European Basketball championships this summer. Dragic led Slovenia to a 9-0 record and its first ever European title, averaging team highs of 22.6 points and 5.1 assists. He was named the tournament’s MVP. But the 31-year-old Dragic will be passing the torch to a fellow...
Miami Heat 2016 training camp preview: Point guard

Miami Heat 2016 training camp preview: Point guard

  Goran Dragic returns as Miami’s starting point guard and leader after a storybook summer in which he lead his national team, Slovenia, to its first European championship. (Photo by Getty Images)    The Miami Heat return to the court for the start of training camp on Sept. 26. Today, we start ramping up our coverage with our position-by-position...
Goran Dragic leads Slovenia to EuroBasket gold with 35 points, named MVP of tournament

Goran Dragic leads Slovenia to EuroBasket gold with 35 points, named MVP of tournament

MIAMI — Goran Dragic will walk away from the international basketball stage with a gold medal. After posting on social media last month his intention to retire from international play following this year’s EuroBasket, Dragic went out and made sure his last few games with the Slovenian national team were memorable ones. But the one Dragic is probably going to remember...
After riding out Irma, Udonis Haslem joins Erik Spoelstra, Nick Arison to help South Florida’s pet population

After riding out Irma, Udonis Haslem joins Erik Spoelstra, Nick Arison to help South Florida’s pet population

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, captain Udonis Haslem with dogs that were flown to the Bay Area to help make room in South Florida shelters (Photo Tom D’Angelo) MIAMI – Leave it to the Captain and the Heat’s only Miami native to ride out Hurricane Irma. While the rest of his teammates were evacuating, Udonis Haslem remained in his Southwest Ranches home with his family...
Goran Dragic helps power Slovenia past Spain to advance to EuroBasket championship

Goran Dragic helps power Slovenia past Spain to advance to EuroBasket championship

MIAMI — Goran Dragic will play for a championship on Sunday. No, not the NBA championship. Dragic helped power Slovenia to a 92-72 victory over a Spain squad led by Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio in the EuroBasket semifinals on Thursday to advance to the tournament’s championship game. Slovenia will face the winner of Friday’s game between Serbia and and Russia...
Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors teaming up to airlift more than 100 pets to clear space at area shelters

Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors teaming up to airlift more than 100 pets to clear space at area shelters

Heat captain Udonis Haslem and coach Erik Spolestra will be among those helping to load pets for relocation to create space at area shelters. (Getty Images) The Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors are teaming up with FedEx to airlift more than 100 pre-Hurricane Irma pets from local Miami animal shelters to no-kill animal shelters in Oakland, Calif. Due to the severe impact...
Miami Heat president Pat Riley shopping for items to hand out to Hurricane Irma victims

Miami Heat president Pat Riley shopping for items to hand out to Hurricane Irma victims

Heat President Pat Riley at the Miami Shores Publix. (Photo Rise Miami News)   Shopping was more than a pleasure for those at the Miami Shores Publix today. If you timed it right, you might have been bumping carts with a celebrity by the canned goods, or asking him to reach for any items on the top shelf in the cereal isle. That’s because Pat Riley went on a shopping spree....
Why did the Heat give Josh Richardson a $42 million extension? Retaining and developing talent has become a priority

Why did the Heat give Josh Richardson a $42 million extension? Retaining and developing talent has become a priority

MIAMI — Pat Riley believes in the Heat’s young nucleus. That core includes 28-year-old center Hassan Whiteside, 21-year-old forward Justise Winslow, 25-year-old guard Tyler Johnson and 23-year-old Josh Richardson. Developing this group is a big part of Miami’s plan moving forward. “Give me four guys their age in the league, and let’s play a four-on-four game...
Miami Heat mailbag: Will playing this summer for national team affect Goran Dragic when camp starts?

Miami Heat mailbag: Will playing this summer for national team affect Goran Dragic when camp starts?

