HoopsHype Norris Cole rumors

January 5, 2014 Updates

Pat Riley: We don’t like to build through the draft. If you’re going to do that, then you’re probably going to have to lose for two or three or four years in a row, and get high lottery picks. In my 19 years here, we’ve been in the lottery three times. We ended up getting three good players out of that. But it’s not much fun to go through. And so picking a late-round pick, somewhere between 22 and 30, wherever we are, you try to do the best homework you can on those kinds of draft choice. Norris Cole is a perfect example of a guy that we picked very late and is in our rotation. Mario Chalmers was a second-round pick. IndexUniverse.com

November 9, 2013 Updates
November 7, 2013 Updates

Cole has broken down in another way this season—loosening up, and showing more personality. While in New York City last week, he appeared on Regis Philbin's show on FOX Sports 1, dressed as Chuck Norris for Halloween. "It only made sense to be Chuck Norris," Cole said. "That’s probably the only costume I would be willing to dress up as. I normally don’t do costumes. I usually let my hair and let my swag do the talking for itself. But putting on a karate suit, I didn’t have to cover up my hair. So I was all for it. It was pretty cool....Playing on this team, you learn not to be camera-shy as much. Plus, it was fun. Being my third year, I’m trying to enjoy this experience as much as possible." Bleacher Report

October 11, 2013 Updates

Norris Cole was the subject of vague trade rumors earlier this week before the Heat exercised its team option on his contract for next season. Even though the Heat locked up Cole’s contract, he can still be traded. On Wednesday, he seemed unconcerned about the rumor. “I didn’t think anything of it because I can’t control what goes on in the business aspect of it,” Cole said. “All I can control is what [happens] on the court and how I play.” Miami Herald

October 9, 2013 Updates

Q: Why guarantee Cole now, when we don't know what this team will look like with the Big Three next season? -- Roy. A: Because unlike with other option clauses, which are exercised at season's end, rookie-scale options must be exercised by Oct. 31. Had the Heat not acted, Cole would have become an unrestricted free agent at season's end. Considering the draft choices the Heat dealt in order to complete the sign-and-trade deals for LeBron and Bosh, they hardly could afford to allow young talent to simply walk. As it is, Cole can still remain a trade chip, should the Heat opt to move in that direction. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

October 8, 2013 Updates

Cole said he heard of the recent Fox Sports report the Heat may have dangled his name in trade offers. He will leave those decisions to management, but he remains comfortable in Miami. "I'm comfortable with the guys, with the coaching staff, with the team," Cole said. "This is all I know. I'm blessed to be in this position." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

October 7, 2013 Updates

Miami Heat guard Norris Cole will leave the speculation to the media. His only focus is on becoming a better player as he enters his third NBA season. The chatter about him possibly being on the trading block is secondary. "I can't control that," Cole said. "The only thing I can do is control what I can control and that's to make sure I'm in the best shape, make sure I'm ready to perform and make sure when I get out there I show what I can do. Anything else, I can't control that so I don't worry my mind about that." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Cole said he heard of the recent Fox Sports report the Heat may have dangled his name in trade offers. He will leave those decisions to management, but remains comfortable in Miami. "I'm comfortable with the guys, with the coaching staff, with the team," Cole said. "This is all I know. I'm blessed to be in this position." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

June 17, 2013 Updates

Cole's teammates rave about his poise at such a young age, along with his leadership, speed and defense. Those traits have helped him earn a major role on a team that knows anything other than a championship is a failure. They've also made him one of the more intriguing young players in the league. Cole is under contract through 2013-14 with the Heat having a team option for the 2014-15 season, but after that he will be eligible for free agency. When looking that far down the line, Cole mentions becoming an All-Star and continuing to win at a high rate amongst his goals. Ideally, he won't have to move to accomplish them. USA Today Sports

June 4, 2013 Updates

With Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals long decided and the bench players running out final moments of the Heat’s win over the Pacers, Norris Cole and Jeff Pendergraph were ejected. NBCSports.com

May 23, 2013 Updates

Norris Cole could have been a little more subtle about this low blow to David West. It was the culmination of an extremely physical Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers. For The Win

April 25, 2013 Updates

Norris Cole joked today during the Heat's shootaround at Marquette that you can't go inside a room at Al McGuire Center without seeing at least three pictures or references to Dwyane Wade. For example, Wade has four different pictures or plaques hanging on the walls of Marquette's practice gym. In fact, each wall inside the gym as a reference to Wade. Miami Herald

April 3, 2013 Updates

Ray Allen not only watched it prior to entering the Heat’s locker room Tuesday night, but he called over Heat teammates — such as Norris Cole, Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade — to watch. “I mean, it was just despicable,” Allen said. “Not only as a parent, but I think about where I went, the places I’ve gone in my career, my parents kind of lent me to all these other people. I’ve been raised not only by Mom and Dad, but by several coaches, AAU coaches, high school coaches and then my college coach, and all of them had a hand in getting me to who I am today. And not to mention the teachers that I grew up under, learning, so we trust in the people we lend our kids off to, to help them grow. And I only hope when I let my kids go, there’s somebody watching them and growing and making sure they do that.” Palm Beach Post

April 1, 2013 Updates

Norris Cole had some great quotes on what it's like to play with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen: When asked what it's like to play with so many stars in Miami, Norris Cole had this to say: “It’s great, it’s like going to school every day. I get to learn a lot from each and every one of them. I never have to force a play because I always have LeBron on the left, D-Wade on the right, Ray Allen on the wing, Chris Bosh down low and Mike Miller coming off of the bench. It’s great to have so many weapons like that. I just want to continue to get better and make the game easier for them." Sulia

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