Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  18 responses

Mike James Will Gladly Take Rafer Alston’s Job

If Skip doesn’t want to come off the bench — and he doesn’t, as he has made abundantly clear — the Sun-Sentinel reports that Mike James would be more than happy to do it for him: ” If Alston doesn’t return, the Heat could have need for a third point guard to backup starter Carlos Arroyo and reserve Mario Chalmers. But, coach Erik Spoelstra said, it would have to be right person. ‘We don’t want to bring in somebody that will be disruptive to the team cohesiveness right now, which has been a strong point,’ Spoelstra said. Former Heat guard Mike James, who last month had his contract bought out and was then released by the Washington Wizards, said he would like to re-join the Heat. James, who played 93 games for the Heat over two seasons, from 2001 to 2003, is at home in Houston working out and hoping to be signed. James, who would be eligible for the playoff roster, said he would especially love to be in a playoff race. ‘I want to get thrown in the fire, please,’ he said Monday. ‘Give me only three plays and if I don’t do anything from there, if that’s my only chance, I’ll take that. Let me run with that right there.’ For the short term, Spoelstra said the Heat plans on having Wade handle point guard duties when it goes to its big lineup with Dorell Wright at shooting guard. Wright missed the Atlanta game due to left knee issues, but he practiced Monday and is expected to play Tuesday.”

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  • JoeMaMa

    I can see him signing with the Heat. Pat Riley once called him the hardest worker he’d ever seen.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Alston and Mike James have both played in Houston, Toronto, and… Miami?

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

    Do it, Pat. That sounds like a guy wanting to fit in and help a team win. And of course, continue his career.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    He’s not needed. BTW, Skip should be sent out of the league too. Dude’s quit on a team, go away. If AI needs to go for “quitting” on the Sixers, so should Rafaer. Let both of them hook up with Starbury and head up their own disfunctional shoot first, pass later small man league.

  • peter

    Man, I could kinda see not coming off the bench from Iverson’s perspective, but Rafer?

  • Tombomb

    ^I would watch that league

  • Tombomb

    Payton came off the bench, if it was good enough for Gary then Rafer needs to sit his ass down.

  • underdog

    Wow, Skip knows how to handle problems like a pro…

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Eboy, why does your name link to SLAM?

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    BETCATS: Because without Eboy, there is no SLAM Online. Legit.

  • ja

    sign iverson

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Alston deserves to start, period. He ran the Orlando Magic better than Jameer Nelson did. But people don’t like to hear it–”Skip’s just a streetballer from New York” they say. Skip is the reason the Magic got the finals last year. Period.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Mike James is hungry…to jack up more ill advised shots.

  • LA Huey

    Umm…the reason the Magic got to the Finals last year was b/c Dwight caught fire from the free throw line, Hedo was too tall for Delonte, and Rashard was clutch as hell. Rafer just did a good job of not effing up.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Jukai I copied and pasted that into google to see if it were true. I got the following; Did you mean “Because without Eboy, there is not one outstandingly weak person on SLAM Online.”. Legit.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Right LA, because the Magic totally could have gotten to the finals without Rafer Alston and Anthony Johnson… since Jameer Nelson did a much better job, right? We all saw him defend Derrick Fisher so well in the Finals. Oh wait..

  • MikeC.

    Mike James is not the answer. He just wants to dribble up the court and jack up 3s. His season in Toronto was a study in ill-advised 3s.