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June 13, 2011

Heat polls: Was Year 1 of Big 3 a success or failure? Plus who's to blame for Finals loss? Vote now...

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WHY JUDGING THIS HEAT SEASON IS A DIFFICULT TASK: Was it championship-or-bust all along for the Miami Heat? Is that fair? Based on expectations the team set for itself, maybe that is fair. Time for you to decide. Click on Year 2 Pressure Will Be Greater for today's latest column by me, and on Heat, LeBron Have Just Begun for my Tuesday column. Now have your say. In separate polls here, we invite you to rate this season on a scale of success to failure, and then to identify the main reason Heat fans are measuring their disappointment today instead of preparing for a Game 7.

See a breakdown of who's voting and how below the two polls in this post.

POLL 1: RATE SEASON ON SCALE OF SUCCESS TO FAILURE: There truly are two ways to look at it. Feeling generous? You think getting past Boston and Chicago and reaching the Finals in Year 1 is pretty damned good. Can't get past the disappointment? You think the season is an ultimate failure based on grand expectations set by the team itself. Vote now and say why.

POLL 2: WHY DID MIAMI LOSE IN THE FINALS?: Pinning blame, finding fault, call it what you want. Miami lost for a reason. What was it? What happened? Vote now and elaborate in a comment.

POLL ANALYSIS: Heat fans/South Floridians are a plurality but far from an overall majority in voting so far, this being the World Wide Web and all. Therefore results overall are not nearly as positive/optimistic as they would be if voting were confined to Greater Miami. Votes have poured in from 48 countries so far. As of earlier this morning the top five U.S. states in total votes were Florida (630), Texas (573), California (413), Ohio (340) and Illinois (188). Which of course indicates that bunches of Mavericks and Cavaliers fans are weighing in. How is the overall vote impacted? Small example: To the first poll question, Floridians are voting that the season was a success for the first year, with a plurality of 36 percent, while Ohioans are calling it a failure based on expectations by an 84% landslide. To the second question, 37% of Florida voters blame LeBron for coming up small, vs. 81% of Ohio voters. Bottom line: Results in the two polls reflect more of a national viewpoint that is decidedly more negative than how Heat fans feel.

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"... not one ... uh, not one ... uh, not one"

Kazaam,

"a team built for the playoffs" is the way you described the heat way back, and when they went up 2-1 in the finals jimbo and i were carving up the crow. "the three kings" and assorted junk heap players played more like the three stooges and keystone kops last night. they had their chances and came up short with a hurt dwyane wade not helping the cause. sorry about your disappointment.

All players report for free throw practice today at 3. You have to make 10 in a row before you can leave. Oh, never mind ,try for 7 out 10 ,that's better than last night. Maybe LeBrick and Wade were "sick" , maybe the "coughs" were real. Did Wade keep the receipt when he bought LeBrick? Maybe he can return him to the Dollar store .

The Heat were passing the ball around like it was a hot potato. You are behind and time is of the essence.Somebody MAN up and SHOOT!!
Salty

KUDOS TO MARK CUBAN!!

he is considering not buying his players rings, which i would applaud- teams play to win trophies, whereas egotistical players want rings to show off. cuban got his wish, and i am glad that he did. he takes on the NBA mafiosos at any opportunity, excepting for this season when he stayed a "good boy" and remained silent.

I barely saw much of any games, but whether I truly understand the travelling rule or not, the announcers mentioned the missed calls enough. In my mind, it's an embarrassment that these high paid superstars can't even play the game right.

The story of the year is Dirk Nowitzki, a European, who dominated in an American sport, American league and was MVP. And does not even hail from a top European basketball nation.

Teamwork among solid players usually trumps store bought pre-madonnas. And that was the case here. One team thinks they simply deserve to win and will win because of who they are, while the other fought and earned it.

The same thing could've happened in the previous two series if not for missed last second shots by Celtics and Bulls. Still, Miami blew a 2-1 lead.

mike1,

thanks for the info on andres cantor- the ole shadow also comes from romanian/polish (way back) stock and the fact that he is from USC is even better. although he may be argentinian, he is the voice of the mexican national team and certainly a great voice!! just watched/listened to his call of the USA late goal against algeria- awesome to say the least.

In our society hungry for having it all, anything but a NBA title is considered a failure. Says something about us more than anything else.

