Heat Nation http://heatnation.com Miami Heat News, Rumors, Schedule, Videos, and Wallpapers for Heat Fans Everywhere Wed, 24 May 2017 22:46:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.15 Video: Charles Barkley Says Dwyane Wade Carried Shaquille O’Neal in 2006 Finals http://heatnation.com/videos/video-charles-barkley-says-dwyane-wade-carried-shaquille-oneal-in-2006-finals/ http://heatnation.com/videos/video-charles-barkley-says-dwyane-wade-carried-shaquille-oneal-in-2006-finals/#comments Wed, 24 May 2017 22:38:54 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=21084 Charles Barkley and Dwyane Wade have not been on good terms for many years. But during last night’s NBA on TNT broadcast, Barkley changed his tune completely. The comment came during a heated, but somewhat funny, argument between former Miami Heat center Shaquille O’Neal and Barkley: The Chuck vs. @SHAQ saga continues on #InsidetheNBA… 😂 […]

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Charles Barkley and Dwyane Wade have not been on good terms for many years. But during last night’s NBA on TNT broadcast, Barkley changed his tune completely.

The comment came during a heated, but somewhat funny, argument between former Miami Heat center Shaquille O’Neal and Barkley:

During the exchange, Barkley refused to give O’Neal credit for any of his four championships, including the one he won in 2006 with Miami. Here is the exchange, courtesy of Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, as host Ernie Johnson and analyst Kenny Smith patiently wait in the middle:

O’Neal: “Chuck, you have no idea what we’re talking about because you’ve only been to the Finals once.”

Barkley: “I wasn’t riding on Dwyane Wade’s and Kobe’s coattails.”

O’Neal: “It doesn’t matter, Chuck. I got the same thing you got and I passed you up 10 years ago.”

Barkley: “If I had been riding on Kobe’s coattails and Dwyane Wade’s and Alonzo Mourning’s too, I forgot about him, and Rick Fox.”

O’Neal “People question why you’re in the Hall of Fame anyway, bum.”

Johnson: “Why did that get so personal when we’re talking about Game 5?”

O’Neal: “Because Chuck keeps interrupting me. Don’t interrupt me, Chuck, or I’m gonna punch you right in your face, I’m telling you.”

For the record, Wade was definitely the best player on the roster during the 2006 championship run. He averaged 34.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, far better than O’Neal’s 13.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.

Barkley giving Wade credit was surprising though because just a couple months ago the Chicago Bulls guard had stepped up to defend former teammate LeBron James from Barkley’s criticism:

“Sometimes,” Wade said in January, “when guys get a microphone in front of their face, they just talk and talk and talk and forget about their history. We all make that mistake, especially that guy on TV (Barkley), he’s acting like he just walked on water. I like the fact that ‘Bron called him out and told him about himself a little bit. Humble yourself. LeBron is who he is, we all have flaws, but when your flaws are a little bit more, you should shut up.”

Wade and Barkley used to star in hilarious T-Mobile commercials together (like this one) but the two have not been on great terms since the Big 3 era started in Miami.

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Miami Heat News: Josh McRoberts to Exercise Player Option for 2017-18 Season http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-news-josh-mcroberts-to-exercise-player-option-for-2017-18-season/ http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-news-josh-mcroberts-to-exercise-player-option-for-2017-18-season/#comments Tue, 23 May 2017 22:17:57 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=21072 One piece of the Miami Heat’s offseason puzzle has been put in place, with news that Heat power forward Josh McRoberts will be exercising his $6.021 million player option in his contract for the 2017-18 season. Agent Mike Conley told me a few hours ago that Josh McRoberts, as expected,will exercise his $6 million player […]

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One piece of the Miami Heat’s offseason puzzle has been put in place, with news that Heat power forward Josh McRoberts will be exercising his $6.021 million player option in his contract for the 2017-18 season.

Jackson also reports that the Heat will likely seek to again trade him. Those efforts last summer failed, with another option being to simply release him. The Heat could then use the stretch provision that can spread out the last year his of contract over three years. That would mean only a $2 million cap hit for each of those seasons. With McRoberts accepting the option, the Heat will now have $36 million available to either re-sign its own free agents or look elsewhere.

The 30-year-old McRoberts signed a four-year deal worth approximately $21.6 million with the Heat on July 14, 2014. That final year was a player option, with McRoberts choosing to stay with the team following another injury-plagued season that saw him play in just 22 contests, including 14 starts. In those 22 games before his season came to an end due to a foot injury, McRoberts averaged 4.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Those numbers largely matched his previous output during his first two years with the Heat.

