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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.
  • Ira Winderman: Changes coming in NBA, particularly with scheduling

    Ira Winderman: Changes coming in NBA, particularly with scheduling
    The drama came Tuesday and Wednesday, when the playoffs races were decided. The sizzle was reserved for Saturday and Sunday, with the start of the NBA postseason. But what was deliberated Thursday and Friday at the NBA's Board of Governors meeting could...

    Heat object to NBA's Cuban plans

    Heat object to NBA's Cuban plans
    The Miami Heat have no interest in participating in the NBA's plans of hosting a camp in Cuba. The league announced Tuesday it would host a developmental camp in Havana April 23-26. The Heat expressed their unhappiness with the attempt to reach out to...

    Hyde: Blood, guts and a necessary Heat win

    Hyde: Blood, guts and a necessary Heat win
    The Heat are hobbling, grimacing and exhaustedly weaving toward the finish line with a team held together by stitches, extra padding and a masseuse working overtime. Have you ever seen an entire basketball team labor through a win like it's suffering...

    Dragic, Heat push past Hornets 105-100, at No. 9 in playoff race

    Dragic, Heat push past Hornets 105-100, at No. 9 in playoff race
    This did not have the look of a team considering anything but playoff possibilities, no matter what the record might look like at the finish, no matter the lottery possibilities that might be bypassed. Not when they went up by 10 in the second period....