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March 03, 2011

Panic! Heat blow another one, lose 4th straight; plus odds on Dolphins/UM title hopes, Serena, BYU, Ronald McDonald, sad ashtrays & more

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1aa1eriksHEAT'S WORST STRETCH OF SEASON CONTINUES: Miami lost its fourth straight game today/Sunday, at home, to Chicago, squandering a 12-point lead and losing by one. That was on the heel of the blown 24-point lead vs. Orlando and then the 30-point road loss to San Antonio. Miami had two go-ahead shots in the final 10 seconds, by the shooters they wanted, but LeBron James missed a layup in traffic and then Dwyane Wade missed a buzzer-beating endline jumper. This is bad. The Heat's inability both to hold leads and to close games has become an issue, especially when one fathoms that Miami has two of the best closers in the league in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. You know how James and Wade are supposed to be able to "take over a game" when needed? Not lately. No answers instead. Now Miami has lost four of its past five (three straight at home), and is 12-18 vs. teams with winning records. Oy. This stretch brings out all the big questions, such as who should have the ball at the end of games. This kind of stretch also feeds those who dream that Pat Riley might still swoop in and snatch the whistle from Erik Spoelstra. If the Heat is a championship team, the proving needs to start. Because the doubts certainly have, and they're growing.

U-PICK-A-POLL: What's the next good poll for the blog? You decide. Email your suggestions to [email protected] and whichever one I receive today/Saturday and like the best will appear here this weekend.

1aa1longshot ODDS ON DOLPHINS AND UM TITLE SHOTS: Sit down, Dolfans and Canes fans. Brace yourselves. Our buddy Danny Sheridan, the great handicapper whose work appears in USA Today, tells us the Dolphins are right now 100-1 longshots to win the coming Super Bowl (presuming there is a season) -- and that Miami's Hurricanes are the same 100-1 to win the BCS title. Danny also says it is "better than 50-50" right now that the NFL regular season will be shorter than 16 games stemming from the ongoing labor strife and pending lockout.   

SERENA WILLIAMS, JIM MORRIS AND REAL LIFE: I poke fun at tennis star Serena Williams plenty, but was concerned to hear she had suffered a pulmonary embolism in her lung that required emergency surgery, and I wish her well. She'll miss the upcoming Key Biscayne tournament, a major blow to the event. Best wishes likewise go to UM baseball coach Jim Morris as he recovers from complications following gall-bladder surgery. He already has missed several games and will miss this weekend's big series at Florida. We don't associate our sports figures with everyday health scares. It isn't a bad thing to be reminded they bleed like the rest of us.

1aa1brandond CHASTE BYU PARTIES LIKE IT'S 1899: No. 3-ranked Brigham Young's March Madness Final Four hopes endure a huge blow with the sudden dismissal from the team of 6-9 leading rebounder Brandon Davies (pictured). Was he arrested? Involved in a cheating scandal? Caught with drugs? Nah. He had sex with his girlfriend ... premarital sex! Oh my. That's against the Mormon honor code at BYU, so goodbye, Brandon. Gee, what century is this? And organized religion wonders why church attendance dwindles. I'm not arguing the dismissal; rules are rules and Davies knew them. I'm arguing the puritanical code. Can you imagine if it applied to every college? The only teams left with enough players to field a team would be BYU and a pickup squad from the Vatican.

1aa1boshgiraffe 1aa1crown HEAT KING-O-METER UPDATE: Latest update on our unpopular King-o-Meter, tracking which of Heat's would-be Kings is having the better overall season. This is after 61 games through last night's meltdown vs. Orlando: LeBron James leading Dwyane Wade by 3,558.34 King points to 3,212.66 in our cumulative ranking factoring 10 statistical categories. However Wade leads in games led, 31-30. (Regular updates here in the blog whenever you see the crown symbol pictured). Heat Bonus: A photo of Chris Bosh posing with a baby giraffe named Mainard in a new Got Milk? ad.

