Miami Heat WiretapJanuary 2012 Miami Heat Wiretap

LeBron Again Successful In Defending Rose In 4th Quarter

Jan 30, 2012 10:05 AM

LeBron James successfully guarded Derrick Rose during the final minutes of Miami's 97-93 win over the Bulls on Sunday. 

Rose helped lead Chicago back into the game with a 13-2 run during the middle of the fourth quarter. But James then clamped down on Rose, limiting his ability to drive the lane.

Rose scored 34 points on 28 shots in the game.

“[Rose] is an unbelievable talent,” James said. “He’s a great player, and a great person. I always take the challenge, and it’s good to be out there playing against him knowing he’s one of the best in the league.’’

Rose settled for two three-pointers and went three minutes without attempting a shot.

“That’s the luxury that we have,” said Chris Bosh of the James-Rose matchup. “Those floaters were tearing us up. And [James] was able just to kind of keep [Rose] out of the paint.’’

James defended Rose for large stretches of last season's Eastern Conference Finals.

Miami Herald

Tags: LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Knicks, Heat Among Teams Pursuing Kenyon Martin

Jan 28, 2012 11:37 AM

The Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks are pursuing free-agent forward Kenyon Martin, according to league sources.

Martin has spoken with executives from each of the clubs and is hoping to make his decision next week.

Martin signed a $2.6 million deal with Xinjiang during the lockout, but left the team in late December in hopes of returning to the NBA.

Chris Broussard/ESPN The Magazine

Tags: Kenyon Martin, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Heat Taking 'Big Picture' Approach With Curry

Jan 25, 2012 10:20 AM

Eddy Curry is playing limited minutes for the Heat after making his debut last Thursday against the Lakers.

"We're treating this with an open mind, open arms,'' Erik Spoelstra said. "It's a great opportunity for him and for us. It's still very early on in the process. We're looking at the big picture and are very patient.

"The natural inclination is more, more, more. 'Let's rush this.' That's not our mentality at all. We're going to try to be patient to get him in better condition and get him a better understanding of our system, particularly at the defensive end.

"As long as we go right at this pace, it looks promising he could help. We don't want to rush it, though."

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Tags: Eddy Curry, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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LeBron Continues To Mentor Cavaliers Rookies

Jan 24, 2012 10:17 AM

Kyrie Irving is off to a fantastic start to his career, an early frontrunner to win the Rookie of the Year Award like LeBron James did for the Cavs back in 2004 and has been getting advice on dealing with life in the NBA from the man he is essentially replacing. James has been watching and doing plenty of encouraging.

“We talk a lot; I’ve been knowing Kyrie since he was a ninth grader and it’s been great to see him continue to get better over the years and do the things he’s doing in Cleveland right now,” James said. “He’s been playing great. He’s been showing why he’s the No. 1 pick in the draft. Cleveland got a great pick.”

James has known Tristan Thompson nearly as long. Thompson selected one of James’ best friends and business partners, Rich Paul, to be one of his agents. For James, that virtually makes Thompson part of his extended family. The feeling is apparently mutual. 

“Me and LeBron’s relationship is pretty close,” Thompson said. “He’s like a brother to me.”

Brian Windhorst/ESPN.com

Tags: Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA

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Chalmers, Cole Wearing QB-Style Wristbands To Access Plays During Practice

Jan 23, 2012 11:26 AM

Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole had specialized cheat sheets awaiting them for practices and shoot-arounds, similar to what quarterbacks wear.

Erik Spoelstra said Chalmers and Cole wear the wristbands “so they can access the information quickly.”

“It looks just like a quarterback’s,” Chalmers said. “Something Peyton Manning or one of them will wear.”

Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

Tags: Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Heat Prone To Turnovers In Losses

Jan 23, 2012 11:24 AM

The Heat committed 22 turnovers in a 91-82 loss to the Bucks on Sunday.

During their three-game losing streak against the Warriors, Clippers and Nuggets, the Heat suffered a surge in their turnovers.

“It was a physical game and they got up and into us and got us a little bit out of our comfort zone,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Some of those turnovers were forced and some of them were sloppy.”

Before Sunday’s game, the Heat was averaging 13.85 turnovers at home and 18.75 turnovers on the road.

“We’re getting seven or eight more possessions this year and if we’re coughing up six or seven or eight more possessions that adds up to 15 possessions a game,” Spoelstra said. “If we’re doing it the right way, that really can be dynamic.”

Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

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Wade, James Helped Motivate Curry During Offseason

Jan 22, 2012 9:17 PM

Exhausted by the pursuit of yet another comeback, Eddy Curry said he often considered cutting corners in his efforts to return to the NBA this season.

“But I was getting a call or email or text every other day,” Curry says. “When it wasn’t (Dwyane Wade), it was LeBron (LeBron James).”

Curry watched the Heat during last year’s playoffs and envisioned ways in which he could help the team.

“I thought I could help them while I was watching the playoffs,” Curry said. “But then they started calling. It wasn’t me imagining or dreaming anymore. It wasn’t third party. I heard it from their mouths. Do you know how much that motivated me? That these guys wanted me?”

