Monday, October 10, 2016

Observations from Monday night's scrimmage

The Heat wrapped up their annual Red, White & Pink scrimmage to raise money for the Miami Cancer Institute with the Red enjoying a 66-62 victory. 

Some news, notes and thoughts:

> Guard Dion Waiters sat out the game with some back soreness and is questionable to play in Tuesday's third preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets.

"He's been doing treatment all day," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He just has a slightly sore back. If he was really pressed to go he probably could have. We just want to make sure he doesn't make it worse. So, we'll just see how he feels tomorrow."

> Veteran point guard Beno Udrih, who went through a full contact practice for the first time in two weeks on Monday, looked good running the Heat's offense. He had five assists in the third quarter alone and finished with 8 points, 7 assists and 3 turnovers. As long as he stays healthy there's a reason for Spoelstra and the Heat to keep him on the roster. 

"He's crafty. He's a veteran, experienced point guard," Spoelstra said. "So when you're dealing with new players and some young players that's is an important skill set to bring to the table. He can get your team organized. He doesn't feel pressure. He tends to make the right plays at the right time and gets the ball where it needs to go. He's the kind of guy, he's played 13 years and the pace that he plays he can be out two weeks and then all of a sudden throw him in there and he's lost a step. It's the pace he plays."

> Center Hassan Whiteside once again lead the Heat in scoring (16), rebounds (11) and blocks (3) and showed lots of energy.

"He's been coming out with a great energy," Spoelstra said. "I really like seeing that. He's doing it on both ends of the court for two games in a row and in camp for two weeks. He's been as fast as anybody and he's been able to sustain that for whatever minutes we play him. I've been taking him out just to get in the rotations. I haven't taken him out for anything close to fatigue."

> Tyler Johnson had 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting and was more aggressive at shooting guard than he had been in his first two preseason games.

> Briante Weber turned in one of the more interesting stat lines with four points, 10 rebounds, six assists and one turnover. 

Red, White & Pink game always has special meaning for Heat, Haslem

The fight against cancer will always be an important one for Heat captain Udonis Haslem.

Udonis Haslem 2In July 2010, he lost his mother Debra at age 53 to cancer. Two years earlier, his stepbrother Sam Wooten died from cancer.

"It's always going to be a constant battle for me to continue to try to fight, to find some kind of away to stop this terrible disease," Haslem, 36, said Monday morning before the Heat's third annual "Red, White and Pink" scrimmage to raise money for breast cancer awareness and the Miami Cancer Institute.

"I'm not a man of a pink, but I will be wearing pink just to show support and continue to show unity and strength as we fight," Haslem continued. "It's a devastating disease."

Among the cooler scenes from Monday night's scrimmage is when players, coaches and staff joined breast cancer survivors on the court and hugged them. 

"I mean they're my heroes," said Haslem, who has been a part of the Heat's tradition of hugging breast cancer survivors each of he last two years.

"People look to us as basketball players and they say you're my hero. But to me, my Mom was my hero. She was the strongest person I ever met from fighting drug addiction, homelessness, fighting cancer.  So, those kind of people are my kind of heroes. Those are people who inspire me. Basketball is just a game. These people fight in life and that's a fight beyond anything that basketball can ever present or challenge us."

Coach Erik Spoelstra said it was great to share the Heat's tradition of honoring breast cancer survivors with a new roster.

"We try to emphasize that with our guys all the time -- it can be more than just a game," he said. "But it's an incredible platform. We're so fortunate to be in this profession and this shines and incredible light and we love it. To see the response of the survivors, I can't wait for this group to see it. Because it really is a touching moment when we're all able to go out there and hug and share."

The game was streamed on

Over his back spasms, Beno Udrih wants to provide Heat with some veteran leadership at point guard

The Miami Heat have eight guards on the roster, but there aren't many you can really call a true point guard.

Beno UdrihVeteran Beno Udrih and rookie Briante Weber are about the only ones who qualify for the tag.

While Weber has logged 33 combined minutes in Miami's first two preseason games (7 points, 6 assists, 2 turnovers), it looks like Udrih, dealing with tightness in his back since the third day of training camp in the Bahamas, is finally ready to start playing in games this week.

The 34-year-old journeyman went through a full contact practice on Monday morning and could see some minutes in tonight's "Red, White and Pink" scrimmage at AmericanAirlines Arena.

