Rashard Lewis RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:214 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Earnings: $155,332,815 ($190,774,809*)
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:214 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Earnings: $155,332,815 ($190,774,809*)
Harrison Wind: Kenyon Martin says he’s not playing in the BIG3 this summer but will still be a part of it because he doesn’t want to risk injury/rehab: “Rashard Lewis ruptured his Achilles last year. Mike James fractured his kneecap. I’m like f— that…I’m not trying to rehab.” pic.twitter.com/sUJS2NcyoU
John Denton: Former @Orlando Magic F Rashard Lewis on seeing ’09 East Con championship banner: “It gave me chills. I was just reminiscing about playing here. Making that run to The Finals was an unbelievable time in my career & it’s something that will stick with me for the rest of my life.”
John Denton: Former @Orlando Magic F Rashard Lewis on how he’d fare in today’s small-ball NBA: “This era kind of fits my game. My little finesse game and shooting threes, I think I would have been able to play with these guys – if I was a little younger.’’
The BIG3 halfcourt basketball tour has booked a July 20 date at AmericanAirlines Arena, the first time the weekly tournament of former and fringe active NBA players will appear in South Florida. The league, founded by Ice Cube, last season featured several former Miami Heat players in its inaugural year, such as Jason Williams, Mike Bibby, Ricky Davis, Rashard Lewis, Marcus Banks, Kendall Gill, Mike James and the late Rasual Butler, with former Heat guard Gary Payton among the coaches.
In 2016, Tobias Harris was hailed as a difference-making midseason acquisition. He was Van Gundy’s new Rashard Lewis, a stretchy four man who could space the floor. Until he didn’t. Harris connected on 34.7 percent of his three’s last season, attempting less than four per game. This season the attempts have spiked (career-high 6.1) and his percentage with it. “He’s stepping into three’s without hesitation,” Stan Van Gundy said. “And now you have to close all the way out to him. So he either knocks down a three or he gets more room to beat you off the dribble. I thought he was passing up those shots last year. I thought he was driving the ball into short closeouts. He’s not doing that anymore and that’s made him harder to guard.”
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Talent committed to the BIG3 include: Allen Iverson, Chauncey Billups, Gary Payton, Kenyon Martin, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O’Neal, Rashard Lewis, Jason Williams, Bonzi Wells, Mike Bibby, George “The Iceman” Gervin, Ricky Davis, Al Harrington, Rick Barry, Rick Mahorn, Clyde Drexler, Kenny Anderson, Jamario Moon, Smush Parker, Ruben Patterson and Etan Thomas. Payton, Gervin, Barry, Mahorn and Drexler will serve as coaches, with Iverson serving as a player/coach – the rest are confirmed to play.
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Players who will suit up include Allen Iverson, Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O’Neal, Rashard Lewis, Jason “White Chocolate” Williams, Mike Bibby, Bonzi Wells, Al Harrington and Ricky Davis. George “The Iceman” Gervin and Gary Payton will serve as coaches (and Iverson has confirmed that he’ll be a player/coach). Sources say that the league is currently pursuing other big-name additions who would make headlines (like the Iverson signing did). The league held a press conference announcing Iverson’s decision to join the BIG3 and then went on a subsequent press tour.
“There’s some really big names that they’re working on that they don’t want to say or talk about because they’re still working on it,” Lewis told HoopsHype. “Allen Iverson is a huge name, a Hall of Famer, and they’re pursuing others [on that level]. That’s one reason why we had the press conference, to kind of get some of these guys’ attention.”
Prior to the draft, there will be a combine of sorts for team captains to evaluate the available talent. “We’re doing the mini-combine before the draft too because we have to make sure we aren’t picking a guy who has just been sitting around and eating donuts,” Lewis said with a laugh.
Interestingly, Lewis believes the league may even be able to attract some non-retired players, such as active NBA free agents, overseas players or D-League studs. He could see some relatively younger players trying to use the BIG3 as a stepping stone to a bigger opportunity.
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Korver set the mark from Nov. 4, 2012 through March 2, 2014. He shattered the previous record of 89 straight games with a 3-pointer held by Dana Barros. Korver is currently ninth all-time in NBA/ABA history with 1,826 3-pointers. He already has jumped Joe Johnson and Rashard Lewis this season and is four away from tying Chauncey Billups (1,830) for eighth place. Ray Lewis is the all-time leader by a wide margin with 2,973 3-pointers.
