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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 at 5:10 pm  |  57 responses

Dwyane Wade Thinks Lack of Size is a ‘Glaring Weakness’ for the Miami Heat


Despite the Miami Heat’s seeming invincibility heading into the 2012-’13 season — boosted by breathless talk of position-less basketball — Dwyane Wade admits that he’s concerned by his team’s lack of true big men. From Fox Sports: “Former power forward Chris Bosh might now be playing center for the Heat, giving them a third possible All-Star starter. But it takes just one look at the roster t see the Heat don’t have a lot of size. It’s been a problem before, and it still could be. ‘Yeah, we have weaknesses,’ said Wade. ‘We’re not the biggest team in the league. It’s a glaring weakness.’ But Wade also sought to put a positive spin on it. ‘As well as it’s a weakness, it’s a strength,’ Wade said. ‘And so we got a weakness. We’re not going to come out and we’re not going to say this big guy is going to get 14 rebounds a game. We have to rebound collectively as a team. So, obviously, that’s a weakness for us. But it’s also a strength for us because at the other end of the floor, when the ball gets off the rim, we’re able to use our speed.’ Still, Wade doesn’t deny Miami could have trouble at times against teams with a top-notch traditional center. There are the Lakers with Dwight Howard, although the Heat won’t have to worry about them until possibly the NBA Finals. In the East, Wade mentioned two outfits. ‘It’s not too many teams,’ Wade said of those with a quality traditional center. “Obviously, Philadelphia with Andrew Bynum, he’s a big guy. He’s one of the best centers in the league. You got the Brooklyn Nets with (Brook) Lopez, one of the best centers in the league. There’s a few, but it’s not that many teams that have big guys. But when you point out a weakness (of the Heat), we have playmakers, we have shooters, we have guys who can take over games. We have everything you need in a sense, but you don’t have the ultimate team. Everybody somewhere doesn’t have something.’”

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  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    Yeah most guys are concerned about their “lack of size” but ya’ know if you have enough skill, chicks dig it.

    Oh he was talking about basketball, never mind then…..

  • LakeShow

    :)

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Didn’t matter last season. Won’t matter this season. They have what no one else has…LeBron James. He makes up for a lot. There’s no team for them to worry about, definitely not in the East. The Lakers must get past OKC (some people need to be reminded of that). If they do and end up playing Miami in the Finals, I see their lack of depth hurting them more than Miami’s lack of size will hurt them.

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    Maan OKC gonna be killing the the Lakers from the outside, and I trust that Russ is gonna get Dwight into foul trouble, early and often should they face each other in the playoffs. And Lebron, sweet jesus the manner in which he would abuse Pau on the block.

  • Dymez

    It’s an issue. These guys can’t ball undersized for 82 games without wearing down in time for the playoffs. LeBron, Wade and Bosh are going to have to ball night in and night out extra hard, I’m talking dirty work; hitting the glass, loose balls — and on top of that they have to sprint down court in their NASCAR/Spread offense? Pat Riley has to find a way to make some sort of deal for a decent big out there or else these boys will burn out. I would try to send a 2nd round pick and James Jones to New Orleans for Robin Lopez. Win on both sides; Heat get a defensive minded big body in the middle, Hornets get a shooter that can spread the floor for E.G., Austin and Ant Davis. I can’t imagine Pat not making some kind of move, he always has something up his sleeve.

  • LakeShow

    Bron abuse Pau on the block? I think you mean on the perimeter.

  • LakeShow

    What lack of depth is this again?
    Where do they need depth that they don’t have it? Please help me, I have no idea what your talking about. How do you add two double digit scoring starters from two other teams to your bench and you have no bench?
    I’m missing what your seeing I think…

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that Pau won’t be able to guard Lebron anywhere on the court….

  • LakeShow

    LeBron ain’t gunna be able to take what Pau sends his way neither. Pau was caught off guard last year when Bron was guarding him, ain’t happening again this year. Pau’s too smart for that.

  • coggie13

    obviously havn’t seen all the games of last season when Lebron was destroying Pau on D.

  • roscoe

    but Riley said less than a month ago that MIA doesn’t need a center. wth dwade?

  • LakeShow

    He had 3 good defensive possessions against Pau Gasol last year…
    3…
    Like I said he won’t get punked again. You saw what happened when KG punked Pau in the Celtics run of 08. He came back the next year and beasted on em.

  • Caribbeancop

    Definitely it takes it toll on the Heat, need to get a big maybe for distraction

  • Lloyd

    It’s only an issue if they adhere to the traditional half-court set up. The Heat have the option of playing unconventionally with Lebron down-low where he has the ability to guard a lot of PFs but those bigs have no way of checking him. If opposing teams force the Heat into half-court sets, it may be a problem, but their team defense is so stellar that it would hardly be noticeable. Watching the Heat play defense last year was incredible. Everyone was moving, everyone was active, they were seemingly everywhere. But like you pointed out, even though they have the ability to sustain that type of performance, durability through an enter season is the only foreseeable problem.

