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  1. 2017 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    ^This never gets old!
  2. 2017 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    Nah, I wouldn't do it. As much as I like Kyrie, I like what Whiteside can do to a game more. If Cleveland was smart they'd pull the trigger on the deal in a heartbeat. Thompson is a bum in my opinion. An undersized bum at that.
  3. 2017 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    So I'm kinda late to the party regarding all of this Kyrie Talk, but as I was catching up, I came across this post from @Deltasig1218. Thanks for the shout out homie! lol In all seriousness, I've never been called a homer but I suppose I get it. I like to stick up for the team that I cheer for, and at times my better judgement has been clouded by my loyalty for this team...guilty as charged. At the end of the day however, I'd like to think of myself as a fan who roots with his head and not his heart, so of course I'm on board with the idea of Kyrie coming to Miami. GoGo is a great player and is a great fit in Miami, and Winslow's potential still makes him an intriguing player (even 2 years later), but Kyrie is a bona fide star! Some of you guys literally have me laughing out one turn you'll see a post where someone is suggesting that Miami is no longer able to land the big star. Then you might read something like, "stars don't wanna play with this roster." And we can't forget the fact that Miami doesn't have any assets smh. Then lo and behold, a championship winning superstar PG becomes available (allegedly), and we actually have fans that are making an argument to keep Dragic and Winslow? This is Kyrie f-----g Irving we're talking about! He has his faults like any player, but Kyrie is a high character guy which doesn't get talked about enough in my opinion. His personality makes him a perfect fit in Miami. He's a better PG than Goran is, period. I think Goran would even admit to that. He's 5 years younger, and one of the best scorers in the league. Yes, he's a high volume scorer, but I'd assume Spo would know what to do with a player of Kyrie's caliber. Anyone suggesting that we shouldn't pull the trigger on this deal, especially if all we lose is Dragic, Winslow, and/or TJ or Rich, is crazy AF. That being said, if we don't get him, so be it. This is still a top 4 team in the East.
  4. Do You Guys Think Riley's Time Is Up?

    Well damn.
  5. Do You Guys Think Riley's Time Is Up?

    You know, sometimes you just gotta tip your cap...that was a good post. You make some good points that are hard to argue, at least rationally. Maybe Riley does deserve to be criticized. I mean he should've known that trading for Dragic wouldn't work initially going 29-24 as you pointed out (although we must acknowledge at least the possibility of it coming together if Bosh doesn't get the clots). Who cares that at the time Goran Dragic was one of the leagues rising stars and deemed someone with great potential when Riley pulled the trade to get him? He also should've known that Bosh would get blood clots and have to retire. While you're at it, he should've been nicer to LeBron too. And we definitely don't need to bring up D-Wade! You're right, Flash, I'm sure the old man wishes he would've done a lot of things differently... Personally, I find it easy to overlook those moments during Riley's tenure because he helped produce so much during his time in Miami. I bet there are fan bases out there who'd trade their team's GMs or Presidents of Basketball Operations for Pat Riley in a heartbeat. But nah, lets just focus on the fact that he let LeBron leave, and that he traded away draft picks trying to make us better. What I do find funny is that you're so willing to praise Ainge, Morey, and even Sam Hinkie (lol) for their success. So much so, that I had to check and see exactly how many championships they had each won as a GM or Pres. of B.O. (1 is the answer btw). The reason I say guys like Riley don't lose it, is because they commit to a model of success. They believe in it. They stand by it. There's obviously more than 1 way to be successful in the NBA, but Riley's way works and is proven. I know it's fun to pretend like we're smarter than the guys actually running the show, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with some constructive criticism, but consistently looking for reasons to knock a team for trying to put itself in position to compete for championships NOW is weak to me. For me it's simple. As fans at the end of the day, we have one job, and that's to be loyal to our team. I know fans like yourself aren't trying to hear that. Fans who prefer to look at the glass as half empty will always been able to find faults with Riley, with Spo, with Arison, with Dion, with Hassan, hell even with D-Wade when he was here. You guys like to say you're just be realistic, well that's the reality. But what I've learned to do since joining this forum is no longer bash folks for that way of thinking. It's necessary. And it provides those of us who look at the glass half full with an opportunity to be thankful that we don't think that way.
  6. 2017 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    I'm pulling for Winslow, I swear I am, but damn it is taking a long time for him to come back from this injury/surgery. Any information that I've been able find on torn labrums in shoulders has suggested that full recovery takes anywhere from 4-6 months (for serious tears). True, I don't know how bad the tear was, and I'm definitely no doctor, but I have a good friend who is, and she says most torn labrums usually heal themselves with rest and rehab. Surgery is said to be necessary only in extreme cases. That being said, of course Miami doctors are gonna take every precaution with a 20 yr old Winslow, as they should, so I'm not mad that he had surgery...but here are some facts: Winslow was injured on the last play of a game against Boston on Dec. 30th. He wore the sling for 6 weeks after surgery, and was able to start rehab in February. In March, Spo was quoted as saying that Winslow was "ahead of schedule". In my opinion, if he was ahead of schedule in March, there's no reason why he shouldn't already be ready for full contact at this point. Even if Miami's plan was to take it slow with Winslow, this would be month number 6 of a complete rehabilitation. I just feel like he's sort of been dragging his feet with this whole process. Or if not him, someone has. It would've been awesome to see Winslow really kick a-s-s in getting back to the court sooner rather than later. He needs as much on court time as possible during this offseason if we're gonna see that improvement that we're all hoping for.
  7. Do You Guys Think Riley's Time Is Up?