  Goran Dragic following Slovenia’s victory over Latvia Tuesday in the EuroBasket quarterfinals. The days are counting down to the start of training camp, 11 to be exact before the Miami Heat will be back on the practice floor. Until then you have questions and we have answers. First, and most important, we hope and pray that everybody reading this who was impacted...
Miami Heat, Josh Richardson agree to 4-year, $42 million extension

Miami Heat, Josh Richardson agree to 4-year, $42 million extension

The Heat’s Josh Richardson tries to get a shot off between Detroit’s Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris during a game in March. (Photo by Getty Images) The Miami Heat are putting their faith in guard Josh Richardson. The Heat and Richardson have agreed to a four-year, $42 million extension starting in 2018-19, according to a source. The deal, which has yet to be...
A closer look at the bonuses that allowed the Miami Heat to keep Wayne Ellington this summer

A closer look at the bonuses that allowed the Miami Heat to keep Wayne Ellington this summer

MIAMI — It wasn’t easy, but the Heat found a way to sign James Johnson, Dion Waiters and Kelly Olynyk to long-term contracts while also fitting Wayne Ellington’s $6.3 million salary for next season under the 2017-18 salary cap threshold of $99,093,000. How did Miami manage to pull it off? Heat general manager Andy Elisburg came up with a strategy to manipulate...
Heat guard Goran Dragic helps Slovenia advance to EuroBasket semifinals with win over Latvia

Heat guard Goran Dragic helps Slovenia advance to EuroBasket semifinals with win over Latvia

Goran Dragic and Slovenia advanced to the EuroBasket semifinals Tuesday with a victory over Latvia. (AP Photo) Goran Dragic got the better of Kristaps Porzingis today as Slovenia defeated Latvia 103-97 in the EuroBasket quarterfinals. Dragic, the Miami Heat point guard, had 26 points, eight assists and six rebounds while shooting 9-of-15 from the floor. Porzingis, the Knicks forward, had...
Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters not on SI list of top 100 players; labeled ‘one-trick pony’

Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters not on SI list of top 100 players; labeled ‘one-trick pony’

Dion Waiters certainly is being paid like a top 100 player but not everybody believes he is a top 100 player. Waiters, who re-signed with the Miami Heat this summer for four-years, $52 million, is not among the top 100 players in the league according to Sports Illustrated. Sports Illustrated labeled Hat guard Dion Waiters a ‘one-trick pony’ and left him off its list of the...
Irma’s winds damage Miami Heat practice court roof at AmericanAirlines Arena

Irma’s winds damage Miami Heat practice court roof at AmericanAirlines Arena

Piece of practice court roof at AmericanAirlines Arena sheared off by Hurricane Irma. (Photo WPLG) Hurricane Irma did plenty of damage to downtown Miami, including AmericanAirlines Arena. The outer membrane of the Miami Heat’s practice court roof was damaged, pictures showing it draped over the side of the building. But it is believed the damage is minor and the building remains...
What you should know about Miami Heat guard Larry Drew: He really can rack up the assists. … and he raps

What you should know about Miami Heat guard Larry Drew: He really can rack up the assists. … and he raps

Larry Drew II, the newest member of the Miami Heat, has played all 96 of his G League game with the Heat’s affiliate, Sioux Falls. The Miami Heat boosted their training camp roster to 18 Tuesday by adding another guard. Larry Drew II, the 27-year-old who has played 10 games in the NBA , was signed late Tuesday. Drew joins additions Matt Williams Jr. and Derrick Walton...
Guard Larry Drew II back for his third Miami Heat training camp

Guard Larry Drew II back for his third Miami Heat training camp

Larry Drew II played for Philadelphia’s summer league this year. Here he tries to stop the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball in Las Vegas in July. (Photo by Getty Images) The Miami Heat are very familiar with their latest addition. The Heat signed guard Larry Drew II, who was in Miami’s training camp in 2013 and 2014 and and had stints with the Heat’s developmental...
Mailbag: Is Josh Richardson a realistic option for the Heat’s starting small forward spot?

Mailbag: Is Josh Richardson a realistic option for the Heat’s starting small forward spot?

