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Friday, September 30, 2016

Chris Bosh pens thank you letter to Miami Heat fans

NASSAU, BAHAMAS -- Chris Bosh posted a new blog on his website Friday thanking the city of Miami and Heat fans for their support.

Chris BoshIn the post, it sounds almost as if the 11-time All-Star is saying good-bye to the franchise once and for all. On Monday, team president Pat Riley said Bosh's career with the Heat was probably over in light of his recent failed physical and ongoing bout with blood clots over the last 21 months.

"It’s funny how things change," Bosh wrote. "All I have right now associated with basketball are my friends and memories. And I’m so thankful for those things.

"I remember just a few years ago when the Big 3 were together and we were having a ball playing the game we love with some of the most professional, talented guys the NBA has ever seen.

"I remember the fans of Miami coming out to see the show every night. The love, the compassion and the energy we felt was second to none. I want to thank the city of Miami from the bottom of my heart because things may change but the good times will last forever in my memories. Thank you!

"Things are different now and Miami has incredible young talent with a tremendous upside. These are not only talented ball players but great people and friends. I enjoyed playing with those guys and doing my best to mentor them by being an upstanding role model and veteran player. It’s their time to go through the ups and downs of the game with this great city.

"I want to thank not only the fans of Miami but everyone around the world who has supported our team and who has supported me through this time. I see you posting with #BoshRebuilt on social media every day and I receive the love that you give me. Thank you so much. I couldn’t make it without your support.

"I’m just opening myself up and letting you into my life a little bit, which isn’t easy for me, but putting yourself out there is never easy. I hope you guys have enjoyed Episodes 1 through 4 of #BoshRebuilt, available anytime on www.Uninterrupted.com.

"Thank you for taking in this project of mine and making it all well worth it."

Whiteside sits out Friday's practice with sore left knee

NASSAU, BAHAMAS -- Hassan Whiteside took Friday morning's practice off to rest his sore left knee, but he expects to be back on the court with his teammates on Saturday.

Hassan WhitesideThe Heat's newly signed $98 million center said the soreness is not in the same knee he injured in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Toronto Raptors, which forced him to sit out the rest of the playoffs.

"My knee is just sore," Whiteside said. "I was just going to rest it. I'm just resting it."

"It's a totally different thing [than the injury in the playoffs]. We've been going so hard and it's been awhile since I played on a consistent basis like this. It's not a big deal."

Whiteside sprained the MCL in his right knee last May and did not have surgery. The Heat brought him along cautiously in summer workouts.  

"It's more about being smart on the fourth day of camp," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "I anticipate he should be going tomorrow. He was able to do quite a bit on the side. I don't think he'll want to do that workout again."

Whiteside said he spent a lot of time lifting weights on Friday and still building up a good sweat.

"It wasn't really a day off," he said.

Whiteside missed one game last season with a sore right knee, one game with right tendinitis and six games with a strained left hip. In his first season with the Heat, he missed one game with a left toe injury, one with a sprained right ankle and two games with a right hand laceration. 

He hasn't injured his left knee since the 2010-11 season -- his rookie year -- when he was with the Sacramento Kings. Whiteside missed the final 37 games of the season after suffering a partial patellar tendon tear in his knee that season.

The Heat on Friday went with Willie Reed, James Johnson and several undersized wings at center in practice, Spoelstra said.

"We're pretty deep at that position," Spoelstra said of the center spot. "And we'll have [Josh McRoberts there] when he's able to step back in the fold. But if we have to go deeper we want to develop different layers with our versatility. We showed that last year when Justise [Winslow] played some minutes there."

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hassan Whiteside: "I'm a great passer. I just have to show you all."

NASSAU, BAHAMAS -- There were times sitting court side last season when you could hear Hassan Whiteside pleading with the official scorer's table to credit him with an assist.

Hassan WhitesideThere was a reason. 

Among the 69 centers in the league to play in at least 50 games last season, Whiteside tied for 61st with 29 total assists in 73 games. That of course was an improvement over the six assists he posted in 48 games his first season with the Heat. 

With Miami entering a new era with Dwyane Wade now in Chicago and Chris Bosh unlikely to play for the franchise again, Whiteside is going to find the ball in his hands a lot more this coming season on more than just alley-oops.

And in order for the Heat's offense to work, he's going to have to be better than he's been at finding open shooters. Otherwise, he could find himself being suffocated by double-teams in the paint or just flat out ineffective when opposing teams collapse on him.

