Stackhouse on Heat release: 'No complaints'

November, 23, 2010
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Jerry Stackhouse appeared in just seven games and logged a mere 50 minutes of court time with the Miami Heat before they released him Tuesday to make roster room for Stack's former Dallas teammate Erick Dampier.

It was widely assumed that veteran center Jamaal Magloire would be the player let go by the Heat in the wake of Udonis Haslem's long-term foot injury.

But Stackhouse -- possessing the Heat's lone non-guaranteed contract after only joining them on Oct. 23 -- says he can accept the reasoning behind Miami's choice.

"I never really got a chance to have any impact on what was happening one way or the other," Stackhouse told ESPN.com via e-mail. "They know that.

"I really feel they had full intentions of [providing that opportunity], but the injury to [Udonis Haslem] coupled with being outrebounded and losing the paint game in all of the losses -- and even a few of the wins -- put the onus on addressing those issues as opposed to finding out how I could complement what was going on, which I fully understand.

"The business is the business. I have no complaints. I thank Pat Riley and the Miami Heat organization for giving me the opportunity, which allowed me to get in NBA condition [and] will definitely benefit me when another opportunity arises."

You have to believe that the 36-year-old is bound to get that call from someone soon. He played too well in Milwaukee in 2009-10 after his midseason arrival not to get another summons like Miami issued when Dwyane Wade and LeBron James suffered groin strains in the exhibition season.

In 42 games with the Bucks, Stackhouse averaged 8.5 points in just 20.4 minutes per game and provided some needed veteran know-how that helped Milwaukee go 26-16 in that span and secure a playoff spot.

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Senior Writer, ESPN.com
• Senior NBA writer for ESPN.com
• Began covering the NBA in 1993-94
• Also covered soccer, tennis and the Olympics

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