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  1. Winderman: Nine games the Heat could lose you didn't expect

    Aug 10, 2010, 5:49 PM EST

    Even before the NBA released its complete schedule Tuesday, there were plenty of logical assumptions that could have been made about the longshot odds of the revamped Miami Heat matching the 72-10 of the 1995-96 Bulls. There are, after all, four games apiece against the Celtics and Magic, as well as two against the Lakers,…

  2. Some season schedule notes — Miami gets no easy start, but you'll see them a lot

    Aug 10, 2010, 2:59 PM EST

    The NBA released the full schedule today, and here are a few thoughts from a first glance at it. * Teams are allowed a total of 34 national television appearances per season (ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBATV combined). The Miami Heat are already at 29 and that will jump to 34 as NBATV again is letting…

  3. Your other Lakers/Heat game: March 10 in Miami

    Aug 10, 2010, 8:31 AM EST

    The rest of the NBA schedule will come out later on Tuesday but this much we have learned (via Kevin Ding at the Orange County Register): Lakers vs. Heat round two will be March 10 in Miami, a Thursday night game covered by TNT. The first Lakers/Heat game will be Christmas Day at Staples Center.…

  4. LeBron's long time girlfriend not loving Miami but she is stepping out of the cold

    Aug 9, 2010, 2:36 PM EST

    Savannah Brinson does not come off as a woman ready to go on “Basketball Wives.” She sounds like a woman comfortable with herself and her role in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar. But don’t confuse that with her loving the idea of moving to Miami. “Personally, Miami was not my favorite place. Vacationing there is…

  5. Video: LeBron speaks in Akron, expressing his love for Cleveland

    Aug 8, 2010, 6:18 PM EST

      Here’s the video, LeBron James speaking in Akron at his annual bike-a-thon for charity. He says all the right things. Clevelanders would like to remind you that actions speak louder than words.

  6. Jeff Van Gundy says the Heat will break Bulls' record of 72 wins

    Aug 8, 2010, 12:25 PM EST

    Oh, good. This should go over well. Jeff Van Gundy, in an interview with the Miami Herald, thinks the Heat will break the ’96 Bulls’ record of 72 wins, and will challenge the ’72 Lakers’ record for consecutive wins of 33. No, seriously. He went out and said what a lot of people are thinking:…

  7. Can the Heat be beat inside?

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    Nobody is going to be better than the Miami Heat at the two, three and four spots. But picture them playing Orlando. Jameer Nelson has the ball (guarded by Mario Chalmers) and Dwight Howard (covered by Joel Anthony) comes out to set the high pick. That is a hard-to-stop P&R combo for any team, and…

  8. Eddie House officially becomes a member of the Miami Heat

    Aug 4, 2010, 10:38 AM EST

    Eddie House already came to an agreement with the Miami on the terms of a two-year contract, but he’s now officially a member of the Heat according the Associated Press. Miami inked House to a two-year, $2.8 million contract, one of the great value signings of the tail end of free agency. House is a…

  9. Maverick Carter defends LeBron's Akron letter as having nothing to do with Cleveland

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:45 AM EST

    LeBron James is an Akron man. Born and raised. Still lives there. Do not confuse that with being a Cleveland man. He played for the Cavaliers, but don’t go thinking Akron and Cleveland are one in the same. Well, Clevelanders may consider Akron a suburb but the feeling is not mutual. The fine folks of…

  10. Welcome to the big time Miami — and a tough start to the season

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:45 PM EST

    You wanted to be big time, you wanted the spotlight Miami. Well you got it. And everything that comes with it. Like a tough first week. First you get the Boston Celtics in Boston. Three nights later you get to host the Orlando Magic. The last two Eastern Conference champions in your first two games.…

  11. Winderman: NBA schedule event highlights gulf between haves, have nots

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:42 PM EST

    What was that? No, seriously, what was that? The NBA kind of, sort of, released its 2010-11 schedule Tuesday. Well, not the entire schedule. Well, not even the entire opening-week schedule. And it also announced its holiday lineup, if the only holidays your heartless boss offers are Christmas and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Thanksgiving?…

  12. NBA releases opening week, marquee games: You better like watching the Heat

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:09 PM EST

    It’s the hot hot Heat. And the Lakers. But mostly the Heat. And if you can pair them then all the better. As for the other, unmentioned half of the league… you don’t seem to matter much. That’s what becomes obvious as you look at the highlights of the NBA schedule released in a new…

