Miami Heat Rumors
For all of the significant growth that Dion Waiters has made – he has been very good over his last 13 games – a scout cautioned against any grand conclusions. “I need to see more,” one scout said. “He’s a streaky player, and there’s a track record of him being up and down. He is certainly capable of this, but can he sustain it? I would be surprised based on his first four years. Look at the shooting percentages over the years [41.2 career]. That suggests this won’t continue at this efficiency. Why all of a sudden has he become consistently productive scorer/shooter?
The 10-day contract of guard Marcus Georges-Hunt with the Miami Heat has expired, with the Heat currently lacking a roster spot to re-sign him. Georges-Hunt then had his moments for the Eastern Conference in Saturday’s D-League All-Star Game in New Orleans, with a key late basket and rebound in his team’s 105-100 victory in New Orleans. Georges-Hunt played as a representative of the Boston Celtics’ affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, finishing with eight points and four assists.
Leading into the network’s Saturday night lineup (Feb. 18), TNT will feature a series of original programs beginning with the NBA Talent Challenge, a competition featuring NBA players demonstrating their off-the-court talents, at 5 p.m. The talent show, produced by Turner Sports in association with Juma Entertainment, will feature eight finalists showing off their special skills, including Miami’s Chris Bosh playing guitar, Phoenix’s Devin Booker playing ping pong, Oklahoma City’s Victor Oladipo singing and Cleveland’s Iman Shumpert and the Lakers’ Metta World Peace and Lou Williams rapping. The telecast will be hosted by Johnson with Barkley, Smith and O’Neal serving as judges. Fan voting will determine the winner from a pool of five finalists.
The talent show, produced by Turner Sports in association with Juma Entertainment, will feature eight finalists showing off their special skills, including C.J. Miles of the Pacers playing piano, Miami’s Chris Bosh playing guitar, Phoenix’s Devin Booker playing ping pong, Oklahoma City’s Victor Oladipo singing and Cleveland’s Iman Shumpert and the Lakers’ Metta World Peace and Lou Williams rapping.
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have hired former HEAT player and two-time NBA champion Shane Battier as the Director of Basketball Development & Analytics. His duties will include the development of analytics in evaluating all talent, including college, free agents and current Miami players.
“We believe Shane is an incredible example of our HEAT program, not only for the present, but also for the future,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “He embodies everything that we are looking for in our players and staff. We feel he will help us tremendously with his experience and knowledge of the game. Shane is an out-of-the-box thinker and will bring a fresh expertise that can help us evolve as a franchise.”