Monday, September 12, 2011
By Tom Haberstroh
With 60 NBA players starring in the upcoming Impact Las Vegas League, one would expect a couple Heat players to appear on the list. Sixty players, 30 NBA teams ... about two players from each pro squad. Simple math. Well, it turns out that no Heaters will be participating in the competition. The team's no-show makes some sense if you think about the composition of the Miami roster. You have the Big Three, some elder statesmen on the fringe of retirement (Juwan Howard, Jamaal Magloire, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Mike Bibby and Erick Dampier), and some players rehabbing from injury (Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem). Moreover, Joel Anthony, who played college ball in Sin City, just finished up his Eurobasket run with Canada so he may be looking for some vacation time. Who's left? Mario Chalmers, Eddie House, Dexter Pittman, James Jones, and Norris Cole. So far, none will be playing.
Lockout news: Chris Bosh wants to look good. (via The Basketball Jones' Trey Kerby)
NBC Miami's Stacey Russell caught up with Udonis Haslem at his charity event this weekend. The Heat power forward expressed hope that the lockout will end in time for the 2011-12 season: "I am confident that both sides are working to reach an agreement. Players are going to stick together. I am sure the way the season ended last year on such a high note with revenue going up and TV ratings through the roof, the story is already written for next season -- for the Heat, especially." Haslem also said that they didn't win the championship because "it just wasn't our time."
Do yourself a favor and read Ben Golliver's story on CBSSports.com about the rollercoaster that former Heater Shavlik Randolph experienced this past year. I always love reading about the road taken by fringe NBA players, bouncing from the glitz-and-glam of the League and lesser leagues in lesser economies. But Randolph's winding road is remarkable. Heat training camp? Check. Rehabbing with Greg Oden in Vail? Check. Playing professionally in Puerto Rico against Robert "Tractor" Traylor a week before his tragic death? That too. Be sure to give it a read. Also, Randolph had this to say about the impression left by LeBron James, "The only word for it is 'overwhelming.' His talent level is overwhelming. I had played against him [before[, but at camp I finally understood why he has the phrase 'witness' associated with him because until you step on a court with him and you see him, you can’t understand ... He works hard. He works on his body, he works so hard."
LeBron James is making headlines in some corners of the Internet because he apparently shaved his head. Except that he didn't. The evidence? Here's a photo LeBron tweeted on Sunday night while at the Jets-Cowboys game. Moving right along...