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Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 at 8:00 am  |  68 responses

Miami Heat Season Preview

It’s not often you can double your win total…

We continue previewing the Southeast Division with the Miami Heat. You can read past previews here.

by Cliff Terhune aka Eboy

So I got the shoulder tap on the bench to get in and take on another Heat season preview for my home away from home, SLAMOnline. Just call me Vinn-”E” Johnson.

Hopefully this year the accuracy will be a thousand times more prescient than last year’s, and I can do any other Heat fans (six?) proud. Plus, I’m going straight forward with this preview, since writing some dream-like/open letter to/brilliant sitcom-like script wouldn’t fit this squad since they barely mattered last season. Maybe next year though!

Key Additions:
Michael Beasley
Mario Chalmers
Yakhouba Diawara
James Jones
Shaun Livingston
Jamaal Magloire

Let’s start with the most important addition to the Miami Heat franchise since Dwyane Wade was drafted in ‘03. Yes, even more important than that of a water gun-wielding megalomaniac that arrived in a tractor trailer in ‘06. Michael Beasley needs to do what most expect of him to make his no. 2 overall pick worthwhile –16-18 points and 8-10 rebounds per game. A beast in the college game, he immediately is the Heat’s second-best offensive player and that is going to be critical to helping DWade get through the season with good health and solid play.

Beasley’s “maturity” may be questionable and almost always NBA rookies hit “the wall” somewhere in January or February, so as long as he stays solid with his smooth jumper, drop step and dribble drive game, he’ll be the frontcourt savior the Heat and their fans have been waiting for. His D is the one thing Heat fans have concerns about, but the more difficult assignments will fall into Marion and Haslem’s laps most nights. I’ll overlook his “marketing potential” (thanks Adidas) and his 50 stack fine for the moment. For now.

Mario Chalmers comes to the Heat with some off-court baggage (see also: rookie transition program) and a potential for good things on the court. A strong defender and a nice finisher at the rim, Mario can challenge for the starting point guard spot from the beginning, and it’s my hope he gets the shot.

As the new Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said: “I’ve defined it as somebody who will defend and keep the ball in front of him, number one. Number two, to be able to lead and direct the team. And that means organize us and get us into offense, be on the same page with myself, so whatever I have organized for the team, he’ll be able to take it from the bench out there to the team, and be able to get the team organized and running at a specific pace that I want.”
Defense is the name of the game, so Mario has the edge going in.

Also, if his time at Kansas is any indication, he won’t be afraid to make plays in big moments, and DWade hasn’t had that type of backcourt mate since the days of Damon Jo…well, since the first year of Jason Williams. His summer league performance still has me excited for his potential to fill that role. His biggest adjustment will be the ability to get Wade, Beasley and Marion the ball in the right spots and handle ball pressure from guys just as quick and as skilled as him in opposing uniforms.

Alright, besides the two rookie additions, the other names listed sure don’t seem like a world-changing group of talent for a team that couldn’t even hit 16 wins last season. I think the Heat’s true hopes were to: a) take on talent at a cheaper than market value rate and b) take some chances on some third-tier players to see if they can play a role in a rebuilding team concept — a role, as it stands, is really all the Heat need these guys to play. Jones and Diawara will be called upon for their collective perimeter defense, and Jones’ three-point shooting. Really, what else can be looked for from them? Used properly, Jones can flourish in his bench role and get some time with the starting group and Diawara is going to push perennial bench warmer, Dorell Wright, to possibly be moved after languishing in Miami since his drafting.

Shaun Livingston — this is intriguing. As a fan, I hope for the absolute best for Shaun as a player and as a potential piece to the Heat’s future fortunes. He signed a two-year deal that gives him time to get into basketball shape and a couple options. First, he can build his game back for a team that for the foreseeable future shouldn’t be title challenging. That give’s him time to build a resume for another team in two years time that his services may fit better. The second option is he gets his game tight, plays himself into a starting role in Miami eventually and builds a core with Wade and Beasley that can challenge for Eastern Conference supremacy at some point in the future. I hope for the latter but am mindful of the former. I just wish him luck and look forward to seeing him night in and night out.

