For those who ask why the Heat uses a roster spot on Udonis Haslem, who played just 72 minutes in 14 games this season, Goran Dragic provided a revealing answer that explains his true value: “It’s really tough to explain to people outside what he means to this team,” Dragic said several days after the season ended. “Everybody is looking, ‘OK, he’s not playing’ but they don’t know how much he brings to this team, especially with his experience and leadership.
October 20, 2018 | 9:29 pm EDT Update
October 20, 2018 | 9:05 pm EDT Update
Tania Ganguli: Luke Walton says the best thing so far about having LeBron on the team is the “overall confidence” he brings and instills when he’s on the court. Walton likens it to how much more confident he felt when Kobe was on the court with him.
Kyle Goon: Luke Walton was asked what was different about this home opener compared to the last one: “This is a little different,” he said, gesturing to the 50 or so media members crowded around him in the back tunnel of Staples Center.