NBA Basketball COMMENTARY

The Result of Winning Over Money, Friendship Over Fame 18

The Result of Winning Over Money, Friendship Over Fame

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One has to wonder if the enormous salaries the NBA offers has caused players to forget the reasons why they play the game. Or that it is a game. The concept of playing because it was a childhood dream, or the dream of
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A fresh look at the roster… 9

A fresh look at the roster…

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The Miami Heat’s roster is beginning to round into shape. Head coach Pat Riley has secured commitments from, or is in advanced discussions with, the following 9 players: PG: Mario Chalmers SG: Dwyane Wade SF: LeBron James, Mike Miller, James Jones PF:
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Big Z joins the party 0

Big Z joins the party

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Zydrunas Ilgauskas will join fellow Cavalier teammate and close personal friend, LeBron James, on the Miami Heat next season. He will accept a two-year contract at the veteran minimum salary. The first season will pay him $1,352,181. The second will be a
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Miami’s future draft selections 6

Miami’s future draft selections

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The Michael Beasley transaction was completed yesterday with a bit of an unexpected turn. Instead of a swap right of future first round positions, Miami will acquire Minnesota’s 2011 and 2014 second-round picks. The rest of the off-season figures to be low
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Udonis Haslem Re-Signs with Miami Heat 11

Udonis Haslem Re-Signs with Miami Heat

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Udonis Haslem is staying with the Miami Heat. Haslem signed a five-year, $20 million contract on Monday, roughly $13 million less than he could have received if he accepted more lucrative offers elsewhere. Haslem had been heavily pursued in recent days. The
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Addressing the Issue of Tampering 2

Addressing the Issue of Tampering

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LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh officially became Miami Heat teammates last week, turning a Pat Riley vision nearly three years in the making into glorious reality and simultaneously unleashing a torrent of suspicion: Was it planned all along? If so,
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LeBron’s National Ire Continues Unabated 6

LeBron’s National Ire Continues Unabated

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I continue to read stories from across the nation vilifying LeBron James for his decision. While I tend to try to remain largely objective in my writing, I will offer my own retort. James has certainly fallen from the greatness upon which
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Heat vision beginning to take shape 11

Heat vision beginning to take shape

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The vision is beginning to take shape. Pat Riley and Micky Arison met with Derek Fisher for three hours at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in downtown Miami on Saturday and apparently made Fisher a “compelling” offer. Given the contract situations of Udonis
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Dorell Wright signs 3-year, $11 million contract to join the Warriors 3

Dorell Wright signs 3-year, $11 million contract to join the Warriors

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Dorell Wright’s six-year stay in South Florida has come to an end. Wright signed a three-year contract worth just shy of $11 million to join the Golden State Warriors. The 6’9″ small forward seemed to be turning a corner last season, averaging
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Miami Heat Meet With Derek Fisher 1

Miami Heat Meet With Derek Fisher

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Heat President Pat Riley and team owner Micky Arison met Saturday with Los Angeles Lakers championship point guard Derek Fisher for three hours at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in downtown Miami. The Heat reportedly told Fisher they envision him as their starting
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