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Heat’s Bam Adebayo misses out on All-Rookie second team by one vote

Heat’s Bam Adebayo misses out on All-Rookie second team by one vote

Miami’s Bam Adebayo prepares to rebound the ball during a game against the Indiana Pacers in March. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Heat center Bam Adebayo was snubbed when it came to being recognized as one of the league’s top rookies, falling one vote short of the NBA’s All-Rookie second team. Adebayo, the 14 th overall pick...
Greek Freak 3.0: Kostas Antetokounmpo catching up to brother Giannis

Greek Freak 3.0: Kostas Antetokounmpo catching up to brother Giannis

Kostas Antetokounmpo participates in drills during the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last week. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) The most famous name at the NBA combine in Chicago last week was Antetokounmpo. Kostas Antetokounmpo, 20, is the younger brother of Bucks’ All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, knows as The Greek Freak. He is a 6-foot-10 big man...
What former Heat guard Mario Chalmers had to say about iconic Dwyane Wade-LeBron James photo

What former Heat guard Mario Chalmers had to say about iconic Dwyane Wade-LeBron James photo

  The iconic photo from 2010 of Dwyane Wade under the basket in Milwaukee with his arms outstretch as LeBron James is completing a tomahawk dunk in the background made the rounds on social media this week. The photo was revisited after ESPN’s Dave McMenamin posted that Wade once told him that was the one shot he will ask LeBron to sign to hang in his house when...
What would it take for Heat to get into conversation for Andrew Wiggins or Karl-Anthony Towns?

What would it take for Heat to get into conversation for Andrew Wiggins or Karl-Anthony Towns?

Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves during a game last season against the LA Clippers at the Staples Center. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) The Minnesota Timberwolves advanced to the playoffs for the first time in 14 years after adding an All-Star in Jimmy Butler and a handful of other veterans to go along with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. But despite...
Mailbag: Chances Heat trade Dragic; could Suns try to pair Dragic with Luka Doncic? That, and more on Winslow

Mailbag: Chances Heat trade Dragic; could Suns try to pair Dragic with Luka Doncic? That, and more on Winslow

Luka Doncic nd Goran Dragic of Slovenia during basketball match between National Teams of Slovenia and France at the EuroBasket 2017. (Photo by Vid Ponikvar / Sportida) Time for another Miami Heat mailbag If you were not able to ask a question this time, send them along for future mailbags via Twitter to @tomdangelo44 and @Anthony_Chiang. You can also e-mail me at tdangelo@pbpost...
Udonis Haslem wants to be part of Heat organization after playing career is over: ‘It’s important that the culture is carried on’

Udonis Haslem wants to be part of Heat organization after playing career is over: ‘It’s important that the culture is carried on’

Heat forward Udonis Haslem is still undecided if he will return for a 16th NBA season. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) MIAMI — Udonis Haslem isn’t sure if he will continue his playing career, but he does know that he doesn’t want to get into coaching. “I don’t want to do coaching, the coaching is not for me,” Haslem said Saturday at the opening...
Here’s what the Heat are doing differently before the 2018 draft without any picks

Here’s what the Heat are doing differently before the 2018 draft without any picks

CHICAGO — The Heat’s scouting staff will spend a lot of time on the road leading up to the June 21 NBA draft. That’s because the Heat don’t plan to host any pre-draft workouts at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami this year. Instead, the team’s scouts will be on the road evaluating prospects at pro days around the country. Why? Because without a...
Without a pick, Heat are preparing for every possibility at NBA draft combine … even the possibility of acquiring a pick

Without a pick, Heat are preparing for every possibility at NBA draft combine … even the possibility of acquiring a pick

CHICAGO — The Heat don’t have a draft pick this year, but don’t tell them that. The team is well-represented at this week’s NBA draft combine in Chicago by a group that includes president Pat Riley, general manager Andy Elisburg, vice president of player personnel Chet Kammerer, coach Erik Spoelstra, CEO Nick Arison and members of the player personnel staff. Spoelstra...
Maryland’s Kevin Huerter meets with Miami Heat, then impresses rest of NBA at combine

Maryland’s Kevin Huerter meets with Miami Heat, then impresses rest of NBA at combine

Kevin Huerter, from Maryland, participates in the NBA draft basketball combine Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) CHICAGO — Kevin Huerter has opened a lot of eyes at the NBA draft combine this week. The Maryland guard, who arrived to Chicago as a projected second-round pick, is rising up draft boards after turning in a solid performance...
Mailbag: Are Heat even farther away than we thought they were entering playoffs? That & more