I do think that after Wade hit that three pointer from the baseline in the corner and the Heat went up by 15 points in game two that is when the Heat lost this series. It was all too easy and they thought they could coast to the title. When you lose that edge it is tough to get it back. They win game three and should have been up 3-0.
I can't stand the people of Ohio, they celebrate that Lebron lost while their team Ohio Taint is going down in flames as they look for something to celebrate about the state of Ohio. Not much these days! Tats anyone?

Lebron, Wade and company will get their rings!
Not to worry.

The Heat was the most talented team in the finals. Should have won it going away. I believe the problem was they were over confident and did not play hard enough. They have 50 points just by walking onto the court. But 50 points isn't enough. The Mavs had the hunger and played for 48 minutes and played hard. Now the focus will be if LBJ and Wade will turn on each other as Kobe and Shaq did in LA.

The Heat should have won this. The game 2 collapse was the key. Oh well, it's just basketball.

Wouldn't it be nice if we were talking about the Dolphins in a championship game? But then that only occurs in our dreams.

Arrogance. Gets you everytime!

What time is the parade down Biscayne this week? Anyone know? We need to start celebrating next year's championship.

Eric Spoelstra simply got out coached and nobody is talking about it. James Jones was used in previous series in big games but was left on the bench by the coach. Somebody has to tell me why ?
The heat needed 3 pt shots to open up the lane for the big three to have more room to work. By not playing James Jones it allowed Dallas to stay in a zone in crucial stints in the game.

If they say he was a liability on defense, he could have guarded Jason Kidd on the perimeter.

Bron Bron completely choked and will never win it. Too much of a soft player and no real heart. Suck it Heat fans. You're all a bunch of deuchebag frontrunners and you got the team you deserved. Bunch of cry baby primadonnas. DALLAS MAVS BABY!!!!!!!!! The 2010/2011 NBA CHAMPS!!! Heat - Biggest Choke Artists Ever.

Some of these fans kill me. It's teams that never seen the NBA finals before. For the Heat to go in their first year together is a feat. Now they see what they need to get over the top. Stuff doesn't happen over night, well in my world it doesn't.

I have one question, the answer to which could be relevant to the outcome: Why does Dirk Nowitzki speak better English (which is his second or third language) than Wade and James? I'm not talking about race, more about attitude. Compare the after-game interviews of LeBron James and Jason Terry. Which of those two men seems like a thoughtful, disciplined, team-oriented person, and which doesn't? Which is playing the phony gangsta role with a chip on his shoulder and which isn't?

You in Miami should not be surprised that La-choke disappeared in the series when it meant the most! We, in Cleveland witnessed it many times during the playoffs and frankly I am glad now that he is gone from Ohio and is frustrating others with his sub-standard play in the playoffs. Oh he'll get you there, but he'll never finish it off, he doesn't have the drive in him. We, in Cleveland felt the same pain you are experiencing now. The promises, the expectations, the excitement, the big game and eventually the BIG let down. I feel sorry for you Miami because you got sucked into all La-choke's banter just like we did and once again he failed to deliver in a crucial game. He was Cleveland/ Akron's golden child, a homegrown superstar who promised us championships just like he promised you. He said he was going to bring us a championship too! Then in one of the most class less moves in sports history La-choke tells the world he is leaving Ohio before he even tells the team and fans that kissed his a$$ for years. Cleveland wouldn't want him back if he played for free! Miami you can have La-choke and good luck in the future, but count your days because you could easily become the next victim of his split second decision!

CavsFan4Ever,

When will the Haterade supply run out in Cleveland? LOL

Get a life.

It wasn't just Lebron coming up short, it was Wade as well. Out coached, out played. Dallas had more hunger and just plain beat us.The team gave up with 5 minutes to play!

Hopefully now the comparisons between Lebron and MJ will be put to rest.
MJ never pulled a disappearing act in the 4th quarter especially in the finals. MJ made everyone around him better, Lebron not so much. Karmas a bitch and such a beautiful thing. As for Rupaul what a joke! Dirk took you to school!
The Big 2 1/2 are a joke . Funny how D Wade can win a title by himself.

The problem was LeBron WAS LeBron... namely shrinking before your eyes at crunch time.

When the going gets tough, LeBron disappears, and makes excuses later, and says regular people have to wake up to their real lives today but he'll wake up in his mansion.

He's not only a loser, but he's also a failure.

Is this what Miami has to look forward to as Lebron's talents being brought to South beach! These talents of his disappeared like they disappeared in Cleveland. He let the fans down in Cleveland, n he will let the fans down here in Miami too!! Wade could've won us a championship, Lebron James aka The Choke is a joke!!!!!!

