MIAMI The Big Cat will turn into a big Heat fan once the playoffs start.
Toronto center Jamaal Magloire, who played for Miami the three previous seasons, hopes and expects the Heat to win the NBA championship. Magloire, who still has a home in South Florida, anticipates attending some playoff games.
First, the hope part. Magloire admits it would bittersweet if the Heat win the title in his first season gone. But that won't change his allegiance.
"My hope is that they do win it," Magloire said before Toronto's 96-72 loss Wednesday to the Heat to AmericanAirlines Arena. "I love (Miami president Pat) Riley for the opportunity he gave me and I'll never forget him for what he's done."
Now, for the expecting part. The Big Cat believes the Heat will win it all in June.
"I do think they have what it takes to win it," he said. "They have great players. Of course, the big three (of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh), (Udonis) Has...