Mailbag: Are Heat even farther away than we thought they were entering playoffs? That & more

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and players stand in the final seconds of their loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 4 of the playoffs. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) Time for another Miami Heat mailbag If you were not able to ask a question this time, send them along for future mailbags via Twitter to @tomdangelo44 and @Anthony_Chiang. You can also e-mail me at tdangelo@pbpost...
Would Heat exceed luxury tax line to bring back Wayne Ellington? Here is what Pat Riley said

Would Heat exceed luxury tax line to bring back Wayne Ellington? Here is what Pat Riley said

Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington gestures after hitting a 3-point shot in a game against Denver last season. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) The challenge for the Heat to bring back reserve guard Wayne Ellington has been well documented. But president Pat Riley hinted Miami may be willing to make a sacrifice to re-sign one of the more prolific 3-point shooters in...
Heat offseason Q&A: Tyler Johnson talks about surgically-repaired thumb, his teeth and his impending pay raise

Heat offseason Q&A: Tyler Johnson talks about surgically-repaired thumb, his teeth and his impending pay raise

Tyler Johnson. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) MIAMI — Tyler Johnson has a lot going on this offseason. It started with surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb on April 30, a procedure that’s expected to keep him in a cast for six weeks. In addition, Johnson visited the dentist recently to begin the process of replacing his missing...
Watch Dwyane Wade get rejected by … Chewbacca?

Watch Dwyane Wade get rejected by … Chewbacca?

Dwyane Wade is a part of the Eastern Conference finals after all. Well, sort of. Wade appeared in an ESPN commercial in which he is dribbling at half court in a darkened gym, puts the ball through his legs, spins and pulls up for a straight-away 3-pointer when out of nowhere appears a big, hairy hand. The shot is rejected and Wade, who then is staring down his defender, Chewbacca, a character...
Heat Mailbag: Has Boston’s Danny Ainge passed Pat Riley as an executive? That, and more

Heat Mailbag: Has Boston’s Danny Ainge passed Pat Riley as an executive? That, and more

Pat Riley Time for another Miami Heat mailbag. If you were not able to ask a question this time, send them along for future mailbags via Twitter to @tomdangelo44 and @Anthony_Chiang. You can also e-mail me at tdangelo@pbpost.com.     From @ChrisHypeTrain: Has Danny Ainge passed Pat Riley as an executive? Riley, the Heat’s president, and Ainge, the GM and president...
How does Heat package stack up in possible deal for Kawhi Leonard? We take a look

How does Heat package stack up in possible deal for Kawhi Leonard? We take a look

Kawhi Leonard will attract a lot of attention if the San Antonio Spurs put him on the trade market. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) The biggest name on the NBA free agent market this summer is the biggest name in the sport – LeBron James. But with fewer teams having the flexibility to spend in free agency the trade market appears the way to go this summer for ...
Checking in on Dwyane Wade: What’s his offseason been like; what his teammates are saying as he get closer to The Decision

Checking in on Dwyane Wade: What’s his offseason been like; what his teammates are saying as he get closer to The Decision

Dwyane Wade has been busy this offseason, but has given no sign about whether he is retiring. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) We check in on Dwyane Wade’s offseason so far: He approves of the Knicks hiring of David Fizdale. … … And the Hawks hiring of Lloyd Pierce. He’s mystified by the Raptors firing of Dwane Casey. He surprised Waffle House hero James Shaw...
Miami Heat still trying to recover from setback that nobody was prepared for

Miami Heat still trying to recover from setback that nobody was prepared for

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh (1) reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) MIAMI — The Heat don’t do much excuse-making. But they can easily use one to explain the financial situation they find themselves in this summer. The unfortunate story of Chris...
How realistic is it for Heat to improve enough internally with this roster?  

How realistic is it for Heat to improve enough internally with this roster?  

Heat president Pat Riley has built winners before. Can he do that with this roster? (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) When it comes to developing players and cobbling together a roster that has a chance to compete, the Miami Heat has a track record. For 23 years Pat Riley has been trusted with building, tearing down and rebuilding rosters that have put the Heat in a...
Mailbag: If Raptors blow it up can Heat swoop for Kyle Lowry or DeMar DeRozan?

Mailbag: If Raptors blow it up can Heat swoop for Kyle Lowry or DeMar DeRozan?

Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan wait for a free-throw during the second half of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cavaliers Monday in Cleveland. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) Time for another Miami Heat mailbag If you were not able to ask a question this time, send them along for future mailbags via Twitter to @tomdangelo44 and @Anthony_Chiang...
Mailbag: Would expiring contracts be enough for the Heat in a Hassan Whiteside trade?

Mailbag: Would expiring contracts be enough for the Heat in a Hassan Whiteside trade?

The Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside (21) reacts to a play during the first quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at American Airlines Arena in Miami on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (Daniel A. Varela/Miami Herald/TNS) MIAMI — It’s time for another Heat mailbag. If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter ( ...
Heat’s Erik Spoelstra says there’s a storyline that hasn’t drawn much attention, and it involves Rodney McGruder

Heat’s Erik Spoelstra says there’s a storyline that hasn’t drawn much attention, and it involves Rodney McGruder

Miami Heat guard Rodney McGruder shoot free throws during training this season at FAU. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) MIAMI — Rodney McGruder’s season was taken away from him before it really even began. “That’s a storyline that will never get out,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “But Rodney was on his way. He was probably the most productive...
The number of head coaching changes in NBA since Erik Spoelstra’s first season is staggering

The number of head coaching changes in NBA since Erik Spoelstra’s first season is staggering

Miami Heat president Pat Riley and Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra at Miami Heat training camp at FAU in Boca Raton in September. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) Erik Spoelstra becomes more of a rarity with each coaching firing. Former Heat coach Stan Van Gundy and the Pistons parted ways today, pushing the number to eight teams that have fired their coach since...
Kelly Olynyk thriving in Heat system; says he’s ready to expand role

Kelly Olynyk thriving in Heat system; says he’s ready to expand role

Heat big man Kelly Olynyk donated locks of his hair to Wigs For Kids, a nonprofit organization which creates wigs for children who have lost their hair either permanently or temporarily due to a medical condition. MIAMI – Perhaps the biggest leap of faith the Miami Heat took during a very busy summer of 2017 was with 7-foot Kelly Olynyk. The Heat has just been stung...
Heat’s Dion Waiters has advice for Hassan Whiteside: ‘Just bite your tongue’

Heat’s Dion Waiters has advice for Hassan Whiteside: ‘Just bite your tongue’

Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters talks with center Hassan Whiteside during the second quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Fla. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS) MIAMI — Dion Waiters has some advice for Hassan Whiteside. During a Friday appearance on ESPN’s &ldquo...
Heat president Pat Riley explains why he’s not ‘a draft pick guy’

Heat president Pat Riley explains why he’s not ‘a draft pick guy’

Miami Heat President Pat Riley talks with the media at a season-end press conference on Monday, April 30, 2018 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla. (Charles Trainor III/Miami Herald/TNS) MIAMI — Heat president Pat Riley will admit it. “To be really honest with you, I’m not a draft pick guy,” he said in his post-season press conference. &ldquo...
Dwyane Wade surprises Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. during Ellen Show

Dwyane Wade surprises Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. during Ellen Show

Heat guard Dwyane Wade stands next to Andrea Ghersi, the sister of Joaquin Oliver, 17, during the National Anthem at American AirlinesArena on March 3. Oliver was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting on Feb, 14. ( Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald). Dwyane Wade surprised Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. during Shaw’s appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres...
What are the Heat’s chances of acquiring Kawhi Leonard this summer?

What are the Heat’s chances of acquiring Kawhi Leonard this summer?

Injured San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard on the bench during a game against Indiana in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) Outside of whether Pat Riley can move Hassan Whiteside, perhaps the biggest question surrounding the Miami Heat entering the offseason is if they have a chance to acquire Kawhi Leonard, if the Spurs decide it’s time to trade the 6-foot-7 forward...
With no commitments to national team, Goran Dragic looks forward to quiet summer, returning better and fresher next season

With no commitments to national team, Goran Dragic looks forward to quiet summer, returning better and fresher next season

Miami’s Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson react after Dragic was fouled by Philadelphia’s Marco Belinelli during Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI – Goran Dragic knows that day will come. He’ll be relaxing at his in Slovenia this summer, catching up on rest after a whirlwind nine months that saw him win a EuroBasket...
At 73, Heat’s Pat Riley not thinking retirement: ‘Something sucks you back in’

At 73, Heat’s Pat Riley not thinking retirement: ‘Something sucks you back in’

