Dec 10, 2013 10:43 PM EST
LeBron James discussed on Tuesday the status of rivalries -- or lack thereof -- in the NBA these days.
“What is a rivalry these days?” James said when asked if the Miami Heat hold a rivalry with the Indiana Pacers. “What’s a rivalry? A rivalry is Celtics and Lakers. They met like four out of five years. … Bulls-Pistons. Those are rivalries, man.
“We’ve played these guys two straight years in the playoffs, and guys automatically make it a rivalry. It’s not a rivalry.”
James believes no rivalries exist in the NBA anymore.
“There is no real rivalry in the NBA these days,” James said. “You don’t see the competition enough or play the competition a lot. It’s two really, really good teams that [are] striving to win a championship, but rivalries … there are no more rivalries. There isn’t. It’s the truth. No rivalries.
“Cowboys-Redskins is a rivalry. Ohio State-Michigan is a rivalry. Duke-North Carolina is a rivalry. Bears-Packers is a rivalry.”
Dec 08, 2013 4:23 PM EST
Chris Andersen said he wants to play three to four more NBA seasons and believes his legs feel healthy enough to allow him.
Andersen cited his two-year suspension from 2006 to 2008 as a factor aiding in his health.
Andersen played a critical reserve role in the Miami Heat's championship last season.
Dec 06, 2013 1:09 PM EST
Charlie Westbrook has been claimed by the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League, according to a RealGM source.
The Skyforce are the D-League affiliate of the Heat.
Westbrook was in training camp this season with the Heat.
Dec 06, 2013 12:04 PM EST
The Miami Heat are in trade discussion as they search for backcourt depth with Dwyane Wade playing on a limited basis.
Wade missed his fifth game of the season on Thursday.
The Heat routinely started Mike Miller in the absence of Wade last season, but they used their amnesty provision upon him to save approximately $17 million in taxes.
Dec 02, 2013 6:11 PM EST
Dwyane Wade gave a diplomatic answer when he was posed the question about whether his new contract in free agency will be a Kobe Bryant-type contract or a discounted deal like Tim Duncan's and Kevin Garnett's in the past.
“When I get into that position, it’s something I’ll think about,” Wade said. “You have to sit down at the time and see what is best for you and for your team.”
“D-Wade is getting that Kobe deal,” LeBron James said from the next locker.
Wade was glad to see the two-year, $48-plus million extension that Bryant signed with the Los Angeles Lakers last week.
“As a player, I loved it. Everyone who gets what they get deserve, it’s great,” Wade said. “There’s a reason the Lakers felt that Kobe should get that money. There’s no right or wrong.”
The Heat likely would like to work out with Wade a similar situation to when Shaquille O'Neal signed a flexible deal in 2005. Wade has stated he intends to re-sign with Miami in the offseason.
“I remember when Shaq did that,” Wade said. “Not everyone is going to do that.”
Dec 02, 2013 4:08 PM EST
LeBron James and Kevin Durant have been named the NBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week for games played Nov. 25 through Dec. 1.
James averaged 29 points per game as the Miami Heat went 4-0 last week.
Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder had a 3-0 mark as the star forward averaged 27 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
Nov 29, 2013 11:14 AM EST
The Miami Heat have been able to have a fast start to the 13-14 season despite significant reductions in the minutes to LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
James is averaging a career-low 35.2 minutes, down from 37.9 last season and 39.6 in his career.
Bosh is averaging 28.5 minutes per game and Wade has been able to sit out several games.
“That’s extremely important,” Bosh said. “Our second group has done a magnificent job this year and made our jobs a little easier. It’s making it easier on us not having to play a lot, especially early.”
Nov 28, 2013 12:43 PM EST
The Miami Heat have appeared in the Finals in each of the past three seasons, but they struggled out of the gate in 2010 with a 9-8 record that led to an infamous players-only meeting exactly three years ago.
“That is so funny,” Dwyane Wade said. “I do remember that now. It’s crazy. We are so far from that now. Wow!”
“It was light years ago,” Chris Bosh said. “At that point, the only reason we had a team meeting was to discuss things. I think, of course, things can get blown out of proportion. It was a time we really had to look at each other and stand there and kind of get on the same page. It just happened in a forceful manner and sometimes that’s good.”
The Heat won 21 of 22 games after that meeting in Dallas.
“That was a defining moment where the team has to figure out who they are,” Bosh said. “That was the turning point for us. We could have gone the other way.”
Nov 27, 2013 2:35 PM EST
The Dallas Mavericks are positioned to have salary cap room in search of superstar talent in the offseason's free agency, and NBA executives expect the organization to target Chris Bosh.
Bosh is a Dallas native and reportedly received interest from the Mavericks in the summer of 2010 as well.
Bosh has won two championships with the Miami Heat since signing with them and forming a big three along with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Nov 26, 2013 3:46 PM EST
Anderson Varejao discussed the chances of LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers after bolting the organization in free agency of 2010 and winning multiple NBA championships with the Miami Heat.
“It could happen,” Varejao said Tuesday. “Bron is from Akron. Akron is not too far from here. Eventually in his career, he probably wants to play at home.”
Varejao admitted he did not like the way James left the Cavaliers in July 2010, announcing his decision in a one-hour television special.
“Going back to that, I think the way he left was wrong,” Varejao said. “But regardless … He helped me a lot, helped my game and helped me as a person. I have nothing against him. It could happen.”
The Cavaliers host the Heat on Wednesday night.
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