Mickell Gladness got cut on Sunday. That sucks because Gladness was one of the best tweeters on the team. He was entertaining, lighthearted and fun to cover. But, well, scoring is not one of his strong suits and, you know, the Heat already has one center who sometimes airballs dunks.
So, the Heat did the smart thing and cut a player. I get that. Happens every day. Josh Harrellson gets the spot because he can shoot three-pointers and make baskets and his defense is serviceable enough to help out in short bursts.
Here's what I can't understand. Why the heck wasn't Gladness on the team for the entire championship run? The Heat never played Eddy Curry, who was terrible and fat and lazy and, according to the Sun-Sentinel, didn't even appreciate the second chance he was given in the NBA. Curry said before Saturday's game that he wasn't in a hurry to get his championship ring because he never logged a single play "in that joint."
God love him, that Eddy Curry.
Instead of cutting Curry, which would have cost the Heat some money (so, really, I understand the logic and reasoning, which means I guess I'm just ranting at this point), the Heat waived Gladness to make room for Ronny Turiaf. Fine. It worked out well enough. Turiaf isn't a very good pro either but he's better than Gladness (at this point) and Curry combined and he played in a few important games last season.
Still, I hate seeing Gladness put in the work and not get a ring. On some teams, Gladness would have gotten a ring. Not the Heat. You have to be on the playoff roster to get the jewelry. If Curry doesn't want his ring, he should give it to Gladness, who didn't play either last year but at least would appreciate some bling. And now, one last tweet from Gladness in a Heat uniform...