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Posted on: November 29, 2010 12:14 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 12:15 pm
 

Miami Heat's Erik Spoelstra on the Hot Seat?

Being the head-coach of a professional sports team is no simple task.

When the athletes don’t perform well who does the media point their fingers at first?

When a team doesn’t live up to its hype who’s there to blame besides the coach?

Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat hold a record of 9-8 on the season, good enough for 6th best in the East.

The Heat entered the current season with arguably the most hype and expectations that the league has ever witnessed.

After 17 games it’s safe to say that the team looks discombobulated.

Wade and James don’t seem comfortable on the court alongside of one another and neither is playing the basketball that many expected them to play.

To add fuel to the fire, the team is in desperate need of a legitimate starting point-guard and center.

Carlos Arroyo does not complement the big three and all three centers for Miami are either too old (Dampier and Illgauskas) or lack offensive talent (Anthony).

Power-forward Udonis Haslem suffered what could be a season ending injury and the team doesn’t get sharp-shooting Mike Miller back for at least another month.

ESPN reported that a source has stated that head-coach Erik Spoelstra has been too tough on the team.

“He’s jumping on them,” one source said. “If anything, he’s been too tough on them. Everybody knows LeBron is playful and likes to joke around, but Spoelstra told him in front of the whole team that he has to get more serious. The players couldn’t believe it. They feel like Spoelstra’s not letting them be themselves.”

“He’s not a motivator,” one of the sources said. “Instead of coaching he’s at the point where the players are starting to sense that he’s fearing for his job.”

Miami’s President, Pat Riley, has stated in the past that Spoelstra’s job is secured and that Riley himself will not return to the sidelines to coach the Heat.

Most analysts and fans would take that statement with a grain of salt due to the fact that anything could change overnight in the crazy world of sports.

Right now it seems like Miami’s situation could not get any worse: they’re 9-8, chemistry is completely lacking, and worst of all their coach is starting to panic.

But is Spoelstra the one to blame?

Chemistry isn’t something that players can build overnight and one factor for the slow start could be attributed to Wade being sidelined for the entire pre-season; missing Wade for those seven games could’ve delayed the teams ability to coalesce on the court.

Instead of pointing fingers, the Miami Heat players, especially the big three, need to look at one another and find the heart of the champion within.

Do you think Erik Spoelstra will be fired before the end of the season?

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 2:34 pm
 

Miami Heat: The 2010-11 Miami Hate Is On

The subject of NBA discussion over the span of the last few months has been pointed directly towards the Miami Heat and the possibilities of the newly-formed Dream Team winning a championship.

It’s ironic that the teams four letter word “heat” can also spell out “hate”, something Miami’s roster has already began to experience this off-season.

With enough star power to take on numerous NBA teams single-handedly, it was certainly expected for fans worldwide to give the Miami Heat the cold shoulder once LeBron James ANDChris Bosh decided to team up with Dwyane Wade.

After receiving criticism by virtually everyone (including the likes of Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and Magic Johnson) –which you could read the quotes on ESPN‘s Heat Index– the Heat will finally get the chance (starting Oct. 26) to step up to the mound and put all of the hate to rest.

The Miami Hate is on. Check out some of the responses to Miami’s hate!

In a poll taken by ESPN in which they asked “How much do you dislike the Heat?”, 40% responded with the answers “Three Kings are a joke” and “My new least-favorite team” while 27% believed that Miami has had too much hype too son.

Only 33% out of 30,000 plus votes actually liked them.

 Off-season acquired guard Eddie House (Every time I hear Eddie House’s name I always remember the slap in the head by Rafer Alston) was recently interviewed by the Palm Beach Post. The Post asked House what the Heat had to do to silence critics this season and he responded saying,

“I think, you know what, honestly, I don’t give a (expletive) about nobody else on the outside…It doesn’t matter about anybody out there. I don’t care what their expectations are. We have our expectations and our goals. We are going to achieve them. That’s the bottom line.”

House finished the interview with one final statement,

“So, at the end of the day, middle fingers to all the haters.”

On August 10th via twitter, this is what LeBron had to say about the criticism,

“Don’t think for one min that I haven’t been taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me this summer. And I mean everyone!”

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:26 pm
 

Could Miami win a Ship without one of their stars

The Big Three, Miami Thrice, LeBoshade, Miami Vice…the superhero list goes on.

But after watching Dwyane Wade fall to injury during the first three minutes of the Miami Heat‘s (massively over-hyped) first preseason game, it’s time for reality to settle in.