"He's been working at it," coach Erik Spoelstra said Thursday of Whiteside's post and paint passing game.

"Now we're trying to get him in spots where he can see the defense out in front of him and be aware of when help defense may come. I think that's his next evolution. It's not just who you are dealing with, but the next defender. And we've been working at that. He knows it's something he has to work on."

After spending the first day of camp Tuesday focused on defense and then most of Wednesday on "pace and space," Spoelstra on Thursday turned the Heat's focus to installing the team's offense.

Armed with more established long-distance shooters this season with veterans Luke Babbitt and Wayne Ellington joining Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson on the roster, there are likely going to be times when Whiteside could be the Heat's only true post presence on the floor, where he's essentially playing like Dwight Howard used to in Orlando with four wings on the floor. 

Whiteside, who spent most of his summer training with Heat assistant Juwan Howard, said he's ready to handle whatever is thrown his way.

"If guys are open I'm going to give it to them," Whiteside said Thursday. "I think it's really more so play-making and about my usage rate, how many times I touch the ball in that situation. So, I should have a lot more assists."

"I'm a great passer," Whiteside continued. "I just have to show you all. Most of the time [last season] I was just the guy dunking the ball. I was giving people assists instead of giving out assists."

Whiteside ranked 32nd last season in touches (40.5 per game) among the 69 centers with at least 50 games played. But he also ranked fourth in paint touches (6.0) and fifth in post touches (7.0).

"We feel that it's something that's developed for every player," Spoeltra said of the ability for players to find open shooters. "When you're a pick-and-roll player and first get the ball handed to you, you think it's always for you. But there's different layers to it -- spacing and options when it's defended a certain way, and that's no different when a guy is in the post.

"You have to know where your spacing is," Spoelstra continued. "Often times in pick-and-rolls or in the post, the ball will find energy and if guys are getting to their spots early and with speed, the ball sees it and that's no different with Hassan."

Is Whiteside making strides? "Yes," Spoelstra said. "We're working on it quite a bit."

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Anthony Carter happy to rejoin the Heat 13 years after his agent's infamous slip up

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Anthony Carter, the former Heat player whose agent famously failed to notify the team he would be exercising his $4.1 million player option for the 2003-04 season, thus opening the door for Pat Riley to sign Lamar Odom and then trade him and a package of players for Shaquille O'Neal, rejoined the franchise last week when he agreed to become an assistant with the organization's Development League affiliate the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

FullSizeRender"It's just a great feeling," Carter, 41, told the Miami Herald Tuesday of rejoining the franchise that helped get his NBA career started. "Thursday when I flew out to meet Spo [coach Erik Spoelstra] it was like nothing changed. We already had a history and just by being here on the first day it's just a great feeling. I fit right in."

Carter spent four seasons with the Heat mostly as a backup point guard. But his most famous contribution was hitting the game-winning shot in a Game 3 playoff win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden back in 2000. When he was back with the Heat as a player, Spoelstra was an assistant to Riley, helping in the film room and with on-court player development.

"I just remember he did a lot of video stuff," Carter said. "Him and Stan [Van Gundy] were on the court with us and he was like Stan's assistant."

Spoelstra said Wednesday he loves having former Heat players on the coaching staff. He already had two former players on his staff before Carter joined the Heat: Juwan Howard and Chris Quinn

"They bring something that's very necessary -- they've been in that locker room," Spoelstra said. "AC really was one of my first guys when I was an assistant coach that I worked with. Unfortunately, then, I don't think I had the skill set to really help. But we were able to spend a lot of time as an assistant and as a player. We've always kept a little bit in touch. He's a fabric guy."

Carter, who spent 14 seasons in the NBA with six different teams, joins the Skyforce coaching staff after serving as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings during the 2015-16 season. Prior to his time under George Karl, Carter was an assistant coach for the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League for two seasons. This coming season Carter will serve under Nevada Smith, who takes over as head coach of the Skyforce for Dan Craig.

"I'm mostly going to be on the defensive side of the ball, putting videos together and trying to get guys better on the court, keep their heads sane," Carter said of his job duties. "If they get a call-up [to the NBA] they'll be ready and I'll make sure their heads are up. Because I've been through the same things they've been through as far as playing in the CBA, getting called-up, not getting a call up and being frustrated and I think by me being through that I can help them stay focused."

Spoelstra said Carter's smile is infectious and it's great to have it back in the organization.