TOMMY BOOHAMA: Tommy Bahama, the overpriced "tropical lifestyle" clothing line, has announced limited-edition shirts featuring seven MLB teams -- Astros, Giants, Mets, Padres, Rays, Twins and White Sox -- plus a Brooklyn Dodgers throwback. Geez, did they draw those teams out of a hat? Twins? Dear Tommy: The most tropically located team in baseball plays in South Florida, where Jimmy Buffett grew a natural brand of the lifestyle and look you ripped off. You could look it up. [Speaking of Marlins, just saw some over/unders on wins for NL East. It's Phillies 97.5, Braves 87.5, Marlins 82.5, Mets 77.5 and Nats 72.5].

1aa1ronald5 1aa1ronald4 RONALD McDONALD DEAD AT 48: Well, no he isn't but he might as well be. After nearly a half-century as McDonald's advertising mascot, the creepy clown's descent continues as the company's remaking of its image leaves Ronald behind. McDonald's re-branding moves from an emphasis on Big Macs and high-fat foods to an upscale emphasis on salads and designer coffees ... and guess who's the odd man out? Has it been difficult? Judge for yourself. Photos don't lie. The downward spiral has been tough for Ronald, now drinking, womanizing and drug-addled -- the Charlie Sheen of fast-food icons.

1aa1carsmoke SAD STATE OF THE CAR ASHTRAY: Is there a more pointless accoutrement in the motor vehicle? They sit pristinely unused, lonely and privately mocked by other members of the molded-plastic kingdom. This is because cigarette smokers, modern lepers, are a diminishing breed, and not nearly enough cigars and joints are being puffed in transit to make up the slack. (While the rarest breed, pipe smokers, imperially haul ashes in their own compact bowl). And I have noticed that most people who do smoke in their cars seem likely to simply extend arm out open window and rudely litter the roadway with their spent ashes. You know who you are, asses. Use your asstray!

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THE HEAT IS EVIL! THE MAFIA LOST...PAT RILEY THE DEVIL WHO CURED MICHAEL DOUGLASS IN EXCHANGE FOR HIS KIDS SOUL LOST..GOD WINS AGAIN..

Chalmers sucks, they should've kept arroyo. Arroyo may not have been much better than Chalmers but when he started the heat won 20 out of 22 games. Luck, skill, w.e it is but at least they were winning back then.

Spo is a terrible coach.

DWAYNE WHO GOT MAD AT THE DOLPHINS WHEN THEY BEAT THE JETS 2 YEARS AGO AND BROUGHT MARC ANTHONY TO THE FIRST HEAT GAME THIS YEAR ..BECAUSE HE GOT JEALOUS WHEN MARC WAS CHEERING FOR THE FINS WHEN THEY BEAT THE JETS..KARMAS A B@@#!

DWAYNE WADE WAS THE MASTERMIND TO BRING JAMES HERE ..HE WANTS TO OWN MIAMI...THIS GUY TRYS TO ACT HUMBLE..BUT INSIDE HE'S A VERY GREDDY PERSON,

How do we know it was protected?

BYU has those rules. The student-athlete knew it. If he didn't want to abide, he should've gone to another school.

Churches shouldn't change their rules to cater to people, just because attendance dwindles. I'd have less respect for them if they did. Only major change that probably should be made is Catholisicm alowing married priests.

One of the best games I've seen all season. Cudos to The Magic. The Magic exposed Spo's inexperience and the team's individual Dirty Dozen approach to playing. A 24 lead at home and they lose - Wow! No one except for Bibbi has a clue on how to play a team game. Best hope that they follow his lead.

Kudos, that is.

Religion is little more than a death cult based on fairy tales. Nothing has been the cause of more grief and bloodshed on this planet.

Its disappearance from the Earth would be a great leap forward for humanity.

Is attendance "dwindling" for the Mormon Church???

It is insane to me that the media and people in general are not looking at the coacing more in this?????

This is what happens in all sports when you are being out coached... Good teams tend to have good coaching... They make adjustments and regain focus when things get bad for them or it is crunch time... Why?

Cuz suddenly these guys suck? No!
They are being out coached, meaning out schemed and out motivated by the other team's coaching staff.
Don't know why everyone is being soooooo nice to Spoelstra like they have hired him and have to justify it or he is their cousin.

