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Best bit from Heat media day: Chris Andersen claims teammates called him "2 Checks" because he was getting paid by Miami & Denver.
Udonis Haslem: "I tried the Paleo diet and I almost shriveled up and passed away."
First question to Wade today was, `How is the knee?" His response: "It's feeling alright." End of answer.
Norris Cole: "I think I'm ready to be a starter, but it's always about what's best for the team."
Spoelstra hasn't changed: Granger asked Spoelstra what position he will play. Said Spoelstra keeps "telling me we don't have positions."
Deng: "One of the hardest things to do as a human being and something we should do more often is forgive."
Deng: "Everything happens for a reason and we can turn a situation of something so negative...and turn it into something positive."
Luol Deng: "One of the hardest things to do as a human being, and something we should do more often, is forgive."
Luol Deng says he was close to signing with Atlanta and never got any sense of prejudice from them. He was totally surprised.
Most questions to Luol Deng were about the Hawks controversy. Says he was close to signing with them. He forgives Ferry, wants to move on.
The irony is that Luol Deng said he was close to signing with the Hawks.
Luol Deng, "I don't think Danny Ferry is a racist. I really don't."
Luol Deng, "I do forgive Danny [Ferry]. It's not something I want to hold on to."
Luol Deng: "I don't believe Danny Ferry is a racist." Says he'd like to work with Ferry on an Africa-related charity project.
Deng said he was actually close to signing with Atlanta. Suggests Ferry should have read offensive comments to himself before saying them.
Luol Deng: "I don't think Danny [Ferry] is racist."
Deng: "I don't think Danny is racist. "
Deng said he believes Ferry's remorse is genuine. "I do not think Danny is racist."
Luol Deng on Hawks: "I do forgive them. It's not something I want to hold onto for the rest of my career or my life."
Luol Deng says he forgives Danny Ferry. "It's not something I want to hold onto... I believe he's really sorry for what he said."
Luol Deng says he forgives Danny Ferry
Luol Deng said he forgives danny Ferry for offensive comments. Deng spoke to him
Birdman said he returned to Miami with one eye on future after ball. "Good place to start a business where you won a championship."
Chris Andersen's new nickname is "Two Checks" because of the buyout with Nuggets.
Granger's knee situation somewhat reminds of when Rashard Lewis arrived, also easing his way back.
Birdman: "I was playing at a bargain last year? I was getting two checks. That's what they called me in the locker room. 'Hey, Two Checks.'
After having his knee scoped in the offseason, Danny Granger plans to ease back during preseason, but vows to be ready for season opener.
Chris Andersen says he'll continue wearing LeBrons all season: "That's my boy. Why would I hate him?"
Chris Andersen says he wants to settle in Miami long term, beyond his playing career.
Chris Andersen says he played zero basketball in the offseason.
Do you have a sense for how good this team can be? Chris Andersen: "What do you mean? A sixth sense? A seventh sense?"
Granger says Spoelstra isn't interested in playing him at a specific position. Says he's comfortable at the 2, 3 or 4.
Oden…I mean Granger assured everyone he was fine, though. He'll be ready for the season.
Granger said he is on maintanance program like Wade was but expects to play in second half of back to backs. Said embraces sixth man role
Danny Granger had knee surgery two months ago. So ... that doesn't sound good for the Heat.
Danny Granger: "Spo looks like he's 20. I keep telling him, 'I look older than you.'"
Danny Granger reveals he had knee surgery 2 months ago but will be ready for reg season opener
Danny Granger: "I keep asking Spo what position I'm gonna play and he says we don't have positions."
Danny Granger said the Pacers tried to recruit him back to Indy in free agency. "Didn't work out."
Longtime Pacer Danny Granger: "This is the first time I've put the jersey on. It's a little weird."
Chris Andersen spent the offseason hunting and fishing in Colorado and Texas.
Chris Andersen still introducing himself as "Zilla."
