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  1. Video: Ira Winderman talks evolution of the Miami Heat

    Dec 27, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Heat forward James and guard Wade laugh during the closing minutes against the Mavericks in Dallas, Texas

    The Miami Heat were a running team. LeBron James was camped out in the post, as was Dwyane Wade. It’s just one game, but our own Ira Winderman — who covers the team — talks the evolution of the Heat this season and how they are trying to grow things. How these Heat are different…

  2. Now off to the races: the Miami Heat

    Dec 26, 2011, 7:57 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    Tom Haberstroh has some thoughts on the Miami Heat’s new “Pace and Space” offense after the Heat’s opening-day blowout of the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. Here’s a quick excerpt from his post, which starts with a description of LeBron James drawing a foul on a fast break after a made basket: LeBron blurred past the…

  3. Miami 105 Dallas 94: Heat unleash the Nightmare on Christmas for Mavs

    Dec 25, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

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    A three-part preface, to begin, before we cover the Heat’s shelling/drilling/slaughter of the Mavericks. It’s the first game of the season, and the first game of the season is never indicative of how the season will go for either team, even if it seems like it in retrospect. Th Celtics beat the Heat in the…

  4. 5 Things to Watch, Heat-Mavericks: Christmas revenge

    Dec 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    GAMES. There will be actual NBA games played today starting at noon. To get you pumped, ready, and primed for the start of the 2011-2012 NBA season, we give you five things to keep an eye on today in Heat-Mavericks. To get you pumped: The devil you know is worse than the devil you don’t…

  5. Super-Conductors, Super-Teams, and You: An analysis of where the mega-squads stand and are constructed

    Dec 24, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Clippers' Paul sails to the basket as Lakers' players watch during their NBA preseason game in Los Angeles

    The Knicks don’t make sense. ***************************** Every team’s fans are defensive of their squad. I like to single out specific fanbases for sport, but in reality, it doesn’t matter the locale or composition. Teams fans will react similarly in most cases provided the writing is not on the wall in gigantic stenciled block letters that…

  6. Friday morning And-1 links (formerly one liners)

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:14 AM EST

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    New name, same drill. This is our morning look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Snoop Dogg is no Pau Gasol fan. (Language NSFW or family Christmas gatherings. The spelling is bad, too.) A really fascinating…

  7. Rose, Durant go different path with contracts than LeBron

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose attends news conference in Chicago

    When LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade came up for contract extensions, they all asked for three-year deals, or options that let them opt out of their deals after three years. The idea was simple — gain leverage over the team, pressure them to build a winner or they could lose their star. (We…

  8. Heat may do preseason tour of China next year

    Dec 21, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    Lebron-James China

    You get the feeling Nike is the puppet master on this one, pulling all the strings… Monday the Miami Heat signed a sponsorship agreement with Chinese beer company Tsingtao, and that may be the first step to a preseason tour of China for the Heat next season, reports the Sun Sentinel (via SLAM). “We’re not…

  9. Kris Humphries beats out LeBron as NBA’s least liked player

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:56 PM EST

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    Finally, Kris Humphries has found a way to get mentioned in the same sentence with LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. In a new poll of the least liked NBA players — conducted by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research, so you know this is legit — Humphries topped even the two traditional black hat guys in…

  10. Friday morning one liners (so long Brandon Roy)

    Dec 16, 2011, 11:09 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. If you read one thing today, make it the BlazersEdge look back at the career of Brandon Roy. This is spectacular stuff from Ben Golliver. In case you missed it, PBT previewed all 30 NBA…

  11. NBA Season Preview: Miami Heat

    Dec 15, 2011, 12:00 AM EST

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Last season: 58-24, second seed in the East. We all know how this turned out — Miami made it to the NBA Finals in its first season with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, but lost the title to Dallas in six games. Head Coach: Erik Spoelstra, who interestingly enough has not yet been…

  12. Plenty of teams want in the Chauncey Billups sweepstakes

    Dec 12, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    Knicks Celtics Basketball

    All the cool kids want Chauncey Billups on their team. Dwight Howard — who has already complained the Magic don’t listen to his player advice — wants him, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN. One of “changes” Dwight Howard wants is signing of Chauncey. If DH12 stays, sources say he’ll urge Billups to spurn Heat and…

  13. Hornets willing to sign-and-trade David West to contender

    Dec 7, 2011, 7:35 PM EST

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    If David West had not blown out his knee last year, he would be mentioned with Nene as a top free agent in this class. There is not a better pick-and-pop big in the game (well, maybe that Nowitzki guy, but the list is short) and West has an all-around game. He’s a former All-Star…