Tyrone,

That's exactly what I was trying to convey in my post a few posts up in this column. There is no "Haterade" as Q suggested in his reply. I have felt the pain you in Miami feel today. Not understanding what went wrong when La-Choke did a dissapearing act in multiple games in Cleveland after all his trash talk. We were all left scratching our heads in complete amazement as the what went wrong when everything all season seemed to be going completely right. It all comes down to la-choke, he'll get you there with his fancy play, smooth talk and drunks, but when the games is on the line and the championship is within inches of your grasp, POOF he disappears and makes every excuse for why it didn't happen. Yes, we in Cleveland have been there and now that the hurt has gone away, we are better off without him. I have heard so much from reliable sources about how he treats the "normal" working person when he is out in public that it would make your head spin. He is a primadonna that doesn't realize it's us spending our hard earned dollar that's making him his millions. Just because he has a god given talent to play basketball in the NBA doesn't make him any better than anyone else. There's no "hatered" here Miami, just trying to point out the type of player you have inherited and you will find out soon enough. It started with his disappearing act and choking act during these playoffs.

Eat a D!ck Lebron!!!

June 13th Official Lebron James Day

everyone gets to leave work 12 mins early today!!

Hey Bron Bron How's my Dirk taste??

Hey what's everyone so down in the dumps fer. We still got The Mighty Dolphins!

What time is the parade down Biscayne to celebrate next year's championship?

The blown leads!

Can they be blamed on a single player?

Arrogance and no clear leader. The leader must show up & lead regardless if coaching is out-coached.

Cavsfan4life
I must say to your reply of how Lebron James aka La-Choke made a comment about the everyday person that will wake up the next morning with there problems. But yet he will live his life according to how he wants. Well that's find for him to live it as he chose but one thing he will never b able to get rid of. That's game six of this yr NBA final. It has been put on tape to be preserved for centuries n his legacy will live on forever as La-Choke (a quitter)!!!! Us everyday people dont have to look at a tape of a quitter during our off season!!!

Having the 'best' potential does NOT make you the 'best player'. LeBron has the greatest potential of all current NBA players, but he is NOT the best player in the NBA. I'll take Kobe or D-Wade over LeBron right now because they have something he doesn't - killer instinct and heart.

LeB!tch!!

when did d-wade turn into such a d-bag. once a humble well-liked, injury prone kid he needs to remember how to keep his mouth shut and let his ballplaying do the talking. for the record, d-bag is from robbins, il not the southside of chgo. this punk wouldn't last 10 minutes on the southside of chgo.

what about le-secondbanana? just living up to his true form. not much new to say here. like the tin man a heart is badly needed.

can we eagerly await the return of the slimiest snake oil salesman in the nba to the heat bench? won't happen. twoface riley has no interest in any venture that's not a sure thing.

Its simple; the Heat were thinking about winning, the Mavs were thinking about basketball.

MEMO TO LeBRON JAMES:

Never underestimate the HEART of a champion.

- Rudy Tomjanovich

Heard this on ESPN (and I agree wholeheartedly!): LeBron needs a "mentor" - someone who puts the hand around his shoulder and guides him - this certainly isn't video boy!!

Pat - come back or bring in someone who has the respect of the players!!!!

you really think lebron is mentorable? for someone to be mentored means that they must accept that they are not great and can become great only through hardwork. Lebron believes he is great anyway - whether he wins or loses the finals so how can you mentor this guy? I don't think video boy got outcoached - the mavs had more heart more desire and balls.

Eric Spoelstra went with a smaller lineup. He barely used Eddie House, and Jones. Didn't use Z at all or Dampier.

Outcoached,in paticular;a game plan with no clear offense attack and baffling defense assignments with questionable adjustments to boot.

Shadow,

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ooool!

catch the Seattle - Vancouver game?

Hey deanie I know you go by the name of El Artman, GT, Jaysfan, Brit, etc. at the espn boards. Pretending to be either a troll or bandwagoner like you do here ,and you do the same thing with all the teams. Not just the Heat, or other miami teams. Go talk about a wasted effort on your part.


http://boards.espn.go.com/boards/mb/mb?sport=nba&id=mia

ONCE AGAIN THE HERALD PUT HIS FOOT IN HIS MOUTH AND CANNOT BE TRUSTED IN BRINGING THE NEWS WITH HIS BIAS REPORTING AND THEIR DISTASTEFUL OPINIONS!

