“The fifth Italian in the NBA is going to be Alessandro Gentile. He will move to the Rockets this summer” said Hackett. Alessandro Gentile signed a contract extension with EA7 last summer and he was supposed to remain in Europe for two more years before moving overseas. But his plans seem different now and he is ready to join the Rockets in 2015.
January 22, 2017 | 3:54 pm EST Update
The only players with more 20-point games off the bench in the franchise’s 29 seasons are Kevin Edwards with 22, Michael Beasley with 12 and Hassan Whiteside with 10. As a matter of perspective, Ray Allen had nine such bench performances while with the Heat. It is among the reasons Spoelstra has preferred to play Johnson in reserve. “We’re very open to where Tyler can continue to grow,” Spoelstra said in the wake of Johnson’s Thursday performance. “His confidence grows. He’s fearless. He’s such a relentless worker that who he is now is now, who he was two months ago, it’s not going to be who is two months from now.
For James Johnson, the respect has been earned not only by the diversity in his game — 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and as Goran Dragic said, the ability to defend multiple positions — but also by the commitment he made to reshape his body. Johnson, who finished last season at 276 pounds as a member of the Toronto Raptors, said he’s 245 now. When he met with Heat president Pat Riley and Spoelstra on his July “recruiting” trip to Miami, he was at 14 percent body fat. He’s at 7.5 now.