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Heat Felt LeBron Attempted To Make Pat Riley 'Grovel' In 2014 Offseason Meeting

Mar 24, 2017 11:52 AM

Pat Riley and the Miami Heat felt LeBron James may have already made up his mind about returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers when they met with him in July of 2014.

"There were also indications the Heat felt James had already made up his mind and was attempting to make Riley grovel," writes Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin in their forthcoming book 'Return of the King'.

Riley spoke to James about Miami's new additsions of Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger and Shabazz Napier.

James was upset with Micky Arison using the amnesty clause on Mike Miller, as well as Riley's press conference after the Finals.

Among the book's photos was one of James seated alongside Riley and Arison at the 2014 NBA Finals, with a caption of, "Heat president Pat Riley's 'If you've got the guts' message during a 2014 press conference may have alienated LeBron James on his way out the door. James was also frustrated that Heat owner Micky Arison slowed spending on the roster."

Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin/ESPN (via Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Hassan Whiteside, Damian Lillard Named Players Of The Week

Mar 20, 2017 3:58 PM

The Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside and the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 13 through Sunday, March 19. 

Whiteside finished second in the East in rebounding (13.7 rpg) and 11th in scoring (20.0 ppg) while shooting an NBA-best 73.0 percent from the field as the Heat went 2-1 for the week.  He also paced the East in blocked shots (2.67 bpg) and extended his streak with a block to a season-high 26 straight games.  The 27-year-old center posted double-doubles in all three games to set the franchise record for consecutive double-doubles with 12.  With 14 rebounds in a 123-105 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 17, Whiteside became only the second player in team history to grab 900 rebounds in a season, joining Rony Seikaly (1991-92).   

Lillard led the Trail Blazers to a 3-1 week, with all of Portland’s wins coming on the road.  He paced the league in scoring (35.3 ppg) and added 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 55.1 percent from the field and 59.4 percent from three-point range.  Lillard was also 36-for-36 from the free throw line.  On March 15, the 26-year-old guard scored 36 points in a 110-106 win against the San Antonio Spurs.  Lillard closed the week by scoring a season-high 49 points and matching a career high with nine three-pointers in a 115-104 win over the Heat on March 19.

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Tags: Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Award

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Clippers, Heat Interested In Carlos Boozer

Mar 18, 2017 11:56 AM

Carlos Boozer continues to play in the Chinese Basketball Association playoffs for the Guangdong Southern Tigers.

Boozer's performance has reportedly put him back onto the radar of NBA teams.

The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers are among the teams tracking Boozer.

Boozer is eligible to play in the NBA postseason for anyone who signs him, since he hasn't been on a roster all season, but the one requirement is that he'd have to be signed back home before the NBA regular season ends April 12.

Boozer last played in the NBA in 2015 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Guangdong Southern, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

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Goran Dragic Out With Eye Injury

Mar 12, 2017 6:04 PM

Goran Dragic is out of Sunday's game for the Miami Heat with an orbital contusion to his right eye.

Dragic suffered the injury when he took an elbow to the right eye during the team's win against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.

Dragic's eye swelled to the point where it completely shut.

"I cannot even see in the right eye," Dragic said Sunday. "I didn't imagine it was going to be so bad. The right eye is completely closed. The doctor checked the eye last night. He said the eye is fine. Just swelling. We will do treatment [to get some] swelling down. There's just pressure. No pain."

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Tags: Goran Dragic, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury

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Dion Waiters: You Shouldn't Be In NBA If You Don't Have Confidence

Mar 9, 2017 2:53 PM

Dion Waiters had 24 points in a 108-101 win by the Miami Heat over the Charlotte Hornets.

Waiters is averaging 18.7 points per game in Miami's wins.

"If you don't have confidence, I don't think you should be in this league," said Waiters. "That's just the bottom line; 90 percent of the game is mental. In this league, it's make or miss. You are going to make shots, you are going to miss shots. It's about how you handle it. Don't get too high, don't get too low. That's one thing I learned, always stay in between."

Waiters has a better shooting percentage in "clutch" situations since Jan. 17th than Isaiah Thomas does this season.

“Dion against teams that step up their defense, he can create off the dribble no matter what his percentage may be during the course of a game or for the season,” Erik Spoelstra said. “You get down to those last couple minutes and he’ll think that his percentage is 60 percent. That’s more than half the battle in this league, your confidence and your ability to make plays over the top.”