CHECK IT OUT !

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Miami-ad-congratulates-the-Heat-for-a-title-they?urn=nba-wp4900

WHAT WAS MACY'S THINKING?

"come down and get your heat championship shirts,...." with the series 3-2 the other way! i was gonna run over to aventura and get my fill of those shirts before they get to angola, sudan, gaza,... and become real collectors' items. by now they are probably boxed up and parachuting into the brazilian rain forest, if it still exists.

RE PICTURE OF THE THREE (you fill in the noun):

chris bosh looks like he had just inserted a john holmes-sized plastic schmeckel into his rectum-ride 'em cowboy!!

mike1,

saw hassli's awesome goal against seattle and await what the gringos will do versus guadaloupe tomorrow night; if they don't win by 3 goals or more it will make for a sad statement for USA "socccer". el tri's dismantling of costa rica was impressive, but they will stillbe an underdog against the yanks should they meet later on.

And D-Wade said "You're remembered for what you did at the end. [Dirk] is the reason they lost the (2006) championship because he wasn't the leader he's supposed to be in the closing moments."

Hey D-Wade what will you and King James be remembered for?

Cough cough... sniker sniker...

And the walls came tumbling down!! :-)


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A few things..
1) Wade is put on a pedestal in this town...the dude has regressed and has so many careless turnovers.

2) People need to stop being so hostile about LeBron. It's sports people. It's meant to be fun. Get a f*cking life. He switched teams and went to a city where he felt his quality of life would be improved. The guy's allowed to do so. This is America. He didn't have a good finals, but cheering for another man's failure just shows one's own inferiority and insecurity.

3) This team will win championships.

4) The NBA in large part sucks and lacks drama.

5) The Dolphins are still king of Miami sports.

I BET THE DOLPHINS WILL WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP RING BEFORE THE HEAT DOES ;)

The arrogance displayed by Lebron and Wade towards Dirk when he was ill with a fever showed what kind of individuals these two players are!!

Revenge is sweet! How good it feels!!

To the suffering Heat fans: now you know how we Mavs fans felt in '06. I'm not trying to be a jerk here... just making a point.

As far as the poll asking why Miami lost this series... as would be expected blaming James is the runaway choice, but the true answer is: Dallas was the better 'TEAM' in this Finals Series, and I'll bet those who truly love and follow NBA basketball would agree...

Good luck, Heat fans... there's always next season to get excited over.

Folks buy your Macy's and Herald fluke 2011 Heat championship "T" shirts here while supply last!

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I don't get it. It was just a basketball game. It wasn't like anyone died or something. Anybody got a couple ballons I could fit under my shirt. I want to make fake tits again. That and the fake fart under the armpit get 'em everytime. Mr. Ross can I have another Fresca? Ok "Pretty puleeze."

Damn duke you're right. We may not have won the NBA championship but hey at least I'm not Chad Henne. Thanks for that gift guy.

Anytime big guy. You're still young. You'll get your ring.

LeBron doesn't have the heart of a champion.

I can think of nothing positive to say about the heat or their fans! They all stink!

Hmmm. carol M, a lady. My name is Leon Phelps, and to those of you that are uninitiated, I am an expert in the ways of love. I have made love to many fine ladies, from the lowest bus station skank to the classiest most sophisticated, educated dubutant, high society... bus station skank

Shadow, I think Mexico (even minus those 5) are currently superior to the US. Our defense has been weak since WC qualifying. Hard to imagine them preventing at least 2 goals, 4 or 5 if Bradley keeps playing new guys. Remember last time Mexico won 5-0.

I'll be at Reliant stadium in Houston for the semi's, at least to see the Mexico game..assuming they make it. US would be a bonus.

What worries me is the lack of thought that went into this .. Mexico's QF game is a day before the US' game. I'm thinking the Mexicans buyout all 70K tickets while most US fans wait to see if they get in. Except for those like me who will go to see Mexico anyway, Americans may not be able to get tickets!

Yes..I'm counting on us beating Guadelupe which may be a little pre-mature. If I'm not mistaken, if we at least tie..even if Canada beats Panama ..US will advance over El Salvador in Group A. Of course, then we probably meet Mexico in the QF!

A first or 2nd place finish will yield Honduras or Jaimaca in that order. Jamaicans are the surprise package.


