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Jamaal Magloire will bang bodies around for the Heat

Jul 19, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Heat_logo.gif“Jamaal Magloire has a role and that role is to beat the hell out of people.” A quote from Stan Van Gundy (via Orlando Pinstriped Post).

That is just fine with Miami. Which is why the Heat signed him to a one-year deal, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. It’s a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal of $1.4 million.

The Heat now have Magloire, Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and rookie Dexter Pittman under contract at center. The hope is that one — or some combination of the group — can give the Heat some defensive presence inside and rebounding that will free up Chris Bosh to be a terror at the four.

Magloire is considered a very good guy in the locker room, as well.

However, there are question marks all around. Magloire barely saw the court last year, appearing in just 23 games behind Jermaine O’Neal (who left town) and Joel Anthony. And Anthony is undersized for a center, Ilgauskas is old and was not a key part of Cleveland this season, and Pittman is an untested rookie.

But if they can get solid center play out of the group, they just filled what most people think is their biggest weakness.

  1. Fausto - Jul 19, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Good singing, he’s a bruiser and has a very high rebound per 48 minutes ratio which is what the team needs out of the 5, rebounds, defense and fouls on the howards of the league.

  2. SouthBeachHeat - Jul 19, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Sounds like Miami is molding their centers around the style of Chicago Bulls Jordan days. Have strong players at 1-4 and have a high rotation for their centers, who will foul, set picks, and get rebounds. Bosh can post up like a center (when he wants to).

  3. johnmaine - Jul 19, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Jenn Sterger is an embarrassment and disgrace to women:

  4. Dylan - Jul 19, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    We got Z..that’s our Luc Longley!! But in all seriousness I hope the Heat invest some time in Dexter Pittman.
    Hopefully Kobe keeps thinking he’s THE MAN (as we’ve heard a lot recently w/MJ in the headlines again) and doesn’t use Bynum and Gasol to their full potential against the mediocre Heat frontline.

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