"It's great to see him back in here," he said. "His energy is awesome. We already knew this, but just in talking to George Karl, and it's so true, when you walk in the gym and see Anthony Carter, you smile. He brings a great, positive energy with real quiet, toughness to him and I love that quality. So, I think it brings a good dynamic to Sioux Falls."

As for the infamous mistake Carter's agent Bill Duffy made back in 2003 that cost him more than $3 million, Carter said it's all ancient history. Duffy agreed to make it up to him years ago and has kept his word, paying him in installments over the years.

"In the end it was a blessing," Carter said. "I'm still getting paid from it. Everything happens for a reason and my agent was man enough to stand up and just pay me over a period of time. To this day, I'm still getting paid. I'm still getting paid until 2020."

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Notes and quotes from Tuesday's Heat practice in the Bahamas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS -- The Heat's first practice of the season took place here Tuesday morning inside a ballroom turned basketball court and as so many Miami fans have come accustomed to hearing Josh McRoberts was a non-participant. 

Coach Erik Spoelstra said McRoberts, who was on a stationary bike, injured his foot and ankle about five weeks ago.

McRoberts, who has a chance to make an impact this season with Chris Bosh out and Miami in dire need of help at power forward, has missed 88 games in his first two seasons with the Heat because of various injuries.

"He's actually rehabbing well," Spoelstra said. "So, he'll be doing more and more this week. [Undrafted rookie forward] Stephan [Jankovich] also has a sprained ankle. But he was able to participate probably the first half hour of practice. We'll monitor both of them as the week goes on. [Josh Richardson] is doing a little bit."

Richardson, who sprained his MCL coming down after a dunk during a team workout three weeks ago, said he spent nearly all of Tuesday's practice on a stationary bike. 

"Today I rode the bike for the first time," Richardson said. "I did some band work, balance work. I was on the court with the guys talking and helping out. But I couldn't really like run or anything like that."

Richardson said he can't tell if there is any pain in his knee because he really hasn't "tried anything yet."

He said he has no timetable for when he will start practicing for real. It's clear Spoelstra wants to be cautious with him.

"We really need to be careful," Spoelstra said. "With him it's tough, he's one of those guys we don't want to fast track because he would think he's ready to play right now. We want to be smart about it."

NO FUN IN THE SUN?

Though the Heat is spending six days here at a resort, there's not going to be a lot time for fun, Spoelstra said. The team has practices scheduled for 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. 

"They know what to expect," Spoelstra said. "And if for whatever reason that escaped them not knowing what a Miami training camp would be like then I think after the session tonight they'll realize they won't have a lot of excess energy to do other things. But it's a great environment to get to work. The views are fantastic. Even out of our meeting rooms, coming out of our meals, it's a nice environment. We wanted to give these guys that environment while we're getting things done."

Guard Dion Waiters said he was probably going to be too tired to enjoy the water slides and beaches at Atlantis.

"I'm not going to no beach," Waiters said.  "I'm tired. It's work. This is what it's about, taking care of business now so when the game comes it's easier. If we push each other like we did today we're only going to make each other better."

Still, veteran Udonis Haslem said he would like to get players together to do something fun before they leave.

"I have to find out the schedule from coach," Haslem said. 

Will he take the team down the 50-foot slide? 

"I don't know," Haslem said with a grin. That slide gives you wedgies."

TEAM IN GREAT SHAPE

Spoelstra said he was extremely happy with the collective conditioning of the team -- especially Waiters who has shed close to 12 pounds and 3 1/2 percent body fat in three weeks. 

"Guys came in extremely well conditioned," Spoelstra said. "So we were able to really get into full contact in this first practice. We didn't mess around or wait. We got right to it. We didn't feel the need to use practice to get guys in shape. Instead we were getting ready to work, which we need a lot of it. We have new faces, guys in different roles. I commend them for really spending the last seven, eight weeks putting in that time to get their bodies right.

"[Waiters] made it through this practice without a problem. We love his conditioning right now."

Said Waiters: "I feel good. I feel lighter. I have a lot of energy. I felt great."

Having Haslem around to lead the team in voluntary workouts since Aug. 1 has been huge, Spoelstra said.

"He's been tremendous," he said. "When you bring in new players and you're developing a young group you have to have veteran leadership and somebody who understands what the Miami Heat way is. We're not saying the Miami Heat way is better or worse than any other way. But at least we know and believe in a way. That brings some stability to some of the guys coming in here. They have an idea of what to expect.

"I say this a lot, but we can spend a lot of time explaining what the Miami Heat culture or what it means to put on a Miami Heat uniform. Or, we could show a picture of Udonis Haslem and they get the idea of what the culture is by his example. His voice has been tremendous. The guys respect him."

