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June 13, 3:00 PM ET
Chat about the Miami Heat

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:03 PM)

Greetings from Miami. The air is very still. And it's hot.

Daniel (Orlando, FL)

Is there such thing as too much talent on one team? The Heat passed up several open shots by passing the ball around. Seems like everyone is trying to make the big play, but no one wants to take the shot!

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:03 PM)

Daniel: That was the strangest thing about the second half last night -- that game of hot potato when there are three guys on the floor who can create a shot for themselves when they put their mind to it.

Dave Fox (Cleveland)

Why didn't Lebron rip his jersey off like he did in Cleve/Boston game in 2010? I think he was saying it was over in Cleveland back then

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:04 PM)

Dave: Velcro

Christian (Quincy,IL )

One of the obvious needs for the heat this offseason is a point guard that can lead and create for others. Chalmers has attempted to do this recently but it is obviously not his game as you see by the indecision and turnovers. When his is creating for others the game seems much easier for everyone. What are the chances that the Miami heat are able to bring Shaun Livingston back to the sunshine state to take over the point guard duties? He always brings defense

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:06 PM)

Christian: Livingston is an intriguing option -- and he's a nice size for that position. His spot up shooting doesn't match Mario's, but he'd give the Heat that cross-matching flexibility defensively they like and he's a fine playmaker because he sees the floor so well. And, truth be told, they can't afford anyone much more expensive.

Michael tyson front royal va [via mobile]

Do you thank the heat will go back to the nba finals next year? Thanks

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:08 PM)

Michael: The logical competition, barring some high-profile trades (and assuming there is a next season) would be Chicago, Boston (if they can stay healthy and add a smart piece or two), Orlando (if they can circle the wagons) with New York as an outside shot if they can swing something outrageous. For all the Heat's failings over the past 10 days, I'm not sure there's anyone better in the East, do you?

Ryan grenville south carolina [via mobile]

Why doesn't miami have a rotation they trust the mins need to be split up more look at boston big players in smart rotations

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:10 PM)

Ryan: I don't think Spoelstra ever got comfortable with the bigs outside of Bosh. He likes Joel a lot, but also knows that Joel compromises the team offensively and makes them a lot easier to defend. Dampier and Z don't give him the speed he needs. Had Udonis been healthy, I think you would've seen a more fluid rotation. And had Bibby been better, the same thing at PG. Ditto for Miller at the wing, which kept Spo shuttling back and forth from Jones and Miller.

Cory (Aurora)

Maybe I'm being a cynic, but I think the Heat losing means a longer lockout, as owners may believe the LeBron "redemption" story will draw fans back after games are lost. Is that crazy?

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:12 PM)

Cory: Don't think that's at all a factor, but I do think the NBA's storylines are more compelling once they return because the Heat and LeBron are still chasing that elusive title. If you were writing a smart narrative scripted drama for TV about the Heat and the NBA, would you have them winning the title in Season 1? I wouldn't.

Andrew (Miami)

People keep saying the Mavs have a better 'team' than the Heat, but shouldn't that be expected when the Heat have a payroll around 67 mil and the Mavs have one around 91 mil? Not making an excuse, the Heat played poorly in the last 2 games, and gave away the 2nd game. I'm just wondering...

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:14 PM)

Andrew: I'm a Dallas admirer, from ownership to the coaching staff, the analytics team, the players on down. But, yes, the idea that the Mavs are intrinsic underdogs is a little silly when you look at their payroll. They're in uber-luxury territory pretty much every season.

Joe (Dallas Texas)

Heard the mavericks are landing at love field this morning at 10:45a.m. do you know what terminal and exact location they will be at?

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:14 PM)

Joe: Hang a left at the Cinnabon.

James (Houston)

I was talking with a buddy last night about how tired Wade looked. Really, can he be effective the next 4 years as his body breaks down? His game is really predicated on his athleticism.

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:16 PM)

James: I feel that way as well. It's one reason he's working hard on his post game. He's seen the way Kobe graduated from freaky athlete to methodical posting guard. They're two different players, but Wade has become very cognizant of his age this year.

Shane (Los Angeles, CA)

I know I am one of many that are glad the Heat (the team, not just LeBron) did not win despite stacking 3 All Stars on one team. With the possibility of CP3 going to NYK & Howard to LAL in 2012, do you think it's at all good for the NBA to have 3 "Superpower" teams? I think most of us crave at least some parity. Also, is ESPN showing "The Mistake" this week?