Geelong is currently striving for the undefeated season in the AFL. They've scored an amazing 1126 pts in 11 games. ..although Collingwood has 1312.

All Ireland Football tournament, still a long way to go before the Final on Sept 18. Would be neat to be there among the 85K capacity crowd.
Kerry has already knocked off Tipperary, 2-16 vs 0-11. Cork over Clare 1-23 to 0-11.

Kerry destroyed Limerick 1-26 vs to 3-09.

Then Cork got an amazing 5 - 17 over Waterford's 2-08.

so it's Kerry vs Cork in the Munster Final.

Laios edged Longford 0- 10 to 0-9. Carlow 0-14 over Louth 0-13.

The Leinster semi's will feature Wexford vs Carlow and Dublin vs Kildare.

In Connacht, the semi's pit Mayo vs Galway and Roscommon vs Hyde Park.

Ulster's semi's will be Derry vs Armagh and Tyrone vs Donegal.


22nd edition of FIVB World League.. Final Round in Gdansk, Poland starting July 6.

Pool A -- very tough group
Brazil
Poland
USA
Puerto Rico

Pool B
Russia
Bulgaria
Germany
Japan

Pool C
Serbia
Finland
Argentina
Portugal

Pool D
Cuba
Italy
France
Korea

I have no idea how they pooled Group A, but far the toughest group.

Alex in Boca what the hell are you talking about?? WADE HAS REGRESSED??? You have to be the dumbest person who has ever lived including the mentally handicapped but excluding exceptionally well trained chimps.

Why you guys are so gullible, your lynching mentality of a black man will always cloud your judgement. Blame Lebron for everything, this game is not different from boxing, NBA want Dallas to win and has to prooved to his gullible fans that they can stand up to the three big black bullies that want to take over NBA and the trick is very simple the referee never blew the whistle when Lebron was been foul right and left, NBA will never let Lebron get a ring this year, may be next year he will get a ring when Lord Stein decided to give him a ring is a racket guys do not be fool.

LeBron
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looser

For all the hoopla and expectations, miami looked like an average team. Winning a championship should have been enough motivation to play at the top of your game. The 3 kings showed they are still princes.

What is galling is that LeBron just assumes he will be back in the finals next year. That it is just a given and the games don't have to be played next year except to determine who they will play next time. A lot can happen over a season.

I will now go back to my petty life where I am highly successful in my career. I don't choke when the pressure is on in my job.

Poor zo, the excuse for choking is the race card. That works just about as well as baby james' 4th quarter performances.

Hey mike the funny thing is that LeBron makes more money playing one game of basketball than you make in a year at your highly successful career, even if he does choke ($175,000 a game). The Heat were in the 97th percentile, better than 28 of their 29 peers. That's not average and that's better than you. Suck it.

it's so sweet to see Miami, any Miami team, in misery. Enjoy! Another great Miami choke in the great Marino tradition!

Spent game 6 hooked into the side of El Cap, didn't see a second of the game. Probably for the best.

My takeaways on the Heat's season:

#1 - this is the worst Heat team that we will see during the four year contracts of Wade, Bosh, and James. They made it to game 6 of the NBA Finals.

#2 - I don't understand LeBron James at all. No one seems to.

#3 - Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade are the team captains for a reason, they have an inner drive that Bosh and James don't seem to possess.

#4 - Erik Spoelstra proved himself as a coach time and time again over the course of the last two seasons but still many Heat fans will continue to idiotically call for his termination.

#5 - this team is the most watched, most interesting, and most exciting team in the NBA. As a sports fan I remain overjoyed that they play in Miami.

Shadow - you've resurfaced that misquote several times but apparently never read any of my responses.

Back when the Heat were 9-8 and people were mocking them because color analyst Jeff Van Gundy colorfully said before the season that he thought they could win 72 games, I said that the Heat don't care about regular season games because "they were built to win multiple championships".

I don't mean that they will win a championship or that their team is built in a way that is conducive to winning a championship, only that that was the intention, as stated by architect Pat Riley and all three superstars individually. The team was built with the intention of winning multiple championships, they did not care about regular season wins. Still don't.

mike1 - every opinion you have about the Heat drives me crazy, you're like the personification of the non-fan masses who form their views entirely on the stories that are written after the games are played.