Sun Sentinel

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Pat Riley: LeBron's Departure 'Most Shocking' Event Of Heat Tenure

Mar 6, 2017 2:57 PM

Pat Riley described LeBron James' decision to leave the Miami Heat to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014 as the biggest shock of his tenure.

Riley successfully signed James in 2010 and the team went to four straight Finals, winning two. Since James has left, the Cavaliers have reached the Finals in both seasons while Miami has rebuilt on the fly.

“Since I came here, we’ve had the same owner, same president, two coaches, same support staff,” Riley said. “We’ve got a bunch of guys working for us who played for us. Players come and go, great players. When LeBron left, that was the most shocking thing to me – not to say he was right or wrong – and the most shocking thing to the franchise. But our culture is the same. You have your up years and your down years, but what can’t change is the way you do things.”

Riley made strong comments in a press conference after the 2014 Finals before the start of free agency that James reportedly didn't care for.

"I think we need to have a perspective about things," Riley said to the media in 2014. "I think everybody needs to get a grip—media, Heat players, organization, all of our fans—we got to get a grip on greatness and on teams. I've been here for 45 years in the NBA, and I've witnessed dynasties, I've witnessed great teams. The '80s Lakers, five championships in 12 years. So what does that mean? Seven times they didn't win. In that run, they didn't win. You got to deal with it, you got to come back."

Harvey Araton/The Vertical

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA

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Jared Sullinger Receives Interest From Heat

Mar 6, 2017 2:49 PM

Jared Sullinger has received interest from the Miami Heat.

Sullinger is a free agent after he was waived by the Phoenix Suns following his trade by the Toronto Raptors.

David Falk met with Pat Riley in recent days but Sullinger remains in the "exploratory stages" of finding a new team.

Sullinger signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Raptors in the offseason.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Tags: Jared Sullinger, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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J.R. Smith Escorted By Cavs' Security Off Court Following Confrontation With Heat

Mar 5, 2017 1:02 PM

J.R. Smith was escorted off the court by Cleveland Cavaliers' security following their 120-92 loss at the Miami Heat on Saturday.

Rodney McGruder dunked over Channing Frye with 1:14 left, then appeared to slap or push Frye on the back afterwards, which drew the ire of Smith. Smith was screaming at McGruder then the entire Heat team.

The Cavaliers and Heat play again on Monday.

"It's not really a story, man," said Frye. "Tempers flared, it is what it is, it's over now. The game's over. They won. Congrats. We play another game on Monday. It's all good."

"We got J.R. off the floor," coach Tyronn Lue said. "He's fiery, he's feisty. He's ready to get back on the floor. It happens throughout the course of a game. It's nothing though."

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: J.R. Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA

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Erik Spoelstra, Gregg Popovich Named NBA Coaches Of The Month

Mar 2, 2017 11:14 AM

The Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra and the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in February. 

Spoelstra led the Heat to an 8-3 record, the second-best mark in the Eastern Conference, as Miami played only four games at home (3-1) and seven on the road (5-2).  Miami won its first five games in February to extend its winning streak to 13, the longest in the NBA this season and the third-longest in franchise history.  The Heat also won three of its final four games of the month, with each victory coming against a team currently in position to make the playoffs (Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers).  For the month, Miami ranked third in the East in scoring (110.3 ppg) and second in points allowed (101.6 ppg).

Popovich guided the Spurs to a Western Conference-best 8-2 record in February, going 6-2 on the road and 2-0 at home.  San Antonio closed the month with four consecutive victories, all on the road.  When the Spurs defeated the Denver Nuggets 121-97 on Feb. 4, Popovich recorded his 1,128th victory as San Antonio head coach and passed former Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan for the most wins with one franchise in NBA history.  With a 110-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Feb. 13, the Spurs set an NBA record by clinching their 20th straight winning season.

Other nominees for the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month were Boston’s Brad Stevens, Cleveland’s Tyronn Lue, Detroit’s Stan Van Gundy, Golden State’s Steve Kerr, Houston’s Mike D’Antoni, Memphis’ David Fizdale, Oklahoma City’s Billy Donovan, Utah’s Quin Snyder and Washington’s Scott Brooks.

