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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Friday that the most difficult part of parting with four players at Thursday's NBA trading deadline was dealing point guard Norris Cole. "When you send a player like Norris Cole," Spoelstra said, "to another team, a two-time champion, somebody that came up through our ranks -- we developed him, we spent a lot of time when we drafted him -- that's always tough in this business. You hear it all the time, the cliche, 'it's a business'. But when you trade someone like that, you make that call, those are one of the tougher calls you have to make. He's one of my favorite players that we've had here, because of what I call his 'competitive character.' Norris is elite with that." South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Welcome to the NBA," Spoelstra said. "Once you get to this month, it's rumors and stories out there are wild and 99 percent of them don't come true. You control what you can control. That's part of building mental toughness. We talk about it all the time. Does it affect your paycheck? Does it affect you doing your job? No." South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“Our guys care,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “If you saw behind the scenes how they approach the work, and I have continually commended our group for that, coming in the next day even with the frustration, the pain and anger guys are feeling. Our guys come in with the right attitude to try to correct it, and it has been elusive for us for whatever reason.” The Rockets (23-10) scored 61 points in the first half, and then things got ugly. A driving dunk by newcomer Josh Smith gave Houston an 88-60 lead with 1:36 left in the third quarter, and teammate Dwight Howard nearly knocked Smith over in celebration. The Rockets outscored the Heat 33-11 in the third period. Miami Herald
But the past three have been particularly encouraging, with Whiteside corralling 21 rebounds (seven in each of the games), scoring 16 points and blocking five shots in 56 minutes against Memphis, Orlando and Indiana. “Very pleased and encouraged by how much he has grown in the last five weeks since he’s been with us,” Erik Spoelstra said Friday. “It has been a specific, detailed plan. He’s embraced the work.” Miami Herald
The Heat waived Shannon Brown, who started two games, to make room on the roster. Whiteside, who spent one season collegiately at Marshall, also played in Lebanon and China last year. "We feel the upside of a 7-footer, shot-blocker, rebounder, young player was something that was too big to pass up right now," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We view him as a developmental player even though he's played professionally for three years, we still see him as a young prospect." South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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