Haslem said the team "had a lot of energy" Tuesday.

"As usual, offense is a little messy. But that's what you expect the first couple days with people flying around like chickens with their heads cut off," he said. "But there was a lot of energy out there, a lot of fresh legs out there."

> Players said it was weird not seeing Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade around after so many years with the organization. But the message has been consistent from the top on down -- it's time to move on. 

"It is strange," Spoelstra said. "But, once you get on the wood and start working with this group they got the attention that they deserve from the coaching staff. It's about these 19 guys right now, investing in all of them. And preparing for 29 days from now."

Center Hassan Whiteside said it sucks not having Bosh around. He misses his friendship in the locker room. But the Heat has to move on.

"We have really talented guys," Whiteside said. "Guys that are willing to put in work everyday. We just have to move forward with what we've got. These guys are talented. So, I'm not worried." 

> What is Whiteside looking to improve on?

"Just build trust with the guys, build chemistry with the guys," he said. "Me and Goran [Dragic] had much better chemistry the second half of the season. We got like almost a whole new team. Building chemistry with the guys and showing them I'm trustworthy and vice-versa."

Heat's NBA title odds fall to 100/1 in wake of Chris Bosh news

If odds makers have the inside track on how this NBA season will end then it probably won't be very enjoyable for the Miami Heat.

A week after the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook tabbed Miami at the 36 1/2 wins (tied for third-fewest in the Eastern Conference), Bovada.lv released its newest NBA championship odds on Tuesday with the Heat drastically slipping from its opening 33/1 odds back on June 20 to 100/1 odds.

It's hardly surprising considering Pat Riley said Monday Chris Bosh's career with the Heat is probably over

Miami's odds to win the East meanwhile opened at 40/1 or tied with Milwaukee, Detroit and Washington for eighth in the conference. The Heat, meanwhile, are receiving the third-best odds to win the Southeast Division at 13/4, behind the Hawks (7/4) and Wizards (3/1).

"There's always going to be a story line, but our expectations with the Heat never change," coach Erik Spoelstra responded Tuesday when asked about the lowered expectations for the Heat this coming season.

"It's what makes us who we are. We're stubborn in our belief about those expectations and we feel that this group has a big ceiling. It will take some time, learning this group and figuring out how to get the best out of it. But we do like the pieces and we feel it has great potential. So, we'd be doing a disservice to this group to listen whatever predictions are out there."

Udonis Haslem said the Heat will never get used to playing with lowered expectations.

"We use that kind of stuff. We use it as a motivation. We use it as fire," he said. "At the end of the day the only thing that matters is the guys that's in the locker room. For me, a large amount of my success has been that chip that I've carried on my shoulder, throughout my career. For me, knowing a good amount of those guys have that chip, that's good for me to start working with."

Monday, September 26, 2016

Pat Riley says his email to Dwyane Wade is in his saved drafts: "I just have to hit send."

If you are wondering if and when Pat Riley may finally be sending that long carefully crafted email to Dwyane Wade know that it looks the 12-time All-Star will be receiving it soon.

Wade-Riley"I have finished it. I really have finished it," Riley said Monday in a conversation with a handful of Heat beat reporters. "I have it in my saved drafts. I just have to hit send. That's all. I will. I love Dwyane."

Wade, who left to the Bulls this summer when the Heat didn't necessarily meet his financial demands, told us two weeks ago when he was in South Florida for his final community event before leaving for Chicago that he still hadn't received the email from Riley.

What will the letter to Wade ultimately say?

"I don't know if you can put these two words together -- metaphoric hyperbole," Riley said. "He's going to have to read through the lines. But then he'll get the point at the end."

Riley, 71, insisted Monday the story of Wade and him not seeing eye-to-eye is a bit overblown. He said he wasn't involved in any of the negotiations with Wade for the last two years and ultimately Wade was saying no to the Heat, not him.

"In 13 years being with him, I can't remember any time in any one summer where we talked or I bumped into him," Riley said. "I never bothered our players during the Big 3 era. They only had two or three months off.

"The only time I would ever get in touch with a player in my entire career was always around Aug. 1 when your biological clock gets ticking and I would give them a friendly reminder. As head coach I used to send them three letters. That's Spo's job now. But I would just remind them to start thinking about getting ready. That was the only contact I ever had with them."

Riley reiterated what he said back in July that he does ultimately regret not contacting Wade before he decided to sign with the Bulls.