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Chris Bosh Hasn't Given Up On NBA Return

Feb 28, 2017 12:03 PM

Chris Bosh made his debut on TNT on Monday as an analyst for their "Players Only" programming.

Bosh isn't ready to give up on his playing career, however, and still is working out.

"My health is great," Bosh said during Monday night's broadcast. "I'm feeling good, still working out and just really still staying ready."

Bosh didn't discuss whether he's still battling the blood clots that derailed his 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

Bosh's last NBA game was Feb. 9, 2016. A blood clot was found in his calf two days later, he went back on blood-thinning medication and his playing future has been uncertain ever since.

"I think one of the interesting things that I didn't anticipate was my mental health, and that's something that as athletes we have to take into regard because we're used to a set schedule and we're used to a certain type of world," Bosh said. "And that's something that I've really had to work on for my well-being."

Bosh will continue as an analyst for Turner for the next four Mondays, running through March 27.

The Heat are trying to gain cap relief from the $52 million Bosh is owed over the next two seasons.

AP

Tags: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

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Chris Bosh Joins TNT, Won't Attempt Return This Season
The Heat are expected to move forward with their case for cap relief during the same time frame that Chris Bosh will be working on Turner's Monday doubleheader broadcasts.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Heat Hire Shane Battier As Director of Basketball Development & Analytics
Shane Battier's duties will include the development of analytics in evaluating all talent, including college, free agents and current Miami players

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Magic Ramp Up Trade Talks On Serge Ibaka
The Magic are fielding calls from a handful of teams on Serge Ibaka after realizing re-signing him will be tougher than initially expected.

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Heat Intrigued By Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and the Magic are willing to consider offers.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Heat Sign Marcus Georges-Hunt To 10-Day Contract
Marcus Georges-Hunt, a 2017 D-League All-Star, is averaging 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.03 steals and 36.7 minutes.

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Heat To Release Derrick Williams, Sign Okaro White To Two-Year Deal
Okaro White is averaging 4.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 16.4 minutes over nine games with the Heat.

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Dion Waiters, DeMarcus Cousins Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Dion Waiters averaged 23.3 points, 5.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 48 percent from three-point range.

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Heat Re-Sign Okaro White To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Okaro White, who was signed to a 10-day contract on January 17, appeared in four games with the Heat and averaged 3.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.00 blocks and 16.4 minutes.

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Magic Offer Nikola Vucevic, First Rounder To Heat For Goran Dragic
The Magic attempted to engage the Heat recently on a trade for Goran Dragic.

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Bulls Planning Pursuit Of Chris Bosh
The Bulls are already working on pursuing Chris Bosh if he becomes a free agent.

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Heat Sign Okaro White To 10-Day Contract
Okaro White has appeared in 23 games for Miami's NBA Development League affiliate this season averaging 18.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.09 steals and 33.0 minutes.

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Heat To Sign Okaro White With Disabled Player Exception
Okaro White has averaged 18.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in 33.0 minutes over 23 games in the D-League this season.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Magic Have Expressed Interest In Trading For Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic has a player option after the 18-19 season but is signed on a reasonable salary considering the increase of the cap.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Hassan Whiteside Not Paying Attention To Trade Rumors
The future of Hassan Whiteside with the Heat is uncertain just a few months after signing a long-term, four-year, $98 million deal in the offseason.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Heat Asking For Too Much For Goran Dragic For Serious Trade Talks To Form
Goran Dragic is in Year 2 of a five-year, $90 million contract with the Heat.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Heat Apply For $1.3M Disabled Player Exception
The exception can be utilized on a free agent for a salary of up to $1.3 million for the balance of the season, or acquiring a player in the final year of a contract valued at $1.3 million or less.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Chris Bosh 'Getting Taste Of Retirement' Away From Game
Chris Bosh remains undecided about what his future holds as he's remained sidelined since February due to complications related to blood clots.

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Justise Winslow Likely Out For Season With Shoulder Surgery
Justise Winslow will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

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Heat Confirm Extension For Erik Spoelstra
Erik Spoelstra became head coach of the Heat in 08-09.

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Josh McRoberts Out Indefinitely With Stress Fracture In Left Foot
Josh McRoberts has had a cycle of injuries since joining the Heat in 2014.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel