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A week that began with Sports Illustrated releasing a story in which Shaquille O'Neal slammed the Heat's Jason_williams professionalism and work ethic during the 2006 championship run ended with the point guard of that title team offering his own less-than-nostalgic assist.

The Heat has often come out on the short end when former Miami point guard Jason Williams is asked to compare his current Orlando Magic squad to the Heat's 2005-06 team that won a championship.

I had a chance to catch up with J-Will as he tries to grab another championship ring, this time with the Sunshine State's other NBA team. The feature story will run in Sunday's edition of the Miami Herald to advance the Orlando-Boston series.

As the Magic prepared for Game 1, J-Will explained what the main difference is between the teams. And his reasoning didn't differ too much from O'Neal, who questioned out loud in the S.I. article this week how the 2006 Heat ever won that title with its partying ways off the court.

"I didn't even know that was going to be a shot at the title," Williams said. "But I'll take it. D-Wade carried a lot of that slack."

With the Heat down 0-2 against Dallas in the Finals, it was Wade who stepped up and rescued Miami on the way to four straight victories by averaging nearly 40 points a game. Wade was named Finals MVP, and could be the only player remaining from that championship run when the 2010-11 season opens.

Williams believes his current Magic team is far deeper and much more focused than Miami's champion.

But it remains to be seen if the Magic has enough heart and the necessary finisher to complete the job.

"We weren't as focused when we won the championship in 2006," Williams said. "I can say that. I was there. I saw it. I was at the shootarounds, all the practices and stuff. Don't get me wrong. We got the job done. But here, with every little thing, we're so focused."

The irony of it is J-Will and Shaq were two of the bigger problems on that team when it came to attitude, J-Will&Pat work ethic and meeting Riley's demands for defense and conditioning. They were also big reasons why the Heat won. And Miami hasn't seen their level of production at center and point guard since they departed. But I remember hearing something about the two of them getting tossed out of practices, including an infamous session when Shaq supposedly refused to leave and charged after Riley before Alonzo Mourning stepped between them.

That's one of the many legends that came out of that season. Maybe it happened. Maybe it didn't. But there was always something going down with that team during the championship season and title defense that followed - and fizzled.

On one hand, there's so much talk out of AmericanAirlines Arena about the Heat culture, loyalty, honor and class. And then, on the other hand, some who were supposed to be part of all those things look back and toss molotov cocktails at that championship run.

It's almost as if that season needs to be featured as the next ESPN 30 for 30 documentary and directed by ChrisPerkinsEnterprises.

The more you learn from that magical 2006 season, the more it goes into one of two files. There are those who are forever fond of the memories. And others who seem to get too much pleasure out of essentially farting on the foundation of that success.

Williams is appreciative of winning a championship with Miami. He admits that. And he's a straight shooter about it. But he's even more thrilled with the opportunity he has to get another title as a Magic reserve.

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""We weren't as focused when we won the championship in 2006," Williams said. "I can say that. I was there. I saw it. I was at the shootarounds, all the practices and stuff."

In all likelihood, the lack of focus had to do with management's tolerant attitude towards Shaq's laziness in 2006.

When Riley tried to fix the problem after the championship run, Mourning had to step in between Shaq and Riley.

If anything, Williams' comment should be interpreted as a condemnation of Shaq.

Both players obviously are still bitter about their departures from the Heat. Shaq is notorious for bad-mouthing his former teams anyways. Plus, Shaq is in the twilight of his career right now, and can't lead a championship team while playing a significant role. Jason Williams on the other hand, would figure to have some bitterness against the Heat as well, after he wasn't resigned after his injury-riddled 2007 season. Also, I'm sure he is well aware about the Heat being 1 of 4 teams that voted against him being able to unretire in the middle of the 20008 when he was released by the Clippers that season.

It doesnt matter what happened or didnt happen... Players can say what they want, but WE DID IT!!! We got the 1st ring in franchise history...

If all this stuff is true, then the real reason we won was because of all of the veteran experience like the celtics have...

And plus, that team was made up of players that were starving for rings and deserved them, like J Will, Posey, Walker, Payton, Zo, and even Wade... So it doesnt matter, these guys will still treasure their championship and never let their ring out of their sight

Who cares we won! Goes to show how great D-wade is and how we need to stop this nonsense and our main focus has to be on keeping Wade! Give him a little bit of help and we will have another title! Simple as that, even Kobe knows this as he has said that getting Wade help is scary.

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That ho simply isnt bad enough for beasey to put his tongue in her asss……

These guys are neighbors in Lake Butler Chain in Orlando and real good buddys.
Hes just backing his boys b.s !
I dont see any of these 2 guys ever making the all hustle team.
Thats for damn sure

still trying figure out why are we talking about 2006...Its over and done with geez its gonna be a long off season

I think this is the most realistic linup you could see next season and beleive me all the bench guys will agree to play for the minimum. now after the discussion tell me is this team is a dynasty or not.

Dwayne Wade
Reja Bell
Lebron James
Chris Bosh
Brandon Haywood[

Steve Blake
Rasul Buttler
Travis Outlaw
Udanos Haslem
Kris Humphries

Dorell Wright
Ime Udoka
Jamal Maglore

Im a big Heat fan but a realist too. Check out this real possibility for Heat Roster next season and years to come:
PG - CP3
SG - Wade
SF - Lebron James
PF - Chris Bosh
C - Haywood
Bench - Haslem, Andre Miller, Boozer, Raja Bell, and doesnt matter who else

we want wade!!!

we dont need "A KING"....

THIS COULD BE REALISTIC ROSTER ON 2010!!!

WE DO NEED TO STOP DREAMING OF "A KING"(LBJ) TO COME IN HERE!!!

2 trade ideas:

1st:

HEAT TRADE: *BEASLEY / COOK / JONES / + PICKS
2010 CLASS (we got 4 picks, 3 of
them is on 2nd rnd, & 1 on 1st
rnd @ #18...) atleast we offer
them 2 of our picks...

TO MEMPHIS: >OJ MAYO pg/sg & >MARC GASOL c


2nd:

HEAT TRADE: SAME OFFER (@1st idea)

TO NETS: >HARRIS pg & >BROOK LOPEZ c

IT COULD BE POSSIBLE THAT ONE THE TRADE IDEA WOULD HAPPEN THIS SUMMER???

CHOOSE 1 TRADE IDEA & THOUGTHS???


we acquire for max deal: >BOSH pf

we acquire UFA: >TRAVIS OUTLAW sf
>RAJA BELL(min.vet)
bring back UFA: >EARL BARRON (cheap contract)
as back-up center...

RETAINED: *CHALMERS / *JOEL ANTHONY

RESIGNED: *WADE / *WRIGHT / *HASLEM

BRING BACK "PAT RILEY" AS HEAD COACH!!!

FOR ME I CHOOSE trade idea #1:

line-up:

pg >mayo / chalmers
sg wade / >bell
sf wright / >outlaw
pf >bosh / haslem
c >gasol,marc / >barron / anthony,joel


i think of MAYO & WADE could play together & MAYO is younger than HARRIS(injury prone)...
for MARC GASOL & BROOKS they both similar has lenght & have wide body to guard bigger center in the league...

if ever this could be done & if we got a salary space cap, im happy to see:

>TYRUS THOMAS pf (RFA) on our team...
he's explosive! tough defender! young! he could bring energy off the bench...

>STEVE BLAKE pg (UFA) a good veteran pg...
he may inspire our young point guards... (MAYO especially CHALMERS)

the cavs lose to celtics... i guess "THE KING JAMES" would not leave the cavs... but if it could happen & he will play along WADE here in MIAMI with BOSH..., I SAY, THIS COULD BE THE DYNASTY WE LOOK FOR!!!

IMAGINE???

pg >mayo / CHALMERS
sg wade / >BELL / (WRIGHT)
sf >lebron / >OUTLAW / WRIGHT
pf >bosh / HASLEM / *DOZIER
c >marc gasol / >BARRON / ANTHONY,JOEL

coach: "PAT RILEY"

I STRONGLY CHOOSE THE 1ST LINE-UP THAT WITHOUT "THE KING JAMES"!!!!

KING JAMES IN MIAMI IS JUST A DREAM!!!
I GUESS THIS DREAM WONT COME TRUE!!!

I understand that trading for Shaq brought us a championship, but if I had to do it over, I would pass on Shaq and the championship if need be. I loved our team when Stan VG was our coach, and we had Wade, Buttler and Odom running an up tempo offense. With that core and a couple of adjustments here and there, maybe we get the championship anyway. I never again want another bum like Shaq on our team.

I find this comment from Zts693 to be one of the funniest things I have read in a long time.

"It doesnt matter what happened or didnt happen... Players can say what they want, but WE DID IT!!! We got the 1st ring in franchise history..."

Ahhh, no buddy we didnt do it, the players currently talking isht did it. They have a right to talk because they are the ones who did it.