"I'm not 100 percent, but I definitely feel a lot better," Udrih said. "Obviously I lost a little bit of conditioning these last couple of days. But I’m working hard to get that back. I should be fine [for Tuesday's third preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets]."

Udrih hasn't played in a game since Feb. 22. His season ended when he had surgery to repair a torn plantar plate in his right foot. A week later, he agreed to a buyout agreement with Miami, leaving $90,000 on the table so the Heat could get under the luxury tax and veteran All-Star Joe Johnson for its playoff run.

The move angered other teams around the league. It only got worse after Udrih resigned with the Heat this off-season for a guaranteed $1.4 million. Udrih told our Barry Jackson last month he did it just to help the Heat since he couldn't help them on the court.

Now, he wants to help them again with what he believes he can still do on the court -- provide a steadying hand in a fast-paced offense. He certainly did that last year when Goran Dragic missed eight games with a calf injury in January, helping keep the Heat afloat. After being acquired from Memphis in the Mario Chalmers trade, Udrih finished his 36-game stint with the Heat averaging 4.4 points, 2.5 assists and 1.2 turnovers in 16.3 minutes 

"I’m just going to be me, try to be consistent and bring some leadership, some pace to the game and maybe with that leadership and experience that I gained during the last 12, 13 years, just slow things down sometimes," he said Monday. "Sometimes, maybe, we play a little bit too fast."

Whether or not Udrih makes the final roster or even plays a significant role for the Heat remains to be seen. Weber, 23, is not only a younger option, but coach Erik Spoelstra has been pushing more and more to put combo guards on the court. 

In the Heat's first two preseason games he's started Dragic and Tyler Johnson in the backcourt and then brought in Dion Waiters off the bench to share in a playmaking type role with either Dragic or Johnson. Weber hasn't gotten on the floor this preseason until at least two of those three head to the bench. 

"This game has evolved to the point where you need three or four playmakers on the floor together," Spoelstra said. "We do like the strength of our versatility of this roster. Multiple guys can put the ball on the floor and make plays. You are already seeing that in the first two games. It's becoming very necessary in this league the way some of the bigs are playing and switching and protecting the paint.

"If [Udrih's] healthy he'll get some of those minutes. But I also want to continue to see Tyler play the combo spots. There's a lot of things to look at. There really are."


> Spoelstra said just because Tyler Johnson has started at shooting guard both preseason games doesn't mean a lot. 

"We're familiar with Tyler," Spoelstra said. "It helps fast-track. I would say any lineup right now, I wouldn't look too much into it. But I really like what Tyler is bringing us. He's playing both guard positions, feels very comfortable at either [guard] spot now. And that's important.

"I think it's important we utilize his versatility," Spoelstra continued. "And with that second unit, it really would be a challenge to say who the point guard is."

> Through two preseason games there have not been many moments where Dragic and Waiters have been on the floor together. Would Spoelstra like to see more of that moving forward?

"Yeah, but I've been able to look at it in practice," he said. "There's a lot of things I'm looking at. That's one of them."

Waiters said Monday he would like to play with Dragic more in games moving forward.

"We really haven't played that much together," he said. "Hopefully we do. But, we can't control that. We only can control what we can control and that's when our number gets called going out there and doing what we need to do."

> What happens when Josh Richardson returns from injury?

"We'll get to that point when we're there," Spoelstra said. "That's the strength and ultimately the necessity of this roster -- ultimately it's the versatility. Guys have to be able to play in different spots and different positions on the floor. We talk about it all the time, but it's reality. J-Rich is used to that. He literally he can play anywhere -- the three perimeter positions offensively and defensively."

> Spoelstra said the Heat continue to ignore using a timetable with Richardson's return. Why? Because they don't want him to rush back.

"There's no pain in all that he's doing," Spoelstra said. "We just want to make sure we keep it that way."

> Spoelstra said forward Josh McRoberts is doing more non-contact drills than he was last week. There's a chance undrafted rookie Stefan Jankovic could return to contact drills later in the week, Spoelstra said. 

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Heat heading to Houston Wednesday night to avoid Hurricane Matthew

WASHINGTON -- The Miami Heat flew home after Tuesday night's 106-95 preseason victory over the Washington Wizards to allow players to prepare their families and homes for the potential arrival of Hurricane Matthew.