However, the foot injury was another in a long line of injuries suffered by McRoberts, who has only played in 81 of the 246 regular season games played by Miami during the past three seasons. During his first year, he required knee surgery and during last year’s playoffs, he broke his left foot. That latter injury never fully healed, which explains his limited time on the court this past season.

McRoberts noted last September the frustration of Heat fans over his string of injuries:

“I completely get it. I’m the big white guy who gets hurt all the time. I wouldn’t like me either. So, I think I completely understand where it comes from. I get it. I want to be out there. It’s not like I got hurt walking a dog. I got hurt trying to play for the Heat, trying to help the team win.

“That’s just part of it. I’ve had bad luck and I’ve done everything I can to be healthy. Trust me, if anybody is frustrated, it’s me, more so [than the fans]. So, I definitely understand the fans [frustrations]. I’m a fan of other sports, too. Guys get hurt and you are like ‘Man, we need that guy. We need him to play.’ I get it.”

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Report: Chris Bosh Reaches Deal to Part Ways With Miami Heat http://heatnation.com/rumors/report-chris-bosh-reaches-deal-part-ways-miami-heat/ http://heatnation.com/rumors/report-chris-bosh-reaches-deal-part-ways-miami-heat/#comments Tue, 23 May 2017 21:40:19 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=21070 According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh has verbally agreed to part ways with the Heat in the coming weeks, with Miami receiving maximum salary-cap relief. An NBA-employed source said in early May and reiterated on Tuesday that an agreement has been struck among the NBA, the Heat, […]

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According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh has verbally agreed to part ways with the Heat in the coming weeks, with Miami receiving maximum salary-cap relief.

An NBA-employed source said in early May and reiterated on Tuesday that an agreement has been struck among the NBA, the Heat, the union, and Bosh.

Per Jackson:

“The source said in early May that Bosh had reached a unique agreement that would purge him from the Heat’s cap before the start of free agency but also give him the opportunity to play again, if he chose, without salary-cap consequences for the Heat.

“Contacted May 5, the league office and the players union denied that such an agreement was in place.

“But the source who’s associated with an NBA team reiterated on that day, and again on Tuesday, that Bosh has told people a verbal agreement is in place and he’s happy with the outcome. The agreement has reached the highest level of the league’s office, according to the source.”

A change in the new labor agreement would not only clear Bosh’s $25.3 million off next year’s salary cap for the Heat, but would permanently remove his $52.1 million in remaining salary even if he resumes his career on another team.

This cap relief will leave the Heat with just over $36 million in cap space this summer.

The power forward has been fully cooperative throughout the process, and according to several sources, the split will be amicable. Bosh has had multiple conversations with Heat owner Micky Arison in the past several months and any hostility with the team has dissipated.

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Rodney McGruder Says Heat Continue to Show Up to Work: ‘Everybody’s Been in’ http://heatnation.com/media/rodney-mcgruder-says-heat-continue-to-show-up-to-work-everybodys-been-in/ http://heatnation.com/media/rodney-mcgruder-says-heat-continue-to-show-up-to-work-everybodys-been-in/#comments Tue, 23 May 2017 01:21:21 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=21047 With the amount of activity going on at AmericanAirlines Arena, you’d think that the Miami Heat were competing in this year’s playoffs. Clearly they aren’t, as they just missed this year’s postseason due to a tiebreaker, but that has not stopped players from last year’s squad from holding workouts and training sessions on the practice […]

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With the amount of activity going on at AmericanAirlines Arena, you’d think that the Miami Heat were competing in this year’s playoffs.

Clearly they aren’t, as they just missed this year’s postseason due to a tiebreaker, but that has not stopped players from last year’s squad from holding workouts and training sessions on the practice courts and in weight rooms. These workouts haven’t been required by the team and even include 14-year Heat veteran Udonis Haslem.

“This is the first time I’ve been in the arena this early in the offseason in a long time,” Haslem told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, “We make sure we put time aside to spend time with each other. And we still make sure that we continue to strengthen that bond.”

That bond the Heat’s captain speaks of has even taken the form of group spinning classes. Hassan Whiteside was alongside Wayne Ellington, James Johnson, Rodney McGruder and others while showing off his newest cycling crew on Snapchat.

“It feels like right before practice, is what it feels like,” McGruder said of continuing to hit the practice courts at 601 Biscayne Boulevard. “Guys coming in early, getting their lifts in, getting the work on the court before practice starts, that’s what it feels like . . . but practice isn’t going on.”

These impromptu sessions have included impending free agents like Johnson, Ellington, Dion Waiters and Willie Reed, most of whom will sign large contracts this offseason. Clearly, the chemistry of this group has manifested in many ways on, and now off, the court.

