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Old 10-02-2009, 09:44 AM   #1
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TEAM NAME: Miami Heat

WHAT WENT RIGHT LAST SEASON: Put simply - Wade. Was arguably the best player in the league, and continually imposed his will on seemingly every possession. Mario Chalmers was a positive also. He stepped up into the starting PG role as a rookie and had a really solid season. Haslem is a valuable leader and locker room presence. Does all the dirty work for this young team.

WHAT WENT WRONG LAST SEASON:
Lack of depth. Wade, Beasley, Chalmers.... then it starts to drop off.

GUARDS: Chalmers starts at the point, and hopefully continues to develop in to a solid player. Exceptional stealer of the ball. Wade is Wade. Simply an unbelievable all round player. Cook provides a spark and 3PT shooting off the bench, and Quinn takes care of the ball in limited minutes.

FORWARDS:
Starting 3 man is undecided, between Beasley, James Jones and Q-ball. Beasley is a brilliant and unique offensive talent, and will get minutes in both positions regardless. Haslem is the heart of the team and is reliable out to 15 feet along with great rebounding and defence. Dorell Wright and Diawara will get opportunity to get more minutes also, but lack the offensive class of the other sf's.

CENTERS: Jermaine O'Neal is healthy again and hopefully recaptures some of his old form again. Magloire and Anthony to compete for back up minutes. Anthony actually changed alot of games last year with his defence and hustle.

STRENGTHS: Wade.

WEAKNESSES: Depth, rebounding.

COACH/TEAM STYLE OF PLAY: Spoelstra is regarded as a great tactician and drills his players well, both offensively and defensively. Will continue to develop and has the full support of Riley. I'd like to see the Heat get out and run as much as possible, even with Beasley leading the break after the rebound. Also the pick and roll/spot up would be highly effective with a healthy O'Neal and also Beasley, with Wade handling the ball and Jones, Q and Cook spotting up.

CHEMISTRY/ROTATION/OTHER ISSUES: Is Beasley a 3 or a 4? No one really knows, and in reality he is probably a more athletic Jamison type. I see alot of Bernard King in his game as well. Big wraps on the kid, and obviously this offseason was tough for him. The Heat have supported him incredibly, and I feel that he will come out of it a more focused and determined player.

BEST CASE SCENARIO: Wade is a realistic MVP chance this year - some more wins last season and he had an excellent case. Beasley has the ability to average 20 points - focus and off the court incidents could affect this. Chalmers could lead the league in steals or go close. JO could get back to a 16 point/9 rebound/2 block season. 50 wins would be a great result, but alot depends on the injury prone JO and the play of Beasley.

WORST CASE SCENARIO: If Wade goes down again, this becomes a 15 win season. If JO and Beasley have poor seasons, it could be 30-35 wins. A perceived lack of depth is an issue, but those players could have good years. The Heat is really an enigma this season, and are not championship contenders. So much depends on the next offseason, when Wade becomes a FA and the Heat has the ability to sign a Bosh/Amare/etc. Wade teamed with a player of that quality, plus the continued development of Beasley and Chalmers would see a super 5 year period on the horizon.
Most importantly, Spoelstra is intent on his team playing the right way, with emphasis on defence and team play.
Go Heat.
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Old 10-03-2009, 07:01 AM   #2
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Something needs to happen, Wade is in prime time.. and all he needs is potent number two to alter the state of the Heat.

Boozer or someone else, but any decent big man should be able to give Wade a solid backing.

It sucks to see Wade so good, but have so few options to work with..
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Something needs to happen, Wade is in prime time.. and all he needs is potent number two to alter the state of the Heat.

Boozer or someone else, but any decent big man should be able to give Wade a solid backing.

It sucks to see Wade so good, but have so few options to work with..



Another undersized PF who doesn't play any defense will not change much.
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:23 PM   #4
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Excellent read G-train
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:29 PM   #5
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Another undersized PF who doesn't play any defense will not change much.
I don't really like Boozer's defense.... but damn it's frustrating watching the Heat constantly get outerbounded. I would love to have Boozer on the team over a Haslem... if only for his rebound rate.