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Marc J. Spears: Free agent Rashard Lewis,who missed last season to knee surgery, hopes to return to NBA next season,his agents Tony Dutt & Colin Bryant said. Rashard Lewis, 2-time All-Star, averaged 4.5 points & shot 34.3% 3-PT in ’13-’14 season with the Heat. His agents say he’s fully healthy now
Andray Blatche, Rashard Lewis and Michael Beasley are among available forwards. The Heat had not contacted Blatche as of midday Friday and Miami could instead explore adding a “stretch-four,” though Blatche can’t be ruled out. The Heat has a $2.65 million disabled player’s exception that it will lose if not used by March 10. But the trade deadline passed Thursday.
Rashard Lewis – The last we heard from Lewis, he had a new contract rescinded by the Dallas Mavericks after it was discovered that he would need knee surgery. He’s apparently much better now and is working himself back into shape so that he can have a shot at another NBA contract, preferably the Miami HEAT. Dallas likely won’t be interested in another go at him as they have since signed younger, healthier players with his skillset, but if Lewis could prove he was healthy and nimble enough to play, he’d likely get a few sniffs from teams looking for a veteran stretch four.
As for Lewis, whom the Mavericks signed in the offseason before nullifying the contract when he failed a physical, Cuban said: “Rashard Lewis is working out here. We’ve stayed in touch with him and worked with him.”
This year, Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis remain free agents. Allen is biding his time while waiting to see what team he might fit with, and retirement remains a possibility for the 39-year-old. Lewis is working out, sometimes in Dallas, to recover from a knee problem. “We haven’t talked to him, but I think he’s doing it the right way,” owner Mark Cuban said of Allen. “He’s waiting to see who’s doing well. If it comes down to it, we’d always consider it. We’re always open to improving the team. But you don’t want to mess up a good thing, either. That’s when Caron got hurt and Roddy got hurt. But Peja is a good example,” he said referring to Caron Butler and Roddy Beaubois injuries creating a need for Stojakovic in 2010-11.
A South Beach bling king from Ohio might be partly to blame for the Heatles break up, and for not only LeBron James going back to Cleveland, but also Mike Miller and James Jones joining the Cavaliers as well. Haider Zafar of Ohio, who allegedly conned Miller, Jones and Rashard Lewis out of millions in 2013, is expected to plead guilty to multiple wire fraud charges, according to court documents filed on Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio. The Heat amnestied Miller in 2013, but not before a Heat employee introduced Miller, Jones and Lewis to Zafar, who then swindled them to the tune of $7.5 million, according to a grand jury indictment.
Of course, when lawyers get involved, stuff gets ugly. Long after Miller, Jones and Lewis figured out the game, Miller’s attorney leaked news that Miller was thinking about suing the Heat. Zafar used $700,000 of Miller’s money to buy the tickets and Miller wanted the Heat to give the money back. When the Heat and Miller couldn’t agree on a settlement, tensions frayed even further. LeBron, of course, knew about all of this last season.
It’s well known at this point that the Heat angered LeBron by amnestying Miller not long after Miller helped the Heat repeat as NBA champions in 2013. Miller said earlier this week in Cleveland that LeBron thought the move “was an unnecessary change.” That’s Miller being nice, of course. Really what probably made LeBron most angry is that the Heat amnestied one of his best friends to save money and then squabbled with Miller over money a South Beach bling king stole from Miller and then, in an odd twist, gave to the Heat. It’s a bizarre tale, and one that certainly infuriates Miller, Jones and Lewis. It’s probably not a coincidence then that all three of those players no longer play for the Heat.
New Dallas Mavericks forward Rashard Lewis will soon undergo right knee surgery, his agent told Yahoo Sports. The Mavericks announced the signing of Lewis on July 19 after he agreed to a one-year contract paying the veteran’s minimum. Lewis’ agent Colin Bryant said it’s uncertain how long Lewis will be sidelined. It’s also uncertain if the Mavericks will try to void Lewis’ contract. Lewis’ knee injury was discovered during a physical for the Mavericks. A Mavericks spokesperson declined comment.
Marc J. Spears: Agent Colin Bryant: “Rashard discovered he needs a medical procedure on his right knee to ensure he functions at a high level this season. We look forward to (Lewis) getting this behind him as soon as possible so he can continue his stellar NBA career”
The Dallas Mavericks have come to terms with veteran 3-point shooter Rashard Lewis on a one-year deal. A source confirmed that Lewis will make the veteran minimum salary of $1.4 million, which would preserve the Mavericks’ $2.7-million salary cap exception slot for one of the last two guaranteed rosters spots.
