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October 2, 2014 Updates
October 1, 2014 Updates

Jason Lieser: Chris Andersen (36) believes he has at least 3 seasons left. Chris Andersen: “I was told a long time ago that even though I’m called Birdman, I can’t jump forever." Twitter @PBPjasonlieser

Heat power forward Udonis Haslem has signed on to be an executive producer of an inspiring film about a South Florida youth basketball coach with ALS. The film “Who is Lou Gehrig?” is being directed by Gil Green, who is well known in the music video business and also directs commercials and the Heat’s player introduction videos. Green’s lifelong friend, Jeff Vogel, has ALS, but continues to coach girls’ youth basketball at the North Miami JCC. The movie will focus on Vogel’s powerful imagination, which he uses as a coaching tool. Miami Herald

The finished film will be screened at this year's Borscht Film Festival, which is Dec. 18-21. The film will feature Haslem’s debut as an actor. He will play himself. Many of Vogel’s lessons as a coach revolve around his players imagining they’re playing for the Miami Heat. Haslem has donated $10,000 to the project, but Green is still short of his financial goal to finish the film. For more information about donating to the project please visit the film’s page on KickStarter.com. The deadline for donations is Oct. 9. Miami Herald

Miami Heat center Justin Hamilton is expected to be sidelined for about a month after undergoing a procedure to repair a common abnormal heart rhythm. The team says a full recovery is expected. Yahoo! Sports

September 30, 2014 Updates

The Miami HEAT announced today that center Justin Hamilton underwent a procedure at South Miami Hospital on Monday to repair an atrial flutter. After experiencing light-headedness during practice, he was sent to Doctors Hospital where the diagnosis was discovered. NBA.com

Now reunited with James with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miller offered insight into the degree of that ire, with James leaving the Heat in free agency in July to return to the Cavaliers. "LeBron thought it was an unnecessary change," Miller told Northeast Ohio Media Group. With Miller spending last season with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Heat came up short in their bid for a third consecutive title, falling 4-1 to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. "I'm not saying I would have been a difference-maker," Miller said. "San Antonio was unbelievable last year and there are a lot of things that go into a season, but it was difficult for LeBron. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"It was difficult for all of us. It was difficult for me. I had to uproot my family and move again. It was tough. I think he was disappointed because he understands legacies and he understands what he wants to do in life. That's what makes him special." The irony is that the Heat actually will be paying Miller more this season than the Cavaliers. While Miller will receive $2.7 million this season from Cleveland, he also will receive the $6.6 million he was due on the final year of the Heat contract he signed in 2010 to join James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with the Heat. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

September 29, 2014 Updates
September 28, 2014 Updates

Q: You moved to Miami and plan to live here long term. Why is this home for him now? Chris Andersen: “Besides the organization and winning a championship here, it’s the fans and the way they embraced me when I got here from Denver and the way they continue to support me. It was a pretty simple decision. Basketball is a business. Our future after basketball is still business. What other place to create some business than a place where you’ve won a championship and with the organization and the Heat Nation and the way the city is? I’m not going anywhere.” Palm Beach Post

Q: You played for a bargain contract last year. Does your new contract compensate for that? Chris Andersen: “I was playing at a bargain last year? I thought I was getting two checks [one from Miami and another from the Denver Nuggets for amnestying him]. That’s actually what they called me in the locker room. They’d say, ‘What’s up 2 Checks?’ and I’d say, ‘What’s up man?’ You know what I mean? I feel what I’m worth is what you’re going to get. That’s why I dumped 5-10 pounds and want to be in a little better condition this year and be able to run and jump as high as I was two years ago.” Palm Beach Post



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