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Carlos, Comebacks & SuperCoolBeas

Clearing out the mind and notebook as the flight to Wednesday’s Heat-Thunder preseason game reaches cruising altitude. Consider it the misdirection exhibition tour.

 

After the game in Tulsa against Oklahoma City, the Heat heads to Kansas City to play New Orleans. Go figure. Still trying to figure out how last preseason offered a trip to Paris and London and this year counters with Tulsa and Kansas City. Again, go figure.

 

THE ARROYO-AL TREATMENT: There was a slice of it after Tuesday’s practice, when new Heat Carlos Arroyo guard Carlos Arroyo had what amounted to his own personal media day The Puerto Rico native and former FIU standout signed with the Heat on Monday.

 

TV, radio and newspaper reporters from Spanish media outlets engulfed Arroyo after Tuesday’s practice. Considering the market, there was a genuine excitement and interest. Arroyo is believed to be the first native Spanish-speaking player in Heat history. And who said his signing with the Heat wouldn’t have an impact on and off the court?

 

“It’s been great,” Arroyo said of the reaction. “It’s an honor to be here and to be home.”

 

BEASLEY’S WIN-WIN-WIN SITUATION: Count forward Michael Beasley among Heat players Beasley Interview who believe Arroyo is just the sort of addition second-year starting point guard Mario Chalmers needed. With a savvy, proven veteran to contend with in practice every day, Chalmers gets a taste of what Beasley goes through with Udonis Haslem.

 

“Some of the guys who have been in here – not to downgrade guys, but – (Chalmers) has been a landslide better than them,” Beasley said of a group that has consisted of Chris Quinn, Marcus Banks, Shaun Livingston, Luther Head and current camp hopeful John Lucas. “Carlos can do it all. (Chalmers) not only has somebody to go head to head against, but somebody to look up to and to learn from.”

 

WADE AND SEE: Dwyane Wade acknowledged Tuesday that his current rib strain is near the same spot as the injury he sustained during the 2004-05 season that lingered into the playoffs. But Wade said this recent ailment pales in comparison to the anguish he felt four years ago.

 

“If it was that bad, I wouldn’t even be out here,” Wade said after practice. “I wouldn’t even be trying to play.” Wade worked out extensively the past two days, with a focus on conditioning. He essentially wore a “yellow jersey” in scrimmage sessions, meaning he was completely off limits for contact. Wade said he would consider wearing protective padding around his rib cage if he plays this week. From the sounds of Tuesday’s practice, Wade, at best, might appear in one game and skip the other.

 

SPARRING SESSION: Jermaine O’Neal said he expects to play the back-to-back set against the Thunder and Hornets after he missed the previous two games with a bruised foot. O'NEAL_JERMAINE

 

There is absolutely nothing he could face in those games more demanding and brutal than the low-post sparring sessions he’s had after practice against assistant coach Keith Askins. Make that Askins and two huge, thick “bash pads” Askins basically used as weapons to pound on O’Neal as he practiced low-post scoring moves. O’Neal managed to hold his own at times, but Askins did little to hurt his reputation as “Kick Ass-kins.”

 

“It’s a different kind of conditioning in here,” O’Neal said. “I look forward to getting back on the court and getting my timing and everything back.”

 

FUNNY EXCHANGE: Beasley, if nothing else, is still providing the comic relief. Before Sunday’s game against San Antonio, Beasley and Yakhouba Diawara had a hilarious exchange. Beasley picked on Diawara because of his deep French accent. Diawara, a Pepperdine grad, shot back: “I’m an educated man. Put Pepperdine against wherever you went, college dropout. Did you even stay long enough to major?”

 

Beasley, who spent one season at Kansas State before leaving to become the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 draft, didn’t hesitate. “Yeah, I had a major. My major was Bucketology. You don’t know about that. I mastered in getting buckets.”

 

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Haha great stuff, Beasley

Hahah Keith Askins ... maybe Oneal will stop fading away and get right into the contact and get some and-1's. I have a problem doing that too sometimes so I cant front.

More supercoolbeas stories. Dude is funny!

yeah more beasley stories!

Haha! Beasley killed him! Because for damn sure Diawara has no idea about getting buckets! Our starting five after the signing should be Arroyo,Wade,James Jones,Beasley (Sorry U.D appreaciate your hard work and hustle but basketball is skill sport where talent wins) and of course Jermaine. our backups can be Chalmers,Cook,Quentin,Haslem, and Anthony/THE BIG CAT depending of matchup. Wright can also come in when we go small since he is the most athletic in the whole team but after injury is just a wait and see approach, even tho even before injury that didn't help lol

All this fuss about Carlos Arroyo may be fine for the Spanish-speaking fans, who have been ignored for far too long. But it's not a significant upgrade for the team. The reason Arroyo signed for so little (vet's minimum, non-guaranteed) stems at least in part from his performance last season. He went to Israel to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv, traditionally one of the best teams in Europe, and led them to their worst finish in almost a decade. Instead of leading the team and contributing his experience and guidance to less-experienced, less-talented players, he was a destructive influence, a shoot-first-ask-questions later type. Maybe that was because, as a 7-year NBA veteran, he thought he had to prove that he was better than everyone else. He wasn't.

"My major was Bucketology"

Not a 'D' in that sentence.

Look like Carlos did OK 2 me in Israel.He made
all offensive 2nd team and was the MVP of a cha
mpion ship game. Average all most 17 pts a game
while shooting over 50% in front and behind the
arc. He led the league in assist with about 6 a
game and shot almost 90% of his freebees.We got
the man in miami already.All we need is someone
to be productive at the point when in the game.
Look like he will be fine to me.

If u dont think them boys r ballin over seas.
Than u need to find the gold medal game between
the U S and Spain online.Greatest game I had the pleasure of ever watching.Took all of what
Wade and Kobe had to offer to beat them boys.

damn curmodgeon got ownded!!!

Interesting story........ Too bad it was just a joke.

Wow. Amazing how someone can make up such complex stories, and write it here as if it was true. curnmodgeon, you didn't have to lie to make your point on Arroyo not being great. Instead, you made up a story to try and minimize Carlos, only so that someone a lot smarter than you bring up the facts to ridicule your factless and un-truthful comments. Just wow...

Good jpejeff put the facts straight. Some people would like to believe all the garbage some people knowingly or unknowingly, write here.

Well, you know for a below average NBA guard (as some describe) Carlos seems to get much attention from the haters - could it be that some are still feeling the spanking that he (Carlos) single-handedly gave the USA Team? I mean he gave handled USA Team defense at will but if you don't believe me..ask Wade, IA, Lebron, Carmelo..and I can go on with names...ohh but no! None of those players were good enough then until now, right? NOT!

Anyway, give this guy a break! The Heat team was already in shambles before Arroyo, so let time tell if the move was right for the team or not. Have some faith.

FYI,

Carlos Arroyo led Macabi Tel Aviv to the championship game last season, and by the way they won it all. Arroyo was also named MVP. It's amazing how haters just post crazy lies. Go Arroyo!!!!! Great to have you at home!!!!

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