Chris Bosh has finally arrived to the practice court for Media Day. http://t.co/J0vlYOkAkE
Bosh said though he will play in post more,he did not bulk up because he wants to keep quickness.Said he is ready to show everyone his value
Chris Andersen on playing the Cavs this year: "Oh, we gettin' strapped up for that game."
Chris Andersen is still wearing LeBrons. I was wondering if any Heat players still would.
Bosh asserts Heat is as good as anyone in East and does not like when this Heat team is called a middle of pack team
Bosh reluctantly admits the Bulls are probably the favorite in the East.
Bosh on Miami being viewed as a middle-of-the-pack team: "I don't like that. Middle of the pack? Who's better than us?"
Bosh: "I'm 30, but I feel 29."
Bosh: "Would've been harder to leave. I've settled down here. I didn't want to be the enemy in my house and tell my wife&kids we're moving."
Heat players have had no aversion to talking about LeBron today. Almost entirely positive.
Bosh: "We're going to have to earn that respect. It's not just going to be there at the start of camp like it was."
Bosh on post-LeBron life: "It's a huge opportunity for everyone on this team."
Bosh: "A larger workload is coming."
Bosh: "Spent a lot of time with my kids. They're very demanding."
Haslem: Why you wearing an arm sleeve when we ain't even practicing? Wade: It's part of my look. Haslem: You can't never be normal, can you?
Shawn Marion was asked if he would have come to Cleveland if LeBron wasn't here. "No. No."
Haslem on giving up money to help team: "I never had that money. It was never in my bank account. It's not about that. I don't regret it."
Udonis Haslem: "Now we'll see who the real Heat fans are."
Haslem: "Obviously we lost a great 2-way player in LeBron, but we also brought in a pretty damn good 2-way player in Luol."
Haslem: "I have no issues with LeBron at all. We're still friends."
Haslem: “I thought I’ve seen everything in this league, but now I’ve got 11 new guys on my team.”
Haslem on McRoberts/Granger/Deng joining the team: "I tell those guys the same things I did against you back then I'll do for you now."
Bunch of new players here. Udonis Haslem: "I'm gonna have to pass out name tags."
Wade says he wants to play as many games as possible after missing 28 last season. During summer, he mentioned playing at least 75.
The new haircut of Mario Chalmers. http://t.co/WzSlX5oI8g
Norris Cole’s physique isn’t Ray Allen-cut just yet, but he’s getting there. http://t.co/zqIwLfBw2O
PHL ✈️ LEX
Josh McRoberts said he "felt wanted" in Miami. Not sure if that was a shot at the Bobcats or not, but it seemed noteworthy.
Dion Waiters says that when LeBron called him in early July & told him to "stay ready," he also said "he hadn't made his decision yet."
Starks and McCain out for Dolphins, as previously announced
Misi and pouncey and shelley smith doubtful for fins. Jenkins questionable
Shabazz Napier interviewed http://t.co/1oLHLMzcrH
Wade, who looks in good shape, says he is somewhere between rookie weight of 212 and last year's weight of 225.
Asked Dwyane Wade if he worked on his 3-point shot this summer. Answer was basically, "Nah."
Wade says he doesn’t want the “Toronto Chris Bosh.” He wants the “playoffs Chris Bosh.”
Does Bosh need to be Toronto Bosh? Wade: "Uh, he didn't make the playoffs much in Toronto. I don't want that Bosh. I want Miami Chris Bosh."
Wade on Spoelstra: "He's consistent. You guys know, you talk to him. He's as boring as could be on the mic."
Wade says he's always perceived Luol Deng as one of the top character guys in the NBA-- "Tough, consistent. We welcome him w/ open arms."
Wade, "We can't replace LeBron; it's going to be a different team."
Wade on LBJ, "There's no hangover. Everyone is the organization had the time to get used to the idea it's going to be a different team."
Wade won't specify his exact weight loss, but says he feels lighter and his clothes "fit differently."