It is a young coach holding back what this team could do this year and he will continue to be a hinderance as much as not having a good point guard if not more... It is another missing piece. Not having an experienced leader as a coach.

since E Spo, kick Carlos out of the team, miami heat isnt the same. way to go coach, now you got 2p.o.s. "point guards" that when you mix them they dont made 1 Carlos Arroyo.

Gee the the odds the Fins win next SB are only 100-1. I think Sheridan has been smoking the chronic with RW if he thinks the Fins have that good a shot at the title. Charlie Sheen's wet brain will be drier than the moon by the time the Dolphins hoist another SB Trophy aloft in victory.

Bernie Madoff will come clean and tell the world where all the $ he swindled from investors is stashed and return every penny of it to the rightful owners before Fins win another SB. Sorry I love the Fins and I hope I'm wrong but nobody associated with this franchise inspires any confidence whatsoever.

Women....whadayagonna do? Can't live withem, can't shootem. But at least you can f...em. Sometimes.

A deal is a deal. If this had been, Ohio State, Tennessee, Kentucky or most other schools they would have found some BS way to excuse their star. Winning is more important than principle. Well not at BYU. Kudos to BYU for standing on principle.

to the comments addressing attendance dwindling at churches thats fine. Churches dont change their morals to cater to society. As for you Greg Cote, just because you don't agree with something doesn't make it a bad thing. BYU is a PRIVATE institution, so they have the rules they want. news flash Greg, there is ntohing wrong with respecting a woman and waiting to have sex until you are completely committed to her in marriage. Of course Greg, your liberal hatred toward Christianity doesn't allow you to see the good in the morals they preach, even if you dont believe in our God.

im glad the heat lost last night,chalmers,bibby and coach if i can call coach spoeltra sucks sucks sucks sucks ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha burn in hell they will loose tonight against the SAN ANTONIO SPURS then the CHICAGO BULLS and rest of the games loosers loosers

Man, what is it with the love fest for Carlos Arroyo? He's a serviceable backup in this league, that's it. Bibby is a huge upgrade over Arroyo, and the Heat were right to keep Chalmers so he can defend opposing point guards (in very limited minutes). Having Wade or James chase guys like Rose and Rondo around the court, or god forbid having Arroyo or Bibby try cover them, would be a recipe for disaster.

I've always thought it was ridiculous that people hate so much on Mormonism and Scientology just because they happened to have been made up more recently than older religions.

If the message helps people live their lives, then why judge them just because they do things differently?

Kazaam,

i don't know how to twist the definition of scientology so that it qualifies as a "religion". but they sure do sucker people in, some very rich abd famous people, to keep the money room full.

what is your opinion of the heat after the latest version of "our worst loss of the season"?

Shadow - I don't really see a distinction between scientology or mormonism and other religions, they were all made up by people with agendas but none of them would continue to exist if they weren't founded in good messages.

I have two thoughts on the Heat. The first is that their problems are real but overblown. When the biggest criticism is that you're giving up 20 point leads and losing close games to elite teams, you're still in pretty good shape.

The second is that it's ridiculous for people to say that Spoelstra is getting "outcoached" from an Xs and Os standpoint, because he's one of the better Xs and Os guys in the league. However he is not a motivator, and in the NBA that's probably more important than the schemes. There just aren't many Phil Jacksons or Pat Rileys in the world, so the answer isn't a new coach, it's got to be Wade and James stepping up and demanding more of themselves and their teammates.

Those two guys recognized immediately after the game that they lost because they stopped being aggressive offensively, and it really is as simple as that. Next 5 out of 7 games are against elite teams so the Heat have a great opportunity to figure some of this stuff out over the next week or so.

Kazaam,

Couldn't disagree more. It is not about Wade or/and James stepping up. What we are all seeing here is the result of (as you've put it) letting the inmates run the asylum. Championship teams have time proven makeups carefully crafted by someone in charge. One may argue that Riley is that guy. However, if this is the case then one must drop the inmates running the asylum thing and blame Riley for losing perspective in wanting so much eye candy.