MIAMI — Justise Winslow is expected to be ready for the start of the season. The question is, will he get his starting job back? Rodney McGruder will compete with Justise to be the Heat’s starting small forward, but don’t forget about Josh Richardson. Is Josh a realistic option to start at small forward this season? We answer that question and more in the...
Udonis Haslem still lobbying for Dwyane Wade to finish career with Miami Heat

Udonis Haslem still lobbying for Dwyane Wade to finish career with Miami Heat

Udonis Haslem would like to finish he career beside his ‘brother’ Dwyane Wade. (AP Photo) HOLLYWOOD – Decked out in green apron and making sure not to confuse a Subway club with an Italian B.M.T., Udonis Haslem – along with partner Jason Taylor – waited on customers at his newest Subway restaurant. But whether he’s serving footlongs or ...
How much better will Heat be this season? Offshore sports book puts projected win total at 43 1/2

How much better will Heat be this season? Offshore sports book puts projected win total at 43 1/2

MIAMI — The Heat are expected to be better this season. But how much better? With 11 players returning from last season’s 41-41 team, the Bovada.lv offshore sports book has the over-under betting line for the Heat’s win total for the 2017-18 regular season at 43 1/2 games. Miami has finished with fewer than 43 wins in two of the past three seasons and missed...
Chris Broussard claims Erik Spoelstra never ‘fully coached’ LeBron James, Tony Fiorentino responds

Chris Broussard claims Erik Spoelstra never ‘fully coached’ LeBron James, Tony Fiorentino responds

Tony Fiorentino and Eric Reid Coach Tony has no time for your Spoelstra disrespect. Tony Fiorentino, the long-time television voice of the Miami Heat who is entering his final season of broadcasting, took to Twitter on Wednesday to express his displeasure with an opinion given by Fox Sports’ Chris Broussard. Broussard was critical of Erik Spoelstra while appearing on the HoopsHype...
Heat forward Justise Winslow looking forward to start of season after summer of basketball, travel and art

Heat forward Justise Winslow looking forward to start of season after summer of basketball, travel and art

MIAMI — Justise Winslow’s offseason began in January. It started a few months earlier than expected, as Winslow was limited to just 18 games in his second NBA season due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder that required season-ending surgery. It’s been eight months since Winslow last played in an NBA game on Dec. 30. But Winslow expects to be fully recovered...
Heat guard Goran Dragic opens EuroBasket with 30-point performance to lead Slovenia to win

Heat guard Goran Dragic opens EuroBasket with 30-point performance to lead Slovenia to win

MIAMI — The start of Heat training camp is still weeks away, but don’t tell Goran Dragic that. The 31-year-old Heat point guard already looks like he’s ready. Dragic has spent the offseason in Slovenia preparing for EuroBasket, and he started the tournament with an efficient 30-point performance to lead Slovenia to a 90-81 win over Poland on Thursday in Helsinki...
Heat owner Micky Arison, Carnival Cruise Line to donate $2 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Heat owner Micky Arison, Carnival Cruise Line to donate $2 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Miami Heat owner Micky Arison looks on during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets at American Airlines Arena on October 11, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) MIAMI — Count Miami Heat owner Micky Arison among those getting involved in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Arison, his company and his foundation are pledging a minimum of $2 million...
3 G-League standouts the Miami Heat could turn into stars

3 G-League standouts the Miami Heat could turn into stars

Chris Obekpa #12 of the St. John’s Red Storm reacts to a play against the Syracuse Orange during the second half of the game at the Carrier Dome on December 6, 2014 in Syracuse, New York. St. John’s defeated Syracuse 69-57. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images) Earlier this month, the Miami Heat took a flier on Jordan Mickey, an elite shot-blocker and solid...
Odds makers not impressed with Miami Heat’s off season

Odds makers not impressed with Miami Heat’s off season

The Miami Heat are getting little respect for their second half of last season and off-season signings. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) The Miami Heat returns the core of a team that posted the second-best record in the NBA for the second half of last season plus has added two rotational players. Yet, the Heat are receiving little respect from the odds makers. The most recent...
Mailbag: What does losing out on Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving say about the Miami Heat? We answer that and more

Mailbag: What does losing out on Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving say about the Miami Heat? We answer that and more

The Miami Heat, and president Pat Riley, will remain major players in free agency and the trade market. The Miami Heat always are in the conversation during free agency or when a star player suddenly is on the trade block. That’s the benefits of having Pat Riley running your organization and being located in major destination. But the Heat were unable to land either of the two biggest names...
Heat mailbag: What will be Erik Spoelstra’s biggest challenge this season?

Heat mailbag: What will be Erik Spoelstra’s biggest challenge this season?

