Bipolar first half of the season leads to a Miami Heat identity crisis

Who expected such dramatic mood swings before the All-Star break? The Miami Heat got snowed under by a blizzard of injuries during the first half of the season. An unlikely call-up from the frigid terrain of Sioux Falls put the warmth in the Heat again. Which personality will the team exhibit after mid-season break ends? Who should guide Miami when action resumes again? A simple...
Via Hot Hot Hoops
3 hours ago

Miami Heat Mailbag: Could the Heat have offered more for DeMarcus Cousins?

On the latest Miami Heat mailbag: Did Pat Riley blow an opportunity to trade for DeMarcus Cousins? Does Dwyane Wade regret leaving? Should the Heat trade or commit to James Johnson and is this the Heat’s team going forward? You can send future mailbag questions to LockedOnHeat@gmail.com. Thanks to those of you who have sent […] Miami Heat Mailbag: Could the Heat have offered...
Via All U Can Heat
8 hours ago

Should the Miami Heat show interest in the now-available Terrance Jones?

With the dominoes starting to fall, the Miami Heat could find a power forward via trade sooner rather than later. Terrence Jones is a player who could make a lot of sense. Well, it appears trade season is officially upon us. During the All-Star Game, Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical reported that the Sacramento Kings […] Should the Miami Heat show interest in the now-available...
Via All U Can Heat
15 hours ago

5 under-the-radar players the Miami Heat could target at the NBA trade deadline

It’s the week of the NBA Trade Deadline, so we look at five under-the-radar players the Miami Heat may target by Thursday. Finally, the week of the NBA Trade Deadline is upon us. Thursday, Feb. 23 (at 3 pm ET) marks the last day that teams can swap players. With the Miami Heat (25-32) winning […] 5 under-the-radar players the Miami Heat could target at the NBA trade deadline...
Via All U Can Heat
16 hours ago

How Goran Dragic Has Emerged as the Heat’s Undisputed Leader

Some people are just natural born leaders. Others become leaders by matter of circumstance. For point guard Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat, perhaps the latter applies best. There’s no denying the Slovenian native has always had game; there’s just never been a more opportune time for him to step up to the plate than in 2016-17. Until this season, there’s always been a Steve...
Via Heat Nation
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Miami Heat News: Tim Hardaway Named Finalist for Basketball Hall of Fame

In balloting that was announced on Saturday during All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, former Miami Heat point guard Tim Hardaway was named a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, marking the third time in four tries that he’s achieved that status. The final determination if Hardaway enters the Hall of Fame will be based on voting that’s conducted within the...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Shane Battier joins Miami Heat in front office role

MIAMI HEAT PRESS RELEASE MIAMI, Fla. -- The Miami HEAT announced Thursday that they have hired former HEAT player and two-time NBA champion Shane Battier as the Director of Basketball Development & Analytics. His duties will include the development of analytics in evaluating all talent, including college, free agents and current Miami players. “We believe Shane is an incredible...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Shane Battier named head of Heat analytics department

The Miami Heat are reuniting with an old chum.The team announced on Thursday that they have hired Shane Battier to their front office as Director of Basketball Development & Analytics. The former Duke Blue Devil’s job will include “the development of analytics in evaluating all talent, including college, free agents and current Miami players.”Battier, now 38, played with...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Shane Battier returns to Heat, to lead analytics department

Shane Battier has returned to the Miami Heat. Battier is now a member of the Heat front office, assuming the newly created role of director of basketball development and analytics. The Heat announced the move Thursday, describing Battier's new job as one where he will develop analytics to evaluate talent - including college players, free agents and members of the existing roster...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Hassan Whiteside gives $25K cash to James Johnson to pay fine

Hassan Whiteside proved to be a man of his word by ponying up the money to pay Miami Heat teammate James Johnson’s $25,000 fine. And Whiteside did so in a flashy manner by producing the needed funds in cash.Whiteside felt himself indebted to his teammate in light of the fact Johnson was fined for coming to his defense.The incident in question occurred during the Heat’s 116-93...
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Dwyane Wade says Pat Riley not calling him was ‘deciding factor’ in leaving Heat

Dwyane Wade has said in the past that his decision to leave the Miami Heat in free agency had nothing to do with Pat Riley not calling him. Roughly six months later, Wade is willing to admit that was a lie.Wade joined Adrian Wojnarowski for “The Vertical Podcast” this week, and the 35-year-old called Riley’s lack of communication with him the “deciding factor” that pushed...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Dwyane Wade opens up on what really pushed him to leave the Heat

Dwyane Wade spent his first 13 years in the NBA with the Miami Heat, helping them win three titles and becoming the franchise’s cornerstone player. Then all that goodwill ended in a flash for Flash and Heat fans last summer, when he abruptly left Miami to join his hometown Chicago Bulls.At his introductory new conference in July, Wade said the fact Heat president Pat Riley never...
Via FOX Sports
6 days ago

Bucks announce Jabari Parker’s ACL surgery was successful, 12-month rehab expected

For the second time in three seasons, Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker has suffered a torn ACL. It came in a game against the Miami Heat on February 8th. Parker will miss the remainder of the season.Though, there’s some good news to be had here. According to the Bucks’ official website and general manager John Hammond, Parker underwent successful ACL surgery on Tuesday.“Parker...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Our love for 'viral social media' NBA players

For most fans, there are three categories of NBA players we root for. If you pull for a particular team, you will ride or die with everyone on that roster. After that, there are superstar players – think Stephen Curry, James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo or Joel Embiid – who are worth your time on league pass. And then there's a special third category.When Dion Waiters was drafted...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Wade felt Knicks couldn't handle ambitions of 2010 Big Three

It’s forgotten on occasion, but the New York Knicks were one of the teams chasing after the three-headed monster of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh back in the summer of 2010.Wade opened up about New York’s pursuit of the Big Three on The Vertical podcast, saying the Knicks simply weren’t ready for what they were offering.“They just wasn’t prepared. They wasn’t...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Knicks stupidly broke up with Patrick Ewing

Charles Oakley is pretty much The People’s Enforcer right now when it comes to fans of the New York Knicks. His present assignment, if you will, is defending the anger of the fan base while being the protagonist in one of the most galvanizing, yet embarrassing episodes in the 70-year history of the franchise. The #FreeOakley campaign didn’t take long to form, but when team owner...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Okafor could be held out through All-Star break

News broke Saturday night that Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor told teammates that the Sixers are actively looking to trade him and he expects to be moved here soon (more on that here).That initial report was followed up with a whole host of other information, including the possibility that Philadelphia might hold Okafor out the next two games prior to the All-Star Break...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Without Embiid, 76ers snap Miami's 13-game winning streak

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nerlens Noel, Robert Covington and Dario Saric each scored 19 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 117-109 victory Saturday night over Miami, snapping the Heat's winning streak at 13 games. Goran Dragic had 30 points for the Heat, whose winning streak was the longest in the NBA this season, the third-best in team history and tops in league history by a...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Heat: On Fire Or On Gas?

On January 13th, the once glorious Miami Heat sat at a dismal 11-30, second to last in the East. As the season was already halfway over, it seemed a foregone conclusion that Miami would take its talents into the draft lottery and attempt to snag a premier player like Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, or Josh Jackson. Trade rumors were swirling, and GM Pat Riley was ready to fully dismantle...
Via The Sports Quotient
10 days ago  |  Discuss

After 2nd ACL tear, how does Jabari Parker come back?

Jabari Parker is 21 years old.Wednesday night was supposed to be a special night for the Milwaukee Bucks. Unfortunately, that’s all we’re going to say about it. This isn’t going to be about their playoff chances. Or even about their future, immediate or otherwise.No, we’re just here to talk about Jabari Parker. We’re here to talk about the fact that he’s now torn the...
Via The Sports Post
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Heat in the midst of a 12-game win streak

On January 13, the Miami Heat fell to 11-30, good for second worst in the East, after losing in Milwaukee to the Bucks. Now, a full three weeks later, the Heat are the hottest team in the NBA, extending their winning streak to twelve after routing the Bucks in Milwaukee 106-88. The turnaround for Miami has been as fast as it has been unexpected. In less than a month, the franchise...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucks F Jabari Parker has a torn ACL, will miss rest of the season

Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker has been one of the breakout stars of the 2016-17 NBA season, but the same injury that delayed that breakout until his third year will sideline him again.Parker, the second overall pick in the 2014 draft, fell to the floor Wednesday night after his left knee buckled on a drive to the basket in a loss to the Miami Heat, and an MRI revealed Thursday...
Via FOX Sports
11 days ago

Miami Heat News: Heat Sign Marcus Georges-Hunt to 10-Day Contract

Less than a week after signing up-and-comer Okaro White to a contract for the remainder of the 2016-17 season, the Miami Heat have brought up yet another D-League player in the hopes that he will contribute as White has been able to. As of Wednesday, it was announced that the Heat have signed former Georgia Tech University guard Marcus Georges-Hunt to a 10-day contract. After...
Via Heat Nation
12 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Taurean Prince throws Hassan Whiteside to the ground, skirmish erupts

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside has been known to get under his opponents’ skin, and that looked to be the case in Wednesday’s game against the Hawks. It’s unclear what got Taurean Prince upset, but after Whiteside hauled in an offensive rebound during the fourth quarter of the game, the Hawks forward grabbed the Heat center and threw him to the floor. Whiteside’s teammate...
Via The Sports Daily
18 days ago  |  Discuss

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