Jamaal Magloire has a ton to prove and a ton of weight to go right along with it. After fermenting on the benches of the Nets and the Mavs last season and posting almost non-existent numbers, the Heat are hoping he can bring six points and five rebounds per game in limited minutes. Any effort on the defensive end would be gravy (no biscuits, Jamaal) and perhaps a combination of the environment, a lack of expectations and some daily contact with Alonzo Mourning will give him some much needed push. We’ll see.

Key Losses:
Ricky Davis
Jason Williams

Ricky, we hardly knew ya…again. I will give credit where credit is due though, dude played every game in that nightmare season and really didn’t do anything boneheaded through it all. Good luck in LA, Tricky. As for my screen-name-sake, J-Will declined over the last three seasons, the nagging injuries kept piling up and the goodness of White Chocolate caught a bit of salmonella, taking away his highlight reel ability he possessed early in his career. Give him credit for his role as starting point guard for the Heat’s title team and to him, enjoy your retirement Whit Eboy.

Starting Five:

PG — Mario Chalmers
SG — Dwyane Wade
SF — Shawn Marion
PF — Michael Beasley
C — Udonis Haslem

Yes, there is some uncertainty at the point and center spots so for my money, I think this lineup would be the most solid group the Heat can put out. Chalmers’ defense can be a bright spot with this group, and Haslem — while always undersized — battles night in and night out and you know his effort is never questioned. In theory, the trio of Wade, Beasley and Marion should be terrifying, but there are a few issues. Wade’s health still is a question mark.

Yes, I know his Olympic play should have me dancing through the streets of South Beach like I was trying out for America’s Best Dance Crew, but I’ll be patient and give him some time to prove himself. I see Dwyane coming back this season with numbers in the 25/5/6 range. If he can cut down on his horrible turnover ratio from last season and stay healthy he’ll be one of the Top 5 players in the League, again. No pressure, Dwyane.

Marion is in a contract year and nothing would make me happier to see him move before the trade deadline in order to fortify one of the excessive weak spots. Yes, I know, Shawn is a stat stuffer and can be game-changing when motivated. Well, the motivation shouldn’t be an issue if he’s trying to get his paper right but being the third option again as he was in his Suns days never seemed to sit well with him, and I think he either needs to swallow his pride or get his bags ready for a quick trip to Miami International if a solid center or point guard option becomes available. A fairly solid group with the ability to be really strong with one strong addition to the ranks.

Rest of the Bench:
Joel Anthony
Marcus Banks
Mark Blount
Daequan Cook
Chris Quinn
Dorell Wright
(Alonzo Mourning)

Anthony brings energy and shot-blocking from the bench but his offensive game is erratic; good for 8-10 minutes; probably is the Heat’s best shot-blocker while Zo is in $5,000 suits. Banks is inconsistent with the ball in his hand and really going to have a hard time getting minutes. Blount is my least favorite player on the roster. Soft, mushy, like a wet turd. Turrible.

Daequan Cook can be the off-the-bench shooter that is really coveted, but his overall game needs to expand to give him a true spot in the 8-9 man rotation. Zo is still a question mark in his potential return attempt, but if there is one guy who can come back from his injury and be productive it would be Alonzo. I’m pulling for him to finish his career on his feet instead of crumpled on the floor. Chris Quinn (wait for it)…actually played well in his time as a starter last season. Makes few mistakes, can shoot the three and has a solid grasp of the offense. His lack of foot-speed and suspect D are major drawbacks though.

If you could magically transport Bank’s speed and defensive ability to him, you’d have yourself a NBA-caliber starting point guard. Dorell, wish I could give you some love, but you’ve been like the hot girl at the desk next to you in high school who I always wished to get out of the school environment, but whenever the time seemed right, you had a headache or laughed at me when you were walking home with your friends or had some weak-ass excuse that kept me from making the big move. Time to bounce, kid, enough of the c*cktease.

Coaching/Intangibles:

Out with the old, in with the new. Pat Riley sits up in his plush suite with Mickey Arison while Eric Spoelstra takes over the reigns of a young, untested team. This is not going to be a simple task but Eric has the makeup to be the right choice. A former college ball player, a seven-year assistant for the Heat and a Riley disciple, he’ll have this team playing hard from the start, and he’ll surprise many with his savvy in certain situations. He’ll actually enjoy running the squad instead of feeling it a burden like Riley’s on again/off again affair with the coach’s chair. In the end, the season and any chance at the team being respectful all falls on Dwyane’s tender shoulder.

