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Birdman finds a nest: Heat sign Chris Andersen for rest of season

Feb 8, 2013, 11:58 AM EDT

Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond and Miami Heat's Chris Andersen look toward the inbounded ball immediately after Andersen scored his first points for the Heat against Detroit  in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida Reuters

If there is one vulnerable spot on the Heat it is size — if you ask people from the Bulls and Pacers why they think they can dethrone the champions, it is being able to play bigger and Miami not being able to counter that.

Miami tried to deal with that by giving 6’10″ Chris Andersen a chance with a 10-day contract. Then another. It worked out — Andersen has replaced Joel Anthony in the Heat’s bigs rotation and is getting more than 10 minutes a night the last five games.

Friday the Heat made it official and signed Andersen for the rest of the season.

What Andersen brings with the size is hustle — he tries to block and alter shots, he goes hard on the glass, and he brings it every game. Every play of every game. Bigs who bring that kind of energy off the bench have value.

Andersen’s not going to give Miami a lot of points (finishing lobs around the rim and offensive rebound putbacks are it) but they don’t need points. They need some size that will come in handy in the playoffs.

And Andersen is that size, now.

  1. readysethike - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    good…glad to see him back

  2. cantonbound13 - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    What ever happened to the pedifile charges?

    • davidly - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Andersen’s home was the target of an investigation of a suspected internet case by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. Andersen was not charged with any crimes.

      • heat256 - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        “Pedifile”? Don’t know if the Birdman goes to an Asian salon to get his feet worked on. Maybe you can ask him, but try not to swoon.

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        Well if he wasn’t charged then who was and what exactly happend to the case? It seems like you may know, and PBT NEVER put out a follow-up story after they first released the news. Please lemme know davidly.

      • davidly - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        @00maltliquor:
        Well, it has been a full year now since the investigation began. The Denver Post said quite a while back already that they’d seen documents that confirm that the woman making a claim against Andersen represented herself as someone of legal age and that at some point later somebody in her family demanded money from him.

        His attorney has reasserted that not only did the woman claim to be of legal age, but that she was of legal age. Of course, none of us can confirm any of this, but I try not to allow my opinion of people to be tainted by second hand info, let alone sources upon sources upon sources, et cetera, et cetera, and so on, you get the idea.

        As recent as January, I think, somebody in the sheriff’s office said that the investigation was ongoing. I dunno about now. If you wanna stay up-to-date on it, I’d recommend searching at denverpostDOTcom.

      • Kurt Helin - Feb 8, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        Maltlicquor

        We never did a follow up because there has been nothing to report. We did one about how his agent said he was duped by a woman trying to blackmail him, and there has never been a charge against him. The case is still open technically, but if no charges are filed there is no crime to report.

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 9, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        Thank you davidly, Kurt Helin. I’ve been waiting a long time to hear something. This somewhat puts my mind at ease.

  3. progress2011 - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Since Bosh is soft as Charmin toilet tissue, Anthony is incompetent, Haslem is the size of a shooting guard etc. etc. etc.

    Birdman will provide some DESPERATELY needed toughness to the paint !

    That will relieve LBJ of a percentage on one of his 5 positions, he has to play every night !

  4. miamatt - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    We’ll see if he entrenches himself in the rotation come playoff time, but at least right now this appears to be a more significant pick-up than last year’s Ronni Turiaf acquisition. Birdman does a lot of the things Joel Anthony does for the Heat, but with better size, and a significantly better offensive game.

    Not that having a better offensive game than Joel Anthony is saying much, but I can’t even conceive of a world in which Anthony makes a steal, dribbles 3/4 court, and then pulls out a eurostep en route to an and-1 layup: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL0qAZ8fw4o

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      STRONG post! My boy delivers a great point, and then backs it up with video evidence. Well played.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      Yep, no need for me to post after what you just said. I’ve watched every Heat game for years and I was rooting hard for the Birdman pickup. WAHOOOOOO!

  5. soopreme - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    This is an excellent pickup for the Heat.
    He really fills the role the Heat so desperately needed.
    He is probably the best big man pick up the Heat have had since Lebron has been there.
    Now the question will be if Spoelstra will play him and get away from the small ball a bit.

  6. qpoiu1 - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Nice low-risk high-reward deal…the Birdman is back!

  7. badintent - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Fly High Birdman, sharpen your talons on KG ‘s head but do check ID’s, lots of fake boobs in Miami.

  8. kanemoney - Feb 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    He is one of my favorite players – glad to see him back on a team. He will be awesome in the playoffs

  9. mgscott - Feb 8, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    This guy looks like a clown

    • eventhorizon04 - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      So did Dennis Rodman.

      It’s not about aesthetics – Andersen can still contribute, and that’s why he was signed.

  10. southbeachtalent - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Great role player and a likes to hustle and play selfless basketball. Welcome aboard BirdMan!!

  11. mcsuave - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Great pickup. hustling bruising big man who could have helped a lot of teams. I was not aware of the pedophile accusation which is what probably scared a lot of teams off.

  12. djflav303 - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Good to see Birdman playing again! Denver still has a lot of love for the Bird!

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