HoopsHype Norris Cole rumors

December 28, 2011 Updates

Such rookies certainly aren't supposed to sink them all, or two clinching free throws while "MVP" chants cascade through the arena. But Cole did all of that Tuesday in the Heat's home opener, a 115-107 victory over Boston in which LeBron James (9-of-14, 26 points) again displayed extreme efficiency and the team as a whole flashed its offensive capability - 69 points on 65 percent shooting in the first half. Halfway through the third quarter, however, the Heat showed some vulnerability, hiccupping after Doc Rivers sprung a 2-3 zone. The shorthanded Celtics (missing Paul Pierce and relying heavily upon Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen) trimmed a 20-point deficit to eight. "At times, we looked a little anxious," coach Erik Spoelstra said. Palm Beach Post

"It was a blast, man," Cole said. "You grow up for moments like that. LeBron and Dwyane just kept finding me." "They trust him," Spoelstra said. Finally, with the win secured, Cole stepped to the line with 9.3 seconds left, to chants of "MVP," aiming for his 19th and 20th points. Good. Good. The kid sure is. "It's only my second game," said Cole, who took more shots (16) than any teammate. "I don't know what normal is." Palm Beach Post

December 16, 2011 Updates

I apparently have been wrong about Norris Cole. The kid has the polish of a four-year collegian and appears to have upside. I found it curious how Erik Spoelstra somewhat paused before saying that Mario Chalmers is the definitive season-opening starter. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

December 15, 2011 Updates

Ethan J. Skolnick: Norris Cole LOOKS more like a point guard than Mario Chalmers ever has. That doesn't mean Cole will b ready 2 contribute; but he looks part. Twitter

June 29, 2011 Updates

The Miami Heat on Wednesday took care of personnel housekeeping by tendering contract offers to draft picks Norris Cole, Jarvis Varnado and Robert Dozier. The moves, in advance of a potential Friday start to an NBA lockout, allow the Heat to retain the NBA rights to each. Only the offer to Norris, the No. 28 selection in last week's NBA Draft, includes guaranteed money, at 80 percent of what the rookie scale will be in the next collective-bargaining agreement for a first-round draft pick at his slot. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

June 27, 2011 Updates

Cleveland State guard Norris Cole says fans there are happy he was taken in the first round of the NBA draft, even if he's joining the despised Miami Heat. "They know it wasn't really my choice," Cole said with a smile Monday. ESPN.com

Cole was in Miami for an introductory visit after being drafted 28th overall Thursday night, then traded by Minnesota to the Heat for the rights to guard Bojan Bogdanovic, a second- round pick in 2014 and cash. Cleveland fans have been rooting against the Heat ever since LeBron James chose them over the Cavaliers last summer, but Cole said his new team's unpopularity back in Ohio doesn't bother him. "I've liked the Heat anyway," he said. "I was cheering for them. Some people didn't like the fact I was cheering for them, but they're happy for me and my success. Some people have bad comments to say about LeBron, but I ignore them." ESPN.com

May 28, 2011 Updates

The Pistons held their first big workout of the year on Wednesday. Cleveland State's Norris Cole, Malcolm Lee, Andrew Goudelock, Cory Joseph, Kalin Lucas and Andrew Albicy all participated. Keep an eye out for Cole. He's been really rising on a number of draft boards. Not only has he tested out as one of the best athletes in the draft, but he really looked like he belonged out there with the other, more highly-rated point guards in the draft. When you look at his body of work in college over the past couple of years, there's a lot to be impressed with. He could be a sleeper first-round selection. ESPN.com

May 26, 2011 Updates

Chad Ford: Pistons had Norris Cole, Malcolm Lee, Andrew Goudelock, Cory Joseph, Kalin Lucas & Andrew Albicy in today. Cole & Lee stood out I'm told. Twitter

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The last Cleveland State player to spend some time in the NBA was point guard Cedric Jackson, who appears to have found a home in the National Basketball Development League. Will Norris Cole take the same route to the NBA? "Hear me on this: Norris will get drafted and he will stay in the league," Vikings coach Gary Waters said. "He has all (the intangibles of an NBA player). People in the NBA are starting to see that, too." News-Herald

The Cleveland State coach said his prized pupil is a legitimate NBA prospect. "Absolutely," Waters said. "In the NBA, they take a guard who can score and teach him point-guard skills. They don't want a point guard who can't score. "Norris comes with the whole package. Every time I talk to NBA people, they tell me, ‘He's a point guard who already knows how to score.' He's better than most point guards coming into the NBA." News-Herald

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