Prediction:

I see the potential for being better, I understand the roster stands in better shape today as it did at the end of last season and that a healthy Dwyane Wade can drag a mediocre team a long way in the Eastern Conference. But I’m also a realist. If they sneak into the playoffs as the eight seed, I’d be thrilled, but I’m thinking they’ll wind up more with a 33-35 win total and be just on the outside looking in. A journey starts with a single step, and the completion of a journey is filled with pitfalls and moments of pleasure. The Heat’s future seasons of respectability starts at the beginning of this one, and I think the pitfalls will outweigh the pleasure for the time being. That’s some Zen sh*t for your asses!

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  • Ken

    Anybody taking bets on how long Marion lasts?

  • maeng

    1st!

  • maeng

    dammit! anyways…they shouldn’t have let go of jwill and made him think bout retirement….he’s still better than all those point gaurds that the heat have, …….hope shaun livingston will step up and realize his lottery potential even after that horrific accident.

  • Ken

    Also: if the Heat do become any good next year (not this season), anybody want to bet that Riley takes the coaching job back?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Just a few notes since the piece was written:

    Jamal Magloire is dunzo, at least for 6 weeks, as well as his teeny tiny vertical. Say hello to David Padgitt.

    Shawn Marion is trying to sport a fauxhawk during the preseason. That sh*t was wack on Dorrell last year but because he was young it was forgivable on Marion and his premature balding skiull????? Garbage.

    To follow up on something I wrote, Dwyane’s going to have to play in at least 70 games for the Heat to have a chance at 35 wins, so those 51 games short seasons need to go out your bay window, kid.

    Marcus Banks has looked better that last year. May get more burn that anticipated.

    Eric Spoelstra must have read my mind (and maybe this preview) because he is now open to running the small ball frontcourt of Haslem, Marion and Beasley to get their best rebounders on the court at the same time.

    And, just because, I didn’t promote my blog….well because that sh*t’s annoying and TADOne had it covered eariler.

    Lastly, I miss my Heat homegirl, Cheryl, being around and her female touch was missed this year.

  • http://dyalekt.com d.Y.

    Good stuff, I especially liked the part about Livingston. That bench looks putrid though.

  • WhaHuh

    Banks is better than Chalmers at this point

  • WhaHuh

    and I thought Beasley played more SF in London

  • Costa

    The Heat will be better than 30 wins… they will be at least a 8th sead max 6 seed

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    David Padgett?? Anyway, nice preview. The Big 3 should be good, but the Heat need to figure out that PG spot ASAP.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Yeah, Padgett, a rookie out of Louisville, who seems like he likes to play like a man.

  • Sean

    I think Miami will get more than 33-35 wins. Michael Beasley is ill.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    As opposed to a girl? Boy? Vince?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    As opposed to Mark Blount, who is a combination of all three you listed.

  • Froggiestyle

    nice piece artist formerly known as whit eboy. I hope for your sake that DWade stays healthy cuz he really is the most fly player in the league when at 100% – and aint rebuilding fun? bleh.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Thanks froggie.

  • fluxland

    Nice work, E! Thorough, I’d say. Being Canadiense I love Jamaal and I’m a Shaun fan as well. Is it weird I had a dream about Spoelstra screaming at me to D up a few weeks ago? I can’t get that out of my head…wtf. Call me crazy, I see this team in the playoffs.

  • Froggiestyle

    The Olympics were a huge reminder for me in that respect – I guess I had somehow forgotten how insane DWade is when’s he’s healthy, feeling it and decides to go off. I realise this season might be a bit much for his shoulders alone but it must be amazing to see him live – defying gravity on both ends of the floor.

  • jay

    miami for champs! Shaun will be better than ever this year, marion will prove he’s the nr 1 option and average 30 a game, dwade will stay healthy and average a triple double as he’ll play point guard, allowing mario chalmers to switch to his more natural position of shooting guard. Beasley will be a beast and become league MVP. And then I woke up…

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    jay with the funny again.