"I don't think a lot of people understand I was not involved in those negotiations at all for two years," Riley said. "I was involved with [his agent] only in 2014. And we couldn't come to a deal. So, it was turned over to the boss -- as it should be.

"The kind of standing that Dwyane had, he had the right to talk to the owner. And, that's the way it went for the two years. I had talked to his agents, people that I needed to talk to. But as far as during that time, during free agency, the draft, summer league, no I did not make a call to him. That was being handled. As I said, I was floored by the decision. I wish I would have [called]."

Wade and the Bulls make their only visit to AmericanAirlines Arena on Nov. 10. 

Riley: "I've had thoughts of moving on, but I woke up this morning and I was just excited."

Pat Riley has been with the Miami Heat for 21 years and while it's abundantly clear the franchise is heading toward another rebuild with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade's run with the team now all but over, the 71-year-old made it clear Monday he isn't ready to step away from his duties on Biscayne Boulevard just yet. 

"Yeah, I've had thoughts the last couple years of moving on. I really have," Riley said Monday morning in a meeting with a handfuul of beat reporters. "But I woke up this morning and I was just excited. I'm not excited about the dilemma with Chris [Bosh]. But I'm excited about another season, another build, another group of young guys that have been coming in here since Aug. 1. I'm excited about Spo."

Riley, who has been in the NBA nearly 50 years, has built what he considers six different teams with the Heat. There was the Alonzo Mourning-Tim Hardaway squad, the one with Wade, Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Eddie Jones and Udonis Haslem, the team with Shaquille O'Neal and Wade, the team after Shaq left, the Big Three and the squad Riley tried to put together with Luol Deng, Goran Dragic, Wade and Bosh to contend, but played only three months together.

This new era of Heat basketball, Riley said, with Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Dragic excites him for various reasons. One, he'll get to see Spoelstra, his disciple, take a young, fast team and try to mold it the way he wants to. Two, the Heat has an opportunity to find new stars to lead the franchise forward.

"This is not his greatest challenge by the way," Riley said of Spoelstra. "This is far and away from his greatest challenge. His greatest challenge was the four years of the Big 3, putting them together, getting them to the Finals, winning championships. This is a challenge for him, but one I know he's excited about.

"He can go to the drawing board, start moving pieces around, cultivate his own philosophy with this team and I think that's important. That's what the growth of a coach goes through. That's what happens. Players have a tendency to teach you new things and new ways to approach things.

"He's done a lot of work this summer on being able to approach these group of players because he's known pretty much known since mid July the team he's going to have. It's going to be exciting for him."

But how much longer does Riley have? How much longer does he want to stick around? What ultimately does he want to leave the Heat with before stepping away?

"You always get pulled back in," Riley said. "Every single time I've always thought about [my wife] Chris and I just moving on, there's always something else that pulls you back in. What I mean it pulls you back in because if you left at that time everybody says he's running away. I think there's a time when you can do that. But you have to win a championship in order to do that and I've never done that.

"But after 50 years of being around the NBA I think you can leave at any time on your terms whenever you want to do it. But there's a couple things that have to happen as far as I'm concerned.

"I'm not the only leader in this front office. The smartest guy in that room is over there is Andy Elisburg. He's the smartest guy in the room and without him we wouldn't be anywhere. But he's not the smartest guy on the court. So, we have a ying-yang, Andy and I.

"Nick [Arison] as the CEO is an entirely different personality, but he's been here so long and he's in on all the decision making and basically right now when we sit in meetings Nick will sit and listen and then all of a sudden he'll say something and I'll say 'Wow, I didn't think of that in that way.' So, there' a lot of wisdom Nick has. I think a lot of that comes from his father. His father is in the meeting and Spo is in the meeting, too. So, there's five of us right now that are sort of in the decision making process as we move forward.

"What needs to happen, to answer your question, is what's going to be the [line of] succession. I think that's important. I want to make sure that Micky is comfortable with everything before I make that decision. We've had a discussion about that. And when you're 71 years old you have a right to talk about that with you boss.

"I'm not going to leave this damn thing until we have the right people running it. I think I could right now and there would still be the right people running it. But I think we're one person short probably. The one that knows as much as that game out there as he does about this stuff right here."

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Chris Bosh responds to failed physical and releases second installment of Rebuilt

Late Friday night, in light of the news of his failed physical with the Miami Heat, Chris Bosh released a statement to his fans on social media.