I'm not saying to give up Beasley, but if any package around Haslem is willing to be accepted by the Jazz, that would be nice.
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I don't really like Boozer's defense.... but damn it's frustrating watching the Heat constantly get outerbounded. I would love to have Boozer on the team over a Haslem... if only for his rebound rate.

I'm not saying to give up Beasley, but if any package around Haslem is willing to be accepted by the Jazz, that would be nice.




That's the thing, the jazz will not accept Haslem, Cook, $3mill, & a 2010 2nd round pick, & that as much as Pat would give. & am not even sure he would include Cook in it. He would try to package Wright, or Jones in it.

Oh, & the JAZZ would try to stick us with a long contract like Karilinko or something. NO WAY.

+ why would we give more when we can get him next year with out giving crap?


Only thing we NEED to do right now is sign a vet backup PG for this year. Then wait till FEB & see where we are, & whats out there on the trade block.
& if we cant STEAL a bargain from some team then stick with the plan for 2010.

When you get desperate is when you screw up.
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That's the thing, the jazz will not accept Haslem, Cook, $3mill, & a 2010 2nd round pick, & that as much as Pat would give. & am not even sure he would include Cook in it. He would try to package Wright, or Jones in it.

We don't know that for sure, because as was made clear by Riley he never made any attempt or offer to get Boozer.

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Oh, & the JAZZ would try to stick us with a long contract like Karilinko or something. NO WAY.

+ why would we give more when we can get him next year with out giving crap?
Well if they do... then no, but otherwise why not make an offer excluding Beasley, Wade, and Chalmers?. Boozer is an expirer and wouldn't hurt any 2010 plan. Reason they need to make some action is to both improve the team this year, and at the same time show Wade they are making an effort to get better for the future.

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Only thing we NEED to do right now is sign a vet backup PG for this year. Then wait till FEB & see where we are, & whats out there on the trade block.
& if we cant STEAL a bargain from some team then stick with the plan for 2010.

When you get desperate is when you screw up.

I'm not as worried by the guard play as I am with us constantly getting outrebounded, and outscored by opponents on the interior. If all that the Heat would have to give up is Haslem, maybe their extra 2010 first round pick who may or may not be any good, and a filler scrub... then go for it. Otherwise I'll continue faithful in Riley's initial plan, but if the team struggles and there is no word that he's even trying to make the team better sooner than later, it may frustrate Wade.
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We don't know that for sure, because as was made clear by Riley he never made any attempt or offer to get Boozer.


Well if they do... then no, but otherwise why not make an offer excluding Beasley, Wade, and Chalmers?. Boozer is an expirer and wouldn't hurt any 2010 plan. Reason they need to make some action is to both improve the team this year, and at the same time show Wade they are making an effort to get better for the future.



I'm not as worried by the guard play as I am with us constantly getting outrebounded, and outscored by opponents on the interior. If all that the Heat would have to give up is Haslem, maybe their extra 2010 first round pick who may or may not be any good, and a filler scrub... then go for it. Otherwise I'll continue faithful in Riley's initial plan, but if the team struggles and there is no word that he's even trying to make the team better sooner than later, it may frustrate Wade.




Pat could not tell the truth even if they had a gun to his head. But yeah we don't know for sure.
Am also going by what i hear from the Jazz side. They want young talent, a 1 st pick & cut back on salary. Something ( I ) wouldn't do for a 1 year rental.

The most & again all (I) would give for Boozer is a combination of Haslem, Wright, Quin, Jones, Cuba, Anthony, Magloir, Q-Rich, our trade exception, cash, & 1, or 2 2nd round picks.

JO, Beasley, Cook, Wade, Chalmers, & our 2 2010 1st round picks are out of the question.


The truth is that if Wade, & the Heat really wanted Boozer, don't you think that Pat would at the very least try & make an offer?
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