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Danny Granger’s NBA Career Coming to a Swift and Painful Close

December 23rd, 2014
John Elway won a Super Bowl in the final start of his NFL career. So did Jerome Bettis. Bill Russell, at age 35, grabbed 21 rebounds in the last professional game he’d every play—Game 7 of the 1969 NBA Finals—to win his 11th title as a Boston Celtic. This isn’t the ...

Breaking Down Chris Bosh’s Case for the Basketball Hall of Fame

December 16th, 2014
Throughout his career, Chris Bosh been a good—occasionally very good—but never great basketball player. His finest, at least his most impactful, seasons were spent as a tertiary threat on a Miami Heat team that never quite became a dynasty. This is tremendous. It’s a lot more professional success than most of ...

Best Potential 2015 Free-Agent Targets for Miami Heat to Pursue

December 16th, 2014
The Miami Heat have the summer of 2016 circled on their calendar. That offseason, a who’s who of the sport’s biggest stars could be available, and with South Beach still a well-established destination for premier hoops talent, the organization could be poised to build another Big Three and jump-start a new ...

Does Luol Deng Have a Long-Term Future with the Miami Heat?

December 2nd, 2014
Luol Deng is a fine basketball player and was an even better offseason pickup, but if he’s still in a Miami Heat uniform after his two-year, $19.9 million contract expires at the end of next season, it likely means something has gone wrong. The 6’9” small forward is best thought of as ...

Can Miami Heat Make Eastern Conference a 3-Team Race?

November 11th, 2014
It wasn’t supposed to be this easy. With LeBron James in Cleveland, the Miami Heat weren’t exactly expected to crater and collapse in spectacular fashion but to simply wither away—slink into mediocrity, 40-odd wins and maybe the No. 6 seed in an Eastern Conference that’s wafer thin. That was their ceiling, ...

Remember Dwyane Wade, the NBA Superstar?

September 30th, 2014
Dwyane Wade has made it easy to forget Dwyane Wade. For instance, during the 2014 NBA Finals, when the Miami Heat guard was getting turnstiled by anyone and everyone in a grey and white uniform, it was simple to overlook the fact that eight years earlier he submitted the greatest Finals’ ...

Grading Each Position Going into Miami Heat’s 2014 Training Camp

September 23rd, 2014
Let’s not mince words. The Miami Heat had a devastating summer. It started with an NBA Finals humiliation at the sure hands of the San Antonio Spurs—the most dominating offensive performance in recorded Finals history, according to ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton (subscription required)—and it somehow got worse from there. LeBron James left for Cleveland, ...

Dwyane Wade Facing Unique Opportunity with Miami Heat in 2014-15

September 16th, 2014
The 2014-15 NBA season set to tip off in six weeks, and Dwyane Wade is a name that’s on the tip of exactly zero tongues. With LeBron James home with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chris Bosh set to assume the mantle of offensive threat numero uno for the Miami Heat, something exceedingly ...

How Do Miami Heat Manage Dwyane Wade’s Minutes in 2014-15?

August 5th, 2014
As there are five stages of grief, there are three very definite phases people go through when thinking seriously about Dwyane Wade’s 2013-14 season. Phase one is visceral: The realization that Wade just didn't look the way that he used to. He was a step slow, seemed sort of languorous and lethargic at ...

With LeBron James Gone, Which Free Agents Should Miami Heat Pursue?

July 12th, 2014
The Miami Heat are not throwing in the towel. Though there’s an argument to be made that, in the wake of The Decision 2.0, the Heat would be wise to fold up shop for a season or three and focus on rebuilding through the draft, de facto general manager Pat Riley, ...