|Dwyane Wade’s benching one of many minor concerns for Heat||01.16.13 at 5:00 pm ET|
As Dwyane Wade sat on the bench and watched his teammates attempt a fourth-quarter comeback against the Jazz on Monday, some saw it as an example of the greater malaise that’s settled over the Heat recently (though they’re still 24-12 and in first place in the conference).
Wade’s benching — if it can be called that, given that it only lasted for one quarter — came after a recent dip in his offensive production, and hasn’t caused much of an uproar in and of itself. The same goes for the Heat’s 1-3 record so far on their Western road trip, in which they’ve beaten only the Kings and lost to the Pacers, Trail Blazers and Jazz.
However, comments and actions from Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh before and during the trip have raised some eyebrows. Despite the fact that the Heat have some of the most talented players in the game, James said after a two-point loss to Portland last Thursday, “We’re not the most talented bunch. We’re not the greatest team. So we can’t afford to just pick and choose when we want to turn it on and off.”
Meanwhile, Bosh is averaging the fewest rebounds of his career yet still campaigned this week on Twitter for fans to vote him into the All-Star Game.
Wade didn’t say anything particularly controversial about sitting out the end of the Jazz game, and neither did Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. The incident seems to be just one more facet of the Heat’s internal troubles, minor problems that only will become more detrimental if they’re allowed to drag on.
|Report: Heat, Rashard Lewis agree to two-year contract||07.10.12 at 10:05 pm ET|
The Heat have added another veteran sharpshooter to their roster, as they agreed to terms with Rashard Lewis on a two-year, $2.8 million deal on Tuesday, according to ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst.
Lewis had agreed to a $13.7 million buyout from the Hornets after they traded for him last month and will be taking a pay cut to play with the Heat next season.
The former All-Star spent last season with the Wizards, playing 28 games and averaging 7.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 26 minutes per game.
The Heat will be Lewis’ fourth organization, as he has spent his 14 seasons with the Sonics, Magic and Wizards.
Miami will be introducing Ray Allen on Wednesday, and Lewis could be a part of the proceedings, too.
|Report: Heat interested in John Lucas III||07.09.12 at 11:21 am ET|
After agreeing to terms with Ray Allen late last week, the Heat have three open roster spots remaining.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Miami is looking to fill one of those with Bulls free agent point guard John Lucas III.
Last season was the best of Lucas’ career, as he averaged 7.5 points and 2.2 assists in 49 games with the Bulls, including a 24-point performance against the Heat in March.
The 29-year-old might not return to the Bulls since the team reportedly has a deal in place with free agent Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich. He told the Chicago Sun Times there are eight teams interested in him.
|Raja Bell said to be interested in joining Heat or Lakers||at 10:12 am ET|
Will Raja Bell become the latest aging veteran to join the Heat?
After agreeing to a contract buyout with the Jazz, the 35-year-old reportedly wants to explore the possibility of signing with his hometown Heat. Bell played his high school and college basketball in Miami.
The Lakers also could emerge as a potential destination for the guard, sources told Yahoo! Sports. Two years ago, despite being heavily recruited by Kobe Bryant, Bell chose a three-year deal with the Jazz over less money with the Lakers.
With the addition of Steve Nash, the Lakers could use a defensive-minded guard like Bell to play off the bench.
Bell and Nash played together in Phoenix for 3½ seasons until 2008-09, when Bell was traded to the Bobcats. The Suns reached the playoffs each of their three full seasons together.
While Bell’s skills have declined as he’s aged, he is still widely considered one of the NBA’s toughest veteran guards, and he could bring significant value and presence in limited minutes for a contender.
In 34 games for the Jazz last season, Bell averaged 6.4 points, shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 39 percent from behind the arc and 84 percent from the line in 23.4 minutes per game.
|Heat’s Dwyane Wade may work with a shooting coach ‘for the first time ever’ this offseason||06.27.12 at 6:26 pm ET|
In a city known for its beautiful women, sunsets, beaches and nightlife, Dwyane Wade says he may spend the summer celebrating his second championship by … getting treatment on his knee and hiring a shooting coach.
After a postseason in which the former scoring champ shot just 31 percent on mid-range jumpers (50 for 163) and 29 percent on 3-pointers (10-for-34), Wade said he might work with a shooting coach “for the first time ever.”