    Lol sounds as if you've already converted yourself into a Sixers fan bro. That's your right and more power to you, but it's amazing to me that you're able to demonstrate patience with a Sixers organization that has been terrible for years all because they finally have a core of young talent to show for all of their tanking. I'm a fan of the league too...all of us are. Personally I'm excited to see what Lonzo and the Lakers will do, but there's no way I'm more excited to see them than I am to see this Heat team. My excitement is for a number of reasons... I'm excited for a team of players that truly enjoy playing with one another, and who still feel as if they have something to prove (even after receiving "huge" deals)I'm also excited to see what our young, very talented rookie has to offer. I'm excited to see if we can carry the momentum of last season into this season. I'm excited to see Hassan take a step as a player. I'm excited to see Dion shock the world...again! There's plenty to be excited about if you're a fan of the Miami Heat. I feel like a lot of fans are still in that hurting stage and haven't been able to move on from the way the Big 3 era ended. I could be wrong, because there has always been talk about Riley being done, but for some strange reason, the anti-Riley audience is less willing to concede now more than ever. I mean what does the guy need to do? Win the championship every year?! Guys like Riley don't "lose it". Sure he takes loses just like everyone else, but this sense of entitlement from some Heat fans is embarrassing. Last season Riley and the boys (just 2 seasons removed from losing the best player in the world, and in their first season without the franchise's best player in over a decade), took a group of outcasts and came up 1 game short of a playoff birth. Oh yeah, they also went 30-11 in the second part of the season and won 13 games in a row with that group. I'm not mad at the fact that he decided to double down on his own investment. We know that Riley is still swinging for the fences as evidence by Miami being one of 3 teams to get a meeting with Gordon Hayward. Some fans seem to have forgotten something that our parents told us all a long time can't always get what you want (or maybe that was just my folks). But even if Riley hasn't been able to sign that highly coveted whale, he and his boys have been able to consistently give Heat fans a team that is competitive and that we can be proud of. Sorry, got on my soapbox again smh.
  8. Do You Guys Think Riley's Time Is Up?