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:19 PM)

Shane: This is one of the better debates in sports: Do we want all-out parity or do we want totemic, dominant teams that reign over an era. I fall into the latter category. I don't watch much NFL anymore, but one thing I loved about being a kid in the 80s (both in NBA and NFL) was that there were great teams with real identities: The Niners, The Raiders, The Cowboys; The Celtics, The Lakers, The Pistons, The Bulls. The ratings tend to support the idea that sports fans, while they might moan about it, tend to agree.

David (New York)

Any estimation on how many Dallas fans were there last night? The broadcast talked about it and they came across loud & clear, how did they get all those tickets?

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:21 PM)

David: There were a shocking amount of Mavs fans. The secondary ticket market in Miami is enormous. A lot of speculators bought season ticket packages and those tickets flooded the market. When the Heat came home with a deficit, Game 6 was, relatively speaking, affordable.

bud (plano texas)

i think lebron's problem is he has never actually faced adversity. espn had his high school games on national tv. he was on the si cover at age 16. in the finals as a 22 year old. i mean his "toughest year" was winning 67 games and "only" getting to the eastern conference semifinals -- where he still was pretty good. this year is his first "awful" series in a choke kind of way. i think he is "new" to adversity. do you agree??? (good news for heat fans, adversity makes you stronger, just look at dirk!)

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:23 PM)

Bud: How dare you bring nuance and thoughtfulness into a moderated chat? What's wrong with you?

Ben (Phx)

Kevin, I guess I see your point. While most of us may have been watching hoping the Heat would lose, we were still "watching". I imagine this finals did very well in TV ratings. Hard to argue this as "bad" for the league. The problem would be if Miami kept winning, people may get tired of it and stop watching. Maybe.

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:24 PM)

Ben: Every great drama needs a villain.

Philip (Germany)

Do you think miami can be challenged in the east if the knicks somehow aquire cp3 considering that melo owns lebron in crunchtime?

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:25 PM)

Philip: My feeling is that if you surround Chris Emmanuel Paul with anything approaching a substantial depth of talent, his team is an instant contender, so long as he's 85-90% healthy.

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:28 PM)

Scott: I don't think these issues with LeBron are a matter of a lack of work or preparation. He works and prepares. It's something else.

Philip (Germany)

Will we see a ''mavs index'' next year? hahahahahahahahahhaahhahaa

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:34 PM)

Phillip: Might I direct you to ESPN Dallas, which employs a full staff or writers and editors and is your source for all things Mavs.

Taylor (USA)

Where do you see JJ barea landing? Is he a starting PG in the league? How ironic would it be for Miami to look to sign him

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:37 PM)

Taylor: Can't say for sure. But Dallas has a lot of checks to write in the offseason. And I can't say with any confidence that Barea ranks toward the top of that list.

Ben (Phx)

About Lebron's post game comments last night, I am not sure he meant how they are being portrayed. First off, I am not a Lebron defender...I did want the Heat to lose. I just think he was implying that we won't get any lasting satisfaction from him losing and it won't change our lives, nor will it change his. More or less, I think he was basically saying it doesn't affect him and he doesn't care.

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:38 PM)

Ben: I agree with the top part of your observation. However, I've come to believe he does care.

Drew (NY)

Who do you think the Heat will go after at point gaurd or maybe even center for that matter?

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:39 PM)

Drew: The pending CBA negotiations make this a much more difficult parlor game than it used to be. If I had to guess, I'd say they'll remain committed to Chalmers as a project at PG, and pursue a veteran like Sam Dalembert at C.

Bill (DC)

I heard and read some post-game chatter about Miami trading either Bosh or James. I'd been thinking they should look at moving Bosh all year, but after watching the playoffs, he seems a better fit than I thought. I don't see how they could move James. So is the strategy to maintain the D and work on a consistent offensive system?

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:42 PM)

Bill: Yes. And you don't have to be a Heat apologist to look at this team, observe that they were 2 wins away from a title, will bring back three elite players in their primes -- however much they might struggle in certain spots -- didn't really become a fluid offensive team until mid-March, had their 4th and 5th best players injured much of the year, and stocked their bench with a bunch of aged veterans.

Nate (Chicago)

Do they fire Spoelstra or not?

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:43 PM)

Nate: No.