No matter how bad fans would like to convince themselves that LeBron, Wade, and Bosh are dispensable immortals, at the end of the day these guys are humans just like each and everyone of us.

What would happen if one of the big three fell short to a season (and playoff) ending injury?

Would the other two superstars be able to carry their team to the promise land and capture a championship trophy?

James and Wade

Without Chris Bosh the Miami Heat would be severely undersized. Udonis Haslemwould most likely slide into the starting four spot (unless LeBron decided to step up and play the power-forward position).

While both James and Wade’s scoring averages would quickly increase, the Heat as a team would struggle on the boards.

Come playoff time, the Magic and Celtics would provide mismatches to their advantage due to the plethora of big men on both of their rosters.

Would the Heat win a championship without Chris Bosh?- No.

Wade and Bosh

Miami would place Mike Miller at the starting small-forward position without LeBron James on the court.

Losing LeBron would instantly put a serious load of work right back onto DwyaneWade’s shoulders (just like in the previous seasons).

Without James around to control Miami’s offensive scheme, Wade and Chalmers would be forced to split time bringing up the ball.

For every turnover Mario Chalmers averaged just two assists last season (good enough for 34th best out of leagues point-guards).

Subtract James from this Miami Heat team and they don’t seem too big and bad after all.

Would the Heat win a championship without LeBron James?- No.

James and Bosh

If the Heat were going to have any chance at winning the championship without one of their superstars it would be without Dwyane Wade.

Sound crazy? Well, it’s not!

The duo of James and Bosh are much stronger than the other two combinations listed above.

While talent-wise James and Wade would create a headache for any team that they match up against, they would also lack the legitimate big man needed to secure the paint on both ends of the court.

Similar to how James never had a top-tier power-forward in Cleveland, it wouldn’t be possible for Wade and James to pass through Orlando, Boston, and the Lakers come playoff time if they lack size.

Without Wade on the court LeBron would still be able to play his game while making his teammates better simultaneously.

With Mike Miller at the starting shooting-guard position, James would have the leisure of attacking the basket and dishing the rock out to various three-point shooting threats.

With Bosh being the versatile big man that he is, James would be able to feed the former Toronto Raptor in the paint and all around the perimeter on the offensive end of the court.

Would the Heat win a championship without Dwyane Wade?- Yes.

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 1:17 pm
 

The Most Important Player From Miami's Trio

Many people became familiar with the name Chris Bosh once the NBA offseason free-agent extravaganza kicked off.

But after teaming up with Dwyane Wade andLeBron James in Miami, the 6’11″ forward out of Georgia Tech is finally beginning to receive the recognition that he so rightfully deserves.

During the 2003 NBA Draft, Chris Bosh was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the fourth overall pick (leaving Dwyane Wade on the board to be selected with the next pick by the Miami Heat).

Seven years later, Bosh has career averages of 20.2 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.2 BPG, and a shooting percentage just under 50%.

The five time NBA All-Star was one of only three players to average at least 20 PPGand 10 RPG last season.

Although the forward’s statistics should make him more of a household name, it hasn’t, well at least up until this point.

As a Toronto Raptor Bosh failed to pass the first round of the playoffs, but could fingers be pointed at the star when his best teammate throughout the seven years was arguably Jalen Rose (or maybe it was Charlie Villanueva).

This offseason Toronto’s head-coach Jay Triano spoke out about Chris Bosh, stating how he viewed him as a player.

“When you talk about Chris being the leader in the locker room,” Triano told a Toronto radio station, “I think it’s the one thing that he wasn’t for us.

“He did a great job of getting 24 points and 10, 11 rebounds on a regular basis, but Chris did not really take the leadership role into the locker room. He’s not a vocal person; he’s not a guy who really did that.”

“I think in the years that he’s been here,” Triano said, “he’s almost deferred to different people.

“Everybody kind of waited for him to take the reins last year and it could’ve been part of the issues we had.”

Now being a part of the Miami Heat, Bosh has the leisure of not having to be the leader of the locker room. He doesn’t have to be a vocal person and he doesn’t have to be waited upon to take the reins for his team.

Chris Bosh is best at putting the ball into the basket, whether it be in the paint or anywhere around the perimeter. He excels at boxing his men out and has been a toprebounder in the league ever since he first step foot onto the NBA court.

With LeBron James and Dwyane Wade receiving so much attention (from the media and on the court) the one most forgotten about will inevitably be the key reason Miami not only makes it to the NBA Finals, but win’s it all.