    Well as always, I respect your point of view, but I just don't get it. I feel like sometimes you just have to play the cards you're dealt, and this organization has been dealt some pretty s-hitty hands over the last few years now. No need to run 'em all down, we all know what I'm talking about. The fact that Riley and Co. have managed to put together a team that can compete against the top teams in the league despite all the setbacks is an accomplishment imo. We've managed to rebuild without having to commit to losing ways. You talk about being excited for the Sixers, but can't get pumped for this Heat team that ended it's season at 30-11...? But I digress. You keep bringing up how the contracts that Miami gave out will be hard to move, but who's thinking about moving them right now? Let's see if these guys live up to or even exceed the expectations that come with those contracts before we talk about how hard they'll be to move.
  9. 2017 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    I'm giving the Heat an A- for the offseason. Obviously Gordon Hayward was plan A, but I think in due time, we'll see that plan B should've been plan A all along. I like the pick up of KO, and I think The Bam will be one of the steals of the draft. Still think we could've did better adding another playmaker at the wing, but I'm confident that this is a top 4 team in the East.
  10. 2017 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    My thoughts exactly. He didn't really give me reason to believe this, but I feel like Willie has "old knees". They didn't give him any trouble this past year (surprisingly enough with all of the other injuries guys had), but when you watch him run, he looks as if he's laboring. Maybe other teams say that too...who knows. Kinda surprised Babs didn't get better offers as well. Not sure what the Pelicans deal will be, but hard to believe he'd choose to go back there if he had other options.
  11. Do You Guys Think Riley's Time Is Up?

    Good read, Flash! I really enjoyed that. I have to assume that since you posted this in here however, that you believe Riley went about things the wrong way this offseason. First, you gotta forgive me if I'm wrong, but I'm assuming based on your beliefs in regard to tanking and other topics that aren't conducive to winning, that Riley overspent for guys like Dion, Olynyk, and JJ. The writer of this article referenced the endowment effect, where some teams would overpay for individuals that they may have personal ties to. I can see how a person on the outside could say that about Riles when it comes to the money he spent this offseason, but personally I tend to believe that Riles simply decided to reward players for their hard work and dedication. Every now and then in business a crazy thing occurs...people are actually paid for performing well by their employers! With KO, I believe this excerpt from the article sums it up perfectly (in regard to last summer FA signings as well) "This doesn’t mean teams should stay out of free agency altogether — there are still ways to find value in the middle of the market. Perhaps a team can correctly identify an undervalued player, or find one that is worth much more to their particular roster than to the rest of the league. Maybe they take a risk on someone with injury problems or personality questions and the player is able to overcome them." I think the Heat did a masterful job this offseason keeping our core in tact, adding a player who will impact winning in Olynyk, and drafting well by taking The Bam. Of course, it still remains to be seen if everything pans out and if the gambles pay off again, but the Heat have put themselves in a nice position to be very competitive...and they didn't have to break the piggy bank to do it. Edit: I posted this before I read the posts from earlier from you, Flash. Seriously, how in the hell can you not be excited about this season? You and this tanking mentality...We are primed to be a top 4 team in the East this year. Do you really wanna be the dude apologizing because he was dead wrong about this team...again?
  12. 2017 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    If you say so lol...but you're right about the draft and free agency being the reason for the activity over the past month or so. So what about the Forum Awards? Are we really not gonna do that this year? That was kinda fun...
  13. 2017 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    Most of you have probably seen this already, but I just came across it and thought I'd share. These guys sum up perfectly my thoughts on the offseason, and the decision on bringing (mostly) everyone back.
  14. 2017 Miami Heat Offseason Thread

    Lmaooo...whining, eh? You should've stuck to your guns, OG, you got the juice. I was only trying to point out that Dion deserved his own official thread MONTHS ago, but the powers that be disagreed. Definitely wasn't trying to discourage any creative juices from flowing around here. As for this being a bad time to start new threads, I've noticed a lotta new posters over the past few weeks...even some of the old heads have come back out lol. I think it's a great time. Expectations are high, and fans are excited.
  15. 2017 Miami Heat Offseason Thread