The Mavs are more "store bought" than the Heat by any metric you want to use. They have the second highest salary in the NBA this year, $91 million compared to the Heat's $67 million (17th out of 30 teams). They have only two franchise mainstays in Dirk and Jason Terry just like the Heat have in Wade and Haslem. The rest of their players are expensive mercenaries and journeymen - Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, Brendan Haywood, Caron Butler, and Shawn Marion are all playing out contracts that they signed as the marquee free agents of their classes.

The fact that writers could spin THAT team into a counterpoint to the Heat is a testament to the complete abandonment of logic or reasoning in their coverage.

Also if you watch any NBA playoffs in the future you'll realize how ridiculous it is to point to close games that could have flipped series and suggest that a team was lucky to get through. Nearly every series is like that, that's why they play 7 games.

The big three has done nothing wrong in consolidating there power together in Miami, America do not like it because for the first time bunch of young black boys are doing what the white man has been doing in business from the start, read Reginald Lewis book(why should white man have all the fun), NBA is like boxing is fixed all the time, this series is not different, the referees control the game with instructions from Lord Stern, when Miami won in '06, Lord Stern gave it to us(Miami), this time Dallas are been rewarded for been robbed in '06, Miami will be rewarded for this time in the nearest future and all you haters will wake up the next day and still will be hating. Sports are run by gamblers and the house(NBA) will always win.

Kazaam,

a thousand apologies if i misquoted you; however that phrase got into the old cranium beats me. to say i don't read your responses is patently untrue- maybe i just don't "get them" correctly. whatever the story might be, the heat will get a chance for the first of their "multiple championships" starting with the draft and the summer.

It's the first year and for the team to gel as well as they did is a good thing regardless of the expectations. The truth is the Mavs were an incredible team. Look at the teams they beat. Their regular season record was 57-25. The beat a very tough Portland Trail Blazers team. Then they swept the Lakers... WOW!!! Not to mention they also nearly swept the Thunder and Kevin Durrant.

Any team that can sweep the Lakers is a really great team. This team was so good that they only lost a total of 5 games during the playoffs.

Miami on the other hand went 58-24 during the regular season which is one more win than the Dallas Mavericks. The Heat and the Mavs were dead even when it comes to talent, but instead of the Mavs talent mostly coming from 3 key players their talent is spread out through the entire bench. While the Mavs were busy sweeping the Lakers the Heat nearly swept the Celtics. Coming into the finals both teams lost as many games in the playoffs.

What cost the Heat was their bench was terrible while the Mavs bench was on fire both defensively and offensively. That means you don't have guys pulling up for a 3 pointer while a defender is guarding you for the shot instead of the dribble (Ed House's sporadic threes compared to Jason Terry non-contested pull up three the play after.

Miami had several chances to get back in the game but would shoot themselves in the foot with sporadic shots while there is plenty of time on the shot clock to work your way into a higher percentage shot or at least buy the coach more time to figure out how to break down the Mavs defense. Not to mention Miami had too many mental lapses on defense especially the fast breaks.

Then to make matters worse as if their sporadic shooting was bad enough the heat started passing up wide open jump shots. The team went from being trigger happy to playing with a gun with safety on lock. Such a drastic change in the teams mentality to shoot the ball to pass the ball when a player is wide open for a shot was a miss communication between the coach and the players. What he meant to say was pass the ball to the open guy for the shot.

You can also blame the coach for not figuring out how to beat the zone. If I were the coach I would have let Bosh shoot a hundred times because he was stroking it just outside the foul line. I would have also set up screens to free up Eddie House because he also had a big night shooting beyond the three point line when he had an open look.

I used to think Wade was one of the classiest players in the NBA. I am no longer under any such delusion. I never thought James was. I just thought he was harmless.

We lost the first year with shaq master, because we where not ready. Same thing here. This team will be back and can't see many teams stopping us once me add an outside score that comes of the bench and a post up big man. add a def/3 point shooter (posey-like) player and this team is set.

This article hits it right on the nail for me. It's the point I raised from the outset. That "The Decision" might have been better served had LeBron chosen Chicago instead of Miami. Why? because Miami doesn't not have a point guard (playmaker) talented and young enough to take advantage of LeBron's unique skill sets. Having Wade on the same team is somewhat redundant. either fits the role, but having two similar players on your team causes an imbalance.

