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Norris Cole 'Ready' To Start For Heat

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

Still, Norris Cole is confident he is prepared to assume the starting spot.

“I’m ready to be a starter," Cole said on media day.

Cole averaged 6.4 points and 3 assists last season.

Via Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Luol Deng Forgives Danny Ferry For Racial Comments

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

"I think one of the hardest things to do as a human being and something that we should do more often is forgive," Deng said. "I do forgive Danny. It's not something I want to hold onto for the rest of my career or for the rest of my life.

"When it first happened, I didn't think I was involved in it at all when the first letter came out. The next day, I had phone calls and emails and text messages. I kind of tried to sit back and see what was really going on. I didn't want to jump into anything. I believe that he's really sorry for what he said. Whether it came from him or whatever it came from, I think the main focus really should be how we move forward, what are we going to do about it instead of just pointing fingers and trying to go after each other and be mad at each other."

Ferry said Deng, who is from Sudan, had "some African in him" while reading a scouting report with team personnel during a teleconference in the summer. Deng and Ferry have since spoken to each other about the comments.

"Everything happens for a reason and we can turn a situation of something so negative and something bad … and really turn it into something positive," Deng said. "… We could turn this positive where people could benefit from it."

Via Shandel Richardson/Sun Sentinel

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 Miami Heat if they had won the 2014 NBA title against the San Antonio Spurs.

James left the Heat to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers in July's free agency.

"It's a greater chance, for sure," James said. "It would be hard to leave back-to-back-to-back championships and try to go for four. But obviously you really can't live and think of what may have happened. I've always been a person kind of live in the moment."

James also discussed the conversation he had with Dan Gilbert before re-signing with Cleveland.

"It was a straightforward conversation. It was no beating around the bush," James said. "He basically said, 'No matter what decision you make, we wanted to clear the air to where if we see each other in public or we see each other wherever, if I'm competing against you, we can always shake each other's hands and look at the fun times that we had instead of focusing on the one night."

Via Rachel Nichols/CNN Unguarded

Bosh Spent Offseason Refreshing Post Game For Increased Inside Presence

Chris Bosh admitted late last season that he preferred not to play inside as much as he did with the Toronto Raptors, but he refreshed his interior game during the offseason.

“It’s just like riding a bike,” Bosh said. “You never forget. I have a lot of experience, years and years. Even though I didn’t get much experience, I always worked on it because I knew I was going to keep it sharp.”

Bosh is now the highest-paid player on the Miami Heat after signing a five-year, $118 million deal.

“Just the demand night in and night out,” Bosh said. “Being in that position to where you’re expected to have a certain amount of output, to play a certain amount of minutes and score points and get a certain amount of rebounds, it’s going to be tough. But I enjoy that challenge. I’ve always enjoyed it. It’s just what comes natural to me. I’m excited. I’m looking forward to everything.”

“They didn’t need me to do that [play in the post]. (Wade) and LeBron were our post guys. I kind of really used to those tools that I gained and put it all together.”

Via Shandel Richardson/Sun Sentinel

Phil Weber Hired As Head Coach Of Sioux Falls Skyforce

The Miami Heat have hired Phil Weber as head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

He becomes the 17th head coach in franchise history after serving as a consultant for the Heat since 2012.

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

Via RealGM Staff Report

Heat Hire Keith Smart, Chris Quinn For Coaching Staff

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

Additionally, the Heat also named David Fizdale to assistant head coach and Juwan Howard to assistant coach.

Via RealGM Staff Report

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

After having a poor performance in the NBA Finals, Mario Chalmers did not expect to return to the Miami Heat as a free agent.

"I didn't think I'd be back," Chalmers said. "I didn't think that at all. I didn't even think the Heat would want me back, to be honest. That's how I felt like my playoff performance was, that they didn't want me back, they wanted to go another direction. So that was in my mind, too, but I was like, if it happens, it happens."

Chalmers received some encouragement from Heat general manager AndyElisburg, who called Chalmers in free agency to tell him that the team still had an interest in retaining him.

"I at least knew that one team wanted me right now," Chalmers said. "So that was a good thing."

Via Ethan J. Skolnick

Heat To 'Tweak' System, Gamble Less On Defense

The Miami 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.