Expect big things from the former Yellow Jacket this season, because right when you thought it was going to be a toss up between James or Wade to take the final shot with the seconds ticking, the team will ultimately turn to Bosh to secure the victory.

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 12:10 pm
 

Will LeBron James average a triple-double?

The debate continues on whether or not LeBron James can average a triple-double for an entire season. Brandon Ribak and Ross Boulware debate on the topic below.

Boulware- If LeBron James was going to average a triple double, he would have done it in Cleveland. LeBron’s running mates will ultimately lead to his rise to a championship and his downfall of individual accomplishments. It will be a reverse effect from Cleveland where he won individual awards like MVP but no titles. Wade and Bosh will lead to lower stats for the King.

Ribak- What makes him have less of a chance to do so in Miami? Although Wade and Bosh will be alongside of him, his biggest drop in production will be his points per game average. James will be directing traffic at the pointguard position more than he did in Cleveland and should be able to grab close to ten boards with an undersized front-court in Miami.

Boulware- James is playing with the best rebounder he has ever played with. Rebounds in the double digits would be hard to come by on a nightly basis. He played with an aging and much less mobile Shaq and Ilgauskas only averaged four to five rebounds in Cleveland’s most dominant years. If he couldn’t average 10+ with average big man rebounders then it’s easy to doubt he can with an even great rebounder in Bosh.

Ribak- Varejao averaged 7.5 RPG last season and Shaq had just under 7 last year when James logged over 7 RPG. The Cavaliers also had Jamison for 25 games during last season. The Heat have Bosh and Anthony to collect the majority of rebounds with Haslem contributing as well. James will record career-highs in RPG, especially because he will be playing the point-guard role, which should enable him to pick up a few more easy buckets per contest.

Boulware- Overall, I see this Heat team getting more rebounds up-front then what LeBron is used to. In addition to that, it is not even convincing that James is the dominant player. I dont think the ball will be in his hands as much as he is used to and certainly to get triple doubles consistenly he needs the ball.

Ribak- Why won’t the ball be in his hands as much as he is used to? The Miami Heat are James’ team now and he should be able to rack up the assists and rebounds just like he did in Cleveland, except now he won’t be forced to score 30 PPG.

Boulware- An age old adage is possession is nine tenths of the law. The laws are no different in basketball. Possessions rule all and this year will be the fewest numbers of possessions LeBron has ever had in his career. He will certainly have the ball in his hands often but less than he did in Cleveland  because the laws of possession are much different when you cross the border into Miami Wade County. James is the new kid in town so at the start of the season it’s Wade’s team until LeBron shows the initiative to make it his own.

Ribak- You just proved my point. Fewer possessions will mean less points for James. When the ball is in his hands he will be distributing it to Wade more than half the time or Miller and Chalmers standing around the three-point arc.

Boulware- I believe in the assist stat just not in the rebounding. I’m not sure assists will be in double digits but it will certainly be very high. I believe James is perfectly capable of averaging a triple double based off his talent but I don’t believe this is a team that will be designed for him to do so. The acheivements are shared. Wade gets points, James gets assits and Bosh will get the rebounds. I believe he gets close to averaging a double double at best.

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Posted on: October 7, 2010 2:09 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2010 9:34 pm
 

Top Five Offseason Acquiring Impact Players

If you’re even a casual NBA fan, you know just how crazy of an offseason the league has had over the last few months.

From Atlanta re-signing Joe Johnson to an offseason highest $126 million deal, all the way to Shaquille O’Neal signing a veteran minimum contract with the Boston Celtics.

NBA Primetime’s Brandon Ribak breaks down the top five acquired players this offseason (excluding re-signings) that will have the biggest impact towards their new teams.

5. David Lee (C, GSW)

After being only one of two players in the NBA to average 20+ PPG and 11+ RPG last season, New York Knicks center David Lee agreed to a sign-and-trade in which he was shipped to Golden State.

Lee led the league in double-doubles during the 08′-09′ season and ranked fourth during last season.

The 27-year old will provide the Warriors with a sure fire double-double threat night in and night out with potential to improve on his career-high stats from last season.

Although the Warriors don’t have much of a chance to contend for a playoff seed this season, adding Lee, in addition to a new owner and head-coach, could be a sign of good things to come.

4. Amare Stoudemire (PF, NYK)

After eight long years with the Phoenix Suns , Amare Stoudemire signed a $100 million contract with the New York Knicks this offseason.