Miami will try to fight off elimination in the NBA Finals tonight with Ray Allen in the starting lineup and regular starting point guard Mario Chalmers on the bench. The Heat announced shortly before tipoff in San Antonio they will start LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Rashard Lewis and Allen. They also deactivated Greg Oden and Justin Hamilton, meaning Michael Beasley will be available for the first time in this series.
The trust James has in his teammates — from Dwyane Wade to Bosh to Rashard Lewis — can be amazing. “You know, C.B. had just missed one, got a great look, but if I draw two and his man leaves him again … I went right back to him and he knocked it down,” James said. “I got a lot of confidence in my teammates and they got a lot of confidence in me and we live with the results no matter what happens.”
Let’s be honest: South Florida fans will jump from sport to sport, from team to team, for any intoxicating partnership with winning. “I think we’ve done a good job of transforming this into a basketball town,” Wade said. “Now when people mention, ‘Miami,’ most of the sports fans around the country think, ‘Heat.’ ” There are 15 players who reflect the residue of this fame in their daily lives. They bump into it everywhere and the attention multiplies now. Chris “Birdman” Andersen gets stopped several times in one grocery trip. Rashard Lewis gets cheers picking up kids from school. “Any restaurant I go in, people clap for me, people want pictures,” guard Norris Cole said. “That’s just how it is now. It’s pretty humbling to have happen to you, but when it happens all the time you figure it’s just part of the playoffs scene.”
In the last four seasons, the Heat have won all three series they have been the road team. In addition to the Pacers and Thunder, they defeated the Chicago Bulls in the 2011 conference finals. “To win a championship, you have to win on road,” forward Rashard Lewis said. “We’re not going to say we’re comfortable [on the road]. If we can get one, we feel like we’ve done our job. … It [homecourt] can be overrated. Getting homecourt, I feel like it is a little added pressure because you have to win. You have to win at home.”
Lewis said he will discuss his playing future with his agent during the summer. The plan is to play at least “two or three” more years long as it’s in the right situation. He said he wants to remain playing for a contending team. “I’m not going to just continue to play if I’m playing for a team that’s rebuilding with young guys that’s not even a playoff-contending team,” Lewis said. “My whole goal is to continue to play for a team that’s going to compete. I feel like I do have more years left in me.”
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“Even as we start the new season, I’m still extremely excited about winning a championship. I’m still focused on trying to get another one this season, we know we have even more of a challenge this year. But at the same, I still lie down at night and think about how San Antonio could have easily won that. It was a couple of seconds away from us walking in to the locker room with our heads down. Ball could of went either way and I’m just thankful that Ray was able to hit that three and we were able to send it to overtime to take it to a Game 7.”
Lewis currently owns a piece of six racehorses, including an accomplished four-year-old named Cigar Street, though that won’t be his primary post-basketball activity. “I don’t want to dump all my money into horses,” he said. “I’m not that crazy.”
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Heat forwards James Jones and Rashard Lewis also were defrauded by Zafar and suffered undisclosed losses, but neither is pursuing claims against the team. Fine said Miller “has good feelings for the organization. He just feels like they should accept their share of responsibility for this situation.”
Shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Heat issued a release that announced, “both forward James Jones and forward Rashard Lewis have exercised their player options for the 2013-14 season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.” Except . . . those are just two of the three Heat players with player options for next season, with Ray Allen the third. The player-option deadline is Saturday. The reality is that Ray Allen is not opting in.
Allen has been largely mum on the issue of his $3.2 million 2013-14 option, at a stage where a second NBA title could either sate or rejuvenate. As for Lewis, there have been reports that he already has committed to his $1.4 million 2013-14 option. He said, however, that is not the case. “I haven’t agreed to anything,” he said. “I have no idea. The focus is on this year. I haven’t even talked to my agent.”
Evans will be joined by teammates Andray Blatche and Marshon Brooks, as well as Marquis Daniels (Bucks), Rashard Lewis (Heat), Marreese Speights (Cavaliers), Trent Richardson (Cleveland Browns), Derrick Brooks (former Tampa Bay Buccaneer), Justin Gatlin (track star), Michelle Snow (WNBA player) and Johanna Long (NASCAR driver).
Lewis has an option worth $1.4 million but plans on returning next season to Miami, where a first championship is within his grasp. “You get that window of opportunity, you’ve got to take advantage of it,” Lewis said. “I chose to play for the Miami Heat and you know, we here. We in the Finals, but the job is not done yet.”
