Q: While LeBron James is out world-touring, the Heat are grinding. I love it. -- Stephen.
A: It certainly was heartening to see Dwyane Wade's Instagram of himself, Udonis Haslem, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole and Josh McRoberts working out with others at Indiana University. This is a season when Wade will have to carry himself as captain far more than the past four, when LeBron was the acknowledged leader. And having McRoberts there spoke volumes, as well, considering Josh and Chris Bosh are the only players on the Heat roster under guaranteed contract beyond 2015-16. What's needed next is to get Luol Deng and Danny Granger involved in the workout mix, so the Heat can go into camp with continuity. Because they have to have it with an advantageous opening schedule that has nine of their first 15 regular-season games at home.
Q: RIP iso ball. -- Kim.
A: To me, saying you're going to move the ball more is like teams saying they're going to run more. Almost every coach wants his team to run; every coach wants his team to share the ball. Getting players to actually adopt that mantra as a basketball lifestyle is another story. Wade still has a tendency to try to go it alone. Cole sometimes only has eyes on the rim. McRoberts will serve as a facilitator, so that will help. But it's too easy to say the ball will move and the players will run. It's all about actually doing it. Over. And over. And over.
Q: How come no info on the possible signing of Leandro Barbosa? He would be a great addition to the second unit. -- Al.A: As I've reported, Barbosa is one of several players on the Heat's radar. Like many potential suitors, they want to see how Leandro looks with the Brazilian national team at the World Cup, as well as making sure he stays healthy, which has been an issue in recent years. Based on what the Heat don't have behind Wade in terms of proven depth, I'm not sure he wouldn't set up as the best available backup, even though some view him more as a point. You can play Barbosa alongside Chalmers and just call each a guard. But if Jordan Crawford should come available at the minimum, I still think he would be the preferred option.