NBA Basketball COMMENTARY

Wade out on the recruiting trail 2

Wade out on the recruiting trail

Read this (as per this article): “At the same time the Miami Heat staff was busy throwing free agent Udonis Haslem a surprise birthday party to try and convince him to stay in Miami, it appears as if Dwyane Wade was busy...

Yao Ming to opt out of his contract? 4

Yao Ming to opt out of his contract?

It has always been assumed that Yao Ming wouldn’t dare opt out of his current contract with the Rockets, which has one year remaining at $17.7 million, after taking the year off to rehab his seemingly always injured left foot. But when...

The True Cost of Extending 4

The True Cost of Extending

Christopher Reina, executive editor of RealGM, published this article yesterday – suggesting that free agency will cost each member of Wade/James/Bosh trio millions of dollars. Huh? If it didn’t shock the heck out of you, it should have. Because it’s wrong! The...

Buyer Beware 4

Buyer Beware

The quality of the 2010 free agent class is well known, and has dominated discussion in South Florida for nearly three years. The “Summer of LeBron,” which kicks off in just over three weeks, is sure to change the landscape of professional...

Patrick Beverley’s Journey to the Miami Heat 1

Patrick Beverley’s Journey to the Miami Heat

Patrick Beverley has had one lifelong goal – to play in the NBA. After a trying, vindicating, tumultuous, and encouraging 21 years of life, his dream might just be drawing near. The Early Years Patrick was born to Lisa Beverley, a 17-year-old...

Memory Lane Revisited 4

Memory Lane Revisited

It was July 2007. Just fifteen months prior, the Heat had secured its first championship in franchise history, backed by the scintillating playoff performance of superstar Dwyane Wade. The Heat was flying high. Alonzo Mourning and Gary Payton both quickly agreed to...

Calculating the Salary Cap 0

Calculating the Salary Cap

We’ve all been operating under the assumption of a $56.1 million projected salary cap, which was provided by Commissioner Stern prior to the playoffs. How did he come by that figure? During July Moratorium, the league will project both basketball-related revenues (“Projected...

For Pat Riley, the time is now 7

For Pat Riley, the time is now

This is it. This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. Every decision that has culminated in the current Miami Heat roster was made by a Pat Riley who already had his current strategy in mind. He has no excuses. It took...

Exceeding the Salary Cap 2

Exceeding the Salary Cap

Given the constraints imposed by the number $56.1 million, we’re all searching for ways in which the collective bargaining agreement would allow the Heat to exceed the salary cap. There are four primary mechanisms which the Heat will be able to utilize...

Filling Out the Roster 5

Filling Out the Roster

Many of us have our doubts. We ask ourselves whether it truly can be done. Can the Miami Heat realistically build a championship caliber roster while operating within the confines of the salary cap? It doesn’t seem possible. We point to the...