Stoudemire gives the Knicks a dominant threat on the offensive end of the court who has already proven to excel in his former head-coaches system of play.

During the D’Antoni reign in Phoenix, Stoudemire put together career-highs in PPG, FG%, RPG, and BPG.

With a solid core around the power-forward, Stoudemire should have no problem inflating his overall averages during the upcoming season and for years to come.

3. Al Jefferson (PF/C, UTA)

The Utah Jazz spent no time seeking another big man after unrestricted free-agent Carlos Boozer decided to sign with the Chicago Bulls .

Within five days of Boozer’s announcement, the Jazz already agreed in principle to acquire Al Jefferson from the Minnesota Timberwolves .

Jefferson boasts averages of 20.4 PPG and 10.5 RPG over the last three seasons with the Timberwolves (.243 win percentage over that span).

Big Al will be competing for a playoff spot for the first time in his six year career and while he most likely won’t convert his 20 and 10 averages over to his new team, he should be able to produce solid all-around stats (especially with D-Will feeding him the rock).

2. Carlos Boozer (PF, CHI)

Carlos Boozer decided to sign with the Chicago Bulls this offseason after spending the last six years with the Utah Jazz .

Boozer supplies Chicago with a much needed power-forward who can produce on the offensive end of the floor and grab rebounds on the defensive side.

Paired up with Joakim Noah , these big men give the Bulls one of the best front-court duo’s in the league.

With point-guard Derrick Rose blossoming into an even better player, center Joakim Noah continuing to make a name for himself amongst the elite big men in the league, and the acquiring of Carlos Boozer , the Bulls have all the weapons needed to contend for a championship.

1. LeBron James /Chris Bosh (SF/PF-MIA)

LeBron James ‘ presence on the court instantly uplifts the Miami Heat into championship contention.

Teamed up with Wade and Bosh, the Heat have undoubtedly the most talented trio in all of the NBA.

James gives the Heat a born leader (who is salivating for his first title) that can distribute the rock and virtually do anything on the court.

Bosh provides Miami with a big man that can dominate the boards and knock down perimeter jumpers from all around the basket.

Many believe that the Heat have weaknesses at the point-guard and center position, but with the trio on the court, anything will be possible for Miami this season.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 12:41 pm
 

Miami Heat's Defense To Play Major Role

Defense wins games.

The Miami Heat‘s President Pat Riley preaches it and head-coach Erik Spoelstrabreathes it.

With so much offensive talent amongst the trio, most forget just how well the big three can defend on the other side of the court.

Since first entering the league, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh have each ranked as top leaders in steals and blocks per game at their respective positions.

James career average- 1.7 SPG and 0.9 BPG.

Wade career average- 1.8 SPG and 1.9 BPG.

Bosh career average- 0.8 SPG and 1.2 BPG.

With James playing the Magic Johnson role for Miami (the role he was born to play), No.6 will let his instincts do the talking on offense, while the majority of his focus will be set on defense.

“That’s our No. 1 statement,” forward LeBron James said of the Heat’s defense. “If we can get stops, which we know we can, and protect each other on the defensive end, we can get out and do some easy things on offense.”

The offensive game comes natural for these superstars, but the other end of the floor is where superstars become winners.

“We know to be a good team we’re going to have to be a great defensive team,”guard Dwyane Wade said. “We understand that. That’s been our focal point. The intensity has continued to stay up.”

Is it a bold prediction to say that the Miami Heat will end the 2010-11′ season as one of the most elite defensive teams in the league?

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 1:11 pm
 

NBA 2010 Eastern Conference Preseason Rankings

The 2010 NBA season is just around the corner and boy oh boy did we have one heck of an offseason.

From LeBron taking his talents to South Beach, to Shaq joining the Boston Celtics , to Amare Stoudemire joining the Knickerbockers, to Joe Johnson signing the offseasons fattest contract, this historic offseason will surely be one that goes down in the record books.

But enough of who went where. Let’s get into NBA Primetime’s official Eastern Conference Preason Rankings.

1. Miami Heat - Last season record (47-35)

Is too much star-power a bad thing? Miami boasts three of the top players in the league on their roster. Doubters believe a mixture of ego and chemistry could crumble this three-head monster (LeBoshade), but until then they enter as the team to beat in the East.

2. Orlando Magic - Last season record (59-23)

Shifting Rashard Lewis to his natural small-forward position will allow forwards Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderon to showcase their unseen talents. Bass will inevitably emerge as a beast in the paint while Anderson will arise as one of the leagues top three-point shooters. Oh yea, Orlando also has a 24-year-old Dwight Howard and Vince Carter , who’s itching to prove his worth after a disappointing season.