But the team won't be staying home very long.

The Heat will be getting back on a plane Wednesday evening to get out of South Florida and continue their preseason workouts at the team facility of the Houston Rockets, a team spokesman said.

The Rockets left for China on Tuesday night where they will play a pair of preseason games against the New Orleans Pelicans. The first game is on Sunday in Shainghai and the second on Oct. 12 in Beijing.

Miami plays it's next exhibition game Saturday in Kansas City against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

With Matthew bearing down on Miami, the Heat spent the day Tuesday looking for a location near Kansas City available to practice for a couple days. 

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Heat's first starting five has a surprise in it

WASHINGTON -- When the Heat decided to match the Brooklyn Nets' four-year, $50 million offer sheet to Tyler Johnson it raised a few eyebrows with the fan base.

A few more eyebrows were raised Tuesday night when we learned about 45 minutes before the Heat's preseason opener against the Wizards that Johnson -- and not Dion Waiters -- would be starting in the back court alongside point guard Goran Dragic.

The Heat's first starting five this preseason: Dragic, Johnson, Justise Winslow, Luke Babbitt and Hassan Whiteside

Babbitt starting is no surprise considering how much coach Erik Spoelstra has talked him up during camp, saying he wants the career 40.3 percent three-point shooter to feel like he always has the green light.

But Johnson is a little surprising. He is a career 37.8 percent three-point shooter -- so maybe that's Spoelstra's angle with this, get a pair of his best three-point shooters on the floor together.

Still, as much as the Heat refer to Johnson as a combo guard, the franchise has also been emphasizing to him how much they need him to develop his point guard skills. But one preseason game in at least, he'll be sharing the starting backcourt duties with Dragic. 

"I think it's big especially for this team," Johnson said pregame Tuesday of his need to develop his point guard skills. "That role's so wide open right now I know that it's something I've got to improve on. But I want to do it. It's just another challenge for me in my career."

Asked specifically pregame what his preferred approach would be to the backup point guard position -- whether it would be playing natural point guards Briante Weber or Beno Udrih -- or going with one of his combo guards, Spoelstra said: "Well, we do like the versatility of our group.

"Guys can play multiple positions," Spoelstra said. "Now those lines are becoming more gray every year. And with this lineup and this team that rings true as well. If you ask the guys, different guys are bringing it up. Different guys are getting us into offense. Different guys are playing on the wing or under the basket. So, it changes. All those guys will be available. I'll probably work Tyler some minutes there. But, Dion has been handling the ball quite a bit as well. That's what I mean, those lines are gray. Obviously for more traditional point guard play, that will come from Beno and Briante."

We'll be watching closely to see how this first preseason game plays out.

Bovada tabs Heat betting line for wins at 34 1/2

WASHINGTON -- Now that everyone knows Chris Bosh's career with the Miami Heat is probably over, oddsmakers are pretty much burying the franchise's chances this season.

The offshore sports book on Tuesday set the over-under betting line on Miami's win total for this coming season at 34 1/2 games. Last week the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook tabbed Miami at the 36 1/2 wins (tied for third-fewest in the Eastern Conference).

Only the Brooklyn Nets (20 1/2), Los Angeles Lakers (24 1/2), Phoenix Suns (30) and Sacramento Kings (34) are projected to produce fewer wins than the Heat and Milwaukee Bucks, who are also projected to win 34 1/2 games with forward Khris Middleton expected to be out until March. The Philadelphia 76ers were off the board due to Ben Simmons' foot injury.

The last time the Heat, last year's No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, won fewer than 35 games was when they went 15-67 in 2007-08 (Pat Riley's final season as coach). Under Riley's leadership as coach and as team president, the Heat has only finished with a losing record three times since 1995.

What does coach Erik Spoelstra like about this team, which must replace Dwyane Wade, Bosh, Luol Deng and Joe Johnson among others? 

"I do like the competitiveness of guys," he said. "Guys are really coming to work and getting after it, getting after each other. We've also gotten to that point that we better play somebody else soon. This group has a good energy and approach every day. So, I do like that."