MIAMI — It’s hard to believe, but the Heat begin training camp in just four weeks. Besides trying to build on the 30-11 finish to last season, what’s going to be Erik Spoelstra’s biggest challenge this year? We answer that question and more in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag. If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for...
A look at the Miami Heat’s six-game preseason schedule

A look at the Miami Heat’s six-game preseason schedule

MIAMI — The regular season is starting earlier this year, but that doesn’t mean the Heat will cut back on their preseason work. Miami announced its official 2017-18 preseason schedule Friday afternoon and it consists of six games — three at home and three on the road. The Heat’s six-game exhibition schedule matches the most by any team in the preseason...
What should the Heat’s All-Time roster look like? Here’s NBA 2K18’s answer

What should the Heat’s All-Time roster look like? Here’s NBA 2K18’s answer

MIAMI — Have you ever wondered what a Heat roster featuring LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Tim Hardaway, Alonzo Mourning and Glen Rice in their peaks would look like? NBA 2K18 is here for you. Visual Concepts, the developer of the NBA 2K series, released the rosters for all 30 All-Time teams that will appear in NBA 2K18 when the video game is released in September. Alonzo...
Mailbag: What does Kyrie Irving trade mean for the Heat and rest of the Eastern Conference?

Mailbag: What does Kyrie Irving trade mean for the Heat and rest of the Eastern Conference?

MIAMI — The top two teams in the Eastern Conference swapped star point guards. The Celtics acquired Kyrie Irving from the Cavaliers for point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and Brooklyn’s 2018 unprotected first-round pick. What does this trade mean for the landscape of the Eastern Conference this season? We answer that question and more...
Kyrie Irving traded to Boston: Celtics offer was too good for Heat to match, too good for Cavaliers to say no

Kyrie Irving traded to Boston: Celtics offer was too good for Heat to match, too good for Cavaliers to say no

MIAMI — The Heat were part of the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes from the start. That was because Irving reportedly listed the Heat as one of his preferred trade destinations, along with the Knicks, Spurs and Timberwolves. But really, Miami — even with Pat Riley on its side — didn’t have a chance to land Irving once the Celtics entered the fray. Isaiah Thomas #4 of the...
What you should know about Miami Heat power forward Jordan Mickey? He’s has something in common with Shaq

What you should know about Miami Heat power forward Jordan Mickey? He’s has something in common with Shaq

New Miami Heat forward Jordan Mickey blocks a shot last season while with the Celtics during a game against the Knicks. (Photo by Getty Images) The Miami Heat entered the offseason with a need to boost the power forward position. First came Bam Adebayo, a center-forward, who was taken with the 14 th overall selection in the draft. Then free agency helped solidify the spot...
Mailbag: Are Miami Heat still in the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes? We examine that and more.

Mailbag: Are Miami Heat still in the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes? We examine that and more.

Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers gestures to the crowd in the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals in June. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Although it’s been quiet on the Kyrie Irving trade front of late, most believe a move is coming. And if Irving is still out there, never rule out the Miami Heat. We answer questions...
First-round pick Bam Adebayo says Miami Heat initiation has been ‘welcoming’

First-round pick Bam Adebayo says Miami Heat initiation has been ‘welcoming’

MIAMI — Working out with Udonis Haslem has become a rite of passage for new Heat players. Haslem invited Rodney McGruder, Wayne Ellington, James Johnson, Luke Babbitt and Willie Reed to work out with him before their first season with the Heat last summer. This offseason, Haslem made sure to introduce Heat first-round pick Bam Adebayo to the workouts that have allowed...
Learning curve has started for Miami Heat rookies Derrick Walton Jr., Matt Williams Jr.

Learning curve has started for Miami Heat rookies Derrick Walton Jr., Matt Williams Jr.

Derrick Walton Jr., shown here at the Heat’s ‘Back To School’ event Monday, is the first Heat player to sign a two-way contract. (Anthony Chiang/Palm Beach Post). MIAMI – Students from all over Miami-Dade County may have started school today, but learning how to become a member of the Miami Heat started one month ago for two of the team&rsquo...
Report: Heat to sign former Celtics forward Jordan Mickey

Report: Heat to sign former Celtics forward Jordan Mickey

Jordan Mickey #55 of the Boston Celtics puts up a layup in the second half of a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) The Miami Heat are finalizing a deal with former Boston Celtics forward Jordan Mickey, according to The Vertical. Mickey and the Heat are expected to agree...
Mailbag: We look at the schedule and if the Heat can avoid another slow start; what players must show most improvement?

