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Aug 11, 2017
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STAYING: Goran Dragic, Wayne Ellington, Udonis Haslem … James Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Rodney McGruder, Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters, Hassan Whiteside, Okaro White and Justise Winslow. ADDED: Bam Adebayo (Kentucky), AJ Hammons (Dallas), Kelly Olynyk (Boston), Derrick Walton (Michigan) and Matt Williams (Central Florida). GONE: Luke Babbitt (Atlanta), Josh McRoberts (Dallas) and Willie Reed (LA Clippers). STRENGTHS: They developed pretty special chemistry late last season during a 30-11 run that almost got them into the playoffs … After that, they basically brought the band back … If...
Hot Hot Hoops Aug 11, 2017
Dion Waiters comments on Kyrie Irving rumors: ‘alpha male’ already here

Dion Waiters comments on Kyrie Irving rumors: ‘alpha male’ already here

The Heat shooting guard said that trading for Irving would help. We’re creeping into mid-August, and Kyrie Irving is still a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Will Irving have to start training camp with the player he laughed at earlier this summer? For what it’s worth, Hassan Whiteside joined Kyrie Irving and other NBA players, including John Wall, in a workout recently. Hassan Whiteside, Kyrie Irving and (many) others working out together. pic.twitter.com/yOLu8HrexA— Wes Goldberg (@wcgoldberg) August 11, 2017 And now the Heat’s newly signed shooting guard commented with a...
Hot Hot Hoops Aug 10, 2017
No bad blood between Kelly Olynyk and Hassan Whiteside headed into the season

No bad blood between Kelly Olynyk and Hassan Whiteside headed into the season

Kelly Olynyk sat down with reporters at Miami’s Youth Camp yesterday and opened up on a lot, including his relationship with Hassan. It appears there’s no bad blood between Kelly Olynyk. In March of 2015, Hassan was having growing pains. As a very passionate player it was common for him to get riled up easily and that’s what happened against the Celtics. Like a charging hockey player, Hassan hit Olynyk from behind and was promptly ejected. Since that act of frustration, many believed there to be bad blood between the two big men, but that’s not the case. In fact, as Olynyk made...
Hot Hot Hoops Aug 8, 2017
Hassan Whiteside makes ESPN shortlist as a possible first-time All-Star

Hassan Whiteside makes ESPN shortlist as a possible first-time All-Star

ESPN panel lists four Eastern Conference players as potential picks for their first trip to the All-Star game. ESPN polled its NBA experts to name their choices as first-time members on the NBA All-Star team in February 2018. The four Eastern Conferences choices were Kristaps Porzingis, Joel Embiid, Bradley Beal, Hassan Whiteside. The panel wrote the Miami Heat's poor start was the only reason Whiteside wasn't on the team last season's. When it comes to All-Star production, Whiteside is already there. He averaged 17 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks per game, just the 13th time anyone has...
Hot Hot Hoops Aug 7, 2017
Should James Johnson or Kelly Olynyk start for the Heat?

Should James Johnson or Kelly Olynyk start for the Heat?

Both players received big contracts this off-season, but who will be the starter? The Miami Heat signed both James Johnson and Kelly Olynyk to 4-year contracts this off-season. Both of them can play the power forward position, and it seems there isn’t a ton of clarity about who will begin the season in the starting lineup. Here’s what we do know: Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters will start in the back court and Hassan Whiteside will be the starting center. It seems likely that Justise Winslow will be the starting small forward, but you never know — that could change as well. But what...
Hot Hot Hoops Aug 4, 2017
A new old-fashioned twist to the Miami Heat offense: the post game

A new old-fashioned twist to the Miami Heat offense: the post game

Miami succeeded wildly with their drive and kick game. This season points from the block could work when the 3's aren't falling. Last season the Miami Heat thrived with Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters running the team's drive and kick offense. Sometimes those shoots just aren't falling, so Miami could try a different approach. Turns out two players, who saw limited action last year, a new addition could provide added flavors for plain vanilla three-point scoring. Kelly Olynyk's height doesn't make him a NBA-level defender. He'll need Hassan Whiteside and James Jonson by his side as enforcers....
Hot Hot Hoops Jul 22, 2017
Why the Heat should trade for Kyrie Irving

Why the Heat should trade for Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving’s surprising trade request is a rare opportunity Pat Riley should exploit. A lot of Miami Heat fans don’t like this Heat roster. And they have a point. The 30-11 finish last season was fun, but the Heat have no superstars, emerging or in-their-prime. The Heat won’t make a deep playoff run with the core they signed for the foreseeable future — Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters and James Johnson. In Zach Lowe’s article discussing free agency winners and losers, he said that Miami should be a “solid playoff team,” but faces a clogged cap sheet that will...
Hot Hot Hoops Jul 18, 2017
Summer league offers intriguing possibilities for Heat

Summer league offers intriguing possibilities for Heat

Okaro White expanded his game over the summer. The Miami Heat’s main takeaway from the summer league is the impressive play of Bam Adebayo. Although some criticized Miami using a lottery pick on a big man when the Heat already have Hassan Whiteside, Adebayo has shown athleticism and a soft touch that could lead him to play more than 15 minutes a night. That’s not the only thing the Heat learned. For one, forward Okaro White developed his ball-handling skills. White joined the Heat on a 10-day contract at the start of their season turnaround last year before signing for the rest of the...

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