Golden State Warriors (66 1/2)
San Antonio Spurs (58 1/2)
Cleveland Cavaliers (56 1/2)
Los Angeles Clippers (53 1/2)
Boston Celtics (52 1/2)
Toronto Raptors (50 1/2)
Utah Jazz (49)
Detroit Pistons (45 1/2)
Portland Trailblazers (45 1/2)
Indiana Pacers (44 1/2)
Houston Rockets (44)
Atlanta Hawks (43 1/2)
Oklahoma City Thunder (43 1/2)
Charlotte Hornets (42 1/2)
Memphis Grizzlies (42 1/2)
Washington Wizards (42 1/2)
Minnesota Timberwolves (40 1/2)
Chicago Bulls (38 1/2)
Dallas Mavericks (38 1/2)
New York Knicks (38 1/2)
Orlando Magic (37 1/2)
Denver Nuggets (37)
New Orleans Pelicans (37)
Miami Heat (34 1/2)
Milwaukee Bucks (34 1/2)
Sacramento Kings (34)
Phoenix Suns (30)
Los Angeles Lakers (24 1/2)
Brooklyn Nets (20 1/2)
Philadelphia 76ers (Off the board)

Monday, October 03, 2016

Will the Heat's first projected starting lineup be the same on opening night in Orlando? Maybe

WASHINGTON -- The Heat will open the preseason here at the Verizon Center Tuesday night and although coach Erik Spoelstra hasn't disclosed who will be starting against the Wizards, the team's media relations department released a projected starting lineup in its game notes.

Dion WaitersAs expected, point guard Goran Dragic, forward Justise Winslow and center Hassan Whiteside were in that group. The other two projected starters: guard Dion Waiters and forward Derrick Williams.

Waiters has started 110 games in his four-year career and unless he and Dragic struggle to mesh this preseason he's probably the guy who will be in the Heat's starting backcourt when Miami opens the regular season Oct. 26. Or, at least until Josh Richardson recovers from the sprained MCL in his right knee and pushes Waiters to get into the starting lineup.

While Wayne Ellington will get his shot to impress, he has to prove he can defend better than he has in the past. Opponents shot 3.5 percent better than they normally did last season when Ellington was guarding them. Waiters held the players he guarded to minus 0.5 percent below their season average. 

As for Williams, an athletic, former No. 2 overall pick who has started 101 games in his career, he's fighting for a position that ultimately seems wide open with three-point specialist Luke Babbitt (38 career starts) and defensive-minded James Johnson (140 career starts) the other real contenders. Basically, all three together equal what Chris Bosh gave the Heat in one player.

Now, Spoelstra has to decide which of those three and the elements they bring, mesh the best with the starting unit. Then, he's got to figure out if and how he can still get something worthwhile out of the other guys if they are coming off the bench. It won't be easy especially since Josh McRoberts, who could also be in the mix to start, is still recovering from a setback with his broken right foot back in May. 

"It's going to be different things with different guys," Spoelstra answered Monday when asked he's ultimately looking for in a starting power forward.

"When Luke is there, he's spacing the floor and I want to him have an absolute green light. Like some of the guys we've had here in the past I don't want him to think about ever hesitating behind the three-point line. Even if he's taking some bad ones I want him to have that green light.

"But Derrick [Williams] has a different skill set. He can knock down threes. But he's an aggressive player that's really effective in the paint. James [Johnson] brings a different dynamic when he's there in terms of his ability to playmake, similar to the way Justise does. They do different things and we want to try to maximize those strengths and be OK with guys playing different roles in that position. They don't have to look the same."

For what it's worth, Spoelstra said he has some idea of the 10 players he thinks will be in the Heat's rotation. But I think health and how guys mesh with one another over these eight preseason games will ultimately determine who those 10 really are. Spoelstra has said on multiple occasions he's happy the Heat are playing the NBA maximum eight preseason games so he can get a good look at this team and evaluate his choices.

While Spoelstra wants to see the Heat remain competitive this preseason, winning will take a back seat to finding the lineup combinations and rotations. After all, that's what the preseason is for. 

Ultimately, you probably won't see much of the rookies this preseason except on nights Miami plays back-to-backs. The Heat only have two of those situations: Oct. 14 and 15 when the Heat visit the Spurs and then play the T'Wolves in Louisville, Ky. and then Oct. 20 and 21 when Miami wraps up the preseason at Charlotte and then at home against the 76ers.