Like writer Jeffrey Eisenband postulates- Who would make for a better trio: James, Wade and Bosh or James, Rose and Boozer?

http://www.thepostgame.com/commentary/201105/was-miami-really-best-fit-lebron

From a Bulls fan ..... You all need to lighten up on Lebron. He is a gifted 26 year old kid. I would argue he is surrounded by young, inexperienced and maybe even sleazy parasites that don't have his best interest at hand. All of us are watching the unfolding of a growing-up process. Like many, I hated the televised "Decision", but where was the Adult in the room to guide this young man. Hell, even ESPN with their bogus Heat Index did no service to sports or Lebron. All of this marketing Bull is a lot to deal with for anyone.

Shadow - yea the phrasing is ambiguous but I specifically didn't mean it the way it probably sounds because as OC points out, thee Heat weren't built in the traditional championship mold in that they don't have a low-post scoring presence.

Interesting article but I think Boozer is overrated (his max contract is going to handcuff that franchise moving forward) and I actually see more overlap in the skill sets of Rose and James than Wade in James.

James and Rose are both facilitators first who like to start the offense with the ball in their hands, are streaky outside shooters, and only have a bull-rush move to the basket. Neither one would be catching the other's pass and hitting a shot, same problem James and Wade have.

I call it a tossup with the advantage to Miami in Wade's greatness.

Kazaam,

one of the advantages of signing in with typepad is that all that blogger's comments are kept in reverse order. if you were a "blue" signee instead of a "black" signee we'd get to the bottom of this built for the playoff stuff. as i tell my misbehaving students about their prior conduct "idon't make em up- i just read back the transcript". are you watching USA "soccer" against guadaloupe tonight? they don't have a flag and are a possesion of france- probably an island of 100-200,000 futbol afficianados. check it out- maybe you'll bring the gringos some much needed help cause if they lose it will be the biggest embarassment since the USA lost to iran in the 1998 mundial, the one where they didn't win a game (you'll have to check with mike on that one). be well and a game 7 in the stanley cup final-triple yay!!!

Mike 1, pull that plastic schmekel out for awhile. Ask shadow, he knows all about them.
Oh, and please post more soccer matches. We like them here.

mike1,

choice between univision and FSC tonight, with a possibility that andres cantor will be available on the radio for the dynamic play-by-play of which only he is capable. i prefer univision as the "jingoism" is not prevalent, and if it is it is in spanish that is too fast for me to understand. 400,000 people on on island that is about 700 square miles with a chance to send the gringos home; as stated if the USA can't beat this bunch by at least three goals, sack the coach and start anew for brazil.

Here this should help cheer everyone up if you have the requisite Smack to go with it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzJY96m3lkg&feature=related

mike1,

guffaw-only FSC tonight.

Shadow - didn't realize that blue names was related to typepad, I'll look into that.

The blog is searchable though, put in "kazaam" and "+built for the playoffs" and it'll take you back there, it's around the Melo signing with the Knicks blog. I don't feel like copying and pasting it all but I was responding to mike1 who was talking about the 72 win thing and I said exactly what I said above about multiple championships. Next blog post you attributed me with the "built for playoffs" quote and even said that those were my words but you pulled them out of thin air. And I repeated what I said above directly below your comment.


Also I'd like to submit this throwback gem from OC Dolphin without any context:

"We can argue till the cows come home, but in my view, the Heat ARE better served with Dampier on the team vs Haslem. Both is better, but if I had a choice, I choose Dampier."

Want to hear a funny joke?

The NBA

Jimbo's jokes are funnier.

Looking back at those old blogs reminded me how focused the local commentary was on championships early on, I got out to 30 or so games and caught most of the rest on TV - this was definitely the most entertaining season in Heat history, Riley is the man, LeBron is 26 and Spoelstra is right - the future is bright:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFtWC1fFw3o

And then the fight started,,,,

One year, I decided to buy my mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift...
The next year, I didn't buy her a gift.
When she asked me why, I replied,
"Well, you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year!"
And that's how the fight started.....
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My wife and I were watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed.
I turned to her and said, 'Do you want to have Sex?'
'No,' she answered. I then said,
'Is that your final answer?'
She didn't even look at me this time, simply

saying, 'Yes..'
So I said, "Then I'd like to phone a friend."
And that's when the fight started...
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I took my wife to a restaurant.
The waiter, for some reason, took my order first.
"I'll have the rump steak, rare, please."
He said, "Aren't you worried about the mad cow?"
"Nah, she can order for herself."
And that's when the fight started.....
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My wife and I were sitting at a table at her high school reunion, and she kept staring at a drunken man swigging his drink as he sat alone at a nearby table.
I asked her, "Do you know him?"
"Yes", she sighed,
"He's my old boyfriend.... I understand he took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear he hasn't been sober since."


