Heat Nation http://heatnation.com Miami Heat News, Rumors, Schedule, Videos, and Wallpapers for Heat Fans Everywhere Thu, 24 May 2018 20:35:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.20 Josh Richardson’s Response to Being Snubbed Off All-Defensive Teams http://heatnation.com/media/josh-richardson-offers-opinion-alldefensive-team-voting/ http://heatnation.com/media/josh-richardson-offers-opinion-alldefensive-team-voting/#comments Thu, 24 May 2018 20:35:22 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=25979 Following the Miami Heat‘s disappointing end to the 2017-18 season, the focus shifted to possible individual accolades. Heat forward Josh Richardson seemed to be a strong candidate for a spot on the league’s All-Defensive squad, but that hope was squashed when the teams were announced on Wednesday. Richardson clearly expressed his disappointment of the voting […]

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Following the Miami Heat‘s disappointing end to the 2017-18 season, the focus shifted to possible individual accolades. Heat forward Josh Richardson seemed to be a strong candidate for a spot on the league’s All-Defensive squad, but that hope was squashed when the teams were announced on Wednesday.

Richardson clearly expressed his disappointment of the voting through social media, albeit with no words:

Unable to earn a spot among the top 10 in this category, Richardson ended up 16th in the voting and picked up three first-team votes. No other Heat player was represented on the list.

During the course of the past season, Richardson was asked about the possibility of garnering a spot among this prestigious group.

“I think it would be awesome, but I’m not going to be bent out of shape if I don’t,” Richardson said. “I know how those things go sometimes. I’m not too worried about it. I think I’m a top 10 defender in this league. I know in my own head.”

Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra had effectively served as Richardson’s campaign manager in an effort to try to get him a berth on the team. Spoelstra pointed out in the latter stages of the campaign why he believed Richardson deserved the recognition:

“He’s All-NBA defense,” Spoelstra said. “Night in, night out he’s going to have three of the toughest covers in the game. … and he doesn’t even blink. And that’s the expectation and how he’s developed that potential. He’s become a very disciplined, dynamic defender, one that can really guard multiple positions in a totally different way.

“I think it’s a shame, I don’t think his name out there. I don’t think people recognize the kind of defender he is except for the teams that he plays against. I think they see it.”

Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post offered some statistical numbers to make Richardson’s case, which ultimately came up short.

“Among the 139 NBA players who played in at least 40 games and defended at least nine shots per game this past regular season, Richardson finished with the seventh-best opponent field-goal percentage at 41.6 percent behind only Jaylen Brown and (Al) Horford from Boston, (Anthony) Davis from New Orleans, (Joel) Embiid and Ben Simmons from Philadelphia, and John Wall from Washington,” Chiang wrote. “Three of those players made an All-Defensive team — Horford, Davis and Embiid.

“Richardson also tallied a team-high 2.6 deflections per game this past regular season, and recorded a team-high 121 steals while also blocking 75 shots (second-most on the team). He was the only player in the NBA to finish with at least that many steals and blocks.”

Had Richardson been named to the team, he would have been the seventh player in team history to earn a spot on the squad, with LeBron James and Alonzo Mourning having previously been tabbed to spots on the first team. Two years ago, center Hassan Whiteside was the last Miami player to be named to this group.

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Dwyane Wade Calls Out Mario Chalmers For Lying on Epic James-Wade Photo http://heatnation.com/media/dwyane-wade-clowns-mario-chalmers-lying-role-iconic-dunk/ http://heatnation.com/media/dwyane-wade-clowns-mario-chalmers-lying-role-iconic-dunk/#comments Thu, 24 May 2018 00:01:25 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=25968 A story regarding a legendary photo featuring Dwyane Wade and LeBron James took an odd turn earlier this week when former Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers claimed responsibility for the epic moment in Heat history. It began when Wade admitted that he would ask James to sign a photograph of a dunk that took place in […]

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A story regarding a legendary photo featuring Dwyane Wade and LeBron James took an odd turn earlier this week when former Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers claimed responsibility for the epic moment in Heat history.

It began when Wade admitted that he would ask James to sign a photograph of a dunk that took place in a Dec. 6, 2010 game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Shortly after Bleacher Report reported on the story, Chalmers took to Instagram to say that the moment would have never happened if it hadn’t been for a turnover he had forced in the game.

It was quite a claim, and it wasn’t long before Bleacher Report offered proof that Chalmers couldn’t have had a part in the iconic play because he wasn’t even on the court at the time. Once Wade caught wind of the top-notch investigative journalism, he couldn’t help but poke fun at his former teammate.

Hilariously, in the YouTube video of the play, Chalmers can easily be seen celebrating the dunk on the bench seconds after it takes place.

There’s no doubt that in his seven full seasons in South Florida, Chalmers had his fair share of memorable moments. However, it seems taking credit for this particular moment was not the right move.

