HoopsHype Dexter Pittman rumors
While the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Skyforce have lobbied for more time with Dexter Pittman, the Heat 2010 second-round pick is over with his initial NBA Development League stint, recalled on Sunday. The widebody center out of Texas who has yet to appear in a Heat game, appeared in eight games with team's D-League affiliate, starting on Nov. 27, averaging 16.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in an average of 30.6 minutes per game. His latest effort was a 22-point, nine-rebound effort Saturday. South Florida Sun-Sentinel
It does seem like the veterans will miss him when he’s gone. He’s taken his rookie hazing well. “I love all these guys, they’re fun to be around,” Pittman said. “Being a rookie coming into the NBA, you’re kind of timid because they’re older vets. But you look at it, they’ve been my shoes too, and they know what it’s like. So I just have fun.” Palm Beach Post
He’s even played practical jokes on LeBron James. “Yesterday, when he was in the shower, I threw a tub of ice on him,” Pittman said. Wednesday? “He got me back,” Pittman said. “I was sitting in a chair, and he slapped me with a wet towel.” Palm Beach Post
The Heat still does not have a legitimate low-post, offensive threat at center. There's size, rebounding and shot-blocking. But not necessarily all at the same time. Big Z certainly was a crowd favorite among the military fan base. He also knocked down a few shots, and drew loud cheers and chants after every positive move he made. Joel Anthony was active and altering shots at the rim. And Jamaal Magloire was an enforcer in the middle. Just don't ask him to shoot free throws. The Heat might prove to be dynamic enough at the other four spots to overcome some shortcomings at center. Rookie Dexter Pittman might be the best back-to-the-basket option at the position, but will he get an opportunity for meaningful minutes as the fourth center in the rotation? Not likely. Miami Herald
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