“It’s special,” Reed said. “That just speaks volumes to the team we had this year. We have guys that want to work. And when have guys like that, it doesn’t matter what time of the year it is; you want to get better at working on your craft, because you want to be able to provide for the team in the upcoming season.

“I love seeing those guys out there. I love going up there and working out, and seeing guys working on their game. It’s been really inspiring to me. So it helps you when you’re working out, as well.”

And while these practice sessions are held close to Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and Heat president Pat Riley‘s offices in proximity, neither of them have been attending the workouts. As a result, having the gym filled this early in the offseason is a surprise to the Heat support staff as well.

“I asked the (support) guys,” McGruder said. “They said this is the first time that this many people have stayed. They said, ‘We really haven’t seen this many people around.’ So that just goes to show a work ethic that these guys are trying to put in themselves.

“You’ve got guys like U.D. coming into the gym that’s a 14-year vet, so guys are just preparing differently. Wayne is in here working hard. James, Tyler [Johnson], Dion’s in here. It’s everybody. Willie. Okaro [White]. Everybody’s been in the gym.

This bond, however, could all be for naught, depending on how many players the Heat front office decide to bring back next season. For the time being, these workouts are a solid testament to how this tightly knit group has bought into the Heat’s culture.

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Dion Waiters Makes It Crystal Clear He Wants to Return to Miami Heat http://heatnation.com/media/dion-waiters-makes-it-crystal-clear-he-wants-to-return-to-miami-heat/ http://heatnation.com/media/dion-waiters-makes-it-crystal-clear-he-wants-to-return-to-miami-heat/#comments Sun, 21 May 2017 00:17:16 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=21033 Dion Waiters reaffirmed his commitment to resign with the Miami Heat this summer during a local radio interview on Friday. Waiters discussed his upcoming free agency on WQAM and emphasized that he does not want to stretch out the process of signing with the Heat: “I want to be there (Miami),” Waiters said. “When that […]

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Dion Waiters reaffirmed his commitment to resign with the Miami Heat this summer during a local radio interview on Friday.

Waiters discussed his upcoming free agency on WQAM and emphasized that he does not want to stretch out the process of signing with the Heat:

“I want to be there (Miami),” Waiters said. “When that time comes and we sit down, we just got to make it happen. Let’s get it over with as quick as possible.”

The Philadelphia native earned $2.9 million dollars this past season and has a player option of $3 million for next year, but he is expected to opt out. Waiters had the best season of his short five-year career this year, averaging 15.8 points and 4.3 assists and could earn much more than the $3 million player option in the free-agency market.

“I think I’ll be back,” Waiters said. “We just got to make it work and hopefully everything can come together full circle.”

One part of Heat “culture” that the Syracuse University product has implemented into his workouts this offseason is the rigorous training that Miami has become known for. In this video he posted, Waiters is seen wearing Heat apparel during workouts.

In the interview, Waiters even spoke about the impact of buying into the Heat’s culture and how it helped transform his body:

“The things that they preach to us and really speaking it into existence, and being able to really buy in and see the results,” Waiters said. “I think once you start seeing the results, you start to trust the process more. That was my whole thing. My thing was about seeing the results. When I listen and I’m locked in, you see the results. And as far as my body, just being able to maintain the weight that I lost to help my play was huge for me.”

The Heat are expected to have around $38 million dollars in cap space to work with this offseason (once they get Chris Bosh’s contract off the books). Hopefully, the Heat front office and Waiters can reach an agreement so “Philly Cheese” can play another season in South Beach.

“I’m in the best shape of my life,” he said. “Philly Cheese (is) coming back stronger and better than ever.”

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Miami Heat News: Erik Spoelstra Named Finalist for NBA Coach of the Year http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-news-erik-spoelstra-named-finalist-nba-coach-year/ http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-news-erik-spoelstra-named-finalist-nba-coach-year/#comments Sat, 20 May 2017 00:46:56 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=21029 The role of Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra in turning around what appeared to be a lost season got a little closer to being recognized on Friday night. Spoelstra was named as one of three finalists in the voting for the 2016-17 NBA Coach of the Year Award and will be competing against San […]

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The role of Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra in turning around what appeared to be a lost season got a little closer to being recognized on Friday night. Spoelstra was named as one of three finalists in the voting for the 2016-17 NBA Coach of the Year Award and will be competing against San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Houston’s Mike D’Antoni.

In the first few months of this past season, Spoelstra’s Heat squad was beset by injuries, leading them to a miserable 11-30 record for the first half of the campaign. Despite that major handicap and talk of the team trading away key players for future draft picks, the 46-year-old Spoelstra led his team to completely reverse its form. The Heat went 30-11 in the second half and narrowly missed a playoff berth as they were eliminated on the final night of the regular season.