3. Boston Celtics - Last season record (50-32)

It’s tough to ever rule out Boston, regardless of how many gray hairs Garnett, both O’Neal’s, and Allen would have if they weren’t bald. Injuries continue to be the teams biggest concern, but with enough depth at the four and five spot the Celtics should be in for another deep playoff run.

4. Chicago Bulls - Last season record (41-41)

After leading the league in RPG and ranking second in BPG (during the regular season) last year, the Bulls acquired Carlos Boozer this offseason to provide the team with a dominate power-forward. The Bulls are young, talented, and deep with a new head-coach. What more can you ask for?

5. Milwaukee Bucks - Last season record (46-36)

Milwaukee surprised us all last year, winning the most regular season games (46) since the 2000-01′ season. With young gun Brandon Jennings leading the way, along with John Salmons , Corey Maggette (currently injured), Andrew Bogut, and Drew Gooden , the Bucks have the talent to rise as a top 5 team in the East.

6. Atlanta Hawks - Last season record (53-29)

It’s funny how Atlanta gives $126 million to Joe Johnson and somehow they drop in rankings. The Hawks have the same core with virtually the same roster as last season. Reigning Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford continues to seek an extension, so keep tabs on just how well he plays this season if he fails to get one.

7. New York Knicks - Last season record (29-53)

Even though New York failed to acquire LeBron, they made a few impressive offseason moves that should land them in the postseason since who knows when. Amare Stoudemire will easily adjust to his former coach’s run-and-gun offense, while newcomers Raymond Felton and Anthony Randolph should quickly begin to excel in it. Knick fans are pumped for the upcoming season and for once, they should be.

8. Philadelphia 76ers - Last season record (27-55)

Head-coach Doug Collins should be able to turn this Sixers team (that won only 27 games last season) around this year. Jrue Holiday will start at the point and should emerge as one of the league leaders in steals. Spencer Hawes will get his opportunity to shine in a new light and rookie Evan Turner could make a case for the Rookie of the Year Award.

9. Washington Wizards - Last season record (26-56)

With John Wall and Gilbert Arenas penciled in as Washington’s backcourt duo, it wouldn’t come to a surprise if this team quickly becomes a serious threat in the East. Height and depth will ultimately be the Wizards’ weakness and that solely could be the reason why they miss the postseason.

10. Charlotte Bobcats - Last season record (44-38)

After making it to the playoffs for the first team in team history, Charlotte decided to let go of both their starting point-guard and center this offseason. 33-year old Nazr Mohammed will most likely start at the five spot with D.J. Augustin assuming the point-guard duties. Unless Darius Miles gets signed to the roster and somehow becomes a top player in the league, this Bobcats team is in for a downfall.

11. New Jersey Nets - Last season record (12-70)

Anything the Nets do this season will be considered a success due to their horrific 12-70 record last year. Devin Harris , Troy Murphy , and Brooke Lopez sound like a great core on paper, and if Derrick Favors could unleash the beast the Nets could make a run for a playoff spot. Don’t forget, New Jersey is still in the race to acquire Carmelo Anthony .

12. Indiana Pacers - Last season record (32-50)

Indiana hit the jackpot acquiring point-guard Darren Collison this offseason. Throw him into the starting lineup with Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert and you’ve got yourself a pretty decent core. It’ll take time before Indiana makes an appearance in the postseason, but they’re surely on the right path to success.

13. Detroit Pistons - Last season record (27-55)

Injuries plagued the Pistons last season and with Tracy McGrady on the roster, the injury bug could devastate this team once again. Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva will definitely improve after a terrible first year with Detroit and young guns Rodney Stuckey and Greg Monroe should be able to shine this season.

14. Toronto Raptors - Last season record (40-42)

Losing Chris Bosh will force this Raptors team to be entered in the draft lottery for years to come. Andrea Bargnani will lead the team in PPG, and Linas Kleiza is lined up to be in the race for the Most Improved Player Award. Aside from that, the Raptors will end the season near the bottom of the totem pole.

15. Cleveland Cavaliers - Last season record (61-21)

It’s truly crazy how one team could go from leading the league in wins (back-to-back seasons) to ranking dead last in their conference. LeBron James did it all for the Cavaliers and now being in a state of LeBron-less, this team is more likely to re-acquire James then make the postseason.


 
 
 
 
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