  Heat president Pat Riley said ‘there’s always something that brings you back in,’ when thinking about retirement. (Photo Tom D’Angelo) MIAMI – Something changed for Pat Riley the last two years. Perhaps it’s the challenge of rebuilding this team, a process that started two summers ago. Or just the fact that about six weeks after...
Pat Riley said Erik Spoelstra, Hassan Whiteside need an ‘intervention,’ adds ‘I’m going to try to help both of them’

Pat Riley said Erik Spoelstra, Hassan Whiteside need an ‘intervention,’ adds ‘I’m going to try to help both of them’

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside heads to the bench after fouling out during a game against Sacramento this season. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI – Pat Riley wasn’t about to give his $98 million center a pass for this past season, but the Heat president did not put the full blame Hassan Whiteside for his decreased production during the regular...
Heat president Pat Riley on improving team, Wade, Whiteside, retiring (he’s not) and much more

Heat president Pat Riley on improving team, Wade, Whiteside, retiring (he’s not) and much more

Miami Heat president Pat Riley and Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra at Miami Heat training camp at FAU in Boca Raton in September. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) MIAMI – Pat Riley’s year-end state-of-the-team address Monday revealed plenty about what the Heat president thinks about his team, its future and players like Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane...
Should Heat take on final year of Carmelo Anthony’s large contract to shed future money?

Should Heat take on final year of Carmelo Anthony’s large contract to shed future money?

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony shouts to his team during Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Oklahoma City’s vision of a Super Team was a flop and now the Thunder are looking at a tumultuous summer after being eliminated in six games by the Jazz in the first round of the playoffs. Russell Westbrook&rsquo...
NEW: Heat assistant Juwan Howard interviewing for Knicks head coaching job according to report

NEW: Heat assistant Juwan Howard interviewing for Knicks head coaching job according to report

Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard holds back head coach Erik Spoelstra during a game against the Nets this season. (AP photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI – Throw Heat assistant Juwan Howard’s name into the long list of coaches the New York Knicks have targeted. Howard and the Knicks could meet this weekend, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN. Howard, 45, has been on coach ...
Heat’s Goran Dragic voted Most Influential person in Slovenia, ahead of Melania Trump

Heat’s Goran Dragic voted Most Influential person in Slovenia, ahead of Melania Trump

Goran Dragic and the Slovenian national team celebrate their EuroBasket title last summer. MIAMI – Goran Dragic’s popularity in Slovenia continues to soar since leading his country to an improbable run through the EuroBasket Championships last summer. This week Dragic topped the list of the 100 Most Influential Slovenians of 2017, beating out, among others United...
Erik Spoelstra bracing for possibility Miami Heat may have to improve internally

Erik Spoelstra bracing for possibility Miami Heat may have to improve internally

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra believes in his team. But does he have enough for the Heat to take the next step? (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images) MIAMI – The Miami Heat returned virtually their entire roster in 2017-18 with a couple of additions during the summer and a big boost from Dwyane Wade in February. Yet, the Heat won just three more games than the previous...
Udonis Haslem, Dwyane Wade would like to finish their careers together, ‘but things don’t always work out like that’

Udonis Haslem, Dwyane Wade would like to finish their careers together, ‘but things don’t always work out like that’

Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) and Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem (40) bump fists after Wade was fouled by Indiana Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) MIAMI — Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem have an important decision to make this summer. Will they continue...
Dion Waiters progress report: Erik Spoelstra expects a much healthier, better player than we saw this season

Dion Waiters progress report: Erik Spoelstra expects a much healthier, better player than we saw this season

The Miami Heat expect Dion Waiters to make a full recovery from his ankle surgery. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) MIAMI –Dion Waiters played just 30 games this past season after signing a four-year, $52 million contract. The Heat’s starting two guard never fully recovered from an ankle injury in the final weeks of the 2016-17 season and underwent surgery in late January...
Everything Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had to say on exit interview day: ‘We see progress, we see growth. Expectations do not scare us’

Everything Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had to say on exit interview day: ‘We see progress, we see growth. Expectations do not scare us’

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra directs his team in the first quarter of play against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) MIAMI — After Heat players and coaches met for the final time as a group Friday, head coach Erik Spoelstra spoke to the media before heading...
Heat Mailbag: Best trade partner for Whiteside; chances Carmelo end up in Miami

Heat Mailbag: Best trade partner for Whiteside; chances Carmelo end up in Miami

Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade talks with Hassan Whiteside during a game this season. against the Phoenix Suns. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Time for another Miami Heat mailbag. … Postseason edition. If you were not able to ask a question this time, send them along for future mailbags via Twitter to @tomdangelo44 and @Anthony_Chiang. You can also e-mail me at tdangelo@pbpost...
What’s in store for the Miami Heat this offseason? A roster breakdown with a look at what could come next for each player