Mailbag: We look at the schedule and if the Heat can avoid another slow start; what players must show most improvement?

  Hassan Whiteside and the Heat celebrate last season after Dion Waiters’ game-winner over the Warriors. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) The Miami Heat open the season in Orlando two months from today. The Heat then enter a very important period with their longest home stand of 2017-18 followed by their longest road trip. How will the early season...
Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem to Dwyane Wade: ‘We’d love to have you’

Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem to Dwyane Wade: ‘We’d love to have you’

Miami’s Udonis Haslem hugs Dwyane Wade after a game last season in Chicago. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Miami Heat captain Udonis Haslem has some advice – and a message – for his good friend, Dwyane Wade. “My advice to him is, ‘Hey, we’d love to have you but take it one step at a time, take it one day at a time,” Haslem said on the...
Report says LeBron James “100 percent” leaving Cleveland. Should we strike up the Heat talk once again?

Report says LeBron James “100 percent” leaving Cleveland. Should we strike up the Heat talk once again?

A report says LeBron James is “100 percent” leaving Cleveland. Could he return to Miami? (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) The Season of LeBron is off and running. Soon after a report that LeBron is “100 percent leaving” Cleveland after the season, another surfaced disputing that as “100 percent false.” Veteran NBA writer Chris Sheridan quoted a league...
The odds are not good for Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside to win MVP

The odds are not good for Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside to win MVP

Heat center Hassan Whiteside make the list of players’ who have a chance to win the MVP, but just barely. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) Hassan Whiteside’s name appears on the odds to win the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. … but barely. The Heat’s center is a 250/1 shot according to Bovada, the longest odds on the board and tied for 35 ...
Miami Heat schedule 2017-18: Which team will Dwyane Wade be on when Bulls come to town in late March?

Miami Heat schedule 2017-18: Which team will Dwyane Wade be on when Bulls come to town in late March?

Miami’s Udonis Haslem hugs Dwyane Wade after a game last season in Chicago. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) When the Chicago Bulls visit the Miami Heat in late March, Dwyane Wade will be facing his old team. The question is: Which will be is old team? The schedule, which was released Monday, shows the Bulls visit Miami twice; Nov. 1 during the Heat’s first homestand...
One small detail in the 2017-18 schedule should help the Miami Heat. Here’s what it is …

One small detail in the 2017-18 schedule should help the Miami Heat. Here’s what it is …

MIAMI — The NBA schedule makers were kind to the Heat. It could be hard to spot the favorable parts of an 82-game schedule. But look hard enough at Miami’s list of regular-season games and you’ll find one. As part of the formula used to balance NBA schedules, the Heat face four Eastern Conference teams just three times each season. Miami plays...
Miami Heat schedule notes: 13 back-to-backs, nine games on national television, much more

Miami Heat schedule notes: 13 back-to-backs, nine games on national television, much more

Miami Heat players Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside, James Johnson celebrate after a victory in Detroit last March. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) The Miami Heat open the season at Orlando Oct. 18 and return to South Florida for their home opener three nights later against Indiana. The schedule, released Monday, is more spread out with the season starting about a week...
What’s different about the 2017-18 NBA schedule this season? More rest, less back-to-backs

What’s different about the 2017-18 NBA schedule this season? More rest, less back-to-backs

MIAMI — The NBA is trying its best to limit injuries and cut down on the number of games in which teams rest healthy players. Just take a look at the 2017-18 schedule that was released Monday. With the regular season starting a week earlier this year on Oct. 17, the NBA was able to eliminate the “four games in five nights” scenario. For the first...
Miami Heat schedule: 10 games on their 2017-18 schedule you won’t want to miss

Miami Heat schedule: 10 games on their 2017-18 schedule you won’t want to miss

MIAMI — The Heat’s regular-season schedule is set. The NBA released the full 2017-18 schedule Monday evening and, as always, there are plenty of intriguing matchups to be excited for. For the Heat, there are two home games against Dwyane Wade and the Bulls, an early-season game against Gordon Hayward and the Celtics, and even an international contest against the...
Miami Heat schedule 2017-18: Early home stand includes Spurs, Celtics and Dwyane Wade

Miami Heat schedule 2017-18: Early home stand includes Spurs, Celtics and Dwyane Wade

The Miami Heat season tips off Oct. 18 at Orlando. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Miami Heat fans will have plenty of opportunities to see their team early in the season. After opening the season in Orlando on Oct. 18, Miami returns to AmericanAirlines Arena to start its longest homestand of the season, six games, which will include Dwyane Wade’s second game in Miami since...
Mailbag: Who should be the Miami Heat’s starting power forward?