To use a rock band metaphor, you can't have Jimmy Page, Carlos Santana and Slash out there with a so-so drummer and a guy with no pipes and expect to hear anything other than great guitar playing.

OC - by your previous comment it sounds like you watched the Orlando game, no? What do you see as the difference between the first and second half? In the first half they were a carefully crafted team put together by the visionary Pat Riley and in the second they were just a bunch of thrown together stars?

The idea that a team needs to be put together and developed over time is just not true. Look at 2007, Pau Gasol joins the Lakers and they go from 42-40 to the Finals in one year. That was the same season that Boston traded for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, and they went from 24-58 to the Finals, which they won.

And you're saying that the turnaround was because they had great leaders in Phil Jackson and Doc Rivers, and it's only a coincidence that they went from bad teams to championship contenders when they signed their star players?

boys,

with UNC a real possibility of winning the ACC season title and sending duke into the tournamnent as the #2 seed, all i can say is hooray!! coach roy has been at the top of his profession and saying goodbye to last year's trauma will really be accomplished with a win over rodentface; and with very young players getting the job done. rooting very hard for the tar heels.

Kazaam,

The answer to your first question has many, many examples. From the boxer who sees what his opponent is doing while figuring out vulnerable areas, to the bruising running attack of a football team who tires the opposition for any comeback in the 4th quarter. My analogy of the rock band is a good one here. The three amigos is all about Flash. They can jump out of the shoot like no other and lay some unreal guitar licks on anyone watching. The Magic, much like Ali let George tire himself, sat back and absorbed the punishment and when Miami became complacent unleashed their defense and their barrage of three-pointers. End justifies the means.

As for the Lakers. Please. How can you point to a speck within a time frame of transition. That 42 and 40 year was the downtime needed by "management" before a new big man could be acquired. Riley of all people should know that you need balance above everything else. A Strong inside game, a skilled, pace controlling point guard, the kind of group chemistry developed through many months campaigns (months, years?), the Heat does not have.

As for the coaching. Spo may be a goof X's and O's guy and so what! Jerry Sloan was possible the finest in that regard, yet I would bet you that he - Sloan - would get this group to a whole new level. Spoelstra just doesn't command respect. He ain't no Patton.

Kazaam,

Chalmers turns the ball over more than anyone, like I said before Arroyo is an ok pg but for w.e reason when he started they usually won. The same can't be said about Chalmers. I would've acquired Bibby but cut Chalmers.

Fire spo; the guy is a looser, just look at his face every Game!

Hey Cote...you are a motherless mutt. Do you do any research before you spew garbage out of your pie-hole? I'm guessing not..for example... The smoking issue, in case you haven't checked lately teen smoking and smoking cigs in general for any age group has been (and still is) on a steady incline according to tobacco and independent researcher's. That's your first mistake... Your next mistake is the joint thing, you have no idea what you are talking about thy subject either...if you think there aren't many people smoking joints anymore weather that be in their car or not you are dead wrong again. Green is at an all time high again, no pun intended, so really where did you get all of your incorrect info? Does your source happen to be your mother telling you all of this stuff? Com'on Gregor, get your head out of your (you know where)...this is 2011, ger with the times old man and light up!

Gov of Florida is a Moron. Anti-Progress; but really just a political play.

"The decades-old dream of high-speed rail in Florida died when the state Supreme Court turned down a last-minute lawsuit to save the project and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced he would send $2.4 billion earmarked for the project to other states."


"With a vision for a high-speed rail system that would transform America the way interstate highways did, Obama in early 2010 awarded Florida $1.26 billion for a high-speed rail line "

"It’s the third time the promise of high-speed rail in Florida has been crushed by a governor.
Six days after taking office in 1999, Gov. Jeb Bush halted construction of a bullet train that already had a contractor.
Five years later, he led a successful campaign to repeal a Constitutional amendment passed in 2000 that required construction of high-speed rail. "

"He repeated the evidence he often uses against the proposed high-speed rail line: the experience of Tri-Rail in South Florida."

How do you compare High Speed Rail to Tri-Rail.. 186 mph to a 45mph commuter train?

How does ONE person have the ability to do this? Something is wrong with this setup.

