Here’s the South Florida Sun Sentinel on colorful Heat big-man Chris Andersen, who in his supporting role is stepping up these days:

Chris Andersen playing well for Heat

There has been a spring in his step recently, which could particularly come in handy this spring.

Much as he was during last season’s postseason run to the franchise’s second NBA championship, center Chris Andersen again has turned into somewhat of a can’t-miss proposition for the Miami Heat.

Since missing three games with a bruised right knee, the player nicknamed Birdman has shot 40 of 56 over his last 14 appearances. There also have been six games with multiple blocked shots over that span, including Sunday’s victory against the Chicago Bulls at AmericanAirlines Arena.

“I’m still young. I’m definitely two years younger, meaning my body is two years younger than what my age actually is at,” the animated 35-year-old said, having been forced out of the league for two seasons due to the NBA’s substance-abuse policy. “So I’ve got basically three, four years.”