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Joel Anthony wants to retire with the Miami Heat

Sep 1, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

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The FIBA Americas Tournament is currently taking place in Venezuela and, unsurprisingly, the participating NBA players are getting quite a bit of recognition — Even the players that are rarely recognized during the NBA season, like Miami Heat backup big Joel Anthony.

ESPN wrote a 700-word feature on the Canadian Anthony earlier  this weekend, going in-depth with the lefty that averaged just five minutes for the Heat in their latest championship run. Anthony talked a bit about the upcoming golden age of Canada basketball, but also mentioned that he’s hoping to retire with the Heat.

“Of course I want to retire with Miami,” the center pointed out after opening the FIBA Americas 2013 Championship with a win over Jamaica. “It’s the team that gave me the opportunity, the team that I’ve played my six years on in the NBA and there’s no reason for me to leave.”

Anthony has a player option for $3.8 million next season that he’ll likely pick up, but the ESPN story noted that Miami would likely like to move him if they could. That’d make sense, too, considering Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Chris Andersen, Udonis Haslem and Greg Oden are all in the mix at the five-spot as well.

The 31-year-old big has posted averages of 2.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in 370 career NBA games, starting 110 of those contests.

  1. 00maltliquor - Sep 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Then he better consider retiring before the trade deadline.

    • lacolem1 - Sep 1, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      lol Exactly what I was going to type.

      • lacolem1 - Sep 1, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        I love Joel, though. His lateral quickness on defense almost makes up for the fact that he’s a sieve on offense, and that his rebounding numbers run counter to what you’d expect of his work ethic. Almost. Maybe now that the Heat have Anderson and Oden, Joel can play more at the 4, where his effort could be maximized.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

        He’s not a sieve on offense. He is a nonentity. A sieve would try to do a lot of things he couldn’t, such as shoot the ball (aka Michael Beasley). Joel certainly maximizes his ability and is a decent defensive player, but the Heat just has better options in Birdman, Bosh at the 5, and if healthy, Oden.

    • shanydawg - Sep 1, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      good point. but what a great gig eh? why would he want anything else.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:10 PM

        It has to be kinda frustrating to sit on the bench and watch the playoffs after playing a lot the previous year. From the outside, making millions to sit on my butt would be amazing, but when everyone is making that kind of money, I’d want to play. It sounds like he loves basketball.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Sep 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Me too

  3. leahcima1 - Sep 1, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    You are one of the hardest workers in the NBA and a joy to your team mates. Your name should be One Hundred Percent. All Miami Heat fans, your team mates and the organization respect your character and hope you have a long Heat career.

    • miamatt - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      Here, here.

      Limited in skill but not in heart and hustle. Remember when he would get “MVP” chants from the home crowd when he got to the line?

  4. knickshater - Sep 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    He has a weird shaped head.

    • money2long - Sep 2, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      lmao. sometimes it’s the silly, non contributive comments that are the funniest. nice !

  5. kingwithringz - Sep 1, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Love my boy Joel. Heatles.

  6. jimeejohnson - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    He’s got a couple of championship rings. Cantun*a*s got a couple of pairs of rubber underwear. Loser’s got to be ready when his team folds like a tent, again.

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