What’s in store for the Miami Heat this offseason? A roster breakdown with a look at what could come next for each player

MIAMI — The Heat enter the offseason with a lot of questions surrounding their roster and very little financial flexibility to make significant changes. Miami has 10 players under contract for 2018-19 who are due $119 million. That puts the Heat way above the projected $101 million salary cap and very close to the projected $123 million luxury tax line. Here&rsquo...
Heat’s Dwyane Wade a finalist for NBA Cares Community Assist Award; voting open to fans

Heat’s Dwyane Wade a finalist for NBA Cares Community Assist Award; voting open to fans

Dwyane Wade during his visit to Stoneman Douglas High in early March. (Courtesy Aerie Yearbook) Heat forward Dwyane Wade, who continues to be recognized for his contributes to the South Florida community, is a finalist for 2017-18  NBA Cares Community Assist Award. And Heat fans can have a say in the winner. Wade is one of 10 finalists for the season-long award that was...
How does Pat Riley fix this Miami Heat roster?

How does Pat Riley fix this Miami Heat roster?

Heat president Pat Riley will have to active in the trade market if he wants to upgrade this roster. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) To borrow a phrase we will hear plenty in the next few days: Pat Riley is on the clock. The Heat president now is tasked with improving a roster that has maxed out its talent and appears stuck in mediocrity. Riley had no other options last summer after...
Why did the Heat’s season end in the first round of the playoffs? A look at the reasons

Why did the Heat’s season end in the first round of the playoffs? A look at the reasons

Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers fights through Kelly Olynyk #9 and James Johnson #16 of the Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center on April 24, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) Miami’s playoff run didn’t last long. The Heat enter the offseason after being eliminated in five games in the first round by the Sixers. ...
Heat’s Dwyane Wade ponders retirement as season ends quietly in Philadelphia

Heat’s Dwyane Wade ponders retirement as season ends quietly in Philadelphia

Has Dwyane Wade reached the end? (Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA — If this is it for Dwyane Wade, it’s a quiet exit for the biggest star in Heat history. He doesn’t seem like he’d have a problem with that. Wade came back to the Heat unassumingly two months ago and maintained that approach through the end, which came in a 104-91 loss to the 76ers to close...
Five takeaways: Heat season ends as Sixers close out first-round series in five games

Five takeaways: Heat season ends as Sixers close out first-round series in five games

Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade shoots with Philadelphia 76ers’ Justin Anderson defending during the first half of Tuesday’s Game 5 of their opening-round playoff series in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) PHILADELPHIA – The Miami Heat entered the postseason as the No. 6 seed believing they had a chance against the youthful, upstart and No. 3-seeded...
2018 NBA playoffs: 76ers’ Brett Brown among those waiting for Dwyane Wade’s exit

2018 NBA playoffs: 76ers’ Brett Brown among those waiting for Dwyane Wade’s exit

Dwyane Wade could be playing his final game tonight. (Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA — Perhaps the highest compliment 76ers coach Brett Brown can give Dwyane Wade is that he eagerly awaits his retirement. A few months past his 36th birthday, Wade’s been a big factor for the Heat in this first-round playoff series with 18 points on 49.1 percent shooting off the bench...
2018 NBA playoffs: Heat’s Tyler Johnson struggles through thumb injury

2018 NBA playoffs: Heat’s Tyler Johnson struggles through thumb injury

Tyler Johnson’s had a tough series. (Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA — There is zero chance of Heat guard Tyler Johnson missing tonight’s Game 5 against the 76ers. “He’s ready to go,” coach Erik Spoelstra said at shootaround. “He would probably punch me in the face if I said anything otherwise.” Johnson has been gutting out an injured thumb on...
Heat’s Udonis Haslem talks friendship with Dwyane Wade, possibly going out together

Heat’s Udonis Haslem talks friendship with Dwyane Wade, possibly going out together

Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade PHILADELPHIA – Dwyane Wade is not the only member of the Miami Heat who has a career decision to make at the end of the season. Udonis Haslem, who came into the league the same year as Wade, also will weigh his options once the season ends. And although Haslem said today that he has not made a decision – “I got a lot of time...
Heat mailbag: Does Whiteside have trade value? Who starts Game 5 if Richardson cannot play?

