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Heat sign Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen to a 10-day contract

Jan 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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The Heat have the best record in the Eastern Conference, yet they haven’t been anywhere near invincible this season. In the games they’ve lost, Miami has been crushed on the boards, and it’s been an ongoing concern throughout the season.

The team took action to improve in that category by signing Chris Andersen to a 10-day contract on Sunday.

The Heat rank 26th in rebound rate, an advanced statistic that measures the percentage of missed shots a team rebounds.

Andersen played 10 NBA seasons, most recently with the Denver Nuggets in 2011-12. He appeared in 32 games for them, while averaging 5.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.3 blocked shots in 15.2 minutes of action.

He was waived by the Nuggets under the amnesty provision of the new collective bargaining agreement, which allowed the team to get the remainder of his two-year, $9.3 million contract off the books.

  1. volcom2143 - Jan 20, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    He’s like the white Dennis rodman . Perfect fit . He Does all the dirty work . I like the move . Low risk high reward

    • davidly - Jan 20, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      I know what you mean, but he’s not even in the same league as Rodman.

      • badintent - Jan 21, 2013 at 2:51 AM

        Yes, Chris never worn a wedding dress and didn’t screw Madonna.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jan 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    I read Andersen said he was “ecstatic” to be in Miami. I’m not joking .

    Probably should have picked a better adjective.

  3. miamatt - Jan 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Not a lot of risk for Miami to take a look here. While the Heat showed that they can counter size with pressure defense, quick rotations, and ball denials against the Lakers the other night, they also picked up a lot of fouls when the ball did reach the low post. Those were good fouls for the most part, but it puts the Heat in a position where they may want another big as an option for spot minutes, and they’d really rather not have that big be Josh Harrellson or Dexter Pittman.

  4. mungman69 - Jan 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    He will help.

  5. supremekingz - Jan 20, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Good match. Plays D, rebounds, and can dunk. Everything you need

  6. acdc363 - Jan 20, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    That’s awesome I miss the birdman

  7. dls612 - Jan 20, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Now all u gotta do is play him!

  8. mcqphx - Jan 20, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Stay off the Internet Chris.

  9. themagicfanguy - Jan 20, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Just give more PED’s to LeJoke, that’ll help him grab more rebounds for the team.

  10. michaeljordanseviltwin - Jan 20, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    I hope this becomes more than a 10-day contract. Pat Riley seems to be sitting on his two roster spots to see if anybody gets cut; just like he did last two seasons with Turiaf & Bibby.

    At this point the Heat should probably concede that the small ball lineups are a part time advantage. Get Joel Anthony a few more minutes and definitely give Birdman 10-15 off the bench. I’m excited to see him play again.

  11. gotampabay52 - Jan 20, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    south beach and bird man hell to the yeah ring#2 coming soon

  12. dondada10 - Jan 20, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Chris Anderson in the cocaine capital of American. Nothing bad can come of this.

    • badintent - Jan 21, 2013 at 2:56 AM

      Actually, LA is the coke capital of USA. More $$. more parties . Still watching reruns of Miami Vice.? so are the rest of us.

  13. cosme27 - Jan 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    ^number 3

  14. romo2dez88 - Jan 20, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    “The magic fan guy” Stop posting garbage like that please. Lejoke??? Seriously??? Have the magic EVER won anything??? Go home.

  15. Cielo A. - Jan 20, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    at least my miami heat would have a guy with colored tattoos

  16. kjt929 - Jan 20, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    This will be funny and I bet that if this becomes more than a 10day contract he gets suspended for PED’s

    • daddyghi - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      since when did marijuana and cocaine became PED’s?

      • badintent - Jan 21, 2013 at 7:45 PM

        It;s really sad on MLK day that we still have people that don’t know the difference.between gettng stoned and getting ripped and getting laid. just saying………………………………..

  17. themagicfanguy - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    @Romo Go home? Okay. Now that I’m home, the Heat are still a joke that couldn’t function without their juiced up fake superstar. Total joke, just like most of their supposed “fans” who are really just bandwagoners.

  18. rawgator06 - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    I love Pat Riley. There is no downside whatsoever to this signing and, if he works, then the Heat get a big rebounding boost and he would sign with a championship team for slim to none

  19. rawgator06 - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    I love Pat Riley. There is no downside whatsoever to this signing and, if he works, then the Heat get a big rebounding boost and he would sign with a championship team for slim to none

  20. scalfor3 - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Love Birdman, happy to see him back but sorry to see him playing for a team I hate

  21. progress2011 - Jan 21, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    The Bulls need more scoring and keep sitting Noah, in critical stretches.


    Win Win situation….Bulls get more scoring and the Heat secure the middle for many years to come with a high energy rebounding machine and enforcer !!!

  22. themagicfanguy - Jan 21, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    @badintent Actually, Texas is. Followed by South FL. That’s where it goes BEFORE it gets to LA, mostly.

  23. chainbuzz - Jan 23, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    A 10 day contract? Now that’s confidence in the Birdman.

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