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  • ASK IRA: Do Heat require an overhaul or tinkering?

    ASK IRA: Do Heat require an overhaul or tinkering?
    Q: I wholeheartedly agree with Pat Riley that the best teams in the NBA have rosters completed with developed players. But the developed players brought in must complement the team's identity, on-court philosophy and the skill sets of its core players in order for the team to be fluid, consistent, and, ultimately, successful. Miami now has a core of the emerging Hassan Whiteside, the versatile Chris Bosh, and the still-capable-of-getting-it-done Dwyane Wade. Yet, there are so many decisions to be made due to the many holes that remain in the roster. Obviously, a backup shooting guard and knockdown 3-point shooters must be brought in. Also, I believe the team needs to bring in a younger, athletic power player behind Whiteside/Bosh who has some post moves, a nose for rebounding, and has the lift to finish at the rim (Birdman and Udonis Haslem are actually getting to the "over-developed" stage in their careers, if you will, and along with Josh McRoberts, each has a deficiency in one or two of these categories). Then there are the spots taken by three young or undeveloped prospects on the roster who all showed some promise at one point or another during the season, but that's probably two too many, as the Heat will most likely make a first-round selection in this year's draft.  Finally, there is the upcoming free agency of Goran Dragic and Luol Deng (everyone knows the detriment of potentially losing Dragic after giving up so much to acquire him midseason, so no need to discuss what he brings on the court). I know what Deng brings to any team. He's a stat sheet stuffer and is still one of the league's best wing defenders (he was excellent against Chris Paul in a win over the Clippers in Los Angeles this past season). But, in my opinion, he does not fit offensively with Wade. Wade seemingly will continue to be a shooting guard who can still score 40 points on a given night without making a 3-point shot. Therefore, a small forward with better spot-up consistency would be a better fit. I believe if Deng opts out, Miami would greatly minimize the loss if (and that's a big "if") they could land Jeff Green (and also add Wesley Johnson to come off the bench behind him). Am I too far ahead of things or do you think Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra already have their sleeves rolled up so that they will be ahead of situations instead of being "late to all the parties" this offseason? -- Nikki.
  • Greg Cote: Pat Riley has earned trust that he will fix Miami Heat's woes

    Pat Riley just turned 70. His hair has gone a natural silvery gray. He is at a point, in life and career, when a man begins to hear his mortality clock ever louder, to a point that reminders from elsewhere are neither required nor appreciated. "People...

    Pat Riley: 'We should have made the playoffs'

    Pat Riley: 'We should have made the playoffs'
    Miami Heat President Pat Riley called out himself and the entire organization Monday about failing to make the playoffs for the first time in seven years. "There is not a person in the organization that doesn't think we should have made the playoffs,"...

    Report: Heat peeved at NBA's upcoming trip to Cuba

    Report: Heat peeved at NBA's upcoming trip to Cuba
    The NBA is going to Cuba, and the Miami Heat aren't happy about it. The league announced this week it will host a development camp for Cuban basketball players in Havana later this month. The four-day event, set for April 23-26, could lead to further...

    Greg Cote: NBA blindsides, angers Miami Heat with new Cuba initiative

    The NBA developing a relationship with Cuba is not especially big news in 29 of the league's 30 cities. For all but one franchise and its fans, a goodwill tour to the island later this month is closer to who cares than controversial largely overlooked...