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Monday, August 29, 2016

Chris Bosh says on Snapchat: "Everybody is always asking me if I'm hooping. Yes, I'm hooping."

The Miami Heat still aren't ready to discuss the state of Chris Bosh's health or if he'll be ready for the start of training camp on Sept. 27. 

But Bosh at least is providing indications he's ready to resume his playing career following a second bout with blood clots last season.

On Monday, the 11-time All-Star posted videos of himself running through basketball drills on his Snapchat account.

He also had a message for his fans: "I know I've been gone for a moment, but now I'm back," Bosh said in one of the clips. "Everybody is always asking me if I'm hooping. Yes, I'm hooping. Absolutely. I'm a hooper."

Bosh has missed the second half of each of the last two seasons after developing blood clots in his legs. While his teammates have said on multiple occassions this summer they expect him to return to the court this coming season, the Heat as an organization hasn't. Monday, when asked again about Bosh, a team spokesman told the Miami Herald: "Sorry, no update yet."

Bosh believes he should be cleared according to a source who spoke to our Barry Jackson. The Heat has said it would like to find a way for Bosh to play and disputes any notion it is trying to clear Bosh off the salary cap. 

Last month when team president Pat Riley was asked about Bosh during a press conference Riley said: "I think we should just wait until August, September. I think we'll have a lot more information then."

Heat owner Micky Arison posted an open letter to the team's fans earlier this month that included Bosh in it. Coach Erik Spoelstra, however, has not mentioned Bosh in any of the videos the team has released when Spoelstra has discussed the upcoming season.

Videos Monday featured Bosh working through mid-range shooting, three-point shooting and dribbling drills.

Several teammates have been voluntarily working out at AmericanAirlines Arena for a couple months. Bosh hasn't appeared in any vidoes the team has posted on social media from those workouts.

The primary concern with Bosh, who is still due $76 million over the next three years, is whether or not he can return to contact situations on blood thinning medication. 

"I think all those things will come in to play and there'll be a discussion," Riley said last month when asked if Bosh could return to the Heat with restrictions on travel and overall workload. "There are many players in different sports that do play with that condition, and they're on and off programs on blood thinners and stuff. But I think when it comes down to a final protocol, or if it gets to a formula in how this has to be done, then that's what we'll deal with."

Bosh hasn't played since Feb. 9. The only way the Heat could petition the league for salary cap relief is if Bosh doesn't play for a full calendar year and if an independent doctor jointly selected by the players association and the league determines Bosh cannot medically continue his career.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Hassan Whiteside is pretty jacked up about weighing 265 pounds

In case you missed Hassan Whiteside's latest Snapchat installment... 

Regular season schedule notes shared by the Heat

Some noteables on the Heat's 2016-17 schedule which was released on Thursday:

> Miami plays 15 back-to-backs, down from 17 last season. Five of those back-to-backs are in December and none of them are at home. Seven are road back-to-backs with the other eight home/away or away/home splits.

> The Heat has just one stretch of four games in five nights: home vs. Knicks Dec. 6, at Atlanta on Dec. 7, at Cleveland on Dec. 9 and at Chicago on Dec. 10.

> The season opener Oct. 26 at Orlando marks the ninth time in franchise history (and the first time in five years) the Heat will open the season on the road. The last time Miami opened at Orlando was Nov. 6, 1992. It also marks the fifth time the Heat has opened the season against the Magic.

> The Heat will not play on Christmas Day this season. This will be only the second time in the last 13 years that Miami has not played on Christmas Day and the first time since 2008.

> When the Heat hosts Detroit on Jan. 1 it will mark the second straight year and the seventh time in franchise history time Miami has played on New Year’s Day. Miami is 6-0 all-time on New Year’s Day, winning by an average of 22.3 ppg (20.0 ppg in the five home contests).



> The Heat will play the same opponent in consecutive games three times this season: at Memphis on Nov. 25 and then versus the Grizzlies on Nov. 26; vs. Cleveland on Mar. 4 and then at Cleveland on March 6; and then at New York on March and then home vs. the Knicks on March 31.

> Miami has nine single-game road trips (two of which are to Orlando) and 10 multi-game road trips (three of which are two games, four are three games, two are four games and one is six games).

> The Heat's last road game against a Western Conference opponent is Feb. 27 at Dallas in its 60th game. The Feb. 27 date marks the second earliest calendar date in franchise history that the Heat played their last Western Conference road game. Miami’s last game this year outside the Eastern and Central time zones is Jan. 10 at Golden State.

> The Panthers and Heat play on the same day 34 times. However, of those 34 occasions only eight times (Nov. 1, Nov. 10, Nov. 12, Dec. 20, Dec. 22, Mar. 4, Mar. 21 and Mar. 23) are both teams home on the same day.


Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Heat announce preseason schedule

Oct. 4 at Washington 7 p.m.
Oct. 8 vs. Minnesota (Kansas City, MO) 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11 vs. Brooklyn 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 at San Antonio 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 vs. Minnesota (Louisville, KY) 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 vs. Orlando 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 20 at Charlotte 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 21 vs. Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.



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