  • Lloyd

    Let’s not crown the Lakers yet. The Thunder are still the champs out West and they have a tried and proven team. Pre-season performance aside, the Lakers still have a long way to go to become a team and still have a lot to prove.

  • KBM

    Eddy Curry comeback

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Typical of a Lakers fan. The same as the other Lakers fans here. Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, Mike Miller compared to Antawn Jamison, Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks and others who have yet to do anything worth mentioning so far in their careers…I’m taking the Heat bench easily. Miami has nothing to fear in the Lakers. Same with the Thunder. As for Pau, what exactly would he do against LeBron? LeBron’s strong enough to bully him on defense and we don’t need to even begin to talk about what LeBron would do to him on the offensive end when he plays the 4.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    What exactly will Pau send LeBron’s way? If he was so smart, he would have learned quickly in that game in LA where LeBron pushed him around in the paint.

  • thetruth

    why would anyone root for the Thunder to beat the Lakers anyway? so they can lay a big turd in the finals again and basically hand the Heat championship again?

  • river phoenix

    is it worth mentioning that in the 90′s when def was at an optimum and there were plenty f great and god bigs to go around that team that often went to the finals didnt really have that dominant big like shaq and TD and Admiral in the 2k’s and inseatd played small ball. Eg. the suns, bulls..the rockets had olajuwon,horry and thorpe but other than that they had mostly good shooters and guards. Ill take Miami anytime over LA and say that OKC is a much scarier contender in the west.

  • Jamie

    Nash looks gay in a laker juss sayin

  • elmaar

    oh come on Pau won’t even be guarding him. MWP will be on Bron when he’s on the court and they will put Pau on somebody like Battier.

  • elmaar

    oh come on Pau won’t even be guarding him. MWP will be on Bron when he’s on the court and they will put Pau on somebody like Battier.

  • elmaar

    In the NBA it’s all about the match ups. I feel Wade cos If the Heat face the Lakers they should be in trouble. Still I’m not sure the Lakers can develop the needed chemistry to beat OKC.

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    ROFL

  • Max

    I really don’t get why Pau is wearing 2 sleeves, it looks ridiculous on him lol.

  • elmaar

    DWade just isn’t sure that the 290 pounds of pure beef in Dexter Pittman will be enough

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I think he’d do well to just leave the sleeves alone period.

  • Max

    He would.

  • SuperAr82

    Curry had a couple of nice games for the Spurs this preseason..

  • tigerJK

    Yeah, definitely. I remember last year in the playoffs where Lebron was guarding a PF (David West I think) and by the end of the game, he got leg cramps. Especially since he’ll still be running a lot on offense, it wears him down too fast

  • LakeShow

    Steve Nash is their PG.
    He gets them together to do high fives like 8 times in a preseason game.
    They honestly have looked great in preseason minus the fact they are losing. Their offense looks very fluid and not forced.
    But your right, it’s a concern until proven otherwise.

  • LakeShow

    Haha, i’m so glad their is someone like you on this website.
    It’ll make June an even better month.
    Pau will be guarding Shane Battier you dork. Peace will be D-ing up on Bron with the best lane clogger in the game doing his thing. Heat should be trying to find a serviceable big soon. It’s hilarious to think about Bosh guarding Dwight Howard. lol, go ahead and chuckle, its pretty funny.

  • LakeShow

    Glad you see things logically unlike some here. Bron will be abusing the crap outta anybody trying to guard him. ANYONE. But I really don’t think he can cover a 7 foot PF with the best low post moves in the game over a series. I mean that’s at least how I see it…

  • LakeShow

    Lol agreed. Dwight looks sick with his glittery Adi ones, but Pau is just a goob.

  • LakeShow

    You have a problem with people looking gay brahh??

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Dork? Really? Someone points out a fact about your team and you call them a dork. The Lakers sure do have great fans. If Battier isn’t on the floor, how can Pau guard him? A lineup of Chalmers, Wade, Ray Allen, LeBron and Bosh (which will most likely be the lineup finishing games) matched up with Nash, Kobe, World Peace, Gasol and Howard…Pau will have no choice but to guard LeBron. The “best lane clogger” fouls almost as well as he blocks shots. Congratulations. You’ve made yourself look pretty ridiculous.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i think it would be a huge mistake for Spoelstra to even attempt to make that work. If Dwight wasn’t on the Lakers then it would be a safe gamble. But not with him there protecting the Rim. LeBron’s advantage over Pau on the other end is very much lessened with Dwight on the court.

  • elmaar

    Cannot agree more about Nash. While Howard is the big acquisition, Nash is the key. He settles down Kobster and compensates for the relative uselessness of Mike Brown as a head coach.
    They have quite a few issues, but the mix of talent is incredible.

  • LakeShow

    Haha, 100% agree.

  • LakeShow

    It’s actually not a fact and would be considered false that Pau would be guarding LeBron, it just won’t happen man…. I repeat: this will not happen… Maybe for 3 possessions in a game.
    If that’s your line up, prepare to get out rebounded by 20 a game, and it’s kinda hard to get a W when that’s the case.
    Nash>Chalmers
    Bean=Wade
    MWPAllen
    Dwight>Bosh
    Just not seeing it.