While there was excitement when he signed with the Miami Heat last July, Lewis wouldn’t necessarily say that he was relieved when he got dumped by two franchises – the Wizards and then New Orleans – in less two weeks last June. “I don’t think it’s ever a relief to be traded, or bought out,” Lewis said with a booming laugh. “But the relief was when Pat Riley called to recruit me to come down and play for them. I think more than anything my goal was to be on a team that was trying to compete for a championship. Obviously, Miami had just won it.”
Now, eight months later, winning has come easily for the HEAT and it certainly seems like the 33-year-old made the right choice in free agency. Miami has strung together the second-longest winning streak in NBA history with 27 consecutive victories and Lewis couldn’t be happier in South Beach. “It’s been great,” Lewis told HOOPSWORLD. “It’s been a fun season. We have a lot of veterans on this team and we have one goal in mind, and that’s to win the NBA championship. I have great teammates in LeBron, D-Wade, Chris Bosh. They’re by far some of the best teammates I’ve ever had and it’s a great, first class organization. It’s been a lot of fun.”
When asked about the situation last June, Ariza said: “It is what it is. I loved my teammates there. They are all great players. I did everything I can to help them. Even when I wasn’t playing, I still encouraged all the players to be all they can be, to continue to work hard. I still did what I needed to do, to stay in shape, to keep my game going to try to get better. When they realized they wanted to bring Farouq along, I was all for it. It’s not my team. It’s their decisions to make and I’m just a player in this league.”
With his former team in town on Friday for the rematch at Verizon Center, Ariza is healthier – though he is dealing with a sore left knee – and has finally found a comfortable role on the Wizards. But he isn’t trying to place any special meaning in facing the team that traded him, along with Emeka Okafor, last June in a deal for Rashard Lewis’s expiring contract. “I’ve been on a number of teams,” Ariza said with a grin. “Treat it like it’s a regular game. Not really worry about me, or individual things, but this is not an individual sport. It’s a team sport. Just stick to our game plan and do what I need to do.”
Lewis on Howard, defending Nelson: “Everybody on that team was very close friends. Not only that, but Jameer Nelson, out of all people. We made a good run. Hell, look at those banners hanging in the stands. They don’t say Dwight Howard on them. ”
Brian Schmitz: Former Magic F Rashard Lewis called DHoward’s comments “disrespectful,” especially considering “Dwight and Jameer are friends.” “It’s just strange. If anything he should be focused on playing for the Lakers and making the playoffs. It’s disrespectful more than anything. We helped Dwight become the player he was. They built that team to make him the player he was. Not trying to be rude or disrespectful to Dwight but… I think sometimes you have to focus on what’s going on now, not what happen in the past. Very disappointing.
Rashard Lewis, who made All-Star debut in 2005, was funny on Chris Andersen’s disastrous dunk contest that year: The “Birdman,” then with New Orleans, missed nine dunks on his first attempt at the dunk contest in 2005 in Denver and took about three minutes before he finally made a dunk. Andersen had been trying to throw the ball from halfcourt and catch it after a bounce for a dunk. “I remember like it was yesterday,’’ said Lewis, then with Seattle and now Andersen’s teammate in Houston. “He missed like 30 dunks and kept going over and over,’’ Lewis said. “That’s why they put the time limit on it. It was the Birdman Rule… you knew he was going to try to do something spectacular but after a while it was like, ‘Man, just make a dunk already. We’re getting tired. Let’s move on.’’’
Rashard Lewis, Dwight Howard Orlando teammate, believes Howard will re-sign with Lakers this summer as free agent. “My gut feeling is I think he will,’’ Lewis who is now with the Heat and will face Howard on Sunday, told FOX Sports Florida. “I think he will be in L.A. … He most definitely likes the city, likes the organization. It’s one of the first-class organizations. The Lakers have a history of winning championships, and that’s what he wants to do is win championships. So we’ll see what happens at the end of the season, but my gut feeling is I think he’ll stay there.’’
Yet even as spectator, Miami Heat forward Rashard Lewis says he has no issue playing the good soldier in a winning situation, after coming from something far less with the Washington Wizards. “It’s something I signed up for,” the 3-point specialist said. “I know there’s a lot of talent on this team. They pretty much have the same team they won a championship with. “Here, you’ve just got to basically wait your turn. I played earlier in the year, but I’m sure my name will be called again. I just got to be ready to go.”
Now, Miami is trying to carry it out for a full season. And the Heat’s major offseason acquisitions, Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, aren’t going to be much help defending the paint; they’re having enough trouble getting out to open 3-point shooters. Which leaves Battier swapping paint with bigger, younger power forwards. Will he be a skid mark by next spring?”We’ll see. We’ll see,” Battier said with a laugh. “The thing about it is, it’s taxing physically. But I just have to be smart about it. I’m not asked to grab 10 rebounds. I just block out. Blocking out’s tough when you have to block out a guy like Faried. But I look at it as an unbelievable challenge for me. I’ve been counted out a lot in my life, and in my career. And I’ve always met the challenge. I just look at it as a new challenge, a new chapter for my book. I look forward to overcoming it.”