Miami Herald

Tags: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Eddy Curry, Miami Heat, NBA

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Wade To Miss Third Straight Game With Sprained Ankle

Jan 21, 2012 3:19 PM

Dwyane Wade will miss his third consecutive game with a sprained right ankle Saturday when the Heat host the 76ers.

Wade was able to return to practice on Friday but the Heat continue to be cautious. His status for the team's game Sunday against the Milwaukee Bucks is the same as it's been for the last week: questionable.

"He's making progress," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We want to make sure he's in great condition and come back without any setbacks."

Michael Wallace/ESPN.com

Tags: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury

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Eddy Curry Has Lost 100 Pounds

Jan 19, 2012 10:33 AM

Eddy Curry has lost approximately 100 pounds, according to Brian Windhorst.

Curry may make his Heat debut as soon as Thursday.

After Wednesday's practice, Curry worked for an extra hour. While Curry said he still will not be able to play many minutes, any contribution he can give the Heat would be valuable as they currently have no available center.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN (via Twitter)

Tags: Eddy Curry, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury

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Warriors, Bobcats, Raptors Most Frequently Use Zone Defense

Jan 19, 2012 10:31 AM

The Warriors play zone 10.3% of the time, followed by the Bobcats (9.3%) and Raptors (7.5%), according to Synergy Sports, which tracks every NBA play and provides in-depth statistical analysis.

The Hawks face zone defenses the most, on 9.2% of their possessions, followed by the Heat (8.8%), Bobcats (8.3%) and Thunder (7.5%).

It's no coincidence the Heat and Thunder face zones.

"Those might be the two most athletic teams," TNT analyst Steve Kerr said.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA TODAY

Tags: Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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LeBron Backs Popovich As Next Olympic Coach
LeBron James said Gregg Popovich would be a great candidate to succeed Mike Krzyzewski.

Chris Tomasson/FOXSportsFlorida.com

Popovich Torches Spurs After Collapse Against Heat
The Heat outscored the Spurs 71-35 after halftime on Tuesday night.

San Antonio Express-News

NBA GMs Prefer To Start Franchise With Durant, LeBron
Kevin Durant and LeBron James tied at 37% when GMs were asked the question of what player they would start a franchise with.

NBA.com

74.1 Percent Of GMs Expect Heat To Win 2012 NBA Finals
Miami scores 74.1% of the vote, followed by the Thunder at 14.8%, Lakers at 7.4% and Bulls at 3.7%.

NBA.com

Bosh Embracing 'Random Guy' Role In Offense
Throughout his tenure with the Heat, Chris Bosh has been asked to alter his role multiple times.

Israel Gutierrez/Miami Herald

Eddy Curry Close To Heat Debut
Eddy Curry has lost more than 70 pounds in an effort to return to the court.

ESPN.com

Wade Suffers Severe Ankle Sprain, X-Rays Negative
Dwyane Wade rolled his right ankle in a loss to the Nuggets on Friday.

Chris Tomasson/FOXSportsFlorida.com

LeBron Likens Himself To Tim Tebow
LeBron James said that, like Tim Tebow, he's determined to overcome his doubters.

Ethan J. Skolnick/Palm Beach Post

LeBron Aims To Shoot Better Than 80 Percent From Free Throw Line
LeBron James is a career 74.4 percent free throw shooter.

Ethan J. Skolnick/Palm Beach Post

Brown: Kobe More 'Serious-Minded' Than LeBron
Lakers coach Mike Brown compared Kobe Bryant to LeBron James.

Kevin Ding/Orange County Register

Heat Showcasing More Aggressive Defensive Mentality
The Heat is being more aggressive in forcing turnovers, which is a way of manufacturing more fastbreak opportunities.

Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

Colangelo: Team USA 'Loaded' At Guard, Small Forward Positions
Jerry Colangelo pointed to Team USAís abundance of star guards and forwards when discussing the talent level of a potential 19-man roster.

USA Today

Report: Team USA Preliminary Roster Set
USA Basketball is set to name 19 players who make up the preliminary roster for the 2012 Olympics.

SheridanHoops.com

Wade Raises Plantar Fasciitis Concern
Dwyane Wade indicated doctors have not ruled out plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Wade Beginning To Eat Healthier
As Dwyane Wade approaches his thirties, he is beginning to be more careful about his eating habits.

Ira Winderman/Sun-Sentinel

Eddy Curry Practices For First Time Since Start Of Camp
Eddy Curry practiced with the Heat on Monday in San Francisco.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN (via Twitter)

Heat Turn Corner Against Zone Defense
The Heat have won three in a row against teams that used a zone defense, including the same Atlanta team.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Bosh Adjusting To New Role As Facilitator
Chris Bosh has been given the green light to advance the ball up the floor.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun-Sentinel

USA Basketball To Announce Roster Pool For 2012 Olympics
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said the announcement will be made by Jan. 18.

ESPN.com

Bosh Shooting 60 Percent From Beyond Arc In Clutch Situations
Chris Bosh has been the Heatís most reliable option from the three-point line in the last 10 seconds of a game.

ESPN Stats & Information