Found November 02, 2011 on TheProBasketballTalk:
TEAMS: Miami Heat
By Payton Wales The NBA fined Miami Heat owner Micky Arison $500,000 Oct. 31 for comments he made via Twitter in reference to the league's ongoing lockout and collective bargaining process. The fine came three days after Arison's comments in response to tweets from NBA fans after negotiations broke down last week. The fan comment that struck Arison was: "How's it feel to be apart of ruining the best game in the world? NBA owners/players don't give a damn about fans&and guess what? Fans provide all the money you're fighting over&you greedy (expletive) pigs." Arison retaliated: "Honestly u r barking at the wrong owner." Arison would delete the tweet within an hour of posting it, but not before it had caught the attention of the rest of the league's owners. Arison's tweet would appear to confirm what many have believed in the past few weeks: the existence of a divide among owners about recent negotiating positions and...

LeBron challenges Durant to a little football action

We’re not going to see LeBron James ad Kevin Durant square off on the hard court anytime soon, so why not on the gridiron? Stranger things have happened. Monday night Kevin Durant jumped into a flag football game at Oklahoma State University. If you remember, a month ago LeBron James went out and practiced with…

Still Flexin’ by Pac Div — Ft. Melo, Bosh, D. Williams, E. Gordon

The hip hop industry is taking full advantage of all the pro basketball not happening in the USA son! Case in point, this Pac Div “Still Flexin” video that features Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Eric Gordon and Derrick Williams. On days like this, the lockout glass is half-full. H/N Nah Right

NBA ‘Change the Game’: Reduce number of jump balls

(As NBA owners decide how many more games they’re willing to lose to the lockout, perhaps it is time to consider gains that can be made when the league returns. In our latest lockout series, we look at changes that could produce an improved product.) Issue: Put it this way, even the NBA recognizes how difficult it is to toss a truly fair jump ball, so it has eliminated the jump...


CARMELO ANTHONY, ERIC GORDON, DERRICK WILIAMS and CHRIS BOSH get a history lesson in bling from Pac Div in this latest ad for Phiten… From ancient times to present day, the icons of bling (and some fine ladies) are brought to life to prove that bling is history — thanks to Phiten’s titanium technology. If every school lesson could take on this type of scenario, I’m sure...

'We wanted to win to spite people'

PBT: The Heat were hated last season, and Dwyane Wade said the team embraced that to a fault in an interview on Mike Krzyzewski’s radio show.

Dwyane Wade: Miami Heat ‘Wanted to Win to Spite People’

Dwyane Wade says the Miami Heat embraced their status as villains last season, but perhaps a bit too much. From the Sun-Times: “Dwyane Wade says the Miami Heat ‘played off hatred’ last season. That’s why Wade believes the Heat failed to win the NBA title. In an interview with Mike Krzyzewski on the Duke coach’s show on SiriusXM Radio, Wade says ‘we wanted to win to spite...

Wade says Heat embraced the dark side, but it cost them

Every good story of a hero rising up — say, Dirk Nowitzki — needs a villain to make it work. Last season, the Miami Heat were everyone’s villains. How the entire thing went down — from LeBron’s televised decision to the pep rally — turned a lot of fans off. There was both distaste for…

Durant plays a little intermural football at Oklahoma State

There are a few guys you see around the NBA — Ron Artest and LeBron James, for example — and when you look at their build you think they could have played in the NFL. Not Kevin Durant. He is lankly and not built for violent contact. But he played some football Monday evening. Intermural…

ASK IRA: Has NBA learned its lesson about going head-to-head with NFL?

Q: I just don’t miss the NBA that much yet.  Maybe once the NFL season is over (yes, it is already over for the Dolphins) I’ll start to care more. At this point, I still assume that the players will eventually cave and we’ll have a shortened season.  Do you think I’m representative of the average NBA fan? — David. A: The more we go through this process, and the more...
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