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Keyon Dooling denies Heat rumors, says he’s done with the league

Sep 23, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

Boston Celtics' Dooling celebrates a teammate's basket against the Miami Heat during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston Reuters

So Keyon Dooling retired last week, and it seemed weird and sudden. Then, almost immediately, reports surfaced that Dooling was going to join the Miami Heat.

Now, Dooling has issued a denial of those reports to Fox Sports Florida, (hopefully) ending one of the most irrelevant sagas of the late offseason:

So much for Keyon Dooling wanting to join the Miami Heat.

The Orlando Sentinel reported Saturday that, word was, the point guard — waived by Boston on Friday with the belief he would retire —  had interest in the Heat. But the native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., denied that.

“No truth!” Dooling wrote in an email to FOX Sports Florida. “I will never play NBA ball again.”

via Dooling confirms retirement, no interest in Heat.

So Keyon Dooling will not be bringing his lack of playmaking and erratic three-point shot to the Heat. Maybe. Look, we’ve seen this before. Guy says “No way, I’m done!” and then later is like “Oh, wait, I love money so, so, so, so, so much.”

Happens every year. And with the prospect of being able to sit out training camp and contend for a title on the table, don’t rule anything out just because Dooling’s willing to walk away right now.

But at least we can move on. The world can exhale.

  1. Uri Shavit - Sep 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Reblogged this on @Uri Shavit.

  2. jjordannba - Sep 23, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Im confused on why your dissing him like it’s his fault the rumor started or he was a terrible player, you couldn’t say anything he does well? The man just retired let’s show his career some respect.

  3. tcclark - Sep 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    The Heat don’t need him anyway. Chalmers thinks he’s one of the top 10 Point Guards in the NBA

    • nbascreed - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      tcclark – what is he supposed to think? The NBA is rife with quick, ball-handling, attacking guards and “I’m about average” isn’t the mindset you want to take into a week of Rondo, Rosie, Williams and Rubio. For me it was actually refreshing to hear him talk like that. A+ for certainty in my book. Confidence is fragile.

      We realize he’s not elite, but that’s no reason to lambaste him for doing what all competitors at that level do or should be doing. When he’s face to face

      • tcclark - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

        Thinking it is one thing. Saying it to a reporter is another. You can be confident without being delusional. Understand your role, understand your strengths, and know what is expected of you. That would be much more refreshing to me, then hearing another NBA player who thinks he’s a lot better than he actually is.

  4. rocketsbb - Sep 23, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Chalmers is probably in the 20’s among the best pgs in the league right now.

    • phaden27 - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      Yeah, because being 20 in a league with 30 starting point guards is impressive.

    • tcclark - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      Here are some point guards in the NBA that are better than Chalmers. In no particular order:

      1. Rose
      2. Paul
      3. Williams
      4. Westbrook
      5. Rondo
      6. Jennings
      7. Parker
      8. Lawson
      9. Evans (if you consider Tyreke a PG.)
      10. Holiday
      11. Wall
      12. Nash
      13. Teague
      14. Conley
      15. Lowry
      16. Calderon
      17. Miller
      18. Harris
      19. Felton
      20. Isaiah Thomas
      21. Jameer Nelson
      22. Collison
      23. Sessions
      24. Rubio
      25. Dragic
      26. Brandon Knight
      27. Lou Williams
      28. Steph Curry
      29. Kemba Walker
      30. Jason Kidd
      31. Kyrie Irving
      32. Jarret Jack
      33. D.J Augustin
      34. George Hill
      35. Billups

      I still have him above Jeremy Lin if that makes you feel better…

      • money2long - Sep 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        ur rankings made me smack my face a few times.
        just a few of the reasons…

        jennings is not a better nba point guard than tony parker.
        isaiah thomas is not better than rubio
        and i don’t think even jrue holiday thinks he is a better point man than steve nash.