The goal, he said during a post-championship parade interview, “is to try to do more in the sense of my 3-point game and mid-range game, getting that back. My mechanics aren’t that bad. I don’t have an ugly shot, not one of those Shawn Marion shots. There are certain things in my shot I can change.”
Wade said a shooting coach could “give me a different look and [suggest] where I can get better.” Now 30 years old, Wade said he also wants “to continue to get better in the post.”
Wade said a decision on his knee, which slowed him considerably, particularly in the postseason, would be coming shortly.
“When everything dies down this week, I will sit down with doctors — those that I trust — and make the best decision for me and my career,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I won’t know until I sit down with [the doctors] and have an MRI and see what’s wrong with my knee and what I have to get done.”
Wade said he would not go to the Olympics if he was unable to play. He talked about the level of discomfort the knee caused him throughout the season, and the impact it had on his game.
“I had to go through a lot to play. If people knew what I had to go through just to play, it was crazy,” Wade said. “The biggest thing was I had a lot of swelling.
“My left knee is my power knee. It’s my explosion knee. When you are dealing with knee issues, you are dealing with lateral quickness [issues]. I dealt with it. At times, I did great with it. At other times, I didn’t do great with it.”
|Dwyane Wade expects less hate next season||08.24.11 at 4:23 pm ET|
For better or worse, a good portion of the NBA’s ratings boost last season came from viewers tuning in to root against the Heat. The haters got the last laugh in 2010-11 as Miami fell in the finals, but star shooting guard Dwyane Wade thinks the team won’t experience nearly as much ill will when the NBA gets back in action.
“It’s always going to be criticism,” Wade told USA Today. “There’s always going to be hatred. … It’s like the first time LeBron [James] went to Cleveland, it was this crazed thing. Then we went back again and it wasn’t the same. No matter what people say about the Miami Heat, it will not be the same as it was last year. There’s still going to be stuff out there, but not like the first time.”
Of course, Wade’s primary concern is whether or not the league will actually play games in 2011-12.
“I want to play the game of basketball,” he said. “I want to play in the NBA. This is where I want to be. … The guys who drive the NBA have to drive this lockout … and really make sure we don’t lose a lot of time for the sake of the NBA.”
|Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh considering playing overseas||08.01.11 at 12:54 pm ET|
Two of the Heat’s Big Three might be leaving the country should the NBA lockout cancel the 2011-12 season.
Henry Thomas, agent for both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, told Barry Johnson of The Miami Herald that both players are open to playing overseas.
|Dwyane Wade: ‘It’s still hard to watch basketball’||07.13.11 at 2:17 pm ET|
Dwyane Wade still hasn’t gotten over June’s NBA finals loss to the Mavericks.
On Wednesday he told the Sun-Sentinel, “I haven’t watched ESPN in a long time. It’s still hard to watch basketball. … Obviously, it was my first time ever losing the finals. The sting is there, no question about it.
“We understand that it’s a failure,” he continued. “It was a failure for every team that didn’t win. Everyone else failed; [other teams] didn’t win a championship. But the things we did aren’t erased.”
With the NBA mired in a lockout, Wade might have to mull over last season’s disappointment for longer than usual.
|KFC will donate to charity if Dwyane Wade will man drive-thru window||07.11.11 at 3:54 pm ET|
KFC has offered to donate $250,000 to its scholarship fund if Dwyane Wade will serve as an honorary captain at a drive-thru window.
KFC said it came up with the idea after Wade jokingly tweeted that he was wondering if KFC would hire him during the NBA lockout. Wade worked at KFC before joining the NBA.
KFC U.S. general manager John Cywinski said the company is proud to have Wade as a former employee, saying he embodies skills such as “teamwork and the ability to make buckets in a hurry.”
|LeBron James tries to downplay postgame comments||06.14.11 at 3:18 pm ET|
LeBron James didn’t improve his public image with his comments after falling to the Mavericks in the NBA finals Sunday, when he said, “All the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today … I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live.”
On Tuesday, James attempted to clarify those comments.
“It was interpreted different than what I wanted,” James said. “Everyone has to move on with their lives and I do, too. It wasn’t saying I’m better or superior than anyone else. I would never look at myself as bigger.”
Asked about his disappearing act in the biggest moment of his career, James said, “I didn’t play up to my own standards. Did that cost us losing the finals? I don’t know. But I’m not satisfied with my performance.”
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