Mailbag: Who should be the Miami Heat’s starting power forward?

MIAMI — It’s hard to believe, but the NBA season is inching closer. Six weeks stand between us and the Sept. 26 start of Heat training camp. So let’s take a look at one of the position battles that will be going on in camp. Who will be the Heat’s starting power forward? We answer that question and more in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag. If you weren&rsquo...
Dion Waiters speaks about new contract with the Heat, discusses Kyrie Irving situation

Dion Waiters speaks about new contract with the Heat, discusses Kyrie Irving situation

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crNeqI3q3uw&w=492&h=307] MIAMI — Dion Waiters is having a good summer. The 25-year-old guard signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Heat last month. And last weekend, he hosted his annual “Made in Philly” party in his hometown of Philadelphia. The bash was attended by rapper and close friend Meek Mill, Heat teammates...
Kelly Olynyk is getting to know Hassan Whiteside off the court, excited to team up with him on the court

Kelly Olynyk is getting to know Hassan Whiteside off the court, excited to team up with him on the court

MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside and Kelly Olynyk’s relationship began with a flagrant-2 foul. In a game between the Heat and Celtics on March 9, 2015, Whiteside blindsided Olynyk with an elbow to the back of his neck and knocked him down to the court. Whiteside picked up a flagrant-2 foul and an automatic ejection for the play, and was slapped with a one-game suspension...
Wife of Willie Reed says incident ‘blown out of proportion,’ wants domestic battery charge dropped

Wife of Willie Reed says incident ‘blown out of proportion,’ wants domestic battery charge dropped

Former MIami Heat center Willie Reed has agreed to a $1.5 million contract with the Clippers. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) MIAMI — The wife of former Heat center Willie Reed does not plan to press charges after her husband was arrested Sunday on domestic violence misdemeanor battery charges. The statement released by attorney Ivlis Mantilla from Jasmine Reed...
Report has the Heat taking on the Nets in Mexico City this season

Report has the Heat taking on the Nets in Mexico City this season

MIAMI — The 2017-18 NBA schedule is expected to be released soon, and it looks like the Heat will be one of the teams playing in Mexico City this season. The Heat will face the Nets in Mexico City on Dec. 9, according to a Twitter post by a Mexican journalist Paulina Benavente. This will reportedly come after the Nets take on the Thunder in Mexico City on Dec. 7, with...
Miami Heat: What should you know about 6-foot-5 guard Matt Williams Jr.? He’s a persistent worker.

Miami Heat: What should you know about 6-foot-5 guard Matt Williams Jr.? He’s a persistent worker.

MIAMI — The Heat use their summer league team in part to discover prospects who have slipped through the cracks. Miami found former UCF shooting guard Matt Williams Jr. this offseason. Williams, who went undrafted this summer, signed with the Heat in July on a standard NBA rookie contract for training camp that could be converted to a two-way deal down the road. In eight games (six...
Mailbag: Why did the Heat go ‘all-in’ on a .500 roster?

Mailbag: Why did the Heat go ‘all-in’ on a .500 roster?

MIAMI — After missing out on Gordon Hayward in free agency this summer, the Heat decided to bring back last season’s core. A core that led Miami to a 41-41 record. Was it a good decision for the Heat to invest years and money into a .500 team? We answer that question and more in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag. If you weren’t able to ask a question...
Former Heat center Willie Reed arrested in Miami-Dade on domestic violence charge

Former Heat center Willie Reed arrested in Miami-Dade on domestic violence charge

Willie Reed was arrested early Sunday morning on a domestic violence charge in Miami-Dade County, just three days after the Los Angeles Clippers announced they had signed the former Miami Heat center. Reed, 27 remained in jail as of 7:30 a.m., according to the Miami Herald, which first reported the story. Reed and the Clippers agreed to a one-year deal for just less than...
Former Miami Heat forward Luke Babbitt signs for minimum with Atlanta Hawks