Mike1....you are absolutely correct. It should be a vote by the people in my opinion bro. If the majority votes against it, oh well. But my guess is people want it. People whom can't afford a vehicle, gas prices, people whom can't drive for one reason or another, ect...
I believe deep down that the majority would want it. I mean just the jobs alone it would create would be a big boost for the people of FL.
One single person shouldn't have this much power, the current situation is a farse. Who really cares what Scott thinks...he's a rich arrogant fool. Just because he wouldn't ride it doesn't mean the masses wouldn't.

the ONLY thing worse than a smoker is A HACK SPORTS WRITER (yes, greg kote, YOU)!

while we are at it why not have a vote to have free cable tv and cell phones and free food and jobs that pay us for sitting around on our asses and we can continue to vote for corrupt officials who will allow us and all illegals to have free health care and self serving education and our tummies full. let us have the government print endless amount of money and give it to everyone so we never have to work again. then when our county collapses we can blame those rich white men.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahaha

NBA fan - I wouldn't have Chalmers on the court more than 15 minutes a game, he sucks, hard. But he brings something to the table with his defense on little guys, Arroyo brought nothing that Bibby can't do better. I would've cut Magloire, but they decided they didn't want three point guards and they let the right one go. Sorry latinos, he's from Puerto Rico, not Miami, he's not our native son, guess you'll just have to go buy his next reggaeton album to get your Carlos fix.

mike1 and cowkilla - think again, everything north of South Florida is the south, the people who vote in Florida would not vote for high speed rail.

OC - my point on Spoelstra is that there aren't many great motivational coaches in the league, and there sure as heck aren't any available on the market. If they fire him, they're more likely going to downgrade, I don't see any value in all these idiotic "fire Spoelstra" comments - get back to me with a "hire X" and I'm interested.

And man, I'm just not following your logic with the 2007 example at all. I don't point to any one part of the timeframe, - look at the whole picture of what Boston or L.A. did that year and see if you can explain to me how it's in any way different from what the Heat did.

The Heat put together two rebuilding seasons in a row without signing a single player who would cost money in 2010, with the specific intent of joining LeBron or one of the big men with Dwayne Wade. And L.A. and Boston were able to develop their group chemistry from chumps to championship contenders in one season, the same amount of time the Heat have.

So maybe L.A. is a little different because they had Odom and a couple role players and some continuity from the previous year, but Boston gutted it's roster besides Paul Pierce, just like the Heat did with Wade, and Boston, even that year, was thought of as playing good team basketball, and they won the whole damn thing.

The Heat don't need time, they don't need a more traditional lineup, they don't need any more help, they need their two superstars to play better and to provide better leadership.

And maybe Alonzo Mourning coaching as the Minister of Defense.

Heat losing to Spurs is dominating ESPN's headlines. Good night for New York to lose to the Cavs!

The Heat still could put it all together and win it all. Haslem's return will be more significant than you think.

Thats said, right at this moment they are downright embarrassing considering the talent on hand and fully deserving of the mockery they're getting.

Up to you, Heat. You can turn this upside-down or go down as an utter failure.

Blame Blame Blame. I knew these guys were overpaid premadonnas when the heat signed them. The people who buy tickets to watch this junk called basketball are the ones being played.

Kazaam,

The differences between what the Lakers and Celts did and the Heat are like night and day. The Celtics' transformation might be a close comparison, but again, the Celtics did not select two identical players. They brought in Garnett, a player one could say is similar to Bosh. Albeit, Garnett was, and perhaps remains twice the player Bosh is. SF, Pierce & SF, James basically apply the same role. That's it. This is where the likeness ends. Ray Allen is a shooting guard, and more importantly, a 3 point artist (see who holds the 3 pt record), Wade can certainly do many of the same things Allen does and more, but that is a point of distraction. They don't need another slasher to the basket. Either LaBron or Wade suffice.

