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  1. LeBron: “I can understand why a lot of people were upset”

    Nov 21, 2011, 8:26 PM EDT

    Not shown: hair on LeBron's forehead.

    LeBron James understands where you are coming from, you haters. He’s backtracked from how he handled “The Decision” for some time now, said he wouldn’t want to change the choice but does wish he had gone about it differently. He and those around the announcement thought the show was all for a good cause, not…

  2. Pat Riley laughs off Shaq’s “Gestapo” comment

    Nov 21, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

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    Pat Riley understands Shaquille O’Neal. Understood he needed to push the big man hard if the Heat were going to win the championship in 2006. Understands him now as Shaq goes around promoting his “Shaq Uncut” biography. That’s why Riley was not offended by Shaq saying talking about Riley’s “Gestapo conditioning,” as the coach told Ira…

  3. LeBron James is kind of the college football grim reaper

    Nov 20, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

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    LeBron James announced earlier this year an expansion of his deal with Ohio State, where his brand is represented on the uniforms of the Buckeyes, an agreement he’s had for several seasons. He added the University of Miami Hurricanes and the University of Kentucky Wildcats to his stable. Subsequently, Ohio State was mired in one…

  4. Harvard business class takes a look at LeBron marketing

    Nov 18, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Bashing LeBron James the brand has become a national past time. Maverick Carter — James confidant and business manager — has taken almost as much incoming fire as LeBron the past year. Since the decision to take his talents south, LeBron’s popularity has plummeted and some marketing options have dried up. There are all sorts…

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

    Nov 17, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

    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…

  6. First real tests of new labor deal will be Howard, Paul, Williams

    Nov 17, 2011, 10:21 AM EDT

    Deron Williams, Avery Johnson, Billy King

    Chris Bosh is right. Part of what is fueling this hardline stance by owners is about Miami and New York. This is what I mean. What LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony did last year shook small market owners to their core. Those guys pay the bills for owners, yet franchise cornerstones moved on…

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

    Nov 17, 2011, 8:06 AM EDT

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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…

  8. Shaq compares LeBron, Wade in clutch; smacks Bosh

    Nov 15, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    It’s Tuesday, time for another installment of “Shaquille O’Neal smacks someone is his book.” Chris Bosh, come on down, you’re the next contestant. Here is what Shaq wrote about the third wheel of the Miami Heat, as reported by Ethan Skolnick in the Palm Beach Post (via I am a GM). “Some guys come into the…

  9. Can decertification mean all NBA contracts are void? Not likely.

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Among the arguments David Stern warned the union about when talking about decertification was this — the league would try to invalidate all existing contracts if the union decertified. That’s in the league’s pre-emptive lawsuit against the union trying to block decertification. But can they really? Maybe the better question is, do they really want…

  10. Shaq’s interesting interpretation of his final days in Miami

    Nov 14, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal Heat

    The feeling of the people in Miami about Shaquille O’Neal and his book may best be summed up by a tweet from Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel: There is the truth and then there is Shaq’s spin on his Heat departure. But Shaq’s spin makes for an entertaining read. The chapter of his new…

  11. Pat Riley is waiting, but is not talking Erik Spoelstra

    Nov 11, 2011, 5:49 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Introduce LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade

    Among the dramas coming next season — whenever there is a next season — surrounds Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. Because there was not enough drama in Miami already. Spoelstra is entering the last year of his contract. With Pat Riley hanging over him like the Sword of Damocles (just ask Stan Van Gundy) there…

  12. Thanks to lockout, Heat owner has a lot of LeBron’s money

    Nov 10, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    Sometimes, you really wonder about the people who advise LeBron James. And Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, in this case. Let’s take a step back. Remember how earlier today we passed along information about the Heat’s Mike Miller selling his Miami area home, and how that is a sign he (and everyone else) thinks the…

  13. First victim of NBA amnesty clause? Mike Miller’s house

    Nov 10, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami

    There are still questions about what the NBA labor deal will finally look like, but you can be sure that an amnesty clause will be part of it. Teams will get the chance to release one player and wipe his contract off their books (the player will still get paid). The Miami Heat are likely…

  14. Video: Author delivers “Whore of Akron” book to LeBron

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    Not shown: hair on LeBron's forehead.