  • jay

    Haha…we meet yet again Eboy. Sue me for being funny. I’ll get more serious once the actuall season starts.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Good preview there. This team has a lot of firepower right now. But as mentioned, they would be a lot better off trading Shawn Marion away right now for a good center, or a serviceable big man and some other bench pieces. Haslem’s an awesome, mobile and rugged power forward but he’s tiny at the 5 spot…

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    Good job E.

  • Slick Nick Da Ruler

    Nice writeup Eboy. Who can realistically be traded for Marion? Give me your wish list of pg’s and center options.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Nice preview E! SKO has been well represented on the previews.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Brad Miller & filler, one of the glut of points in Portland and Memphis and Channing Frye also.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Good stuff, eboy. I’m actually pretty high on the Heat; if Wade is healthy I think they can win 45 games and make the Playoffs. Beasley is that nice. Where’s Cheryl?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Thanks Ben. I think I’m in a self induced retreat from being overly high (no Mario) on these guys and really their bench is pretty crappy so I’m just trying to be ready for another year of suffering before things really start to right themselves next season.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    This team should make the playoffs.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I wish they could.

  • http://slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    Eboy, 35 wins seems about right for this team. The thing is Wade is a fantastic, difference making player. Marion is a very strong perimeter defender and can score in any number of ways (not to mention being pound for pound one of the best rebounders in the game) and Beasley has ability to be a 20 pt scorer right off the bat. But they are awfully top heavy. I don’t know if they are a playoff team unless they address their pg and c positions.not to mention a bench that besides cook is pretty terrible.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Yup.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    good sh!t eboy

  • Aristotle

    Eboy, I really enjoyed your work on analysing the upcoming season for the Miami Heat. A Miami Heat fan myself, I believe this team is capable of a clinching a playoff position. I can see them anywhere from 6th to 8th. This team can do it if they gel well. Especially if Beasley and Chalmers really try to make their positions their own.

    My only real concern is about Chalmers’ offcourt antics and Beasley’s ego of claiming a MVP trophy in his first season. I hope his idea of being MVP means playing for his team, with his team, and doing everything possible for his team, the way Udonis does. If his idea of MVP is to be selfish and think that he should be above Dwyane Wade… then where in for a torturous season.

    I’d be happy to see any trade take place to help Miami win a Championship again, so what would trading Marion be able to offer Miami?
    Just what value does he have on his head?

    I’d like to think that we could trade him for Amare Stoudemire to cover our Centre spot in some kind of trade, and maybe bring in Grant Hill to come off the bench(He could be the type of guy to help keep Beasley and Chalmers grounded with all he’s been through). I doubt Marion would be back at Phoenix, but other teams can be included in the trade.

    With this trade I like the idea of PG. Mario Chalmers SG. Dwyane Wade SF. Michael Beasley PF. Udonis Haslem C. Amare Stoudemire 6TH Man. Grant Hill.

    My other trade I wouldn’t mind seeing is Marion to Dallas with whatever else is needed in return for Dirk Nowitzki and Josh Howard.

    I guess the starting line-up here would be PG. Mario Chalmers SG. Dwyane Wade SF. Michael Beasley PF. Dirk Nowitzki C. Udonis Haslem. 6TH MAN. Josh Howard. Imagine what Beasley and Nowitzki could do with their shooting? Dwyane driving and Haslem playing like the beast he is.

    I don’t know… that’s my opinion as a Heat fan. What do you think Eboy?

  • Slick Nick Da Ruler

    Marion is not worth Stoudemire, not in any way possible. Amare would only be traded for a top tier superstar, which Marion is not. Eboy, you really think Brad Miller can help out? He’s on the steep side of his decline, scary.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    He’d be a better option than what the Heat have currently, Nick, and they only need someone to fill a spot for 2 seasons. the big changes come in 2010.