In nine seasons as Miami’s head coach, Spoelstra has compiled a regular season record of 440-282, and has led seven teams to the postseason. Between 2011 and 2014, Miami reached the NBA Finals for four consecutive years, winning back-to-back titles in both 2012 and 2013.

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Alonzo Mourning Explains Why Rookies Have Unique Ability to Thrive in Miami http://heatnation.com/media/alonzo-mourning-explains-why-rookies-have-unique-ability-to-thrive-in-miami/ http://heatnation.com/media/alonzo-mourning-explains-why-rookies-have-unique-ability-to-thrive-in-miami/#comments Fri, 19 May 2017 04:05:30 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=21010 Former Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning is confident that any rookie that’s signed by the team will be the beneficiary of a unique atmosphere that will allow him to fully develop his potential. Mourning, a team executive, served as the team’s representative during Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery. Even though the Heat failed to gain […]

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Former Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning is confident that any rookie that’s signed by the team will be the beneficiary of a unique atmosphere that will allow him to fully develop his potential.

Mourning, a team executive, served as the team’s representative during Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery. Even though the Heat failed to gain any ground from their predestined 14th spot for the draft, he’s enthusiastic about that currently unknown player:

“Whoever comes here, he’ll be better off as a pro,” Mourning said. “With our developmental program, it’s huge. Knowing that the draft is pretty abundant this year and trusting our developmental process here — the coaching staff, the front office. — whatever pick we get, I knew that regardless, having a young, talented player, having him here, he will be better off here.

“It’s just based on what we have to offer, our developmental program. So I think he’s going to be a huge asset to our organization.”

Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel noted the past success the team has enjoyed with players who weren’t lottery selections or even drafted. In the latter category, players like Tyler Johnson and Rodney McGruder immediately come to mind as prime examples.

“I think we’re going to get a great pick at No. 14 and he’s going to come in and he’s going to abide by the Heat culture,” McGruder said. “Basically, when you make it to the NBA, where you were drafted at really doesn’t matter. What matters really is the work that you put in once you get here. So wherever he gets picked, at fourteen, that doesn’t have anything to do with his success that’s going to happen in the NBA. So he just has to approach the game and abide to the Heat culture, and I’m sure that he will excel.

“We have great management, so I know they’re going to do a great job picking a guy that fits into this culture. So I’m not worried about that. I know whoever we draft is going to fit into this culture, because they do a great job of that, of putting team together of Heat-culture guys.”

While critics might dismiss such comments because both Mourning and McGruder are part of the Heat organization, Winderman indicated that this attitude goes far beyond the South Florida region:

“An agent with a leading prospect in the draft confided privately prior to the lottery that he would prefer nothing better than to be able to steer his neophyte client to the Heat.”

Miami currently only has that first-round selection for the June 22 draft, with their second-round pick (No. 46 overall) having been dealt to the Atlanta Hawks in 2013 in exchange for the rights to James Ennis. Atlanta dealt that pick to the Philadelphia 76ers during the trade deadline this past February.

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NBA Announces All-NBA Teams as Six Centers Place Ahead of Hassan Whiteside http://heatnation.com/media/nba-announces-all-nba-teams-as-six-centers-place-ahead-of-hassan-whiteside/ http://heatnation.com/media/nba-announces-all-nba-teams-as-six-centers-place-ahead-of-hassan-whiteside/#comments Thu, 18 May 2017 23:48:22 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=21015 Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside did not make one of the three All-NBA teams, which were announced on Thursday, despite averaging a career-best 17.0 points and 14.1 rebounds per game. He placed seventh in voting behind Anthony Davis (first team), Rudy Gobert (second team), DeAndre Jordan (third team), Karl-Anthony Towns, Marc Gasol and DeMarcus Cousins. […]

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Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside did not make one of the three All-NBA teams, which were announced on Thursday, despite averaging a career-best 17.0 points and 14.1 rebounds per game.

He placed seventh in voting behind Anthony Davis (first team), Rudy Gobert (second team), DeAndre Jordan (third team), Karl-Anthony Towns, Marc Gasol and DeMarcus Cousins. Other the Heat players like Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters did not receive any votes.

The All-NBA teams were announced in advance of the NBA’s first-ever awards show because of the potential impact on players’ salaries in advance of the July 1 start of free agency, per Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. These selections were made by sportswriters and broadcasters across the country.

The 27-year-old hoped to become the first Heat center since Shaquille O’Neal to be named to an All-NBA team. O’Neal was the first team All-NBA center in 2005 and 2006.

The rest of the awards such as Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year will be announced on June 26.

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