"My God!" I said, "Who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?"
And then the fight started...
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When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first, the shed, the boat, making beer.. Always something more important to me. Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point.
When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors. I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house.. I was gone only a minute, and when I came out again I handed her a toothbrush. I said, "When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway."
The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp.


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My wife sat down next to me as I was flipping channels.
She asked, "What's on TV?"
I said, "Dust."
And then the fight started...
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Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, and slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked up the boat up to the van, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. The wind was blowing 50 mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad all day. I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed.. I cuddled up to my wife's back, now with a different anticipation, and whispered, "The weather out there is terrible."
My loving wife of 5 years replied, "And, can you believe my stupid husband is out fishing in that?"
And that's how

the fight started...
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My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary.
She said, "I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds."
I bought her a bathroom scale.
And then the fight started......
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After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply for Social Security.
The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver's License to verify my age.
I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home.
I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later.
The woman said, 'Unbutton your shirt'.

So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair.
She said, 'That silver hair on your chest is proof enough

for me' and she
processed my Social Security application..
When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office...
She said, 'You should have dropped your pants. You might have gotten disability, too.'
And then the fight started...
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My wife was standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror.
She was not happy with what she saw and said to me,
"I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly.
I really need you to pay me a compliment.'
I replied, "Your eyesight's damn near perfect."
And then the fight started........

ZO,
does the racist referies have anything to do with LeBron throwing up airball after airball while untouched?

Shut the F*** up and read the jokes.

Listen to all the complainers, when you have
some many teams, and some many stars, the Heat
did very good, it is not easy to win any championship, and Miami has not had a winner
in a very long time.
So go Heat try hard and see if you can do it next year.
thanks for a great year

Hey John, how's it hanging?

Jimbo, I look forward to reading those jokes tomorrow. Not enough time at the moment.

Kazaam, I defer to your expertise. I don't know the game or the players like I did back in the 70's thru mid -80's when I liked the sport a lot. But it sure did seem like Dallas played with more heart and teamwork than Miami did in those last few games.

About the close calls in the game 4's.. while what you say is true..I don't know what is wrong with what I said. A mere observation that luck was a factor.

Fan of Heat,

You're point to my namesake 'mike' only reiterates how messed up the world is, where athletes make multi-millions doing nothing productive for society except provide entertainment (to some)... while engineers, scientists, doctors, etc .. contribute to real life...while working much more and getting paid way less. Think about any device you own. Think about who designs, builds, produces those HDTV's you get to watch your heroes on.

Shadow, US won on a beauty shot by Altidore; numerous more glorious chances. We're in..and the stage is still there for both Mexico and US to host semi-finals in Houston where I hope to be in attendance among the crazy crowd. Jamaicans look sharp in theit 3 wins..so no gimme here.

Disappointment for Canada as they blew their trip to the quarters in the very last minute. Who said there is no end of game drama (oh yea, Alex in Boca), several games have ended this way in the Gold Cup. ..and the Seattle-Vancouver game.


Dirk has no class, there is no excuse for leaving the court without shaking hands....no class.

I blame Lebron because he just didn't show up and dominate...he has to do that.

But I don't like that Spo changed what worked vs. CHI and in game 1. Keep the game close, keep Dwade fresh and then go ballz to the wall in the fourth qtr. For some reason they put the ball in Dwade's hands and let it ride. Didn't like that move.

Ahh the ladies have stopped by to say how much they hate Lebron. All i can say is that there must be a bunch of ugly women where you live. I have never met men who are so obessed with another man before in my life except when they are gay. You won't make Heat fans feel bad and you won't make Lberon feel bad. We didn't get it this year but Miami fans are going to stick with Wade, James and Bosh so coming to our site showing your hate doesn't change anything. We'll get our rings and you'll b hating us all over again. Haters and losers. In Miami we are so used to your Lebron nut hugger dance that you're actually kinda boring now. I wasn't really that motivated to call you losers, but I couldn't resist.

Cleveland fans, try women they can be more fun than swinging on a mans sack I've heard.

mike1,

saw the goal and then went nighty-night, as it didn't look like guadaloupe was gonna get a goal; they had a chance early on to go up 1-0, but that not happening they were gonna be meat. plus, the announcers were terrible beyond belief.

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