Surya Fernandez of Hot Hot Hoops sits down with Dexter Pittman, who has been getting plenty of reading material and life tutorials from Alonzo Mourning.
Like all NBA head coaches, Erik Spoelstra will have 240 minutes of playing time to distribute over the course of a regulation game. As the Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman points out in his mailbag, once you get past LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Heat still have some choices to make about how integral guys like James Jones, Eddie House, Dexter Pittman, Mario Chalmers, Jamaal Magloire will be moving forward.
Something worth remembering as we size up the Heat's defensive potential this season: Only Charlotte and Orlando were more efficient than the Heat last season defensively.
In an effort to examine how Michael Jordan would fare against present-day defenses, Beckley Mason of HoopSpeak watches some film of the Celtics' defensive performance against James last May: "Notice that, when possible, the C’s send a player at LeBron on the catch, even when he’s out on the perimeter. Over the course of the playoff series, they were very effective with this quasi-double team. The main effect was to amplify a flaw in James’s game that Jordan cut out early in his career: waiting on the catch."
Netscape's Marc Andreessen, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and LeBron James make Fortune Magazine's "40 under 40" top young business leaders: "How many people can stop the pulse of a country? James's primetime signing with Miami this summer was slammed as a publicity stunt, but his brand emerged unscathed. It was the latest marketing bonanza seeded by his own company, LRMR, which James and high school friends have built over four years. LRMR has brokered James's deals with McDonald's and State Farm."
Patrick Beverley: Heady and resourceful.
The Miami Herald and the National Public Radio affiliate in Miami announce the LeBron James Poetry Contest.
The Onion, in full onion-ness, has the scoop of the day: "After much deliberation, members of the MiamiHeat.com web team decided today that the featured homepage image should depict Miami Heat small forward LeBron James playing basketball. According to sources, the choice to go with a photograph of James was made in an early morning staff meeting. Several different image ideas were suggested, including LeBron James shooting a basketball, LeBron James passing a basketball, and LeBron James playing defense in a basketball game."