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  • ASK IRA: Is next season Spoelstra's turn to become most-improved coach?

    ASK IRA: Is next season Spoelstra's turn to become most-improved coach?
    Q: Will Erik Spoelstra be next season's Mike Budenholzer? The Hawks' record last season was comparable to the Heat's this year. Bud formed a new identity for the team with Coach of the Year results. Gregg Popovich developed Kawhi Leonard and Pat Riley did likewise with Dwyane Wade. Erik Spoelstra never needed to do that because he had a young Wade and then LeBron James. This season injuries caught him unaware, but he discovered Hassan Whiteside. Hopefully he will have the summer to update his game plan. -- Leonard, Aventura.
  • Ira Winderman: Draft still just kid stuff for Heat?

    Ira Winderman: Draft still just kid stuff for Heat?
    They sweated the final hours of the regular season just to make sure they would have the chance. Now they sweat out these intervening weeks before standing at the mercy of the bouncing balls at the May 19 lottery. Because finally getting back into the...

    ASK IRA: Can Chalmers again work as sixth man for Heat next season?

    ASK IRA: Can Chalmers again work as sixth man for Heat next season?
    Q: In his exit interview, Pat Riley mentioned Mario Chalmers coming off the bench next year. I normally bite my tongue as there is nothing I can do about it. So please help me understand: Why do we continue to give Mario big minutes? Year after year the...

    Birdman now has eyes (and more) on the back of his head | Photo

    Birdman now has eyes (and more) on the back of his head | Photo
    Figure on an upgrade in Chris Andersen's peripheral vision next season. No, not because he has eyes on the back of his head. Well . . . actually for just that reason. After saying he does not get tattoos during the regular season, Birdman went for a...

    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...