MIAMI The NHL still might be in a lockout. But theres one place theyre really talking hockey.
Its where there are palm trees.
Until a few days ago, Miami Heat forward Rashard Lewis never had heard of a hockey assist.
Not much hockey in Houston, he said of his hometown.
But then Miami coach Erik Spoelstra gave his team lectures on the hockey assist. Hes using it to describe how important it is for his team to have ball movement.
In hockey, two players can be awarded an assist: the one who made the pass directly leading to a goal and the one who had the pass before that. In basketball, only one player can get an assist: the guy who made the last pass.
So what. Spoelstra often puts just as much stock in the guy who made the pass that led to the assist.
Lately, everybody on the Heat seems to uttering the word hockey. Before, Canadian Joel Anthony and Alaska native Mario Chalmers were about the only ones you would expect to hear that from.
Miamis hockey-like ball movement has b...