| Dec 27, 2014
| 7:31 AM
First, the reality: NBA teams don't tank. At least not when it comes to the perception of playing to lose. Coaches coach to win; players play to win. Always. Example A was the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
| Dec 25, 2014
| 5:03 PM
Observations from Thursday night's 101-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at AmericanAirlines Arena:
-- That Heat-Cavaliers first-round series is going to be a doozy.
-- By then, LeBron should be done remodeling his roster.
-- This clearly...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 3:18 PM
The Sports Xchange
By Walter Villa, The Sports Xchange
Back in Miami, James still won't thank Heat fans
MIAMI -- Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James still loves his former Heat teammates, but he declined the opportunity to thank the Miami fans who...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 1:13 PM
Not everyone will like my idea. But I would cheer for LeBron James when he's introduced on his return Thursday to AmericanAirlines Arena. I would cheer him like he was never cheered in the four years he played here.
I would stand and applaud him for...
| Dec 20, 2014
| 7:57 AM
Yes, the Miami Heat are going to do it. Even after he turned his back on the franchise after four consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. Even after he gave every indication he would be returning as a free agent. Even after he defected from South Beach to...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 9:42 PM
Q: I'm seeing a lot of Greg Monroe-to-the-Heat rumors. Thoughts? -- Brian.
A: Look, everyone knows Pat Riley covets true centers, has gone years without one. It is why there were those DeMarcus Cousins rumors in recent years and then the Brook Lopez...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Q: Is it more or less likely that they blow up the team now? -- Robert.
A: There's really nothing to "blow up." Nobody is taking Josh McRoberts in his current state. And Luol Deng has an opt-out after this season, so teams could/would be reluctant...
| Dec 14, 2014
| 6:00 PM
Can you give up on a team that hasn't been a team yet?
In Sunday's 93-75 loss to the Chicago Bulls, the Miami Heat came out like a bunch strangers.
Because they were.
The starting lineup had played exactly two minutes together prior to the opening...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 10:30 PM
Q: Is Pat Riley wasting Dwyane Wade's two years on a whim of 2016, making Wade the Kobe Bryant of the East (aging superstars still at a high level) with the current roster? -- Nikki.
A: Actually, that's a legitimate comparison, but not necessarily for...
| Dec 13, 2014
| 7:18 AM
Monday could be the start of something big in the NBA. Could be.
By rule, most players signed as free agents in the offseason cannot be dealt for three months or before Dec. 15, whichever comes later.
Dec. 15 comes Monday. And that will leave just...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Q: You have frequently mentioned that the Heat don't have tradable assets, but wouldn't there be interest in Luol Deng? He is a solid defender and role player, and would fit well with a contender like Houston looking to make a championship run. ...