Heat mailbag: Does Whiteside have trade value? Who starts Game 5 if Richardson cannot play?

Miami’s Hassan Whiteside, Tyler Johnson and Bam Adebayo react during the fourth quarter of the Heat’s Game 4 loss against Philadelphia Miami on Saturday. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) PHILADELPHIA – Time for another Miami Heat mailbag. … Playoff edition. If you were not able to ask a question this time, send them along for future mailbags via Twitter to...
2018 NBA playoffs: Heat haven’t seen the best of 76ers C Joel Embiid

2018 NBA playoffs: Heat haven’t seen the best of 76ers C Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid has made an impact already, but he’s still not himself. (Getty Images) CAMDEN, N.J. — 76ers center Joel Embiid has had plenty working against him as he tries to settle into this first-round playoff series against the Heat, and he’s only halfway toward playing like his usual all-star self. As if his first foray into the postseason isn’t enough...
NBA playoffs: J.J. Redick, 76ers out to hit Heat with ‘crushing blow’

NBA playoffs: J.J. Redick, 76ers out to hit Heat with ‘crushing blow’

J.J. Redick is enjoying the back and forth of the 76ers-Heat series.(Getty Images) CAMDEN, N.J. — The first-round playoff series between the Heat and 76ers feels more contentious to the players than it’s actually been. Philadelphia has a 3-1 lead after sweeping two games in Miami and can win its first postseason series since in six years by taking ...
Heat know odds are stacked against them down 3-1 in series, but also know what they must do better to force Game 6

Heat know odds are stacked against them down 3-1 in series, but also know what they must do better to force Game 6

From left, the Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson, Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade react as the Philadelphia 76ers lead in the fourth quarter in Game 4 of the first-round NBA Playoff series at the AmericaneAirlines Arena in Miami on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The Sixers won, 106-102, for a 3-1 series lead. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) MIAMI — Only 11 teams in...
Heat’s Josh Richardson questionable for Game 5 with sprained left shoulder

Heat’s Josh Richardson questionable for Game 5 with sprained left shoulder

The Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson leaps past the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) for a basket in the first quarter in Game 4 of the first-round NBA Playoff series at the AmericaneAirlines Arena in Miami on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The Sixers won, 106-102, for a 3-1 series lead. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS) MIAMI — As if being down 3-1...
2018 NBA playoffs: 76ers know what to expect from Miami Heat in Game 5

2018 NBA playoffs: 76ers know what to expect from Miami Heat in Game 5

Ben Simmons and the 76ers are ready for a fight in Game 5, and they’re not going to change their style. (Getty Images) CAMDEN, N.J. — There’s a feeling among the 76ers that they were fortunate to escape Miami with a narrow victory in Game 4 of this first-round playoff series. It’s not that they were lucky, necessarily, but more so a sense that it&rsquo...
Mailbag: What adjustments can Heat make vs. Sixers in Game 5? Plus, should Rodney McGruder play a bigger role?

Mailbag: What adjustments can Heat make vs. Sixers in Game 5? Plus, should Rodney McGruder play a bigger role?

From left, the Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside, Tyler Johnson and Bam Adebayo react as the Philadelphia 76ers lead late in the fourth quarter in Game 4 of the first-round NBA Playoff series at the AmericaneAirlines Arena in Miami on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The Sixers won, 106-102, for a 3-1 series lead. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) MIAMI — It’s...
Was Heat’s Game 4 loss Dwyane Wade’s final game in Miami? Wade: ‘I don’t want to answer that right now’

Was Heat’s Game 4 loss Dwyane Wade’s final game in Miami? Wade: ‘I don’t want to answer that right now’

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade reacts after his score against the Philadelphia 76ers in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Game 4 of the first-round playoff series in Miami. Heat forward Justise Winslow looks on. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) MIAMI – The big question as Ben Simmons dribbled out the final five seconds of the 76ers’ 106-102 victory Saturday, what went...
Miami Heat must finish vs. 76ers, or season will be finished

Miami Heat must finish vs. 76ers, or season will be finished

Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat attempts to drive to the basket as he is surrounded by Dario Saric and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers in the fourth quarter during Game 4 of the opening round of the playoffs at American Airlines Arena on Saturday in Miami. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) MIAMI — Dwyane Wade’s confidence in himself to rally his team...
Heat breakdowns against young, talented, poised 76ers put season on the brink