Rashard Lewis has met his quota for the month. With three weeks left in November, he is done playing above the rim. The two dunks he had Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets were enough. He will go back to being what the Miami Heat coveted when they signed him in the offseason — another perimeter scoring threat. “I told them [teammates] that’s it for the month,” Lewis said, laughing. “They can catch me trying to get another one next month.”
“Ray helped me make my first All-star team,” Lewis said. “He taught me the importance of taking care of my body and important off-the-court things. I listened to him a lot and it’s helped my career. I still use all of his tips today.”
Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis are different. They’ve built a friendship that is stronger than the obstacles they’ve experienced dealing with the business of basketball. They’re like brothers who respect each other on the court and appreciate each other when the game ends. They’ve relied on their bond to help with the transition to Miami, while enjoying another chance to play together in the twilight of their careers. “I was sitting at my home in Connecticut when I found out; I was excited,” Allen said. “I randomly called him and he told me he was coming down and looking forward to being able to join. “I was very excited. He’s a guy that’s made a great career for himself. The teams we played for in Seattle, we had some great times. Over four years, we only made it to the playoffs one time, but he had some great teams. We had fun together and respected each other and that’s something I’ve always appreciated and cherished.”
Did you talk to any other teams? Rashard Lewis: I was talking to Atlanta, [and] there was a couple of other teams but once Pat Riley called, I pretty much had my mind made up what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. It’s just something you think about not only during free agency, but before you become a free agent.
What factors led you to sign with Miami? Rashard Lewis: I’m at a point in my career to want to win a Championship and it’s not all about the accolades, being an All-Star, scoring, none of that. I just felt like this was the best fit team to give me a chance to compete for a title. We haven’t done it yet, so we got our work cut out for us. If you look at the history of guys that defend an NBA Championship, it’s very tough to do that.
The process involves shock waves. It’s a non-surgical treatment the Heat believed could get Lewis, 33, back to at least somewhat resembling a player who was an All-Star in 2005 and 2009. “They just numb the knees basically like ultrasound,’’ Lewis said. “It breaks down a lot of the scar tissue and it kind of rebuilds it. It took me off the court for a couple of months… (The Heat believed) it was something that could really help me and get me back on the court playing at a high rate, and I told them anything that would help me be even a little bit better than I was the past season, the past couple of years, I’m willing to try.’’
In courting Rashard Lewis during free agency, #Heat suggested he undergo a process called OssaTron on ailing knees Miami guard Dwyane Wade had it in March 2008, and it enabled him to bounce back from knee problems in the summer and win an Olympic gold medal while being Team USA’s leading scoring.
“This will be my 15th season,’’ said Lewis, who played the past year and a half with Washington before signing with Miami last summer as a free agent. “My whole goal is to play another five years and try to get to 20 years… The way I feel now, I most definitely think I can do it.’’
With the addition of guard Ray Allen and forward Rashard Lewis, Miami Heat forward LeBron James believes the Heat can be “scary good.” “We can be better than we were this past season,” James said. “Are we better right now than we were just a couple of months ago? Of course not. But we’ve got time to get better. We have the potential to be better. We have the potential to be a lot better, and that is scary.
Rashard Lewis said he’s not thinking about starting at power forward for #Heat, right now preparing for bench role “Right now, I’m not looking forward to starting,’’ Lewis told FOX Sports Florida. “I just want to come in and get healthy and get my legs back under me and get my wind going. I’m looking for coming off the bench.’’ But Lewis, who said Erik Spoelstra has said nothing so far about starting or not, said that’s not his preferred role. “That’s not my preferred role but that’s how I’m looking at things,’’ he said. “I’m going to let Coach just make that decision.”
This time the journey will include offseason free-agent acquisitions Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. “It almost seems as if they’ve rewound the clock,” Spoelstra said of the veteran 3-point specialists. “Ray seems like he’s in the mid-20s. “We haven’t really had a catch-and-shoot player with ability and skill set of Ray.” Spoelstra said Lewis also appears rejuvenated and beyond his knee issues. “First time in two years he’s been able to lean down and pick up his kids,” Spoelstra said of Lewis. “The last two and a half weeks he’s been playing and scrimmaging. And immediately you start to see his skill set the hurt us so much when he was with Orlando.”