September 26, 2009 |
Forward Michael Beasley said that an offseason stay in a rehabilitation facility was his "lowest hour," denied that he has a substance-abuse problem and apologized to the Miami Heat organization. Beasley would not reveal any specific details of the treatment he received in Houston, other than acknowledging that he became "pretty upset" upon learning his stay would be considerably longer than first planned. That anger, he said, sparked a wave of troubling messages posted on his now-closed Twitter feed.
April 13, 2011 |
It appears that Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who has used several different starting lineups this season, has decided on his Fab Five for the playoff series against the Sixers, according to the Miami Herald . Joining the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will be Mike Bibby at point guard and Zydrunas Ilgauskas at center. While Spoelstra said that "looks like" the starting lineup, he added, "I'm not afraid to pull another trigger, if necessary. "Everyone is ready and capable and have given us productive minutes.
May 19, 2012
Hours after a shocking 94-75 loss in Game 3 to the Indiana Pacers, the Miami Heat canceled Friday's practice and media availability. One day after they lost by 19 points and Dwyane Wade lost his cool, the Heat needed a short-term escape. They stayed inside their downtown Indianapolis hotel to recharge mentally and physically for Sunday's Game 4. The team gave no reason for Friday's decision. On Thursday night, while the Pacers were pulling away in the third quarter, Wade got into an ugly sideline exchange with coach Erik Spoelstra.
April 21, 2011 |
OFTENTIMES, WHEN looking to juice up the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center, a scene from one of the "Rocky" movies will appear on the Jumbotron. In staying with the boxing theme, the Miami Heat may have watched a replay of the "Rumble in the Jungle," the epic fight between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali in Zaire in 1974. In that fight, Ali used his rope-a-dope tactic to tire out Foreman before delivering a knockout blow in the eighth round. Throughout the first two games of the NBA, Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, both Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and the 76ers' Doug Collins have talked about taking the other team's best punch.
January 18, 2014 |
The Miami Heat will stumble into the Wells Fargo Center, losers of three consecutive games. They'll be without well-liked reserve center Joel Anthony, who was traded Wednesday to the Boston Celtics. And in that night's game - 114-97 loss at the Washington Wizards - the Heat appeared sluggish and disinterested. Perfect time to face Miami, right? "If you had your choice, you would not choose to play them after they lost three in a row. Why does that make any sense?" said Sixers coach Brett Brown, whose team hosts the two-time defending NBA champions Friday night.
March 5, 2015 |
On the day before its 1990 West Coast Conference tournament semifinal with host Loyola Marymount, Portland practiced in the Lions' Gersten Pavilion. "There are windows on one end of their gym," Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, then Portland's sophomore point guard, recalled this week. "On the other side of the windows, there's a track. I'll never forget, that day we saw Hank [Gathers] out there running sprints with a parachute on his back. "To see the leading scorer and leading rebounder in the nation with that kind of work ethic, we were beaten before we even played.
June 26, 2008 |
Sitting at a circular table with four reporters, Brook Lopez pointed across the room to where a horde of maybe 20 media members assembled around Michael Beasley, some standing on chairs for a better glimpse. Lopez, the workmanlike center from Stanford, isn't a glamour prospect in tonight's NBA draft. But he is, after all, potentially the third pick after Beasley and Memphis guard Derrick Rose. "I know that," Lopez said of such a characterization. "You know, see everyone else in the media, all that circling [Beasley]
April 16, 2011 |
MIAMI - The Miami Heat are prohibitive favorites as they begin their playoff series on Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena against the 76ers, but one thing that came out clear was how much respect they have for their opponent. The same theme kept emanating from the Heat players and coach Erik Spoelstra about the Sixers - that they are a young talented unit that is extremely dangerous in the open court. And as the Heat seem comfortable in the villain role after LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined forces with Dwyane Wade to make Miami the Yankees of the NBA, they are giving their opponent far more respect than the general public is giving.
June 3, 2012
Playing at home in a key Game 4, the Oklahoma City Thunder - paced by Kevin Durant's game-high 36 points - beat San Antonio, 109-103, Saturday night to tie their Western Conference finals series at two games each. Tim Duncan paced the Spurs with 21 points. Wade pledges to step up Everywhere Dwyane Wade turned Friday, two Boston Celtics seemed to be waiting. And as long as Chris Bosh is out, he understands it's probably going to stay that way. The Boston Celtics can double-team him without fear, knowing LeBron James is the only other Miami player who can consistently hurt them.
June 13, 2013 |
A DAY later, LeBron James didn't back down. When the Miami Heat was embarrassed by 36 points in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, James took all the blame and even lauded his teammates for playing great. Shortly after that 113-77 debacle of a Spurs' victory ended Tuesday night, James insisted that he would do enough to change the way the Heat competes in Game 4. And yesterday, James' tune was the same. "I'm putting all the pressure on my chest, on my shoulders to come through for our team," James said, virtually echoing what he had vowed the previous night.