Heat breakdowns against young, talented, poised 76ers put season on the brink

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and players stand in the final seconds of their loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 4 of a Saturday’s playoff game. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) MIAMI – The Process will prevail. No, it’s not over. But does anybody really believe the Miami Heat can win three straight games against this young, talented Philadelphia team?...
Five takeaways: Sixers rally for 106-102 win over Heat to take 3-1 lead in series

Five takeaways: Sixers rally for 106-102 win over Heat to take 3-1 lead in series

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers guard Justin Anderson (obscured) defends in the second quarter in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)   MIAMI — A game that looked to be going the Heat’s way turned into a nightmare. The Sixers erased a 12-point Heat lead with...
Embiid, 76ers not focused on Whiteside, but wary of Heat bouncing back

Embiid, 76ers not focused on Whiteside, but wary of Heat bouncing back

The Philadelphia 76ers say they’re ready for whatever the Miami Heat want to throw at them in Saturday’s Game 4, whether that’s elbows, forearms or anything else. As for throwing center Hassan Whiteside at the 76ers? That’s not even on their radar enough to say they’re ready for him. “I don’t care about him,” Philadelphia center Joel Embiid said Friday...
Heat know getting Hassan Whiteside back on track is ‘a game-changer.’ But is it possible against Sixers defense?

Heat know getting Hassan Whiteside back on track is ‘a game-changer.’ But is it possible against Sixers defense?

Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid,, right, drives to the basket as Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside, left, defends during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside usually points to his statistics as proof of his production. But that has stopped...
Joel Embiid uncomfortable, but still dominates Heat in Game 3 blowout

Joel Embiid uncomfortable, but still dominates Heat in Game 3 blowout

Joel Embiid made his postseason debut for the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3 of their first-round series against the Miami Heat last night. And the 24-year-old All-Star big man lived up to his five-star billing.  After missing the final eight games of the regular season and the first two of the playoffs after undergoing surgery to repair an orbital bone fracture — forcing him to wear a Batman-like...
Heat’s Hassan Whiteside on his disappearing game: ‘Coach wants me to just be in the corner and set picks’

Heat’s Hassan Whiteside on his disappearing game: ‘Coach wants me to just be in the corner and set picks’

The Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside fights for position under the basket against the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid during the first quarter of Philadelphia’s Game 3 victory. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS) MIAMI – Hassan Whiteside’s frustration is mounting The Heat’s 7-foot big man was asked what has happened this series after taking one shot and...
Once again, Hassan Whiteside gives Miami Heat too little, too late

Once again, Hassan Whiteside gives Miami Heat too little, too late

White Hot is is a fine postseason slogan. Whiteside, however, is what the Miami Heat need more of against a high-scoring Philadelphia 76ers team that threatens to make this playoff run a one-and-done. Hassan Whiteside, Pat Riley’s $98 million investment in the future, is going to have to give the franchise more for its money than he has so far. This is nothing new, not the way the regular season...
Five takeaways: Sixers take home-court advantage right back, defeat Heat 128-108 in Game 3

Five takeaways: Sixers take home-court advantage right back, defeat Heat 128-108 in Game 3

Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons (25) goes up for a basket as Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside (21) defends during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI — The Heat stole home-court advantage in Game 2. But it didn’t take the Sixers long to snatch it back. The Sixers...
Heat’s Erik Spoelstra, Dwyane Wade shocked, saddened by death of Erin Popovich

Heat’s Erik Spoelstra, Dwyane Wade shocked, saddened by death of Erin Popovich

Erik Spoelstra and Gregg Popovich MIAMI – The Heat and San Antonio Spurs have so much in common beyond meeting twice on basketball’s biggest stage – the NBA Finals. The organizations are linked because of their culture, consistent winning and coaches. Erik Spoelstra and Gregg Popovich are the longest tenured active coaches in the league. When the Spurs announced...
What’s the latest on Sixers center Joel Embiid? Still doubtful for Game 3

What’s the latest on Sixers center Joel Embiid? Still doubtful for Game 3

Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts from the bench after a missed foul shot by LeBron James in the final seconds of the game at the Wells Fargo Center on April 6, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Cavaliers 132-130. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) MIAMI — There’s still a chance the Sixers will have their All-Star...
Heat’s Dwyane Wade on his 28-point performance in Game 2, and what is motivating him

Heat’s Dwyane Wade on his 28-point performance in Game 2, and what is motivating him

Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat are back in the playoffs, which is all the motivation Wade needs. Wade and the Heat will play their first home playoff game in two years tonight. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) MIAMI – When Dwyane Wade hits the floor tonight it will be like he never left. Wade’s first home playoff game with the Heat since leaving Miami and spending...
76ers center Joel Embiid listed as ‘doubtful’ for Game 3 vs. Heat