Beyond that, the differences between the Celtics and Heat are significant:

1. A top 10 coach
2. True, young dangerous PG
3. An inside game that was featured
4. A defensive mindset
5. A deep proven, balanced bench

As for the Lakers, the differences are even more stark. Jackson does not spend one day of practice without drumming into everyone to go inside. The reason this team has won as many championships as they have through the years has not been just that they had West, or Magic or Kobe. It's that they've had Wilt, Kareem, Shaq and Bynum. The seasons they do not win it all are seasons they do not have a big guy, or a healthy big guy in there.

No one around here believes that had Bynum been healthy in 08, that the Celts would have won. And you'll notice I'm not talking about Gasol. Gasol is Bosh, who is Garnett.

Here's a tip for Riley. Fire Spoelstra and trade James to Orlando for Howard, and Van Gundy and the Heat stand a better chance of winning.

It may be hard for Heat fan to realize this, but the Heat team that won their only championship was better than this one.

Man, I love Al Golden's post workout depth charts, he went out on 790 and 560 and he talked with the Herald and Sentinel's beat writers about these charts, he knows the effect it's going to have on Harris and Morris to see SpencerfreakingWhipple on top at QB and on guys like Tommy Streeter who don't see their name on there at all.

In every single interview he used the word "meritocracy", must have been music to the ears of the legions of players who were stuck in Shannon's "doghouse" - after being a backup as a senior, DVD just got himself a second round projection with the fastest 40 in the combine and the prior success of fellow outcast Sam Shields.

OC - I see, so you accept the fact that teams can be put together in a single year but you don't think the Heat can win without a star center? I'd point out every one of Michael Jordan's Bulls teams as evidence to the contrary but the fact that you have #4 up on your list tells me that you don't watch any Miami Heat basketball and you're just reacting to the image of them that's being portrayed in the media.

So enjoy the losses, it should be a great 4 years of entertainment for you guys since they can't afford a star center and won't have any hope of winning an NBA championship.

Kaz,

The Bulls had Jackson. Who do the Heat have?

The Bulls, while not having a "star" center, did include the position in the manner that Jackson has used it since learning the importance of such from Red Holzman. By comparison, I suspect that observers will not likely marvel on how much Zydrunas Ilgauskas reminds one of Bill Cartwright. Perhaps, Luc Longley. But those Bull team had what was commonly accepted - the best bench in basketball.

The Bulls were the #1 rated defensive team. The Heat started (and yes, I have seen more than one game) being a very good defensive minded team this year, but have turned back after losing Haslem and now bringing in Bibbi (a known defensive liability).

While one can say that the Celtics built it in one year, the casual homer should not lay a blind eye to the fact that the three main pieces Boston brought in were complementary to the whole package, and not three peas in a pod.

One more thing that needs pointing out.

The current Heat roster are but two players shy of the ability in fielding both sides of a football game. Beyond having such a disproportionate number of players dressed in slacks - and here's the important part - many of these players jumped at the chance to take the league minimum salary. Why? Well, I suspect because they felt strongly enough that all they had to do is join the team and (pardon me) KAZAAM! instant ring. Many a Laker fan have seen way too many Kobe games not to note and become frustrated by noting how other Laker players just watching Kobe do his thing, not becoming active in the game.

I strongly suspect that many of these Miami players are under performing for quite the same reason. "Well just show up and collect our rings."

Kazaam,

return from the sabbath to read that the heat got obliterated by the spurs- ho hum.

shadow,

I would love to run into Riles again, he would jog up and down that strip of land in the middle of San Vicente, near OJ's famous slicing grounds. Anyway, he was less accomplished then. Far more capable of taking advise from an everyday Joe, like myself.

If I had the opportunity again, I would have to try to convince him to trade James to Orlando for Howard. Not that that would ever happen. We all know that only James can manipulate the league into accepting where he plays. Certainly not management. But assuming that Riley still maintained the kind of control bosses possess - HA! -I believe that such a trade would benefit the Heat, and get them a more realistic chance at winning an championship.

What do you think?

High Speed Rail? Why?

Governor is a moron? He is governor and you are posting on the herald website as am I so what does that make us?

He knows, as do most that we don't have the money for it and it will end up costing more than they say...It will also have no riders and the state of Florida is then on the hook for all costs and if we then decide it is a big money loser and we don't want it we have to pay Washington DC back. Progress?

