| Jun 19, 2015
| 10:50 AM
Perhaps the depths of 2014-15, the Miami Heat's first lottery finish in seven years, simplified the NBA Draft equation for Pat Riley.
For the Heat, drafting for need and drafting for talent could be one and the same when it's time to make the No. 10...
| Jun 16, 2015
| 2:39 AM
Q: Ira, I don't know if LeBron's "secret motivation" will come out if Cleveland loses the series, but is Pat Riley braced for what he might hear? Players saw LeBron leave last year and Pat can't have anyone piling on. -- Franklin.
A: First, no one knows...
| Jun 18, 2015
| 5:20 AM
CLEVELAND Winning is expensive. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is about to find out just how expensive in the coming weeks.
Gilbert and the Cavs could set payroll records next season, including becoming the first $200 million team in NBA history.
| Jun 6, 2015
| 9:55 AM
The box score wasn't necessarily truth in advertising, but it was good place to start when it came to defining these Golden State Warriors and perhaps where these NBA Finals are headed.
While the eye might have jumped to the top right, where the "44" in...
| May 25, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Q: Ira, why not move back in the draft if Stanley Johnson is not available at No. 10? Would a package of, let's say, our 10th pick and either a player/cash with Houston or Boston for their two picks (16th and 28th from Boston) or 18th and 32nd (from...
| May 23, 2015
| 12:03 PM
"With the 10th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat . . . "
Adam Silver might not even get that deep into the conversation on June 25 at Barclays Center.
Not with Preemptive Pat involved in the process.
While Tuesday's lottery was about...
| May 16, 2015
| 7:21 AM
We are a month shy of a year since Pat Riley issued his challenge to the best basketball player on the planet: Stay and make the Miami Heat into "a generational team."
A month after Riley attempted to sell legacy, LeBron James was gone.
| May 5, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Q: It's hard to imagine Pat Riley drafting an early-entry candidate. I have a feeling that the Heat will trade their pick for a veteran, maybe throw in Mario Chalmers (I am not a fan). -- David, Weston.
A: I think with the front office's trip to Spain,...
| May 2, 2015
| 8:00 AM
The enduring portrait of foul-line failure for the Heat this past season was Hassan Whiteside's 4 of 16 on the final Saturday of the regular season in a 107-104 loss to the Toronto Raptors, a loss that ultimately cost the Heat a playoff berth.
| Apr 30, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Q: Do you expect a Dorell Wright reunion? I do. He's a low-cost bench player who fits a need. -- Martin.
A: While Dorell does not turn 30 until December, he will be entering his 12th season. While the Heat have had success bringing in (and bringing...
| Apr 25, 2015
| 7:10 PM
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...