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Welcome Norris Cole, your new fan favorite in Miami

Dec 28, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

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Norris Cole was fearless. Fans can sense that and love it.

Cole became the new fan favorite (behind the big 3) in Miami by scoring 14 fourth-quarter points to stave off a Boston comeback and keep the Heat perfect on the young season. Cole, the rookie out of Cleveland State, was the man knocking down the shots over the Boston zone with the game on the line.

Let’s be clear — Cole got his shots because Boston played good defense against the Heat players you have to stop. Make LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh give up the ball. Make someone else beat you.

Norris Cole beat them. And became a cult hero in the process.

Cole was a sleeper in the draft, playing at a small school like Cleveland State he was a guy who did everything pretty well but was not an elite NBA athlete, not a guy who could create shots at the NBA level.

But he landed in Miami, where he doesn’t have to — he just has to knock down the chances he gets. Not freeze up in the moment. Catch and shoot, or when the hole is there drive. That’s what he did. Watch the highlights.

Cole was fearless in the moment. He has some swagger. Fans gravitate toward that. I’m not sure you want him taking more shots than Bosh and Wade many nights (like he did against Boston), but when he’s hot let him shoot.

Cole is now a cult hero in Miami, and if he can just keep playing smart like this his role will grow. The Heat already have Mario Chalmers who does not shy away from big moments, and Mike Miller can knock down shots blindfolded. That would be three guys the Heat can lean on any given night to be support to the big three.

Other teams are going to keep forcing someone else to beat them. Cole may be happy to oblige.

  1. ike133 - Dec 28, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    dick bavetta should be the fan favorite because he handed them the game in the fourth quarter

  2. chargerdillon - Dec 28, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Wow, not only can they bring in top tier talent but they can draft rookie top tier talent too?

    It’s almost like Pat Riley is really good at his job. Looking at the Lakers with old-man-river at PG makes me cringe when i see the Heat having a stud PG and the Lakers have drafted bust after bust at PG.

    Norris Cole you are this years Rajon Rondo

  3. dysraw1 - Dec 28, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    boy its sure gonna be tough to pick a rookie of the year this season

  4. dubitodd123 - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    The big 3 lbj wade cole bosh Is bad not in the big 3 he sucks

  5. livingsacrifice86 - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    The season is young, but Cole looks like a gamer. Miami needs players like that to take some pressure off of the big three and Chalmers needs to play better if he wants to keep his job.

  6. ballsooharduniversity - Dec 28, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    new big 3. james wade and cole..screw bosh

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 29, 2011 at 10:00 AM

      Bosh was always overrated, but very smart in how he worked himself into the Big 3 scenario.

  7. therealhtj - Dec 28, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    It’s one game for the rook. Sure kid looks like a gamer, but it wouldn’t shock anyone if he never has another game like this all season.

  8. progress2011 - Dec 28, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    therealhtj – It was one game. I’ve never heard of this guy either. BUT we all have noticed that Miami hasn’t had a True Point Guard since Tim Hardaway.

    I googled Norris Cole, to find out a little about him. He came from a very small conference where he was player of the year. This guy can flat out play !

    Watching the clips of him that I googled and watching the game last night, how calmly he got to the rack, handled the ball, made accurate passes and scored, Chalmers should go ahead and accept the fact that he will be coming off the bench.

  9. asublimeday - Dec 28, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Cool. I’m sure the dozen actual Miami fans (not fair weather or in another state just liking lebron for the sake of being the eternal devils advocate) are pretty happy.

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 29, 2011 at 10:01 AM

      You mean the ones that are there before halftime?

  10. borderline1988 - Dec 29, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Smooth looking shooter with swagger. Decent defender and has good basketball IQ.
    Has to tighten up his handle though. The Heat cannot afford turnovers from its role players.

    Perfect PG for the Miami Heat.

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