  • LakeShow

    If Pau was smart? Did you just hear yourself? Isn’t the dude like a doctor? And widely considered to be one of the highest IQ’d and most skilled low post players in the game… I shouldn’t need to tell you this.
    Very few players can change their style of play within a game to be more effective. Less than 5 people in the L.(LeBron, Kobe, CP3, KD, that’s it) It’s not surprising that he wasn’t able to figure LeBron out on the 3 times he guarded him lol.

  • bencamerondavis

    With Bynum, Howard, and Lopez being pretty much the only true Centers in the league, I say We don’t have too much to worry about… I feel like Chris Bosh could handle himself at Center. He could easily get those guys into foul trouble.. Shoot wide open 3pointers, and he can bait them to guard him behind the three point line, which would level the playing field for rebounds for LeBron, Wade, Miller, Lewis, and even Norris Cole… LeBron could easily average 8 rebounds, Wade could average 6 if it was required of him. Norris could get 4. Chalmers could get 4. Besides Dwight is the best center, but offensively against Perkins, Surge, DeAndre Jordan, and even Bynum, his offense become Nulled.. So,, they won’t even make it out of the second round of the playoffs.. Not sure if at his age Nash could keep up with Chris Paul, Westbrook, or Parker which pretty much keeps them where they were last year…

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Wade is better than Kobe and has been for at least 3 seasons. You have nothing to say on that except Kobe scores more. He shoots more to score more. There’s nothing left for you to say. Nothing except you love Kobe so that somehow proves that he’s better than Wade. Which is your argument for everything that has to do with the Lakers. You love the Lakers so there’s nothing wrong with them. With that lineup that I listed, if Pau wouldn’t guard LeBron, who would he guard? Bosh? So Bosh can pick and roll him to death with LeBron, Wade or Chalmers. Either way, Gasol couldn’t guard either LeBron or Bosh so I guess it really doesn’t matter. With those lineups, I wouldn’t worry about the Heat getting outrebounded by 20 because the Lakers would be taking the ball out of the net mostly. No way any of the Lakers have any chance of stopping Miami. Kobe, at 34, couldn’t stop D-Wade who’s now healthy. World Peace, regardless of what shape he’s in, isn’t able to even contain LeBron, Dwight can guard Bosh down low but if they bring him out of the lane, that opens it up for Wade, LeBron and Chalmers to get to the basket. So any way you look at it, the Lakers would need to hope that Miami’s shooters are off in order for them to beat them in a series.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Smart on the floor is obviously what I was talking about. He got bullied down low by LeBron quite a few times and did nothing about it. Gasol won’t be any better against LeBron than he was last season.

  • LakeShow

    Haha, keep talking out that a$$.
    Might want to look at the box score logs from Kobe vs Wade head to head over the last couple seasons. Kobe beats him out nearly every time.

  • LakeShow

    And the Heat better hope the Lakers big men don’t play big in a series just like the Lakers can hope the shooters in Miami don’t shoot well.

  • LakeShow

    Your not intelligent if you think that. Bron had 3 good defensive possessions on Gasol last year. You think that Pau could not learn how to defeat Bron on the block even though he did it to a way better defender in KG? Think again pal.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Anyone can find it on YouTube. It’s there. I watched the game. I saw it. KG isn’t as strong as LeBron and can’t push him around the way LeBron can and did.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Your team needs to worry about the Thunder first. The Heat have no one to really worry about at all right now.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Head to head matchups are only a small part of it. Wade has had better seasons the last 4 years. Kobe’s only advantage is points per game. And for a few seasons, Wade was at 27 a game right with Kobe. Looking at his FG%, it’s easy to see why he scored so much. He shot a lot.

  • LakeShow

    lol. “no one to really worry about at all right now”
    Who we talking about the 96 Bulls?
    The Heat have the 6ers, Pacers, Nets, and Celtics to worry about unless the Bulls get Rose back also.
    The Heat have some troubles ahead that’s for sure.

  • LakeShow

    So it’s that simple? JR Smith shoots allot = scores allot?
    There might be some skill that goes into it also…
    That’s not true anyway. Wade has blocks and steals on KB thats it. AST, REB are a wash.
    It’s highly debatable, which is something you cannot admit, being a lil Wade fan boy. I can, even through my Purple and Gold goggles admit that.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah can you find more than 3 possessions? Cause you can’t because there isn’t.
    KG is also much longer than Bron and a much better defender, so no once again nice try…

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    None of those teams can beat them in a 7 game series. So no worries.

  • Nick

    funny how he was talking about big centers, and mentioned andrew bynum and robin, i mean brook lopez…just lke shaq lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/bry.aquilana Bry Aquilana

    check the preseason games dude.your bench was killing the score.LAL is always on the lead when starters were playing.now,when bench is on the floor, that’s when things go wrong.so your bench is nothing.

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