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Bosh Didn't Want 'Pressure' Of Joining Another Big 3 With Rockets

The pressure of joining another Big 3 played a part in Chris Bosh's decision not to sign with the Houston Rockets and instead remain with the Miami Heat on a five-year, $118 million contract.

Bosh had just spent the past four seasons perceived as the third best player in a Big 3 behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

"I could see where people would think that's an attractive site," Bosh told CBSSports.com. "They were trying to win right away. And I was really happy to be touted that I possibly could've been out there. But you know, that doesn't guarantee anything, and I know that. All that guarantees is a bunch of pressure."

"Bottom line, he enjoyed his four years in Miami and believes they can still compete for championships," Bosh's agent, Henry Thomas, told CBSSports.com.

Via Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Dwyane Wade Misses First Game Of Season With Hamstring Injury

Dwyane Wade will miss his first game of the season on Friday against the Atlanta Hawks after suffering a hamstring injury in the Miami Heat's loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

"For me, obviously I want to play as many games as possible," Wade said. "As I said before, you can't control certain things. I've had worse. I'll be back out there soon enough. Just when I come back, I want to be able to play the way I was playing the way before, and not hampered like I was the other night.

"I got to be smart. And then we've got two games coming up this weekend, so I'm able to reevaluate. Right now, it's simply just day to day. I'm going to do what's best for the team. I thought the other night was best for me to keep playing through it and give ourselves a chance to win. It's just not smart for me to try to push it."

Wade missed 28 games last season, nine of which with a similar hamstring injury.

"It's just the season," Erik Spoelstra said. "He's been working a lot. So, it's nothing major right now. We just want to be smart about it. It's more of an accumulation.

"Early in the season, we have to be smart about all this."

Via Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Heat Using Same Principles On Offense Without LeBron

The Miami Heat rank fifth in offense to start the season, a surprising start considering they're adapting to life without LeBron James.

The Heat have adapted their pace-and-space system to play without LeBron by using smallish lineups.

Miami has assisted on 64.5 percent of its hoops, no. 2 in the league, and up from 58.8 percent last season, per NBA.com. 

“The principles are the same,” Erik Spoelstra says. “How we do it is different.”

The Heat also are producing nearly the same number of corner 3s as they did with LeBron.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Chris Bosh, Klay Thompson Named NBA Players Of Week

Chris Bosh and Klay Thompson have been named the NBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week for games played Oct. 28-Nov. 2.

Bosh averaged 25.7 points and 11.3 rebounds in leading the Miami Heat to a 3-0 start.

Thompson averaged 29.7 points and 3 assists while the Golden State Warriors went 3-0 to start the season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Wade: Maintenance Program Was 'Close To Almost Genius'

Dwyane Wade played in just 54 regular season games as part of a designed maintenance program by the Miami Heat. 

Wade will need to play more games this season in order for the Heat to remain a playoff team.

Wade started out the playoffs well, but ultimately faded against the San Antonio Spurs in The Finals.

"We tried something different last year," Wade said. "At one point it was close to almost genius. And then I didn't have a great Finals performance, and our team didn't have a great Finals performance, and it was the worst thing to ever happen. But this is a different year. Every year is different. My approach and my responsibility is a little different. I understand that, and he understands that as well ... my goal is to be available as much as possible."

Said Erik Spoelstra: "We don't have a specific plan, because we're going day to day. The plan is to be available. I'm not going through the calendar. We'll get to them when we feel we need them."

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Bosh: Only Volume Of Touches This Season Similar To Time With Raptors

Chris Bosh is prepared to again play a bigger role, similar to his initial seasons in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors.

But Bosh sees the situation with the Miami Heat being considering different.

"The volume of touches, that's the only similarities" to Toronto, he said. "Everything else is totally different. It's getting to be a little while ago. I always get the question: 'You going to be like you were in Toronto?' No, I'm not. I consider myself a much better player than I was then. I'm a better leader. I'm taking the experiences I've had over the past years and trying to bring all that over to my new role."

Bosh accepted a more complementary role during his first four seasons with the Heat due to the presence of LeBron James.

"I knew what it was as soon as I agreed," Bosh said. "I've been in this league 10-plus years now, and I consider myself a decently smart person. Yeah, I know what it means. And as far as like my role with this team, and what they're going to demand of me is a lot more. I understand that. I understood that back in July. It's a work in progress for me."

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Chris Bosh Admits Money Was Factor In Choosing Heat Over Rockets

Chris Bosh was close to signing a four-year, $88 million deal with the Houston Rockets, but ultimately decided to remain with the Miami Heat on a five-year, $118 million contract.

Bosh would have returned to his home state of Texas to form a Big 3 with Dwight Howard and James Harden.

"I still had to finish conversations with the Heat," Bosh said of those hectic hours on July 11, when he handled his negotiations by phone from Africa, where he was on a vacation and promotional tour. "Everybody was aware, all parties were aware. It was always continuing conversations. I never made any commitments. I never wanted to put anybody in the position to make them feel like I said something and I reneged on the whole thing. So I just kept it open.

"LeBron (James) made his choice and then that kind of cleared things up, as far as negotiations are concerned."