In it, he hinted that despite the setback and recurrence of clotting in his body, that he was in no way considering retirement yet. In fact, he sounded like a man that wouldn't give up his fight just yet.

"What's going on everybody?" Bosh said before providing a short preview of Episode 2 of his self-directed documentary Rebuilt.

"I had the intention of releasing Episode 2 with Uninterrupted, Bosh Rebuilt today under the assumption I would be cleared to go for camp," he continued. "Unfortunately, that is not the case. But that does not stop me from trying to share my creative side with you guys and hoping that you want to come along in the journey with me. Just because the journey has ups and downs doesn't means I will stop sharing with you guys. I will just continue to share despite what's going on.

"Little setbacks happen, but that doesn't change my intentions and what I want to accomplish. So, I hope you continue to watch. I hope you continue to just take in my journey and just come along with me with the ups and downs. So, it's a down moment right now. But everything is going to be alright."

On Saturday afternoon, Bosh released Episode 2 of Rebuilt. 

"Sometimes you just have to be broken down to rebuild yourself and come back better than ever," Bosh began saying in the clip. "We began to do our own research. We began to find articles. We began to find papers. We began to find other doctors who were not only forward thinking, but were specialists who could help and have dealt with athletes before. So, we decided to get smarter and just really hit the ground and just dig out as many clues as possible and we were able to find a few gems.

"The doctors I work with [say] its more so a matter of procedure. They have the formula. They take the blood. They study it. On blood thinners, off blood thinners. They get all the data possible to put their formula into it and customize it for me. It's not like I'm the first guy ever to do this. This is no experimental drug. This is a drug that people are very familiar with and numerous amounts of athletes have done this before me, which they some have been playing for years. So, it's not a matter of if I'm going to play again -- it's when.

"I'm in the gym everyday. I'm taking care of my body every day. That gives me the confidence to know that I can go out there and do my job. I'm one of the best players in the league. Whether I've been in the hospital or been in different situations it doesn't matter. I can still play the game."

Bosh of course recorded these clips weeks ago -- before he knew he had failed the physical and there was recurrence of clotting in his lung.

"If I felt that my husband's life and health was at risk -- we're a family of five children," Bosh's wife, Adrienne, said in the clip. "I wouldn't have been in agreement with my husband going onto a court if I didn't feel it was OK or thought that he was safe. There's nobody more concerned with our family's well being and leading our family and being here for me and being for our kids than him."

The episode ends with the announcement of Bosh not being cleared by the Heat to return to the court. 

Bosh then provides the following audio clip.

"I've done what I need to do. I've educated myself enough to know sometimes you just have to take things into your own hands," he said. "And, that's one of the messages I would implore all the young guys -- especially in sports out there -- is that you can take control of your own situation. If you feel that you need to put yourself in the best position possible to succeed, whatever that means, you need to make certain moves to do it, you can do it. If I don't get cleared, that's what I'll do."

It's unclear if Bosh will definitely fight the Heat on this matter moving forward. All we know for sure is he hasn't been cleared by the team and his career with the Heat is likely over. Miami can release him after Feb. 9, the anniversary of his last game, and then the remaining portion of his salary that would count against the salary cap would be wiped off the books.

That's of course if Bosh doesn't sign with another team and play in at least 25 games. After that point, his salary would go back against the Heat's cap.

If you would like to see Episode 2 of Rebuilt go to the Uninterrupted.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Heat sign former D-League All-Star Keith Benson

The Heat signed former NBA D-League All-Star center Keith Benson to the roster on Friday, increasing the roster total to a maximum 20 players.

Benson spent last season with the Heat's D League affiliate, 2016 league champion Sioux Falls Skyforce, appearing in 49 games (23 starts) and averaging 13.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.57 blocks and 23.8 minutes while shooting 57.3 percent from the field. Benson appeared in all seven postseason games on the Skyforce’s path to the title averaging 10.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.14 blocks and 17.8 minutes while shooting 59.2 percent from the field.

Benson has now played in 93 career NBA Development League games (60 starts) and averaged 13.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.58 blocks and 24.9 minutes while shooting 52.9 percent from the field. He was previously signed by the HEAT on August 25, 2015, appearing in five preseason games averaging 5.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 11.8 minutes before being waived on October 24, 2015. Additionally, Benson has appeared in three career NBA regular season games, all with Golden State, totaling three rebounds in nine minutes of action and has spent time playing professionally in Belarus, China, Lithuania, Estonia, Italy and the Philippines.

Benson was originally drafted in the second round (48th overall) in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks.

 


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