  • Aristotle

    So who then goes in 2010? and who would Miami bring with the freed up cash and roster space?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Aristotle, I didn’t forget to answer you. I would love to see STAT in Miami, but the only way that would happen is if you traded Wade for him and that’s not happening on either side. As far as Dirk and Josh, Dirk, I think, will be a Mav for life. Cuban loves the guy. J-Ho on the other hand, I’d like him in place of Marion, a little more versatile offensively and would be a more willing back up man. Who do the Heat give up in 2010? Well, if Marion stays, he come’s off the books and the rest of the contracts (besides Wade’s) they hold are minimal.

  • http://myspace.com/bodiebarnett jbn74sb

    Eboy – Kobe dumped the carcass of Shaq and he floated to Miami in 2004. Now let me go up and read the rest of this.
    P.S. How do post a link to my facebook account as my website?

  • http://myspace.com/bodiebarnett jbn74sb

    I’ll say it again, Eboy. Odom for Marion, straight up. If the numbers don’t work, please take Luke off our hands too. Marion will be a much better fit for the Lakers (perimeter D, 3 point shooting), and Odom will help mold Beasley. Or at the very least show him how to roll a proper joint.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    LMAO!!!! Good to see you around, my man.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Thinking about that writeup Slam did for him in the Top 50 list, Marion could potentially be simply brilliant in this Heat team. Imagine him averaging double digit rebounds as a swingman with them, starting and running the break… it’s a really promising thought. As a “glue guy”, a stat-filler, as the team’s Pippen, he could be very good for em.

    But enigmatically, he hates that very role and would seemingly be happier being the number 1 option over Wade and Beasley. Which is tragic. Because physically and talent-wise, he’s got every tool that Scottie Pippen had (arguably more hops and rebounding prowess) but the difference between the two at this point in Marion’s career is in their acceptance of their roles and strengths.

  • Aristotle

    It’s all good,no harm done. I think I just got excited to hear another Heat fan analyse the team as well as you did, and thanks for your response.

    Well…because I didn’t know the value of Marion, I probably got caught up in wishful thinking. I just I feel that Phoenix and Dallas have lost the chance to win that ring, and the East would be much better for either Amare or Dirk after all them seasons in the West.

    With Wade and workaholic Haslem, and now the new additions of Beasley and Chalmers on rookie contracts, I thought Marion would be the perfect bait for someone like Amare or Dirk who are frustrated with falling short each season.

    I remember the Lakers were interested in him, and so maybe they could send Gasol, Bynum, Odom, Walton(some combo of that) over to Phoenix who Shaq should be calling it quits soon, and Miami could acquire STAT(well there’s my wishful thinking trade deal for him). I guess something similar for Dirk and Josh, if possible. Maybe in 2010 they could lure one in if the contracts are all minimal and probably Zo retiring.

    All I know is I can see both players flourishing under Spoelstra, and so I’m hoping this can happen, because that is a championship calibre team with the inclusion of either, and I’d go as far to say they’d be wearing 1 – 3 rings on their fingers in the next 7 seasons, and constantly in conference finals.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Which is also why Pippen is a HOFer and Marion oft-maligned and still misunderstood well into a decade-long career of consistent success.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Good points, Joel, although any comparisons to scottir are unfair, because Scottie “got it”, right from the start. He knew he wasn’t the scorer Mike was and played his role. An all-important role that made him an Michael champions on even playing ground. Although the Kukoc instance was on a huge stage and gave him the rep as a crier, that never really applied to him. Shawn is not that forgivable. He has yet to do one thing positivley for the Heat and in Phoenix they accepted a aging, broken down Shaquille to rid themsleves of him. what does that tell you? Dude is just a burden. As far as talent, yeah his athleticism is remarkable, but Scottie was a fiend, a defensive fiend mostly, but please don’t shortchange his rebounding and passing ability, among the top of the game during the Bulls reign and when called upon on Mike’s occasional off night, he could fill it up with ease. Seeing MJ and Scottie post triple doubles in the same game is still one of the purest memories I have as a basketball fan. I don’t think I’ll ever say that about Shawn and D-Wade. I’d like to be wrong but I doubt it.