Bosh had spoken with management and players on the Rockets.

"I talked to everybody," he said. "I like to get a feel for everybody, feel them out, see what they're thinking and just hear it from them."

Bosh admits that money was a factor in his decision to stay with the Heat.

"It's always business," he said. "Nothing is ever personal. I think 100 percent of those dudes would have taken the deal I took.

"It's not always about money," Bosh said. "But you do want your full market value. If you work your butt off to get to a certain point, you want to be rewarded for that."

Via Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Heat Sign Larry Drew II

The Miami Heat have signed guard Larry Drew II.

Drew appeared in 11 games (two starts) with the Heat during the 2014 Orlando and Vegas Summer Leagues and averaged 4.4 points, 3.6 assists, 1.55 steals and 1.5 rebounds while shooting 43.9 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range and 77.8 percent from the foul line. 

He spent the 2013-14 season with Miami’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, helping them to a postseason berth after appearing in 41 regular season games (36 starts) and averaging 11.4 points, 7.0 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.66 steals and 35.5 minutes while shooting 47.4 percent from the field, 41.1 percent from three-point range and 70.9 percent from the foul line.

Via RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Heat Waive Reggie Williams, Chris Johnson

The Miami Heat have waived center Chris Johnson and guard Reggie Williams.

Johnson appeared in one game in preseason totaling one rebound, one assist and a block in six minutes of action.

Williams did not appear in a game with Miami.

The Heat's roster now stands at 18.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Miami Heat Archives

Bosh: Transition Playing With LeBron Will Be Difficult For Love

Chris Bosh went from first option with the Raptors to third option with the Heat, which was a difficult transition as an offensive player.

LeBron Felt 'Uncomfortable' Being In Same Room As Riley At Wade's Wedding

LeBron James told friends that he felt uncomfortable having to share the room with Pat Riley during Dwyane Wade's wedding over the summer.

RealGM Radio: On The Southeast Division With Galletti, Minton

Daniel Leroux, Arturo Galletti and Patrick Minton talk in-depth about the major offseasons for the Heat and Hornets, as well as small but important summers for the Wizards, Hawks and Magic, talk about their favorite moves and preview the upcoming season.

Bosh, LeBron Haven't Spoken Since Departure

Chris Bosh said he's focused on his teammates in the present.

Heat Anticipate Keeping Cap Flexibility For 2016

The Heat agreed upon just two contracts that run past the 2016 offseason with their deals for Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts.

Wade Plans On Abandoning Maintenance Program

Dwyane Wade sat out 28 games last season for the Heat as part of a planned maintenance program to ease fatigue on his troublesome knees.

Justin Hamilton Undergoes Procedure For Atrial Flutter

Justin Hamilton experienced light-headedness during practice

LeBron Was Disappointed By Miami's Decision To Amnesty Mike Miller

The decision by the Heat in the 2013 offseason to amnesty Mike Miller drew the ire of LeBron James.

Norris Cole 'Ready' To Start For Heat

Pat Riley identified Mario Chalmers as the Miami Heat's starting point guard in the offseason.

Luol Deng Forgives Danny Ferry For Racial Comments

Luol Deng wants to move on from the unfortunate situation of Danny Ferry's racial remarks directed toward him during free agency.

LeBron Admits 'Greater Chance' He Stayed With Heat If They Won 13-14 Championship

LeBron James admitted in an interview with Rachel Nichols on CNN's "Unguarded" that he was more likely to stay with the Heat if they had won the 2014 title against the Spurs.

Bosh Spent Offseason Refreshing Post Game For Increased Inside Presence

Chris Bosh refreshed his interior game during the offseason.

Phil Weber Hired As Head Coach Of Sioux Falls Skyforce

Prior to joining the Heat as a consultant, Phil Weber worked as an assistant coach for the Knicks (2008-12) and Suns (1999-2008).

Heat Hire Keith Smart, Chris Quinn For Coaching Staff

The Heat have hired Keith Smart as assistant coach and Chris Quinn as assistant coach/player development.

Mario Chalmers Didn't Expect Heat To Re-Sign Him

Mario Chalmers did not expect to return to the Heat as a free agent.

Heat To 'Tweak' System, Gamble Less On Defense

The Heat lost LeBron James in the offseason and have also made some key changes to their coaching staff, which will result in a vastly different identity.

Heat Sign Khem Birch

Khem Birch averaged 5.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.17 blocks and 19.3 minutes while shooting 47.8 percent from the field in Summer League.

Luol Deng 'Saddened', 'Disappointed', 'Disturbed' By Comments

Luol Deng released the following statement Tuesday in response to remarks made about him by the front office of the Hawks.

Zoran Dragic In Talks With Heat, Spurs, Mavericks, Magic

Zoran Dragic informed teams of the Oct. 5 buyout deadline in the language of his contract with Unicaja Malaga of the European League, a source told RealGM.

Ferry's Comments About Deng Initiated Inquiry Into Hawks' Owner

The racial reference to Luol Deng triggered at least one team owner on the call to pursue an independent investigation into how the organization operated in regard to race.
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