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Miami Heat News: Udonis Haslem Working on Developing Three-Point Shot

Udonis Haslem has made just two three-point field goal attempts in his 12-year NBA career. However, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been trying to develop his stroke from beyond the arc. According to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, the Miami Heat forward has continued to work on his three-point game this offseason. Jackson states that coach Erik Spoelstra told Haslem that he...
Via Heat Nation
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Every NBA division's most interesting rookie for 2015-16

The NBA expects Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor to become the featured player of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers, respectively, but lesser-discussed prospects provide the most interesting storylines. Each division has a fresh face set to contribute in the 2015-16 campaign, and the eventual impacts of the following six rookies are intriguing narratives...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

TLM Podcast Ep. 58 – Rookie Extensions, and lottery coaches

When we said last week that our podcast would be recorded every Tuesday or Thursday, we meant it. Still, we had to break that promise, thanks to some major delays in the installation of James’ brand new internet service. Finally though, we were able to record, and to thank you for waiting patiently, we will have TWO episodes recorded this week. Episode 58 deals with rookie extensions...
Via The Lottery Mafia
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Heat's Udonis Haslem: 'I could go three or four more years'

The quintessential Heat Lifer doesn't plan on going anywhere soon, as Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem said that he feels like he could play for a few more years -- as long as coach Erik Spoelstra lets him.Haslem hasn't played more than 20 minutes per game in the past three seasons, but he's always ready whenever the Heat need him. As he told Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post,...
Via Fox Sports
July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Heat asking Winslow to do bit of everything

Before ever seeing him in a Miami uniform, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was already putting a fairly high expectation on the shoulders of rookie forward Justise Winslow. "A Swiss Army knife," is how Spoelstra described him. Big praise, considering Spoelstra has used that phrase for certain players before -- specifically, former Heat star LeBron James. The Heat believe Winslow can fill...
Via AP on Fox
July 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Winslow asked to do a little of everything for Heat

Before ever seeing him in a Miami uniform, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was already putting a fairly high expectation on the shoulders of rookie forward Justise Winslow. ''A Swiss Army knife,'' is how Spoelstra described him. Big praise, considering Spoelstra has used that phrase for certain players before - specifically, former Heat star LeBron James. The Heat believe Winslow can fill...
Via AP on Fox
July 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Justise Winslow has great response for people misspelling his name

The Miami Heat received a bit of a gift when Justise Winslow fell to them at No. 10 in Thursday’s NBA Draft. The 19-year-old should be a valuable asset off of Erik Spoelstra’s bench. He could also step into a starting role should Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng leave via free agency. Not surprisingly, after...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

James Jones and David Blatt Quietly Help the Cavs

Sunday, I wrote here at Crossover Chronicles that the Cleveland Cavaliers’ presence in the 2015 NBA Finals magnified the job Erik Spoelstra did with the Miami Heat. The basic reasoning behind that claim is simple and hard to refute: Spoelstra did not get the fully mature LeBron James Blatt has in Cleveland. As Cavs general manager David Griffin said in the second half of this 47...
Via Bloguin Best
June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

James Jones and David Blatt Quietly Help the Cavs

Sunday, I wrote here at Crossover Chronicles that the Cleveland Cavaliers’ presence in the 2015 NBA Finals magnified the job Erik Spoelstra did with the Miami Heat. The basic reasoning behind that claim is simple and hard to refute: Spoelstra did not get the fully mature LeBron James Blatt has in Cleveland. As Cavs general manager David Griffin said in the second half of this 47...
Via Crossover Chronicles
June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

The Cavs’ Journey To The Finals Magnifies Erik Spoelstra

It’s been one of the red-meat notions of the 2015 NBA season: LeBron James is the real head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. NBA Twitter and the NBA blogosphere lit up when the story emerged in early April that LeBron signaled the plays on the floor for the Cavs, and head coach David Blatt repeated those signals.  It was so easy to bury Blatt — not necessarily because this...
Via Bloguin Best
June 07, 2015  |  Discuss

The Cavs’ Journey To The Finals Magnifies Erik Spoelstra

It’s been one of the red-meat notions of the 2015 NBA season: LeBron James is the real head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. NBA Twitter and the NBA blogosphere lit up when the story emerged in early April that LeBron signaled the plays on the floor for the Cavs, and head coach David Blatt repeated those signals.  It was so easy to bury Blatt — not necessarily because this...
Via Crossover Chronicles
June 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Chip Kelly inspired change in NBA offenses as well?

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s influence on the NFL began during his days at Oregon. He had meetings with the New England Patriots, giving Bill Belichick advice on how to run a similar hurry-up attack. The Patriots effectively used Kelly’s methods and continued their offensive dominance. Today, the Eagles are the go-to guide on how to run an up-tempo offense in the...
Via cover32
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

10 Free Agents the Miami Heat Could Be Looking to Target

The NBA free agent sweepstakes, which get underway in mid-July, offer teams around the league an opportunity to rebuild or reload. The Miami Heat are somewhere in the middle of those two extremes. Injuries to key players throughout the season kept the Heat from fully realizing their potential. In spite of that, the team missed the playoffs by just one game. So, Pat Riley and Erik...
Via Heat Nation
May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Miami Heat Rumors: Could the Heat Land DeMarre Carroll?