76ers center Joel Embiid listed as ‘doubtful’ for Game 3 vs. Heat

MIAMI — If Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown knew if star big man Joel Embiid would get on the court for Thursday’s Game 3 against the Miami Heat, he didn’t let it slip before practice Wednesday. Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid wears mask while warming up for the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Wednesday, April 11...
Heat Mailbag: After his throwback Game 2, should Dwyane Wade start? Plus: bench vs. starters

Heat Mailbag: After his throwback Game 2, should Dwyane Wade start? Plus: bench vs. starters

Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade reacts to his basket in the last minute of the second half in Game 2 Monday’s playoff game in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) Time for another Miami Heat mailbag. … Playoff edition. If you were not able to ask a question this time, send them along for future mailbags via Twitter to @tomdangelo44 and @Anthony_Chiang. You...
Even after the Heat won Game 2 to take home-court advantage, the Sixers are still betting favorites to win the series

Even after the Heat won Game 2 to take home-court advantage, the Sixers are still betting favorites to win the series

Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic, left, of Slovenia, drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers’ JJ Redick, right, during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 16, 2018, in Philadelphia. The Heat won 113-103. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) MIAMI — The Sixers are still considered the favorites to win their first-round...
Playing time, box-score stats still lacking for Hassan Whiteside. But Erik Spoelstra says Whiteside’s ‘activity level was superb’ in Game 2

Playing time, box-score stats still lacking for Hassan Whiteside. But Erik Spoelstra says Whiteside’s ‘activity level was superb’ in Game 2

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat talks with Hassan Whiteside #21 in the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game Two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoff at Wells Fargo Center on April 16, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Hassan Whiteside played just 15 minutes while battling foul trouble in Monday&rsquo...
Heat contest, bully Simmons, Sixers’ 3-point shooters while tying up the series

Heat contest, bully Simmons, Sixers’ 3-point shooters while tying up the series

Miami Heat’s Justise Winslow hits the court after drawing a foul on Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons during the first half of the Heat’s victory in Game 2 of their playoff series Monday in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) PHILADELPHIA – The 76ers lived by the three in Game 1. They died by the three in Game 2. And the Miami Heat had a lot to do with that...
Dwyane Wade produces another ‘moment’ when Heat needed it most in Game 2

Dwyane Wade produces another ‘moment’ when Heat needed it most in Game 2

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat watches his shot in the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game Two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoff at Wells Fargo Center on April 16, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Heat defeated the 76ers 113-103. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Dwyane Wade doesn’t start games anymore. He doesn’t...
Joel Embiid says he’s ‘sick and tired of being babied’ after sitting out Game 2 loss to Heat

Joel Embiid says he’s ‘sick and tired of being babied’ after sitting out Game 2 loss to Heat

Joel Embiid. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) If it’s up to Joel Embiid, he will make his return from injury in Thursday’s Game 3. The Sixers’ All-Star center already missed the final eight games of the regular season and the first two games of the playoffs as he continues to recover from surgery to repair an orbital bone fracture. But after the Heat tied the first-round series...
Heat’s Bam Adebayo appreciates moment with Dwyane Wade during first playoff game: ‘a veteran teaching a rook’

Heat’s Bam Adebayo appreciates moment with Dwyane Wade during first playoff game: ‘a veteran teaching a rook’

Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo shoot as Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons watches during Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) PHILADELPHIA – Bam Adebayo’s first playoff experience brought him back to his one year at Kentucky. The Heat’s 6-foot-10 rookie said the atmosphere during Game 1 of the opening round...
What is the Miami Heat’s mindset entering Game 2?

What is the Miami Heat’s mindset entering Game 2?

Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat controls the ball as Dario Saric #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers reaches for it in the fourth quarter of Game One of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoff at Wells Fargo Center on April 14, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Heat 130-103. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) It’s been a busy few days...
Miami Heat need to get Goran Dragic going against Philadelphia’s taller defenders

Miami Heat need to get Goran Dragic going against Philadelphia’s taller defenders

Miami’s Goran Dragic is defended by Philadelphia’s Robert Covington during the Sixers’ victory in Game 1 of their playoff series in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) PHILADELPHIA – Goran Dragic has had his struggles against the 76ers this season and it continued in Game 1 of the playoffs. The Heat’s All-Star point guard is averaging 14.2 points, more...
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