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Hassan Whiteside Throws Subtle Shade at Miami Heat in Latest Social Media Post http://heatnation.com/videos/video-hassan-whiteside-takes-subtle-shot-miami-heat/ http://heatnation.com/videos/video-hassan-whiteside-takes-subtle-shot-miami-heat/#comments Wed, 23 May 2018 21:51:04 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=25970 The shaky relationship between the Miami Heat and center Hassan Whiteside has resulted in trade rumors surfacing throughout the season. Though that may not end up happening, it appears clear that Whiteside is using social media to try and make the case that he’s capable of being a stronger offensive threat. Hassan Whiteside — "There's a […]

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The shaky relationship between the Miami Heat and center Hassan Whiteside has resulted in trade rumors surfacing throughout the season. Though that may not end up happening, it appears clear that Whiteside is using social media to try and make the case that he’s capable of being a stronger offensive threat.

In his fourth season with the Heat, Whiteside was limited by injuries to just 54 regular season games, scoring 14 points per game and putting up an average of 10.7 field goal attempts in each contest. Both numbers were down from his previous campaign, though they were still higher than the career numbers for the veteran, who turns 29 next month.

Whiteside was then virtually non-existent in the five-game playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging just 15.4 minutes of action. In that brief time, he only averaged 5.2 points per game and put up four field goal attempts during each clash. Once that series concluded, he then was forced to deal with an onslaught of criticism about his performance.

The Heat appear likely to at least try and make the effort to deal Whiteside elsewhere, even though his contract will likely make that very difficult. The center is due to make over $50 million over the next two seasons, a steep cost for any team, which may mean that what Miami gets back in return could be limited.

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Dwyane Wade Reveals His Top 3 MVP Candidates http://heatnation.com/media/dwyane-wade-reveals-top-3-mvp-candidates/ http://heatnation.com/media/dwyane-wade-reveals-top-3-mvp-candidates/#comments Tue, 22 May 2018 05:58:18 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=25963 Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade tweeted out on Sunday that the three finalists for MVP that were named by the NBA were the same three he had in mind. He also wrote that among Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis, there is no clear winner. […]

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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade tweeted out on Sunday that the three finalists for MVP that were named by the NBA were the same three he had in mind. He also wrote that among Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis, there is no clear winner.

James has arguably had one of the best seasons in his career, averaging 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game, while shooting 54.2 percent from the field. The rebounds and assists per game set new career highs for the 33-year-old. He also played in all 82 regular season games for the first time in his career.

Harden led the Rockets to an NBA best 65-17 record as he averaged 30.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. The Arizona State University product led the NBA in scoring for the first time in his career.

As for Davis, he averaged 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.5 steals and a league-leading 2.6 blocks per game, leading the Pelicans to the sixth seed in the Western Conference. This was the third time in his career that Davis led the league in blocks.

The winner will be announced at the NBA Awards on June 25, which will take place in Santa Monica, Calif. at the Barker Hangar. The ceremony will be nationally televised by TNT.

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What Dwyane Wade Plans to Do With Epic Photo of Him and LeBron James http://heatnation.com/media/dwyane-wade-picks-item-lebron-james-sign/ http://heatnation.com/media/dwyane-wade-picks-item-lebron-james-sign/#comments Tue, 22 May 2018 00:30:07 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=25957 While Miami Heat veteran guard Dwyane Wade has yet to announce whether or not he’ll return next season for what would be his 16th year in the NBA, he has begun to look toward his retirement years. Among the things he’s planning on doing is getting former teammate LeBron James to sign one photo that […]

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While Miami Heat veteran guard Dwyane Wade has yet to announce whether or not he’ll return next season for what would be his 16th year in the NBA, he has begun to look toward his retirement years. Among the things he’s planning on doing is getting former teammate LeBron James to sign one photo that will then hang inside the Heat legend’s home.

The photo in question is from the first quarter of a Dec. 6, 2010 game between the Heat and Milwaukee Bucks, the first season the duo were together as teammates. Wade’s no-look pass off a fast break preceded a thundering dunk by James.

The 36-year-old Wade and James have a longstanding friendship that preceded their four memorable years with the Heat that saw them reach the NBA Finals every year and capture titles in both 2012 and 2013. Though James headed back to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014, the two briefly reunited this year with the Cavs. That connection ended on Feb. 8, when Wade was dealt back to the Heat.

Besides that friendship, the bond between the two players will continue forever, since both long ago became locks for the Basketball Hall of Fame. Wade’s entry will come sooner, even though the pair both entered the league in 2003.

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Dwyane Wade Says He Wants to Make ‘Love’ Movie With His Wife http://heatnation.com/videos/video-dwyane-wade-expresses-interest-starring-movie/ http://heatnation.com/videos/video-dwyane-wade-expresses-interest-starring-movie/#comments Mon, 21 May 2018 00:59:52 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=25949 Miami Heat icon Dwyane Wade has made it clear that he will spend time this offseason deciding whether or not he wants to continue his NBA career. While he certainly has not said anything about ending his basketball career just yet, he has opened up about another career path he might be interested in. On Thursday night, […]

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Miami Heat icon Dwyane Wade has made it clear that he will spend time this offseason deciding whether or not he wants to continue his NBA career. While he certainly has not said anything about ending his basketball career just yet, he has opened up about another career path he might be interested in.