Former Miami Heat forward Luke Babbitt signs for minimum with Atlanta Hawks

  Luke Babbitt of the Miami Heat takes a shot over Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a game in March. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) The last Miami Heat free agent has found a home. Luke Babbitt, who started 55 games in his lone season with the Heat, has agreed to a one year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, according to ESPN. The contract is for...
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra honored to be part of NBA’s Africa Game

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra honored to be part of NBA’s Africa Game

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has been a part of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program in Africa this week. (Photo Miami Heat) Luol Deng played just two seasons with the Miami Heat but he made an impact on coach Erik Spoelstra that goes beyond the court. Spoelstra is in Africa as part of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program and it is because of his...
Erik Spoelstra on Heat losing Willie Reed: ‘We’re always going to root for him’

Erik Spoelstra on Heat losing Willie Reed: ‘We’re always going to root for him’

MIAMI — The Heat found a way to keep last season’s core pretty much intact this summer. But there’s at least one key piece of the rotation who won’t be returning — Willie Reed. The 27-year-old center signed a one-year contract worth $1.5 million with the Clippers in free agency this offseason. This came after Reed declined his 2017-18 player option with the...
With core of last year’s team returning, coach Erik Spoelstra says Miami Heat will “aim high”

With core of last year’s team returning, coach Erik Spoelstra says Miami Heat will “aim high”

Head coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat looks on from the bench while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on March 6, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Miami won the game 106-98. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) The Miami Heat got what they wanted. The 2016-17 team that had the second-best record in the NBA the second half of the season will return virtually intact...
Should the Heat offer Josh Richardson a contract extension? A look at the looming decision

Should the Heat offer Josh Richardson a contract extension? A look at the looming decision

MIAMI — The Heat now face a decision regarding Josh Richardson’s future. Starting Thursday, Richardson is eligible to receive a contract extension. The 6-foot-6 combo guard is eligible for an extension up to four years in length and for as much as $43 million in total value. The extension would begin in the 2018-19 season, as Richardson is already under contract with the Heat...
Odds of LeBron James returning to the Miami Heat probably not as great as you might think

Odds of LeBron James returning to the Miami Heat probably not as great as you might think

LeBron James posted this photo on his Instagram account. The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the verge of imploding. Point guard Kyrie Irving wants out, tired of playing Robin to LeBron James’ Batman, a story first reported by ESPN. And LeBron is toying with the idea of bolting Cleveland for a second time when he becomes a free agent next summer, according to multiple reports...
Will the Miami Heat continue to bring the ‘Brothers Johnson’ off the bench? Tyler Johnson says it would be ‘cool’

Will the Miami Heat continue to bring the ‘Brothers Johnson’ off the bench? Tyler Johnson says it would be ‘cool’

Tyler Johnson and James Johnson of the Miami Heat slap hands during a game against the Indiana Pacers in February. (Getty Images) KENDALL – Tyler Johnson’s connection with James Johnson runs much deeper than their last names. Tyler and James instantly bonded when the Heat signed James last summer. The two lived in the same neighborhood and would ...
Tyler Johnson glad Miami Heat kept team together: ‘We know what we’re capable of’

Tyler Johnson glad Miami Heat kept team together: ‘We know what we’re capable of’

KENDALL — When asked how important it was to him that this Heat team stayed together this offseason, Tyler Johnson flashed his toothless grin. Johnson was happy to see the Heat re-sign James Johnson and Dion Waiters, and find room to retain Wayne Ellington. As it stands right now, the Heat have 11 players returning from last year’s season-ending roster. Johnson...
Mailbag: Who should be the Heat’s starting small forward — Rodney McGruder or Justise Winslow?

Mailbag: Who should be the Heat’s starting small forward — Rodney McGruder or Justise Winslow?