  • Sparker

    good write up, eboy. i wish the heat well, but they are just so dang small. there are guys like kendrick perkins in this league

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Aristotle, I think the Heat will push for three guys in the 2010 free-agent field 1)Lebron first (with little success I’m sure) 2) Chris Bosh (who is a perfect fit for the Heat’s system and might be interested in leaving the winter’s of Toronto and the sunshine of Miami) 3)Melo. Yes, Carmelo, the enigma of the SLAM boards, could fill the SF spot, moving a more seasoned Beasley to the 4 and having a big three second to none. And let’s not forget 2009 when they will venture talks with Carlos Boozer who could allow Beasley to play more of a 3 spot. Lot’s to look out, but that’s a while off.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    *look at

  • http://dyalekt.com d.Y.

    Trixie for Josh Howard would be a major coup for y’all, and I could kinda see it happenin, even though I doubt the salaries match.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Right; exactly, Eboy. Even when he was with Phoenix, averaging a double-double and getting all those dunks and doing his thing, it somehow seemed like Shawn would much rather be jacking up more chest-shot three pointers. If you guys could trade Marion for Brad Miller (which would do a lot for the team in terms of balance) and one of Sacramento’s young swingmen, it would be a big investment for both now and the future. I don’t like being too negative on any player, but Shawn just gives me the impression he’s going to sulk his way out of the team in a year or two.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Especially after they don’t make the playoffs this year and he get’s no love for the All-Star game.

  • Aristotle

    All I can say is WOW!!! to that, lol. I’m actually more concerned for Knicks fans who might read your above comment. I have a feeling you just caused that city some major distress. I’d be more than happy to see any of them 3 in Miami, and they would be soooooo hungry for them rings. I’m sure Wade keeps reminding them how sweet a feeling it is.

  • austin

    eboy. fire piece. these people saying marion for stoddy are crazy and josh howard in the 305 would be disaster.
    as heat fans we need to be happy with what we have.
    BOSH in 2010.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Well, I actually meant they would have a shot at one of them only, Aristotle. All 3 would be some NA Live sh*t.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    *NBA

  • Aristotle

    Yeah I know we can’t have all 3 Eboy.I was just saying I’d be happy to see either of them on the team.
    Now if you were to have all 3….. well there’s no point of an NBA season anymore.

  • MeloMan13

    Beasley…Beasley…Beasley…Beasley
    co- MVP 09 wit Melo

  • Miguel Ferreira

    The Heat are going to improve both their offense and defense, with this kind of talent and title experience they will definetely go far. A look forward for the high light realms. MIAMI HEAT #1

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I thought the Heat looked really good coming into the preseason, but that swiftly changed when they lost 2 straight to the Nets… Keep in mind folks that they had a healthy Wade. Wow.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    :) … that is all. Im going to hunt Crocs now. Later E. Oh, and (in ‘dude wheres my car?’ voice ‘No playoffs for you’.

  • Gaz

    Fantastic article Eboy!
    I hope your taking notes BETCATS… a lot of notes.

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    Hi Eboy,
    Good preview! I know I’ve been gone a while, but where are the comments that i’m used to seeing from Cheryl, Bryan, Izzo, Holly etc?
    Anyway, safe prediction on the team’s results come April. It’d be cool to see D-Wade get some redemption this year and work his way back up to top 5 status. They’ll probably not win enough for him to get MVP, but he might get Allstar MVP haha.

  • laine

    great preview eboy. here’s to hoping the heat would atleast make the playoffs. the 3 pre-season L’s was close, but i do wish they win some. not get used to losing going into the new season :)

  • iain.

    Whens BET’s preview out? This was nice, almost couldn’t tell it wasn’t written by a pro. Almost.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Thanks again for the kind words everyone, and wow Hisham, long time no see my man.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Very well done, Eboy. I’m still lurking, just not as engaged. Still got love for my team, and my blogmates, tho’. Also, I hear Raymond Felton may be on the block. What do you think of a Marion for Felton and Nazr Muhammed? You think your boy Jordan would pull the trigger? LB is said to be dissatisfied with his SF’s defense.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Uhm……I’m not adverse to Felton. I don’t know if that’s the best return they can get for Marion, but a slid point Is needed and Raymond’s servicable. I think Michael wouldn’t do it though, cause Marion’s too limited and then their three big play guys (Marion, Wallace and Richardson) would be fighting for shots/minutes, similar to the frontcourt issues the Heat have as the moment with UD, Marion and Beasley.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    *solid point

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