It may be too early for Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra to talk about other teams’ free agents this summer, but the NBA’s tampering rules don’t apply to us. So let the speculation begin. Assuming (1) the Heat lock up point guard Goran Dragic to a long-term contract when the free agent signing period opens up sometime in the second week of July, (2) Chris Bosh is fully cleared...
Via Heat Nation
May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Players The Miami Heat Need To Trade This Offseason

Although the Miami Heat streak of four consecutive NBA Finals appearances came to an end this year, a 2015-16 starting lineup that is expected to feature a trio of All-Star candidates should help propel Erik Spoelstra & Co. back into the playoffs. The re-signing of free agent Goran Dragic to pair with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh instantly makes the Heat one of the top teams in...
Via Heat Nation
May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Are Miami Heat observers really calling for Erik Spoelstra's job?

The Miami Heat are undoubtedly disappointed that they missed the playoffs this season. Perhaps no one was more frustrated with the failings of a lost season than coach Erik Spoelstra, who is reportedly ready to revamp Miami's offense to take advantage of Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and a returning Chris Bosh.Despite Spoelstra's efforts to look forward and fix what went wrong,...
Via Fox Sports
April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Highlights of Miami Heat’s Exit Interview Media Session

The Miami Heat capped a disappointing 2014-15 season with a 37-45 record. A couple days after defeating the Philadelphia 76ers in the regular season finale, the Heat conducted their final media session of the season. There were statements from key figures such as Erik Spoelstra, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Goran Dragic in regards to the 2014-15 season, what to expect from the team...
Via Heat Nation
April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

How These Five Young Players Fit Into The Miami Heat’s Future

When the Miami Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in their regular season finale on Wednesday night, the team hardly resembled the starting lineup that took the court in the regular season opener. Back on October 29, the Heat defeated the Washington Wizards, 107-95, at American Airlines Arena in the first game of the season. The starting lineup was as follows—Chris Bosh, Shawne...
Via Heat Nation
April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Erik Spoelstra says missing playoffs will motivate Heat

MIAMI (AP) The first step for the Miami Heat this offseason will be a few weeks of decompression. Next comes some planning. After that, some waiting. The longest offseason in seven years awaits the Heat, who gathered Friday for some team meetings and a few goodbyes. The NBA playoffs start Saturday, and Miami will be in the most uncomfortable and most unusual position of all - spectators...
Via AP on Fox
April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Transactions The Miami Heat Have To Make In The Offseason

The Miami Heat culminated their regular season with a 37-45 overall record. Despite defeating the Philadelphia 76ers in their regular season finale, 105-101, the Heat fell just a game short of clinching a playoff berth for the seventh consecutive season. It is the first time the team will miss the postseason during Erik Spoelstra’s tenure as Heat head coach. The team struggled...
Via Heat Nation
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Heat vs. 76ers Game Recap: Heat End Season in High Spirits

(Philadelphia, PA) — The Miami Heat (36-46) finished off the 2014-15 season with a road win over the Philadelphia 76ers (19-63) Wednesday night, 105-101, in a matchup featuring two teams with nothing to play for, except draft lottery position. The Heat were eliminated from playoff contention on Tuesday following the Indiana Pacers’ home victory against the Washington Wizards...
Via Heat Nation
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

How the Regular Season Must Play Out in Order for Heat to Make Playoffs

In need of a few games to fall in their favor, the Miami Heat (36-45) currently have their 2014-15 playoff hopes on life support. They are currently in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, holding on by a thread to make the postseason. The Heat stayed alive with a 100-93 victory over their in-state rivals, the Orlando Magic (25-56), on Monday night. Heading into Tuesday, April...
Via Heat Nation
April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic at Miami Heat game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 7 p.m. On the brink of missing the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons, the Miami Heat will try their best to close out this disappointing campaign on a positive note. The Heat host the Orlando Magic on Monday night and must win their final two games to have any chance of reaching the postseason. Barring a miraculous turn...
Via AP on Fox
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Heat vs. Raptors Game Recap: Playoff Hopes Likely Over for Miami

(Miami, FL) — In an injury-riddled season of ups and downs, the Miami Heat (35-45) most likely ended any chance they had of a playoff berth after a 107-104 defeat at the hands of the Toronto Raptors (48-32) on Saturday night at American Airlines Arena. “I’ve got to get the team playing its best basketball at this time of year,” said Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra after the...
Via Heat Nation
April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Why Erik Spoelstra is One of the Most Underrated Coaches of Our Generation

Quick: who are the four current NBA head coaches with titles on their resumes? Considering only six franchises have won all 15 NBA Finals this millennium — the Los Angeles Lakers (5), San Antonio Spurs (4), Miami Heat (3), Dallas Mavericks (1), Detroit Pistons (1) and Boston Celtics (1) — the list of candidates is actually pretty easy to narrow down. Three men who guided their...
Via Heat Nation
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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