    We’ve already given you some excerpts from Scott Raab’s book “The Whore of Akron” where the Cleveland native slams LeBron James (but really spends most of the book talking about his personal demons and issues). If you want to know more, our man John Krolik did a fantastic review of it. Raab decided he wanted…

  15. If season cancelled, LeBron trade could help Cavs in draft

    Nov 7, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

    Irving stands with NBA Commissioner Stern after being selected by the Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Since we’ve got nothing else NBA related to do today other than stare into the abyss and see if it stares back, let’s talk about an interesting little hypothetical. Let’s say the full NBA season gets cancelled. That leads to all sorts of questions about what order the picks would be in for the 2012…

  16. Rick Carlisle had Mavericks pack for only Game 6 of finals

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Rick Carlisle pulled a trick out of the Miami Heat’s Pat Riley’s playbook to win the NBA finals. Back in 2006, the Miami Heat were up 3-2 and heading back for a Game 6 in Dallas. Then Heat coach Riley told his players to only pack enough clothes for one game’s stay — they were…

  17. Wade says Heat embraced the dark side, but it cost them

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    USA+Basketball Wade Krzyzewski

    Every good story of a hero rising up — say, Dirk Nowitzki — needs a villain to make it work. Last season, the Miami Heat were everyone’s villains. How the entire thing went down — from LeBron’s televised decision to the pep rally — turned a lot of fans off. There was both distaste for…

  18. David Stern spins Micky Arison fine, talks lockout

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:38 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami

    David Stern — at the urging of other owners — fined Heat owner Micky Arison a whopping $500,000 (reportedly) for breaking the veneer of a unified ownership front. Arison tweeted that he’s not the owner you should be blaming for the lockout. And now, here comes he spin, from David Stern, who spoke with Howard…

  19. If Cavs sends Baron Davis packing, Lakers or Knicks may win

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    As we wait for Billy Hunter and David Stern to sit down and bother to talk to one another, one of the favorite games of NBA fans has become “amnesty clause roulette.” Who will teams waive with the amnesty clause when the season stars again? Then, where will that player land? Few scenarios are as…

  20. LeBron challenges Durant to a little football action

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:15 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    We’re not going to see LeBron James ad Kevin Durant square off on the hard court anytime soon, so why not on the gridiron? Stranger things have happened. Monday night Kevin Durant jumped into a flag football game at Oklahoma State University. If you remember, a month ago LeBron James went out and practiced with…

  21. Other owners pushed for big fine on Heat’s Arison

    Nov 1, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

    Miami Heat owner Micky Arison arrives for the NBA labor negotiations in New York

    Heat owner Micky Arison is going to be writing a big check to the NBA — $500,000 to be exact. And he can thank some of his fellow NBA owners for that. On Halloween Arison got a trick from the league when David Stern smacked him with a heavy fine for a little twitter rant on…

  22. Shaq says he got in Pat Riley’s face in Miami, too

    Oct 31, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT

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    Excerpts from Shaquille O’Neal’s new book hit the Web and of course our eyes are drawn to the Hatfields and McCoys that is he and Kobe Bryant with the Lakers. A legendary feud. But that’s not all that is there in the excerpts Deadspin published. There is also this description of his confrontation with then…

  23. Dwyane Wade might be too stylish, yada yada, wait… he paints his toenails?

    Oct 29, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    I’m not going to lie to you. Talking to Dwyane Wade in person is like being in a Tilt-A-Whirl on hallucinogenics. You’re never on stable ground, you’re not sure what’s going on, and there’s a pretty decent chance afterwards you’ll throw up from the motion. Wade is so honestly so charming, you walk away thinking…

  24. Heat owner speaks his mind on twitter, then thinks better of it

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:01 AM EDT

    Miami Heat owner Micky Arison arrives for the NBA labor negotiations in New York

    We’ve known for a while that Miami Heat owner Micky Arison is a dove — he wants his team to start playing basketball again, he’d pretty much take the players deal on the table right now and roll with the season. As fans who want to see basketball, he’s our guy. Start the games. But…

  25. Owners of teams with great rosters are eager for season to begin

    Oct 21, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst has some news that really shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody: If it were up to Heat owner Micky Arison, his team would be preparing for its final three preseason games right now and he’d be spending the majority of his time running his cruise lines and not at labor meetings in…

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