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Orlando believe 12 is better than three when it comes to Miami Heat


Jnelson_Dhoward.jpgIf you like messin’ with Sasquatch, then go to an Orlando Magic practice and start asking questions about the Miami Heat. Pretty much the same reaction.

Orlando general manager Otis Smith led the “hey, maybe they should play a game before we anoint them” cries, as reported by FanHouse.

“They’ve got three, and we’re solid 1-12. Until they start playing the games, it’s just a team on paper.”

And the collection of quotes just goes on-and-on.

“I got tired of the Heat as soon as LeBron James announced he was going to Miami,” scoffed Magic center Dwight Howard Monday…

“ESPN is like ‘all Heat, all the time,’ ” remarked Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. “This isn’t about us getting together for training camp and the theme is we have to beat the Heat. That’s ridiculous. There are a lot of good teams. They aren’t the standard bearer.”

“We will see each other down the line in the playoffs, and that will take care of itself,” said Magic guard Vince Carter.

For all the talk now, the playoffs — which don’t start for seven months — will be the testing ground. During the season teams don’t get a lot of time to really prep for each other, during the playoffs there are far more adjustments. There is a better ability to isolate weaknesses and go after it.

Can the Magic run the Jameer Nelson/Dwight Howard pick and roll, spreading the floor with shooters that keep Miami’s big three from really helping, and beat the Heat? Can Boston just overwhelm the Heat with defense and a physical front line? Are the Lakers still just deeper and better than everybody?

The answers don’t come until May at the earliest. Until then, we’re just messin’ with Sasquatch.

Miami Heat's big three talk controversy, but they'd like to just play some ball


Thumbnail image for wade_bosh_james_highfive.jpgEnough with the speculation, let’s roll the balls out on the court and play. Finally.

That was the core of what LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh said when they sat down in front of the press at Heat media day Monday in Miami (televised on ESPN).

They sat down with Wade in the center.

“It’s seems like a year since last July,” Wade said. “There’s been a lot said and a lot done since then. So we’re happy, finally, to get to the basketball side of things.”

They were also clear about the goal — LeBron said it was not championship or bust, “just championship.” As for his past and all the things said about him this summer?

“For me, I’m moving forward…” James said.” It’s funny how things happen in life and how people react. A lot of people try to tell you what to do in life, and a lot of them don’t have their own life in order. I thought that was funny.”

The most prominent criticism came from Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley, who said they would never team up with their rivals.

“I make my own decisions,” James said. “I still respect Mike, I still respect Magic, Charles… “They did a lot for me. They paved the way. But I can’t live through those guys.”

They are three of the most talented players in the league, but some have questioned how they would mesh. They don’t.

“We came here to play together, we came here to play as a team,” Bosh said. “People are taking the individualism a little too much. We’re going to be good players, but we’re all going to play together. That’s the point”

Well, that and to have a little fun.

“We’re going to have fun. We’re going to make sure we have fun,” Bosh said. “Whatever it takes to win, that’s the part we have to grind out.”

The Heat start the grind of training camp tomorrow up at Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, up on the Florida panhandle.

Coach Erik Spoelstra said that the focus the first day of camp will be on defense. Because he’s smart. With this roster the Heat are going to score plenty, but if they are going to seriously contend it will be about the defensive end of the floor.

Is Chris Bosh a leader? Not in Toronto, according to coach

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Thumbnail image for bosh-heat.jpgPart of the problem in Toronto last season, part of the reason the Raptors folded and did not make the playoffs, was a lack of leadership in that locker room.

That according to Raptors coach Jay Triano, who also told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel that you better not expect leadership out of Bosh in Miami, that Bosh tends to defer to people.

When you talk about Chris being the leader in the locker room,” Triano told a Toronto radio station, “I think it’s the one thing that he wasn’t for us.

“He did a great job of getting 24 points and 10, 11 rebounds on a regular basis, but Chris did not really take the leadership role into the locker room. He’s not a vocal person; he’s not a guy who really did that.”

As Winderman points out, that is all pretty much moot in Miami. Dwyane Wade is a leader. LeBron James is a leader. There are veterans like Mike Miller, Eddie House and Juwan Howard on that roster. There will be voices to speak up.

If Bosh just wants to be a celebrity, go out and score and not have to lead in the locker room, he is in the right place to do it.

Kobe Bryant on LeBron James, his finger

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LeBron James is in Miami. The Larry O’Brien trophy is still in Los Angeles. And if you think it will be easy to pry it out of this guy’s fingers — whatever shape they are in — you are bat guano crazy.

Here Kobe talks about his ailing finger then LeBron James.


Pat Riley: "We feel we have done something special for our franchise"

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Pat Riley is feeling good about this team. Pat Riley should be feeling good about his team.

Here is the man himself from a recent press conference.