Orlando can use a few drinks after that Game 1 loss.

Too funny. Shaq's a big a** pair of pink panties - the kind women wear when their period comes. He ALWAYS needs attention. J Will? Well..No commit there. The Heat made him relevant. What was he before 06? So he needs to shut the ---k up and just enjoy the ring he got from being tarzan by swinging on D Wade's sack!

J Will.....cry like a lil be..itch when Boston tap that azz....Just like punk azz. Shaq did.

who cares let's see how many more titles jwill or shaq win.

I hope Boston beats the crap out of Orlando after reading this...
let's see him focus on that.
And as for Shaq, who cares, i think we won in 2006 because of Zo, not Shaq...

WE WERE ROBBED AAOIHJOWEFJOJAHOH

Yeah...but why did Ira diss Zo on Hank Goldberg's show during the 2006 playoff run ? Saying he was along for the ride and should quit faking he had any game !!! How ignorant was that ? Anybody remember that ?

you all are like a bunch of lamb being lead by Mike Wallace...What the heck is so bad about Shaq saying they partied all the time that season? How is he condemning the organization. And here you all, because Mike's downing players, but will never down Pat Riley or Spo this much, jumping on the bandwagon. As much as you all are talking, is it not true the Mike Wallace is talking bad bout the players that brought us a championship? Don't be cattle. Neither Jason Will or Shaq said anything that was horribly wrong. Ask yourself how come so many great players, who RESPECTED riley when they came, walked away hating him: Gary Payton (he wasn't lazy), Walker (he wasn't lazy - look at his stats and notice in the playoffs he was the 2nd most reliable other than Wade), Jason Will, Shaq (both of the latter HELPED their teams move past first round and looked better...Mike Wallace is an idiot. We read over and over as he doesn't ask the hard questions of riley and Spo like most objective reporters would and now he's turning the attention from Riley and free agency to players just giving honest interviews...wow...

1. WADE
2. BOSH (he offers better balance than Lebron-Wade)
3. trade Beasley,Cook,Jones, #1 pick for 2011 #1 (to clear up cap space.
4. use Cap space from #3 to sign J.Johnson,SF
5. use $5 million MLE for HAYWOOD,C from Dallas
6. sign UDONIS,D.WRIGHT,QRICH,
7. Chalmers, Beverly (from Spain)
8. Andre Miller,PG (at veterans minimum_

STARTING 5: HAYWOOD,BOSH, D.WRIGHT,WADE,MILLER

6th man ... J.JOHNSON playing SF or SG

BENCH: J.ANTHONY,UDONIS,QRICH,CHALMERS,BEVERLY

THE REMAINING 4: MAGLIORI, BELL,SG, PLUS 3 2nd round picks

COMPARING 2006 MIAMI TO 2010 ORLANDO

Miami won title (no series even went to 7 games) Orlando is now 0-1 in East finals .... and they lost home court advantage

Player by player comparisons

SHAQ V D.HOWARD (Shaq was 4 years younger ... overall Shaq was better .... great offensive threat

UDOSIS VS RASHEED ...... although Rasheed is much better on offense, UD was a major contributor in playoofs in 2006 .... he was the defensive stopper vs Nowitski and Rasheed Wallace. I like the SHAQ-UD combination better than Howard-Rasheed.

CARTER vs MIAMI SF (dont remember his name .... LOL. OF COURSE .... CARTER
but ... Carter isnt great on defense ... the Miami SF was good on D.

WADE vs Orlando SF (dont know his name) .... HUGE ADVANTAGE TO MIAMI .... much bigger than the SF advantage to Orlando

JAMEER NELSON vs a younger J-WILL (advantage to Jameer ..... However, JWill was very good at making the pass to Shaq under the basket ......

then ...... look at coaching ......

RILEY IS 2ND BEST COACH IN NBA TODAY (PHIL IS #1) ....

OVERALL .... MIAMI WOULD BEAT ORLANDO IN 6 GAMES .......

I am a Heat fan and so is my seven year old son. He loves Dwayne Wade. I hope we can sign James, Bosh, Amare, and a guard to help Wade. Have Mr. Riles thought about bringing in Byron Scott as the coach? I still like Eric and I think he will be a great coach if given the talent to surround Wade. I am waiting on free agency to see what the team would look like for the coming season. Let's go Heat!