        –please don’t get blinded by youth. many higher ups in the NBA would even say nash is still better than jennings, and wall. nash is the smartest pg, with the best accuracy on his shots. also, i believe rondo is better than westbrook. don’t get blinded by russell’s scoring. rondo is the better defender, creator and can take it to the hole more deceptively than westbrook.

      • jjordannba - Sep 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        Well money2long he did say in no particular order, so that shouldn’t be an issue

      • cmehustle - Sep 23, 2012 at 8:21 PM

        Lol! Great list, I really didnt know it was that many 1s better than Chalmers before reading this list. I dont know about Kemba, Jarret Jack, or DJ tho, but all the rest I will probably agree with. Wow Chalmers you got a looooooong way to go kid.

      • tcclark - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:02 PM

        Yeah there were some guys that I was iffy on, and those were a couple of them, but if you look at the numbers, it’s hard to argue. Here’s Mario’s numbers from last season:
        Chalmers: 9.8 ppg, 3.5 apg, 2.7 rpg, 12.98 PER

        Here are the numbers for the three that you mentioned:

        Kemba: 12.1 ppg, 4.4 apg, 3.5 rpg, 14.98 PER
        Jack: 15.6 ppg, 6.3 apg, 3.9 rpg, 17.97 PER
        DJ: 11.1 ppg, 6.4 apg, 2.3 rpg, 14.17 PER

        I realize that some of these numbers are a little inflated. All three of these guys played on terrible teams, so they were more of a focal point in the offense, whereas Mario was on a team stacked with talented players. My only thing is though; all three of these guys averaged more assists per game while passing the ball to guys like Gerald Henderson and Marco Bellinelli, instead of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and a bevvy of outside shooters. Also their PERs are much higher which is a pretty good, unbiased statistic. My thing is, if you put Chalmers in Jarret Jack’s shoes last year, does he put up those kinds of numbers? I can’t be sure, but I don’t think he does.

      • Legacy112 - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

        Well, the fact of the matter is that pretty much any pg in the Nba can start for miami and get the easiest job in the league. He is the lucky one who got the job. Most of the pg’s mentioned have the potential to be better than chalmers.

        However in crunchtime, only few players have the proven to still play their best(which for him may be a simple jumpshot or easy lay-up when the D is busy looking at the rest of the heat) when they need him to be. Only the top 5 plus nash, parker, kidd and billups will do that for their team. Everybody else has yet to prove themselves. He’s not a top 10 pg but he’s definitely not a bottom 30.

        Notable choke artist: sessions, teague, knight, augustin, dragic, collison, nelson, calderon, jack.

      • tcclark - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:38 PM

        We’re probably going to have to agree to disagree, but I’d much rather have a player who plays his best throughout the game, rather than a guy who plays his best only when his team needs him to.

        The fact of the matter is, if you switch out Chalmers with any one of those guys you mentioned, does he make their team better. Are the Bobcats better with Mario Chalmers running the point? How about the Hawks? Would he even start over Devin Harris like Teague is expected to? How about the Pistons, the Pacers, the Suns, the Mavs, The Magic, the Raptors, the Warriors? Do any of those teams get better with Mario Chalmers running the point? I don’t think they do. Some of those guys are the best perimeter players their teams have. Could Mario Chambers be the best perimeter player on any team today?

      • scalfor3 - Sep 26, 2012 at 1:23 AM

        so true. chalmers is a role player who happens to be on tv alot

  5. drunkenjunk - Sep 23, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    money2long read his comment, he said in no order.

    • money2long - Sep 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      i furked up. sorry yall !

      • raidmagic - Sep 23, 2012 at 6:25 PM

        Yes you did and we are all going to keep pounding the point home lol

      • tcclark - Sep 23, 2012 at 7:43 PM

        Don’t worry, I’ve got 15 thumbs down and no one’s arguing with me on which of those players Chalmers is better than. I think a lot of people furked up.

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