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Tyler Johnson says getting in the game for 1 minute at Golden St in January (his debut) was one of the most amazing moments he's had.
Spoelstra: "Pace, speed, quickness, let's go.Players will see that right away in training camp..We have players best fit to play that style"
Spoelstra on Dragic & Deng (free agents): "We love them. Hopefully they love us."
Spoelstra, again: "Pace, speed and quickness. Let's go."
Spoelstra on Dragic & Deng: "We love them. Hopefully they love us."
Spoelstra back to talking about "pace and speed and quickness...We feel we have the personnel to play that style of basketball."
Spoelstra: "The motivation of how we feel is going to motivate our staff in the entire offseason."
In other words, it sounds like Henry Walker is going to be back with the Heat next season.
Heat play-by-play announcer Eric Reid asks about shooter Henry Walker during exit interview. Spoelstra: "I'm glad you asked."
Spoelstra wants to play faster next season. Points out developing Whiteside this offseason will be important for that.
Spoelstra wants to see commitment from Hassan in the offseason to improve. He's unsure about summer league but wants him to work with staff.
Erik Spoelstra on Hassan Whiteside: "One of the better two-handed rebounders in traffic I’ve seen in a long while."
Erik Spoelstra wants Hassan Whiteside to commit to a summer of work. The Heat's new center could feature in the summer leagues.
Spoelstra says next few weeks will be "torture" as they wait out player decisions (Dragic, Deng) b4 they can do all their planning
Spoelstra on preparing for the draft, free agency: "Our staff will not be idle. We'll spend a lot of time...on what's best for us."
Erik Spoelstra said one of the first things he started breaking down last year was the Bosh-Whiteside combo. He loves that match.
Spoelstra says it's great to have a big, talented center "but there's no doubt that I want to play faster next season."
Another positive for Spo. He gets more time to spend scouting before the Draft.
Erik Spoelstra very uncomfortable with the down time he has coming. Liked the fast offseason of bang-bang Finals, draft, free agency.
Spoelstra says he wants the team to play at a faster pace next season and believes Whiteside can fit into those plans with his skill set.
Erik Spoelstra: "There's no question I want to play faster next year." Dragic & Whiteside suited for that. HW not a typical plodding center.
Spoelstra, "There's no question I want to play faster next season."
Spoelstra: "There's no question I want to play faster next year,"
Erik Spoelstra says reconfiguring the team a million times was "invigorating... From a coaching perspective, I loved it."
Erik Spoelstra does not believe Hassan Whiteside has peaked. Sees more for him next year.
What does Spoelstra want from Whiteside? "Just commit. We will put a very specific program together for him this summer."
Erik Spoelstra again praises Hassan Whiteside's work ethic, as he has since December. Says success on court changed nothing.
Spoelstra; "With Dwyane & CB, my exit meetings will probably be over lunch. And it probably won't be just one lunch."
Spoelstra, "I'd rather be working right now. I know it will be very painful this weekend [when playoffs start]."
Spoelstra: "I would rather be working right now. And I know it will be very painful this weekend & everything gets started."
Spoelstra: "I’d rather be working right now and I know it will be painful this weekend when everything starts up."
Spoelstra, "We'll be very determined to make sure this doesn't happen again."
Exit interviews happening right now in Miami. Erik Spoelstra wants to create "a specific player-development program" for Hassan Whiteside.
Spoelstra: "I would rather be working right now."
Spoelstra: "We'll be very determined to make sure this doesn't happen again."
Erik Spoelstra on Tyler Johnson becoming a contributor: "With undrafted guys, less than five a year actually make it and have a real role."
Spo said one of the silver linings for the season was the development, extended playing time for younger players like Ennis, Johnson, Napier
Spoelstra says one of the silver linings was the experience gained by young players. Ennis. Whiteside. Tyler Johnson. Shabazz.
Spoelstra, "We're not used to this. This is a new process for me, having this much time off in the offseason."
Spoelstra, "We're a bottom-line business, so we do have to own that."
Spoelstra, "I learned a lot this season. I know our players did."
Erik Spoelstra in exit interview: "We're a bottom line business. We have to own it."
Spo on not making the playoffs: "We're not used to this. This is a new process for me."
Spoelstra begins his final media session: "We're a bottom-line business so we do have to own that. We're not making excuses for the season."
Erik Spoelstra on 37 wins: "We're a bottom-line business, so we have to own that."
Spoelstra, "Obviously we had different expectations for the end of the season."
Spo meets media for final time http://t.co/ZlY0IOkljn
Erik Spoelstra: "You never know what to expect when you come into a training camp."
Suspension for first violation will be 20 games. Second will be 45 games. Third will be dismissal/disqualification from league.
NBA & NBA Players Association announce that players will be subject to 3 random HGH blood tests per year, as soon as 2015 training camp
Dragic now 1 of only 4 6-4 or shorter with 2 seasons of at least .500 FG Pct. and at least 1 3-pointer per game (Nash, Hornacek, Stockton).
Hassan Whiteside finished 6th in NBA official Player Efficiency Rating (PER), behind only Anthony Davis, Westbrook, Curry, Durant, Harden.
The Heat's 20 total rebounds in their Dec. 5 loss in Milwaukee were the fewest in a game by a team this season.
Mario Chalmers eight steals vs. Knicks was NBA season single-game high, with Whiteside's 12 blocks vs. Bulls also the NBA single-game high.
Heat finished sixth in NBA in home attendance.
I couldn't get a rebound against Whiteside even if he was under anesthesia.
Heat finished 27th in league in scoring and 30th (dead last) in both assists and rebounds per game.
WR in first round also in play for Miami, of course. But If Dolphins take RB or CB in first round, they should be able to get good WR in 2nd
James Ennis finished second to Zach LaVine in free-throw pct. among rookies, with Shabazz Napier third in 3-point pct. among rookies.
Dwyane Wade finished season 11th in NBA in scoring, at 21.5 points per game, third in East behind only LeBron and Kyrie.
NBA's top Q4 scorers: Westbrook, 7.09 LeBron, 7.06 Wade, 6.92 Carmelo, 6.51
Barkley said 3 times on conf. call that people who criticize his work "can go [rhymes with truck] themselves.I tell them to kiss my ass."
Heard again today that Dolphins doing a LOT of research, interviews on Todd Gurley & people close to him. They are unquestionably intrigued
A newspaper wrote an op-ed today arguing the growth of a university in the state’s largest city is bad for the state. Alabama, everybody!