"I don't anticipate I'll play guys over 20 minutes," Spoelstra said Monday of the Heat's preseason opener. "We'll have to evaluate and get guys in there. I also won't be able to play everybody. That's pretty obvious as well. How I work that out, I'm not totally sure yet."


As for the starting back court, until Richardson returns to full health and competes, the job is likely Waiters' to lose.

What does Spoelstra like about a Waiters-Dragic backcourt?

"You have two ball-handlers, two guys that can attack in the paint," he said. "They both can spread the floor for the other guy. They're both very capable three-point shooters. So, I do like that dynamic. Each can handle on the pick and roll and we can put a lot of pressure on the defense with those two guys."

Dragic told me Saturday before the Heat left the Bahamas that he feels like he and Waiters mesh well, but that both need to learn to communicate better as the preseason moves on.

"He can shoot the ball. He can space. He plays pick-and-rolls and sometimes that's good," Dragic said of Waiters. "It takes pressure off me a little bit. There's another playmaker on the court too. I already played like that before [in Phoenix] with [Eric] Bledsoe."

Is that who Waiters reminds you of?

"Yes," Dragic answered. "Better shooter though."

> What is Dragic looking for in the preseason opener?

"Just to get organized. We know what to run on a miss and on a make. I feel like when we're communicating and echoing the calls then it's much easier," he said Monday. "Our spacing is much better and then it's really easy to play because the ball is moving and I think the most important thing is going to be that tomorrow."

> Expect Winslow to be all over the court at different positions.He won't just line up at small forward or power forward. He could run the point at times, line up at center like he did in the playoffs and even play some shooting guard.

"That's not realistic for him," Spoelstra said when asked if Winslow would concentrate on just one position this preseason. "And he's better in those kind of situations where you challenge him to do more things and use more of his versatility."

> Here's some video of Winslow today working on his three-point shot. The hitch in his shot is noticeably gone.

FYI, Winslow has been the last to leave the court at almost every practice I've been at. And I haven't missed one. 

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Heat wrap up camp in the Bahamas, look ahead to start of preseason on Tuesday

NASSAU, BAHAMAS -- Some quick notes off the team's final day of camp in the Bahamas: 

> Saturday’s final practice at the Atlantis Paradise Resort ended with point guard Goran Dragic (knee soreness) and center Hassan Whiteside (left knee soreness) not participating in contact drills.

Neither issue is of serious concern to coach Erik Spoelstra.

Whiteside, who also worked off to the side on Friday, and Dragic, who said he was just sore from having played a lot this summer with the Slovenian national team, both expect to play in the Heat’s preseason opener on Tuesday at Washington.

"I'm looking forward to it," Whiteside said. "I'm pretty sure I'll be there the first game against the Wizards. Just get out there and get it started, get in front of the Heat fans and let's get this thing started."

The soreness for Whiteside is not in the same knee he severely sprained during the playoffs.

"It feels a lot better," he said of his left knee. "I just wanted to be careful with the contact. I worked out. I feel a lot better."

> Guard Josh Richardson, who sprained his MCL on Sept. 9 after he landed awkwardly following a dunk during a team workout, said he made some progress with his knee during camp but is still experiencing pain with certain movements.

The Heat still hope he will be ready for the season opener Oct. 26.

"I think I've made a lot of progress actually," Richardson said. "Before this week I just started walking and stuff. I never really got to get on the court at all. So this week I got to do a little court walk, start shooting some. Just being able to be mobile with my team has been great for me mentally."

Richardson said he will likely wear a leg brace to start the season.

> Spoelstra said he’s not sure who will start in Tuesday’s preseason opener just yet.

“I'll chew on that all the way until [Tuesday],” he said. “I'm going to have to learn a lot. Actually, I'm thankful we have eight preseason games. We're going to need these games to evaluate and continue to get ready.”

> Friday night the entire team got together for a barbecue on the beach and some bonding time.

"It helps when you go away,” Spoelstra said. “Going back to when Pat was coaching, you always like to get away and just have more opportunities that are unscripted [for bonding]. It has to be organic. You can't force it upon a group. It just happens very naturally here. Like I said it was a great environment to be here and the bus rides, all the meals we had together. The team barbecue last night was fun."

Dragic said he learned how to play dominoes at the barbecue. He might even be willing to head down to Calle Ocho now in Miami and take on some grand champions at Domino Park. 