  14. Dwyane Wade sticks up for LeBron, Bosh

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:24 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    Dwyane Wade will take on your villain role as a member of the Miami Heat. Bring it on. But in the process he will stick up for his teammates. In an interview with Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, Wade defended LeBron James’ comments in an ESPN interview where LeBron said he did not want…

  15. Hornets preparing for the worst or subtly appealing to Chris Paul’s pride?

    Dec 5, 2011, 2:39 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    As has been made abundantly clear over the last few weeks, the New Orleans Hornets are in a tough spot. Most reports have Chris Paul with one foot out the door — a colossally bad omen for the franchise in virtually every sense. Paul is the Hornets’ livelihood. He is the team’s leader, its star player, and…

  16. Winderman: NBA should bring order to free agency chaos

    Dec 5, 2011, 9:11 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

    If the NBA was smart, it would swoop collectively upon Dallas, claim the already-booked hotel space and tell Major League Baseball that, at this moment, they need winter meetings far more than any other sport. In 2010, when the NBA actually had time to conduct an orderly free-agent process, most of the league found itself…

  17. Report: Heat in the lead for Battier

    Dec 4, 2011, 6:09 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Shane Battier is the type of player you would expect to take a discount to ring chase. He’s been a glue guy in Houston, sticking with them through injuries and curious decisions. He was the chemistry guy in Memphis, helping the younger players get better and making the three that gave the franchise its first…

  18. The Heat want to make a run at Greg Oden. I want to make a run at Isla Fisher. Both have equal odds.

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:42 AM EST

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    The Heat are cash strapped. That tends to happen when you have three superstars playing on one team (or former superstars in the case of Chris Bosh — sorry, Chris). They need to improve their team and yet they don’t have much room and only one exception to use. So what’s the plan? Apparently it’s…

  19. With rumors abound, Lakers near a franchise crossroads

    Nov 29, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Though the formalization of the new CBA proceeds at a slow churn, the NBA rumor mill is already in mid-season form. Chris Paul and Dwight Howard — both in the final year of their respective contracts — are suddenly ready to be shipped every which way, and media outlets of every form are examining the…

  20. Report: Paul Millsap is on the trading block. Any bidders?

    Nov 28, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Golden State Warriors

    We welcome with open arms our first real trade rumor of the post-lockout era. We’ve missed you guys. Jazz forward Paul Millsap is available, according to a story in the Indy Star and backed up by John Hollinger of ESPN. This is not a huge shock, the Jazz were reportedly shopping Millsap around during the…

  21. Lakers, Mavericks, other big spenders safe for two years

    Nov 28, 2011, 8:06 AM EST

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    Part of the reason we lost 480 NBA games this season is because a bunch of owners were pissed at the Lakers, Mavericks, Heat, Celtics and other owners willing to spend over the luxury tax. Small market owners wanted to tie the hands of the big spenders in the name of the mythical “competitive balance.”…

  22. Dalembert considering Heat, Knicks, Rockets

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:52 AM EST

    Samuel Dalembert

    Centers are at a premium in this league, that should be evident by now. Nene, Tyson Chandler, Marc Gasol, all will lead this free agency class. Dwight Howard headlines the next. Chandler’s defensive impact was a primary factor in the Mavericks winning the title. So Samuel Dalembert will be getting his fair share of calls…

  23. Thanksgiving one liners: Kevin Durant returning to Seattle

    Nov 24, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

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    Happy Thanksgiving. We know you have a lot on your plate — literally — so we just bring you a few appetizers.  • We at PBT are thankful for all of you who read us every day. What makes this site fun is the comments and interaction with you. (What would make it even more…

  24. Chris Bosh shrugs off criticism from Shaquille O’Neal

    Nov 17, 2011, 12:22 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    In his new book, Shaquille O’Neal smacks around Chris Bosh a little. Which is nothing new, Shaq called Bosh the “RuPaul of NBA big men” before, so this was almost tame in comparison. But when asked about it, Bosh basically shrugged it off. Our own Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel asked Bosh about the…

  25. Bosh calls lockout league’s revenge for Miami, New York

    Nov 17, 2011, 8:06 AM EST

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    Chris Bosh thinks that part of the owners’ motivation in playing hardball is their anger about what LeBron James and he did last summer, then what Carmelo Anthony did to Denver. Bosh believes those moves are fuel for smaller market owners trying to get a complete and total destruction of the union during the current…

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