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March 17, 2015 Updates

Take off the pads and throw on some sneakers because Miami is quickly becoming a basketball town. In a study conducted by a financial research center, Miami ranked as the 13th best city to be a basketball fan. Wallethub.com’s study included both college and professional basketball and analyzed 300 of the most populated U.S. cities and ranked them based on 11 key metrics. Categories ranged from total championships the city has won to ticket prices and arena accessibility. Miami Herald

Dwyane Wade scored 32 points on 18 shots and the Miami Heat beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, 106-92. After the game, Wade got the customary postgame interview on the ESPN broadcast. Udonis Haslem took the opportunity to videobomb his forever teammate and even used bunny ears. With Chris Bosh out for the season, other Miami big men have been asked to do more, including videobomb. The Big Lead

March 16, 2015 Updates

The Heat gambled by bringing back Michael Beasley last month, but now they face an even bigger bet. Beasley’s second 10-day contract is up at the end of the day Tuesday, meaning Miami has to sign him for the rest of the year or let him go. “I did everything I could do on my end, so I’m in a good place,” said Beasley, who has not received any indication from the team regarding his status. Palm Beach Post

But if Dragic is a fit, perhaps Miami does not need another star. “I think he fits with what we want to build and what we want to do in the future,” Wade said. “Personality-wise, I think he fits. I believe so, but that’s not my call. But I know the front office did a great job doing their homework before they made the move and they wouldn’t have made it if they didn’t think he was a long-term fit for us. I think we all like him.” Palm Beach Post

As good as that group sounds, Wade does not think Miami has quite enough to contend for an Eastern Conference title next season. “That five is pretty good, if everyone’s healthy, but you need a little bit more than that,” he said. “I feel that it gives us a better opportunity than we had coming into this season, then you continue to add certain pieces if you can. If we come back next season healthy and everybody’s going, we still need to add a few pieces. We could be pretty good.” Palm Beach Post

March 15, 2015 Updates

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have recalled guard Zoran Dragic from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Zoran appeared in four games (one start) and averaged 16.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.50 steals, helping the Skyforce to a 3-1 record over that span. He scored 22 points while dishing out five assists in a, 117-108, win vs. Grand Rapids on March 6 and an 18-point, four-rebound, two-assist, two-steal game while shooting 63.6 percent (7-of-11) from the field at Erie on March 12. NBA.com

March 13, 2015 Updates

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Henry Walker for the remainder of the season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Walker has appeared in 10 games (five starts) with the HEAT this season averaging 8.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 27.4 minutes, helping Miami to a 6-4 record over that span. He recorded a career-high four steals on March 11 vs. Brooklyn, a career-high three blocks on March 7 vs. Sacramento and his six charges taken this season are already the third-most on the team. He also hit consecutive three-point baskets, one with 22.4 seconds left and the next with 2.1 seconds remaining, on February 25 at Orlando to send the game into overtime where the HEAT secured a, 93-90, win. NBA.com

March 12, 2015 Updates

Any shot that Pat Riley, team president and patriarch, has lost a little faith? That the past nine months have shaken him? "No," Riley said, during an hour-long interview with Bleacher Report, while nearing a 70th birthday he'd rather nobody notice, even with the book Younger Next Year prominently displayed behind him. "Just disappointed. Disappointed for Erik [Spoelstra] and for Micky [Arison] and for our fans. Really disappointed." Bleacher Report

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to be able to see what it takes," Riley said, running through his experience playing with West and Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain, coaching against Larry Bird and Kevin McHale and Robert Parish and so on. "If you can get three of those kinds of players and fill it out with some other good guys, then you might be ahead of the curve....So there are a lot of ways to skin a cat. "For me, it's not through the draft, because lottery picks are living a life of misery. That season is miserable. And if you do three or four years in a row to get lottery picks, then I'm in an insane asylum. And the fans will be, too. So who wants to do that?" Bleacher Report

Suffering numerous injuries and ailments. Falling far below .500. Scrambling for an eighth seed. "Obviously, the hit we took with LeBron [James] leaving just crushed us," Riley said. "Everybody. It just did. But I thought getting Josh [McRoberts] and getting [Luol Deng], especially those two players, to go with Chris [Bosh] and Dwyane [Wade] and Mario [Chalmers], that we could [compete]. And then, make the plan for 2016, even though I wasn't gonna wait if I could get a guy like Goran [Dragic]. Bleacher Report

"It would be like Magic and Kareem and [James] Worthy, they weren't going to go anywhere," Riley said. "They had come at a time when there were free agents. They weren't going to go. You think Magic was going to leave Kareem? You think Kareem was going to leave Magic? You think Worthy was going to leave either one of those guys, or [Byron] Scott or [Michael] Cooper? No, they knew they had a chance to win every year. And this team had a chance every year. So that was shocking to me that it happened. Now, could we have done more? Could they have done more?" Another pause. "They're all hypotheticals," Riley said. "That's all they are—hypotheticals. So it did stop. And soon as it did stop, we wanted to move on as quickly as we can to try to build another one. If, in fact, that team stayed together, yeah, I probably would have retired with that team somewhere. But that isn't what I think about now." Bleacher Report

Riley and Anthony Mason had their battles, but there was also much love, which made attending Mason's funeral last week so difficult. "When one of your players, that you coached very intensely for five years, leaves the planet before you do, it's like one of your children," Riley said. "It's just very hard." He's been around long enough to see several other favorites—his Forever Men, from Brian Grant to Magic Johnson to Alonzo Mourning—endure serious health hardships. "When Earvin went down, we thought it was the worst," Riley said. "When Zo went down, we thought it was the worst. When Chris, you think it's the worst....So it really affects you." Bleacher Report

March 11, 2015 Updates


Many players from the current squad in the list – including the two guys at the top.


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