MIAMI — Rodney McGruder impressed as the Heat’s starting small forward in place of the injured Justise Winslow last season. But with Justise set to return this upcoming season, will Rodney be sent back to the bench? We answer that question and more in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag. If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future...
A look at a few roster decisions that await the Miami Heat in August

A look at a few roster decisions that await the Miami Heat in August

MIAMI — The free-agent frenzy has calmed down and the final summer league game was played a few weeks ago, but the Heat still have some business to handle in August. Miami’s first decision will come on the first day of the month, as the Heat must decide by Tuesday — Aug. 1 — whether they will guarantee $453,000 for the 2017-18 salary of Rodney McGruder...
Do Heat feel like they still need a backup point guard? ‘Absolutely not’

Do Heat feel like they still need a backup point guard? ‘Absolutely not’

MIAMI — Don’t tell the Heat that their roster is missing a backup point guard. “Absolutely not,” team president Pat Riley said earlier this month when asked if Miami still needs a backup for starter Goran Dragic. “This is becoming a combo guard league. Even if you take a look at the point guards of the draft, they’re not just pure point guards...
Mailbag: Heat deny ESPN report of making trade offer for Kyrie Irving. What can we take away from this?

Mailbag: Heat deny ESPN report of making trade offer for Kyrie Irving. What can we take away from this?

MIAMI — Friday was an eventful day. It began with an ESPN report that indicated the Heat had made a trade offer to the Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving. And it continued with a strong denial from the Heat that any offer had been made to Cleveland. What can we take away from this series of events? We answer that question and more in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag. Kyrie Irving...
Heat mailbag: Where does Goran Dragic rank among NBA point guards?

Heat mailbag: Where does Goran Dragic rank among NBA point guards?

MIAMI — There’s a long list of talented point guards in the NBA. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving is one of them, and it’s the reason his trade request has become such a big story around the league. But where does Miami’s Goran Dragic rank on the list of NBA point guards? We answer that question and more in the latest installment of the Heat mailbag. If...
Heat offseason Q&A: Justise Winslow discusses shoulder rehab, says Kyrie Irving has ‘maximized’ Cavaliers role

Heat offseason Q&A: Justise Winslow discusses shoulder rehab, says Kyrie Irving has ‘maximized’ Cavaliers role

KENDALL — Justise Winslow is getting ready for his third NBA season. But to him, it feels like he’s preparing for his second. That’s because Winslow’s year was cut short last season, as he was limited to just 18 games. After missing 16 games due to a sprained left wrist — his shooting wrist — early in the season, the 21-year-old forward underwent season-ending...
An update on the Kyrie Irving situation, as Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and GM Koby Altman say ‘things are fluid’

An update on the Kyrie Irving situation, as Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and GM Koby Altman say ‘things are fluid’

Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on late in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 7, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) MIAMI — If the Cavaliers are indeed planning to trade point guard Kyrie Irving, they won’t admit it publicly. In a Wednesday press...
Miami Heat: What do you need to know about 6-foot-1 point guard Derrick Walton Jr.? He’s tough.

Miami Heat: What do you need to know about 6-foot-1 point guard Derrick Walton Jr.? He’s tough.

Derrick Walton Jr. #10 of the Michigan Wolverines runs up the floor after scoring against the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big Ten Basketball Tournament Championship game at Verizon Center on March 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) MIAMI — The Heat used their first two-way contract on a 6-foot-1 guard. But that 6-foot-1 guard has used...
Mailbag: What’s the most realistic way for Heat to acquire a star — trade or free agency?

Mailbag: What’s the most realistic way for Heat to acquire a star — trade or free agency?

Heat president Pat Riley talks to the media during a season ending press conference in Miami on Wednesday.(David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald via AP) MIAMI — Even with 16 players now under contract for next season, the Heat are always looking for ways to improve. What’s the most realistic way for the Heat to acquire a player who is going to help them take that next step &mdash...
Richard Jefferson: Kyrie Irving in search of ‘some sort of stability’

Richard Jefferson: Kyrie Irving in search of ‘some sort of stability’

MIAMI — A lot of reports have Kyrie Irving asking for a trade because he no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James. But Cavaliers teammate Richard Jefferson believes there’s a different reason behind Irving’s trade request. Instead, Jefferson sees it as part of Irving’s search for a more stable situation. Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers...
Miami Heat now have 16 on roster for next season after signing guards Matt Williams, Derrick Walton Jr.

Miami Heat now have 16 on roster for next season after signing guards Matt Williams, Derrick Walton Jr.

Matt Williams signed with the Heat on Monday. (Photo courtesy of the Miami Heat) MIAMI — The Heat have added a few more new faces to their roster. Miami announced Monday that it signed 6-foot-5 shooting guard Matt Williams, who impressed with his 3-point shooting on the Heat’s summer league team, and point guard Derrick Walton Jr., who played for the Magic’s summer league...
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