“You will see some tweaks in how we play,” said a Heat official.

Miami's gambling defense, which left open too many three-point shooters, needs addressing.

“We can’t just show up and expect to win it in the fourth quarter any more,” said the official.

Via Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Heat Sign Khem Birch

The Miami Heat have signed forward Khem Birch. 

Birch appeared in six games (all starts) with the Washington Wizards during the 2014 Vegas Summer League and averaged 5.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.17 blocks and 19.3 minutes while shooting 47.8 percent from the field. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

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 Atlanta Hawks.


"These words were recently used to describe me. It would ordinarily make any African parent proud to hear their child recognized for their heritage.

"I'm proud to say I actually have a lot of African in me, not just "a little". For my entire life, my identity has been a source of pride and strength. Among my family and friends, in my country of South Sudan and across the broader continent of Africa, I can think of no greater privilege than to do what I love for a living while also representing my heritage on the highest stage. Unfortunately, the comment about my heritage was not made with the same respect and appreciation.

"Concerning my free agency, the focus should purely have been on my professionalism and my ability as an athlete. Every person should have the right to be treated with respect and evaluated as an individual, rather than be reduced to a stereotype. I am saddened and disappointed that this way of thinking still exists today. I am even more disturbed that it was shared so freely in a business setting.

"However, there is comfort in knowing that there are people who aren't comfortable with it and have the courage to speak up. In the same way a generalization should not define a group of people, the attitude of a few should not define a whole organization or league.

"Ultimately, I’m thankful to be with an organization that appreciates me for who I am and has gone out of its way to make me feel welcome."

Via RealGM Staff Report

Miami Heat Archives

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.

Ryan Hollins Receiving Interest From Heat, Spurs, Bulls, Kings

Ryan Hollins met with the Heat on Friday, according to sources.

Julyan Stone Visiting Lakers For Second Time; Workouts Scheduled With Cavs, Clippers, Heat

Julyan Stone also has scheduled workouts with the Clippers, Cavaliers and Heat, sources said.

Andre Dawkins Signing Camp Contract With Heat

Andre Dawkins has agreed to a training camp deal with the Heat, league sources told RealGM.

Heat To Reassign Ron Rothstein, Bob McAdoo

Ron Rothstein and Bob McAdoo will no longer play significant roles on Erik Spoelstra's staff and could leave the bench altogether.

Nazr Mohammed Meets With Heat

Nazr Mohammed worked out and met with the Heat on Thursday.

Leandro Barbosa Agrees To One-Year Deal With Warriors

Leandro Barbosa has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Warriors for the veteran minimum.

Shannon Brown Signs One-Year Deal With Heat

The Heat have signed Shannon Brown.

Emeka Okafor Receives Interest From Cavaliers, Heat

Emeka Okafor is unlikely to sign with a team until midseason as he continues to heal from a herniated disk.

Shawn Marion Agrees To Sign With Cavs

Shawn Marion has committed to sign with the Cavaliers.

Shawn Marion Receives Interest From Clippers

The Clippers join the Cavs, Pacers and Heat in their interest in signing Shawn Marion.

Greg Oden Charged With Battery For Allegedly Punching Ex-Girlfriend

Greg Oden was charged on Monday with felony battery.

Ray Allen Will Make Decision In September

Ray Allen has been linked with joining LeBron James with the Cavaliers.

Reggie Williams Agrees To One-Year Deal With Heat

Reggie Williams has agreed to a one-year contract with the Heat, a league source told RealGM.

Tim Hardaway Sr. Leaves Heat For Assistant Coaching Job With Pistons

Stan Van Gundy was an assistant coach with the Heat during Tim Hardaway's stint with the team as a player.

Heat To Sign Shawn Jones To Camp Deal

Shawn Jones will sign a non-guaranteed training camp deal with the Heat, a league source told RealGM.

Shawn Marion Leaning Toward Signing With Cavaliers

Shawn Marion is leaning strongly toward signing with the Cavaliers over the Pacers.

Tyler Johnson Reaches Deal With Heat

Tyler Johnson has reached an agreement on a free agent contract with the Heat, a league source told RealGM.

Ray Allen Not Rushing Into Decision On Playing Future

Ray Allen knows he is wanted in NBA free agency but is not rushing into a decision on his playing future.
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