Micky Arison Rumors
Q: You only played two seasons for the Heat and they traded you in 2004 for Shaquille O’Neal before they won their first title, yet you consistently have spoken about the Heat as if you spent an entire career with the team. Where does that come from? Caron Butler: “The seeds they planted in your life last forever. Micky Arison and the Arison family have been amazing to me and my family, still to this day. I saw him on Rodeo Drive All-Star Weekend and gave him a big hug. I saw Pat, as well. He still sends me text messages and we stay connected. Dwyane is godfather to my middle child, Ava. So we’ve got a connection that’s forever. It really is. It’s real family.”
Mike Vorkunov: Michael Beasley & Heat owner Micky Arison shook hands in 2nd Q after Beasley fell onto scorer’s table in front of him. Beasley said postgame Arison told him to “cool off.” Reporter said guess was Beasley told him he should regret letting him go. Beasley, smiling: “It’s his fault”
“[Udonis Haslem] always talked about, as you get older, you take it year by year. But this is the first summer that I will go into the summer and say I ain’t got much hair left, but I’m going to let my hair down and look at everything as a whole, my family and basketball. Being back here helps that situation for me, makes the decision even easier since now that I’m back already. And sit down with Pat [Riley] and Micky [Arison] and everybody and see what’s best for me and go from there.” If Wade agrees to play for the minimum $2.4 million season, only $1.5 million would count against the salary cap. It’s possible, though less likely, that Miami would give Wade a chunk of its salary cap exception — either a $5.5 million taxpayer midlevel exception next summer or a full $8.8 million midlevel exception depending on whether Miami is a tax team.
Pat Riley on getting closure on Wade after the contract talks two years ago: “I think you’re correct on that. For all of you who know me, warriors don’t live in the past. Life is now. And the future is waiting. Based on what happened with Dwyane and us the last couple of years, there’s no bitterness and no regrets. We’ve always talked about that. Micky [Arison] is very pro Dwyane. Coach [Erik Spoelstra] is very pro Dwyane. I am. It was a sad day when Dwyane left and it’s a beautiful day that he’s back.”