If you think we don't like Shaq cause of what MW is saying,then you really haven't been listening.Shaq is a bum. He was one when he quit on the team a gave 1 pt and 1 RB per game in a 2 week stretch. He was a bum when he trashed the trainers and orginization. He was a bum when he was partying instead of working hard while making 20 mil at Miami and he is a bum now. Hell I remember when MW was actually defending Shaq. Just because his oppinion of him look as it has soured toward Shaq don't mean we jumping on the bandwagon.Shaq is,was and always will be a bum regardless of what MW thinks.

All these 2 idiots are trying to do is to make the free agents think twice before coming to Miami because they know Miami will return to get the trophy! sc*ew them!
Go wade!!!

jpe, i respect what you're saying, but why doesn't MW slam Riley or Spo...he's given them passes and have picked these two guys at this time because he's a reporter for Riley...i.e. what he should be saying is how Riley is lying. Even with the money we have, we won't be able to be a dynasty with all the damage he's done to the roster and by getting rid of SVG and not replacing him with a good coach...Many people have spoken about the heat including smush, ricky davis, etc and said worst...even quinn said talked about getting out of miami to an offense that could produce...so what shaq said was nothing and Jwill's was harsher than shaq's statment, but everyone knows that south beach has an effect...why are acting like its such a big deal?

Its not a big deal. I just don't like Shaq. Next month will decide if Riley is all you say he is. I agree with you 100% on Spro and SVG.

Chalmers sucked this past season, why would you want him back???????????

I hope Boston beats the crap out of Orlando after reading this...
let's see him focus on that.
And as for Shaq, who cares, i think we won in 2006 because of Zo, not Shaq...

EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So Mike, can you or anyone explain why Ira dumped on Zo in 2006 saying he was along for the ride and had no game left ? Wonder if Zo ever gave Ira another second of his time after that mindless utterance ?

Ask Ira: Why are the questions you answer on your column so stupid?

I didn't even know that was going to be a shot at the title," Williams said. "But I'll take it. D-Wade carried a lot of that slack."

Im Telling yall D wade single handedly raped the mavericks defense lol......Wade + help is scary like kobe bryant stated before. Kobe knows basketball folks!!! Wade did win a finals mvp trophy(06) before Kobe(09). Heat will be a pretty exciting team in the next few years.

an wallace chill out with these topics yo they are lame. M. Wallace needs to stop taking shots at our championship team....he was not even with the heat when we won! He started writing lame blogs in our title defense year!

Ask Ira: Why are the *answers* you post on your ASK IRA column so stupid?

Posted by: pugtv | Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 01:50 PM

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*fixed

His "more focused" Magic team is about to get bounced in a few more games.

Shaq got bounced last round.

These players need to shut-up and KISS D-Wade's feet for that 2006 Championship.

I smell championship For Miami

"His "more focused" Magic team is about to get bounced in a few more games.

Shaq got bounced last round.

These players need to shut-up and KISS D-Wade's feet for that 2006 Championship."

Well said, John. Slaq was great with the Magic and Lakers. With the Heat, he was overpaid and above-average. Plus, he burdened the franchise with his laziness and coach-killing and I believe, made his teammates worse by setting a poor example. J-Won't was an overrated, egg-shell player who spent more time in a suit than a uniform. Both of those guys should be ashamed to even talk about their time with the Heat and would be well advised to mail their rings back to where they came from- D-Wade's house.

The bottom line is that without D Wade, J-Will wouldn't be called a championship starting point guard and Shaq wouldn't have his fourth (and final ) ring.

Shaq runs his mouth as if he's still relevant. Sure, he's one of the greatest players in NBA history and probably the most dominant center of all-time, but he's too slow and has proved over the last few years that he's declined to the point where he should hang-em-up.

As for J-Will and his "attention-to-every-detail Magic" - they thought they could walk through the metally tougher Celtics - and now they're going to lose in 5 games, if they're lucky. Too bad he doesn't have D Wade this time around...

LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen see you next year!!!

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can anybody tell me that my doubts are wrong...???

is RILEY & MIKEY are going to land big time free agent this summer? ATLEAST ONE...
why is it D.WADE dont have yet sign a contract extension to us???

last season we got to this quite same situation & no one come to our team except Q-RICH... IS THAT ALL THAT RILEY CAN DO???

GM RILEY HAS NOT YET MOVING... WHERE IS HE NOW??? OTHER TEAM GM ARE MAKING SOME MOVES NOW TO PREPARE NEXT SEASON...

IF NO ONE COMING IT WOULD BE VERY BETTER TO D.WADE TO MOVE ON OTHER TEAM THAN TO STAY HERE!!!

THE ORGANIZATION ARE RETARDED!!!

oh yeah, J Wil...a side note...

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