Monday, July 18, 2011
By Tom Haberstroh
While you were off enjoying the Women's World Cup, watching the Breaking Bad season premiere, or viewing the final Harry Potter film, some Miami Heat stuff went down this weekend. Here's what transpired.
Dwyane Wade underwent Lasik surgery on Friday, as reported by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. This is a pretty common eye correction procedure (even my dad got it once) and a number of NBA players have received the laser treatment, including LeBron James way back in Sept. of 2007. In the season following the surgery, James proceeded to notch his best marks in scoring (30.0) and rebounding (7.9) in his career. Coincidence? I think so. Wade's painful-sounding-but-not-painful procedure was performed by “Surgeon to the Stars” Dr. Cory Lessner in Sunrise, FL. Afterward, Wade said: “It’s actually an amazing experience and nothing to be scared of. My eyes are getting a lot better by the minute. Dr. Lessner’s professionalism is second-to-none and he really takes care of you. The result is awesome. I would recommend having it done to everyone.” Awesome.
Chris Bosh got married. The Heat power forward tied the knot with Adrienne Williams (who probably needs to update her Twitter handle @futuremrsbosh) in South Beach at the FontaineBleau Hotel, which is the same site where the Dallas Mavericks hosted their Finals celebration, at Club Liv. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem (sans braids!) and Pat Riley all attended. The NBA gave a free pass to Riley beforehand so he could interact with his players, which is against league rules during the lockout. See some photos from the event here brought to you by CBSSports.com.
ESPN's Marc Stein informs us on Twitter that the NBA will release its 2011-12 schedule on Tuesday afternoon, with the small caveat that we may not need a 2011-12 schedule if the lockout continues to lock us out of a season. Jackson of the Miami Herald, citing a league office, dropped some more news in his Sunday piece for the newspaper: the Heat will play the Mavericks on Christmas day, likely tipping off at 2:30 pm ET. The Heat played the defending champs on Christmas last season when they faced off against the Los Angeles Lakers and beat them soundly by 16 points.
Jackson also notes that the Heat have their eyes on free agents Shane Battier, Grant Hill, Tayshaun Prince, Samuel Dalembert and Eddy Curry this offseason. Regarding Curry, Jackson writes, "Curry, 28, reportedly topped 350 pounds during his late March workout for the Heat. He lost a lot more weight — in excess of 20 pounds — between that point and late June, when he auditioned again for the Heat over several days. But he entered the lockout still at least 40 pounds overweight, according to a league official briefed on the situation. 'You watch him shoot and he’s got great touch, good hands,' said a player source who was invited to Curry’s multiplayer Heat workouts in late June. 'He’s very skilled. But it’s a question of whether he gets more serious. He’s got a long way to go.'" With the exception of Curry, every player on that wish-list would likely have to take an enormous paycut to join the Heat, something that plenty of other free agents have done over the past year. Mike Bibby famously left $6.2 million on the table when he agreed to a buyout with the Washington Wizards, setting him free to sign with the Heat.
LeBron has become a fan of Hope Solo and the USA women's team that suffered a heartbreaking loss to Japan on Sunday. On Twitter, he offered some words of encouragement, "USA Women's Soccer Team was great to watch and keep a tab on! Win, lose or draw u guys served our country well! You'll get them next time."
Danny Martinez from Heat blog HotHotHoops.com ran into James Jones, who recently opted out of his contract with the Heat to become a free agent, at a Chick-fil-A in the Miami area. When asked about whether he'd return to the Heat next season, Jones replied, "Depends what the deal is, man." Martinez also tells us that Jones was wearing a walking boot. Jones hurt his toe during the playoffs this past season, sidelining him for several games. Jones may receive a bigger paycheck elsewhere, but the Miami native may take a hometown discount to stay with the Heat.
Wade blocked a kid in a knockout game at his camp late last week and HotHotHoops.com caught it on tape. To those who say Wade acted like a jerk, I ask: "Really?"