On Thursday night, Wade spoke with TMZ Sports about his interest in an acting career while he and his wife, Gabrielle Union, went out to dinner in West Hollywood.

While walking into the popular West Hollywood restaurant Craig’s, a TMZ reporter asked if Wade would ever consider starring in a movie alongside his movie star wife.

“I’m trying to get one, but she (Union) won’t put me on,” Wade said. “I’m trying to do a love movie. Like something romantic.”

It would be great to see Wade on the silver screen, but by the end of the 2017-18 season it was clear that the three-time NBA champ still has more than enough left in the tank to return to the court next season.

Only time will tell whether or not Wade’s storied NBA career has come to an end. If he does decide to hang it up this summer, it will be interesting whether or not he decides to pursue his Hollywood dreams.

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Miami Heat Meet With NBA Combine Standout Kevin Huerter http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-meet-nba-combine-standout-kevin-huerter/ http://heatnation.com/team-news/miami-heat-meet-nba-combine-standout-kevin-huerter/#comments Sat, 19 May 2018 01:15:58 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=25944 The Miami Heat do not currently have a pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, but that didn’t stop them from meeting with former University of Maryland guard and NBA hopeful Kevin Huerter. According to the Palm Beach Post, the Heat used one of their 20 allotted interviews at the NBA combine on Huerter after the projected second-round pick turned […]

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The Miami Heat do not currently have a pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, but that didn’t stop them from meeting with former University of Maryland guard and NBA hopeful Kevin Huerter.

According to the Palm Beach Post, the Heat used one of their 20 allotted interviews at the NBA combine on Huerter after the projected second-round pick turned heads during an impressive performance at the combine’s first five-on-five scrimmage. He finished the scrimmage with nine points on 3-of-9 shooting, three assists, and two rebounds.

“It went well,” Huerter said of his meeting with Miami. “It wasn’t an intense environment, which is nice. It really felt like we were just having a conversation and they were just trying to get to know me.”

Huerter didn’t only make his mark in the scrimmage. The 6-foot-7 youngster had the top shuttle run among the 40 players who participated in the combine. He also impressed as a shooter. He finished first in the spot-up right-side shooting, right corner NBA shooting, and on-the-move 15-foot shooting.

Huerter, who averaged 14.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game last season, has yet to hire an agent and has until May 30 to decide on whether or not he wants to return to college for his junior year.

If he does decide to stay in the draft, it seems he would be happy to end up in Miami.

“My favorite player has always been LeBron [James], so those four years I watched them a lot,” Huerter said. “And obviously, everybody knows Miami is Miami. It’s a vacation spot, so that’s obviously really enticing. You got to be able to handle it, but Miami is a great spot. They come from a winning culture and they’re expected to win there. That’s what you want to play for.”

It’s clear that a lot of pieces would have to fall in the right place for Huerter to become the newest Heat rookie. It’s also clear that if that does come to pass, he could be a great addition both on and off the court.

With over two months until the draft, the Heat have quite a lot of time to get themselves a draft pick. If they manage to do that, Huerter will definitely be someone to keep an eye on.

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Dwyane Wade Roasts Chicago Bulls Twitter Account in Best Way Possible http://heatnation.com/media/dwyane-wades-replies-bulls-twitter-account/ http://heatnation.com/media/dwyane-wades-replies-bulls-twitter-account/#comments Tue, 15 May 2018 23:19:55 +0000 http://heatnation.com/?p=25937 A Chicago Bulls Twitter fan account probably didn’t plan on getting roasted by Dwyane Wade on Tuesday morning, but that’s exactly what happened. The Locked On Bulls Twitter account took to the social media site to post a throwback video of former Bulls big man Taj Gibson posterizing Wade in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals. This Week […]

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A Chicago Bulls Twitter fan account probably didn’t plan on getting roasted by Dwyane Wade on Tuesday morning, but that’s exactly what happened.

The Locked On Bulls Twitter account took to the social media site to post a throwback video of former Bulls big man Taj Gibson posterizing Wade in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals.

It wasn’t long before Wade caught wind of the post and promptly reminded all 8 million of his followers what really mattered when it came to that series.

The Miami Heat were sadly not able to replicate their success in the NBA Finals that season when they fell to the Dallas Mavericks in six games. Luckily, the Heat were able to make up for it by winning the next two NBA championships.

While Wade recently revealed that he planned to weigh his options regarding a possible retirement this offseason, it seems clear by this correspondence that his heart still burns with the competitive fire that he is known for. Hopefully, that means fans will be seeing Wade on the court once again next season.

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