  13. Practice your booing now: LeBron returns to Cleveland Dec. 2

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:35 AM EST

    The entire state of Ohio just circled Dec. 2 on their calendars. Well, except for Columbus which cares only about the Michigan game, but the rest of the state circled Dec. 2. That is when LeBron James and the Miami Heat come to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers, according to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland…

  14. Your season opener: Miami at Boston. On Christmas Miami will be in L.A.

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:26 AM EST

    How about this for your Oct. 26 season opener: The old big three vs. the new big three. Miami at Boston. That’s what’s happening according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. It’s a matchup of the new favorites against a team that has had several players say Miami should not automatically be the favorite.…

  15. LeBron James popularity, brand will return with wins

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:58 PM EST

    Winning cures all ills in sports. Right now, LeBron James popularity has taken a hit. A Los Angeles based poling company, E-Poll Market Research, released the results of a survey that found his ratings on words like “appeal” and “exciting” dropped by double digits, while his rating on the word “overexposed” was up 26 percent.…

  16. Patrick Beverley reaches deal with Heat, will fight for chance to ride pine

    Aug 2, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    Patrick Beverley was that guy who had you saying, “hey, who is that?” Basketball fans would tune in to watch Olympiacos last year to catch Josh Childress and Linas Kleiza but Beverley would catch your eye. He was the point guard off the bench — replacing Von Wafer after he was let go — who…

  17. And the season schedule leaks begin: Orlando to open new arena against Heat Oct. 28

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:35 AM EST

    As it always does, the NBA has grand plans — they are going to unveil their opening games and the highlights (such as Christmas Day) on an NBATV special Tuesday night (7pm Eastern, if you want to set your DVR). But as our own Matt Moore noted at the time, it’s going to be hard…

  18. Zydrunas Ilgauskas pens letter thanking Cleveland

    Aug 1, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    Cleveland fans aren’t dealing with the loss of one favorite son. They’re dealing with two. Zydrunas Ilgauskas, a Cavalier for 14 years, headed to Miami with LeBron James to try and win a championship with his friend. James’ betrayal was “king” in Cleveland. Get it? “King?” As in, LeBron James, “King James?” It’s a pun,…

  19. NBA to release the big-ticket games Tuesday

    Jul 31, 2010, 8:57 AM EST

    It’s one of NBA-heads’ favorite times of the year. The release of the schedule. And this year, the NBA is capitalizing on that level of interest and making it into a bit of an event. Tuesday night, August 3rd, NBATV will host a one-hour special to announce its opening night, Christmas Day, and Martin Luther…

  20. Miami Heat sell out season seats, so they fire 30 members of ticket sales staff. Classy.

    Jul 30, 2010, 7:50 PM EST

    The Miami Heat are a hot ticket — they have sold out of season seats and there is a 6,000 person waiting list now. Demand for tickets is through the roof. Everybody wants to see LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together. The tickets sell themselves. So, why keep that season ticket sales staff…

  21. John Salley has a conversation with Rony Seikaly you would never have with Kobe

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

    Got to love John Salley. Not so much when he was a key part of the Bad Boys, but now as one of the funnier ex-players. A guy willing to tell some stories. Which he is doing for Deadspin (and to promote his new podcast). The first one is classic — playoff veteran and champion…

  22. Add Kendrick Perkins to the list of players not backing down from Miami

    Jul 30, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    The Miami Heat are going to be a regular season force — with little time to prepare for them (and there is little time in the regular season for teams) it will be hard to find and execute the little things that could slow LeBron, Wade and Bosh. But what about in the playoffs? In…

  23. With roster in place, who do the Heat dress every night?

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:10 AM EST

    Pat Riley is gifted with supernatural powers. I don’t know that for a fact, but it seems the most logical explanation for how the Miami Heat not only landed all three of the biggest free agents on the market, but also filled out the roster with quality players. Now the more practical question becomes: Who…

  24. Chris Bosh "put his heart and soul" into Toronto

    Jul 30, 2010, 8:19 AM EST

    Toronto General Manager Bryan Colangelo said Chris Bosh “checked out” at the end of his time in Toronto, when the Chicago Bulls caught the fading Raptors for the eighth playoff spot. Chris Bosh went on Rogers Sportsnet Thursday and fired back, saying he “put his heart and soul” into the Raptors and that what Colangelo…

  25. Mikhail Prokhorov sticks up for LeBron

    Jul 29, 2010, 4:06 PM EST

    LeBron has plenty of people watching his back, including the editors at ESPN.com. And Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. Who wrote a letter to the USA Today. The players are signed, the “Decision” is made, but the passions around this year’s extraordinary class of NBA free agents refuses to die down. What surprises me is the…

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