Aaron (Elkhart, IN)

If LeBron's comments were simply meant as Ben and you apparently believe, then why make the distinction between the "problems" those people have and the way he's going to happily live his life? Yeah, didn't think you could answer that one.

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:45 PM)

Aaron: Do I think the guy is artful in the way he articulates stuff? Often not. Do I think he has narcissistic tendencies? Oh, you bet. I just feel that life and people are more complicated than you seem to believe.

Evan (MN)

Do you think it's more important for the heat to go after a point guard or a true big man in the off-season and should they do it through the draft, free agency, or trade?

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:48 PM)

Evan: Functionally, I've never been one who believed they desperately needed a traditional point guard because Wade and James handle the ball and can initiate that package of sets (which don't use much of a traditional "1" anyway). They need another solid rotation big.

Dave (Utah)

It was still an arrogant and stupid thing to say though, right.

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:49 PM)

Dave: A 6.3 on that scale.

Osmond (Miami)

Which citizenry is happier today, Cleveland or Dallas?

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:51 PM)

Osmond: It's probably a pick-em, which says a lot

Ryan (Detroit)

What is your thoughts on Lebron's twitter post saying the man upstairs didn't want him to win.

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:53 PM)

Ryan: I don't believe that, if there is a supernatural power, he or she or it governs the outcome of professional sporting events.

Mark (Chicago)

I'd say Cleveland is happier. By a lot.

Chris (Boston)

I don't know Kevin. LeBron is right. He is the King and the rest of the creeps that hate him will still buy his shoes and pay for flat screen TVs with credit card debt over 10 years. They're losers and we follow a winner.

Paul (Maryland)

Mavs fan here. What do you think the chances are of a Mavs repeat?

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:55 PM)

Paul: The window is still cracked open. They have an incredible staff. But I'll say this: I don't think they have a prayer without Tyson Chandler.

EC (Iowa City)

your only giving it a 6.3? To me, his words clearly reflect that he put himself on a pedestal, and that he believes his life is better than everyone elses. The twitter comments also show his stupidity and arrogance quite well, also.

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:56 PM)

EC: 6.3 is relative on the "arrogant and stupid" scale. Where do you place the "10"?

Brian (Burbank)

I don't believe the supernatural power has been properly introduced to the king!

Joe (Ark)

As Bron fan I am angry and disappointed. If he plays to half his talent we win this series. I hope this loss and the criticism is gonna face pushes him to take responsibility and play to his full potential. To much is given much is expected.

Dave (NJ)

Is Miami better on the floor if they traded Lebron for Deron Williams and Brook Lopez?

Kevin Arnovitz
  (3:58 PM)

Dave: Yes they are. And it's not happening.

Brian (Burbank)

Joe, that is a question for the man up stairs.

Myron (Washington DC)

Lebron does not lack talent or skill. Looks like he suffered from a lack of confidence. isnt it the coach's job to keep the players focused and engaged? Coach Spo has proven to have a great feel for the X's and O's. But this situation kinda reminds me of when Stan Van Gundy (another bball genius) was sent packing. Riley proved to be the better motivator, especially when you look at the game footage from timeouts in the 06 finals. I just dont think Riley would have allowed a 3-game meltdown like that. He would have lit a fire under that guy. So will Riley get the itch again? If the Heat arent on pace to win 70+ by midseason, I think Riley is back in 2012.

Kevin Arnovitz
  (4:00 PM)

Myron: Riley is super-competitive, but he's 66 years old. Phil Jackson is retiring for a reason, and it's not out of disgust or apathy. Coaching NBA basketball for 8 months is a grueling endeavor. And I'm not convinced Riley wants to return to that.

Aaron (Elkhart, IN)

True or False, Miami disrespected the Mavs until it was too late?

Kevin Arnovitz
  (4:02 PM)

Aaron: More true than false.

Phil (Miami)

I know Lebron paid lip service in saying he'll learn from this but do you really think he's learned anything? I'm not talking about moral lessons about humility or anything like that. He was eminently guardable this series. Will he ever develop a post game? Will he ever make any adjustments to his style of play or is he just too headstrong?

Kevin Arnovitz
  (4:03 PM)

Phil: That's why we should hope all parties reach an agreement in the negotiations over the collective bargaining agreement. Because I can't wait to get the answers to these questions. On that note, thanks for all of your questions. Talk again soon. ka