Report: Heat will play video honoring LeBron James when Cavaliers visit on Christmas


Even Dwyane Wade, who urged Heat fans to cheer LeBron James when the Cavaliers visit Miami on Christmas, acknowledged he was referring to only before the game. Once the contest begins, Wade said the fans should “do what you’ve got to do.”

But it seems the Heat are intent on celebrating LeBron on Thursday.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

The Heat will play a video honoring LeBron James when he returns to face Miami on Christmas, a source told Yahoo Sports.

The Heat’s message has been consistent – from owner Micky Arison to president Pat Riley: LeBron deserves respect for what he helped the team accomplish. And that is true. LeBron did wonders for Miami.

But he also left.

Fans deserve a chance to take out their (understandably irrational) hard feelings on LeBron. Wade struck the right balance, calling for pregame applause and allowing for in-game boos.

A video tribute seems like a bit much.

Earlier this season, the Raptors honored Vince Carter with a video, and that turned into a nice moment. But Carter left Toronto a decade ago. LeBron left Miami just last year.

Give scorned fans a chance to go through the free agent grieving process. The Carter tribute wouldn’t have been nearly as sweet without Raptors fans exiling him for so long.

With so little distance between LeBron’s exit and return, it seems the Heat are going overboard to honor a Cavaliers player. Then again, this is the same franchise that retired Michael Jordan’s number despite him never playing for it.

At least Miami is consistent.

Vince Carter can still dunk (video)


Don’t feel bad, Rudy Gobert. Vince Carter just has a thing for dunking on Frenchmen:

Grizzlies snap Warriors’ 16-game winning streak


The Warriors were off to a ridiculous 21-2 start to the season, but few expected that to continue on Tuesday night in Memphis.

The Grizzlies were 19-4 overall themselves, and possessed the league’s best home record coming into this one. And, with Golden State missing its defensive anchor in Andrew Bogut, the belief was that Memphis would have a relatively easy time ending the Warriors’ winning ways.

While it was more difficult than expected, Memphis came away with the 105-98 victory, one which snapped Golden State’s 16-game winning streak.

The Grizzlies took control of this one early in the second quarter, with a 20-0 run sparked by their bench. Vince Carter led the way with 11 in the period, while guys like Jon Leuer and Beno Udrih were efficient in running the Memphis offense to get easy looks at the basket.

This was far from a blowout, however, and the Warriors even had their chances down the stretch. After Memphis led by as many as 14 points in the fourth, the lead was just three with 38 seconds remaining. But Mike Conley came through in the clutch, hitting a running floater with 30 seconds left that effectively sealed it.

This was not a great night for the Warriors offensively, and while the Grizzlies are known for their defense, some of the miscues can easily be chalked up to the players needlessly pressing. Curry finished 9-of-25 from the field, and many of his shots seemed forced, without him bothering to look for teammates to get easier looks. Draymond Green can be capable offensively at times, but looked out of sorts while missing almost everything in a 2-of-11 effort of his own.

The good news for the Warriors is that help is on the way. Bogut is expected to return soon, and as long as he’s healthy come playoff time, the league’s best defense can remain confident that it will be able to put up performances similar to those we’ve seen to this point in the season. David Lee will be back at some point, too, and that will just add another dimension to the big man depth of this stellar Warriors offense.

But until then, losses on the road against some of the other top teams in the league should be somewhat expected. At this point in the season, Memphis certainly fits that description.

Nets fans heartily boo Jason Kidd (video)


I was a little surprised – though not totally shocked – Raptors fans cheered Vince Carter tonight.

But, in the other game featuring a franchise great-turned-villain making his homecoming, these boos for Jason Kidd were totally expected in his return as Bucks coach. If anything, I’m surprised they weren’t even louder.

By the way, that was a nice touch by the Nets to show Kidd’s picture on the scoreboard and pause after introducing him. Make sure everyone knows whom they’re booing and has an opportunity to do so.

Kidd got the last laugh, though. After missing a wide-open potential game-winning layup in overtime, Brandon Knight made the game-tying 3-pointer in double-overtime, and the Bucks won in the third overtime.

(hat tip: Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game)

Vince Carter cries as Raptors players, fans cheer him (video)


Raptors fans flipped their script on Vince Carter when the team honored him with a video during tonight’s game against the Grizzlies.

After a little initial booing, Toronto fans showed this was the time for forgiveness, and it led to an awesome moment of appreciation from both sides.