"It was great," he said. "We finished practice and had a good meeting. After that it was relaxing and having fun. The fellas, they teached me how to play Dominoes and it was fun. Something new, but at the same time you can talk with those guys and ask them questions and get to know them."

How is the bonding going with Dion Waiters in the backcourt?

"Great. I just I think we still need a little bit more time," Dragic said. "From his part, he needs to be more communicating. But he's an unbelievable player. We've already seen what he can do. Even in this training camp he's explosive. He can get other people involved. He can create his own shot. So, it's going to be easy. We just need to talk so we can be on the same page."

15 questions with Goran Dragic

NASSAU, BAHAMAS -- With a new season on the horizon I figured now might be a good time to add a new feature to the blog.

It's basically going to be fun, mostly off-the-court questions with players, coaches and people around the team. 

Point guard Goran Dragic agreed to be my first subject on Friday. 

Q: I'm stealing this question from Dan LeBatard. Your house is on fire, assuming your family is safe outside, you have enough time to go back into the house to save three items. What are you saving and why?

"I'm taking my wallet man. We need credit cards so we can eat. I'm taking that first. Second thing, I'm taking baby toys for my kids. The third thing is my passports. So I can go home to Slovenia."

MoussakaQ: When you are back home with Mom in Slovenia what are you asking her to make for you?

"Moussaka. That's like layers of potatoes. Then she puts meats, vegetables and then layers of potatoes and then cheese on top. It's similar to lasagna."

Q: If you could turn the tables on the media what would you do?

"I would make them do everything we do -- play all 82 games and travel and then after the season you guys can write about how you guys feel."

Q: If we stole Goran Dragic's iPhone what music do we find on there?

"Most of it is just Serbian pop music, pop rock."

Q: Is there a song you sing in the shower?

"That was a long time ago. I don't do that anymore. It was before when I was single. Now with my wife there's no singing in the shower."

Q: Is there a Serbian rock star we don't know about?

"Ceca. She sings this song Beograd. She has a lot of great songs."

Q: What would you do if you couldn't play basketball?

Q: No, a regular job. You have no athleticism at all. You are a regular person.

"That's a good one. I would not want to be a cop. I would not want to be a firefighter. I'd be a dentist."

Goran Broken ToothQ: Is that because you've been to one so often in your career as player having your teeth knocked out?

"You can make a pretty a good living out of it. Plus, I have pretty good experience with them. I know what they're going to do to me."

Q: You are a happy guy. I'm sure this one is tough for you. The last time you cried was? 

"The last time that I cried -- man that's a good one. The last time I cried was 2013. The European basketball championships when our goal was to get a medal. We played really well -- all the games. Then in the quarterfinals we got France. They were the European champions and because it was at home, it was such an awesome feeling to play in front of your whole country. At that stage I was 100 percent certain we were going to win a medal. Then we got France and they eliminated us from getting a medal.

"I was not crying, crying, but it touched me. I wasn't crying before the game. It was after. Because at the moment I knew the championship was over. We were not going to experience that anymore, to play at home, in front of so many people. Everybody was so pumped."

Q: What's Goran Dragic's guilty pleasure?

"What does that mean?"

Q: Something you feel bad about after you do it. A fat guy like me might say eating chocolate or drinking whiskey.

"You know what, I don't know what it's called, but when you stay up late watching TV shows. If I watch one then I have to finish it all at once. I watched the whole night and then the next day I'm tired and I'm thinking, I'm sorry for my language, 'Why the [expletive] did I stay up watching that?' The last TV show was Narcos. I couldn't stop watching. I watched all the episodes of the first season in like one day."

NarcosQ: Seen Season 2 yet?

"No. I'm waiting to have a free day. I'm going to have to wait until next off-season. Because the next day I feel awful. I'm tired. And I say to myself 'Why the heck didn't I just stop it and go to bed?'"

Q: Have you done it with any other shows?

"Entourage. But Entourage was pretty long. It's like seven, eight seasons. Then, what's the name of that show with those bikers. It's really violent. Sons of Anarchy. [Laughter]. I like to watch shows."

Q: If we ever have a Goran Dragic movie, which actor plays Goran Dragic?

"The last time I lost my tooth everybody said Jim Carrey, man. So I guess Jim Carrey."

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

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



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