The problem with progressives and liberals in general is that they are great with ideas and the money of others but when the money of others runs out you are clueless. You may think in the short term but don't consider the consequences. The federal government is giving Florida free money...Money they don't have either and in case you aren't aware where the money comes from, the federal government doesnt make money it takes it from the people.

There is no such thing as a liberal utopia...Wait, NY...Chicago, California, Detroit..the list is endless I stand corrected.

OC - so it's not a "star" center they're missing, it's a center that plays like Phil Jackson or someone old enough to be named "Red" would have his centers play. And actually it's not so much the center, but the bench, the bench is the reason the Heat can't win a championship. And really it's not even the players but the fact that they don't have a "defensive mindset", you can't win a championship without a defensive mindset after all. And really when you get right down to it the problem is that everyone on the team is just there to watch Wade and James play and "collect rings", they're not interested in contributing themselves. And of course they don't have Phil Jackson, Pat Riley, Greg Popovich, Flip Saunders, or Doc Rivers as their head coach, no team in the past 15 years has won an NBA championship without Phil Jackson, Pat Riley, Greg Popovich, Flip Saunders, or Doc Rivers as a coach, so logically they're not going to be able to beat the Lakers, Celtics, Spurs or Wizards until Pat Riley comes back to the bench.


My point is that whether you realize it or not, you're a hater, just like pretty much every other NBA fan north of south Florida. Nothing wrong with that, it's making this the most watched NBA season of all time, but your laundry list of reasons why the Heat can't win isn't fueled by logic, it's fueled by a misplaced sense of justice for the way this Heat team was put together, and every one of those reasons is either not applicable to this team or else has obvious exceptions.

There's no single fundamental reason why the Heat couldn't win a championship this year, not their bench, not their coaching, not their post play, not their defense. This team has enough, and if they fall short it will be because of shortcomings in the play and emotional leadership of James and Wade, this team goes as they go.

Good article on SI.com about the good all this hating of the Heat is doing for the league, last paragraph pasted below:

"And they might be fine. I don’t think so … but I don’t know. Some people say, “They might not win this year but they’ll definitely win next year or the year after that or the year after that.” We’ll see. That’s the beauty of this. That’s the beauty of competition. In the end, LeBron James gave me a surprising and great gift, something I never expected after The Decision. I don’t feel any ill feelings about him at all. I think he’s a wonderful player. I treasure his years in Cleveland, when he singlehandedly made the Cavaliers matter again. And I love watching him play again. True, I love watching him play so I can root wildly for him and his team to lose."

http://joeposnanski.si.com/2011/03/05/the-joy-of-rooting-against-lebron/?eref=sihp

Kazaam,

Now you've gone ahead and fallen to ole reliable: If A = B = C, then A = D.

B.S.

Look. There is no team I hate more than the f***ng Celtics. I loath them and their jerk headmaster, Danny f***ng Ainge. Every time I see one of their team members being interviewed I turn the channel. Can't stand them.

Am I making myself clear enough that I am a Celtics hater??????

Yet, as you've seen though my posts, I give them credit for "getting it."

I don't hate the Heat. A significant history of that franchise has or had "ex" Lakers in it. I'm simply telling you that their formula for winning is ill conceived, and I'm pointing out those reasons.

You have very accurately summarized above what they need to fix. You may disagree with my assessment, and that's fine. But do not make the assumption that anyone that disagrees with your take must by default be this or that.

There is lots to be said for tradition. And tradition has always said that this is a BIG man's game.

Spolestra Bibby and Miller should not even be apart of this team. Everybody stands around waiting for Wade or James to do something. Mike Miller should be cut yesterday

Kazaam,

ho-hum again, but closer against the bulls.
i was amazed at the SI article where the the guy says he "clemented" both terry bradshaw and ken anderson!! granted as a browns fan the bengals chewed and spit out the browns consistently in the mid 70s to early 80s, but kenny anderson had super bowls taken from his grasp by the greatnes of the steelers- hating both bradshaw and anderson is bizarre, why did he leave out dante pastorini? hating him is easy- he was going out with the really put together june wilkinson who was still hot in her forties when pastorini while pastorini was in his twenties.

fearles leader,

"the stretch of wretch" is making for some good journalism, even though our friend kazaam is looking for the appropriate causeway from which to jump. RILES TO THE RESCUE!!!! it is coming...

OC - maybe it's a generational thing, I don't think anybody who grew up watching Michael Jordan's Bulls thinks that you can't win a championship without dominant center play. Either way, that's the only knock on this team that's valid, besides the fact that their coach can't get them motivated. But that's a moot point since Riley's unlikely to come back and he's the only available coach besides old man Sloan who would be a significant upgrade over Spoelstra.

Shadow - causeway jumping isn't really my style, I didn't buy into the hype when the Heat was put together, I didn't buy into the gloom and doom of 9-8, I didn't buy into the second round of hype during 21-1, and I don't buy into the apocalyptic view of losing 4 games in a row to elite teams.

This team is what it is, if you've been watching them all season you know they have glimpses of utter domination and glimpses of collapse and confusion. Who knows if they're going to pull it together in the playoffs but I'm sure as heck not sweating these regular season matchups.

It's is why they play the games, everybody who crowned them champions before they ever played a game and everybody who's counting them out because they haven't beaten elite teams are just reactionaries with a predetermined concept of this team. But this team is just like every other team in that they're going to be constantly evolving over the course of the season and their season's success or failure depends on how they're playing when they get to the games that matter.

Riley sat patient through 9-8, when there was a lot more to worry about than elite teams unleashing unprecedented barrages of 3 pointers and games being lost on single plays like Miller's "shove" in the back at the end of the Bulls game. I really don't think there's anything that could make him coach the team this season, and even if he does decide that Spoelstra isn't enough after this year, I think he's going to try to look for a replacement before being forced into duty again.

Knicks baby!!!! Thanks Lebron for not bringing your "talents" to NYC.

Cote, you horse's ass. Lebron James is a closer?!? You clearly know nothing. The Heat has one closer and that is #3.

Magic are where it's at anyhow..we know here in Orlando that the heat nor any other team will stop us this year...

Cote...nothing to respond about my post to you..coward! Get you garbage together and check your facts..you've been wrong a lot recently. Your writing is horrible too

Michael points out what is the most compelling subplot yet in this Heat season.

At the beginning of the year, the idea was that LeBron would fill the stats sheet all game and Wade would be the scorer and closer. Now we know that James wants to be "the man" and we know that Spoelstra is a nutless coaching droid, so the question is whether Wade or his teammates will be able to take charge and tell LeBron to step aside at the ends of games. My guess is that it will take more than subtle hints from Bosh about "finding the problem" and maybe even a little grease from above. If Haslem was playing I bet he would've said something by now.

da doofins should be 1000-1 cause they're hideous and have a clown for QB.
The heat with thier big three choke and gag at the end of games. These guys are superstars?
Heck, the Nicks big three are better!
The miami crybaby's whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
They'll probably lose the portland , laker and any other playoff team games.
The Jets are 8-1 to make the superbowl Baby!
GO JETS!!! How about them nicks,eh?

Scuba,

You're right, I myself prefer to continue to fall behind the rest of the world. I look forward to $6/gallon and up. And no point trying to replace 20K lost space workers jobs with 24K high speed rail jobs, which would pump money back into the economy.

I also prefer to travel max 70mph (but usually lower stuck in traffic) rather than cruise at 186 mph.

Jeb Bush first canned HSR when there was money and the economy was great. What was the excuse then? We hadn't yet begun the trillion $ Iraq war plunge.

Obviously, a single Tampa-Orlando line would not accomplish a lot overall, but a network would. Have to start somewhere. No pain, no gain.

US was once the best at everything.


lib=clueless, stupid or evil | March 05, 2011 at 02:10 AM

Isn't that what is going on now? huh comrade?

Yeah because all those countries constantly ranked higher than us in the quality of life, crime, etc are definitely doing all those things and falling apart.

People set in their ways of thinking and taking things to extremes. ..despite much of that being out-dated. Middle-minded people have clearer, more rationale heads.

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