October 21, 2012
Way too early to say Ira Winderman Sun Sentinel LeBron James will play where he feels most comfortable, and where he sees himself having the best chance to win. And if anyone has any idea about that in October 2012, they should scout out a sports book that offers futures lines for two seasons down the road. With the looming luxury tax and Dwyane Wade's lagging legs, even the Heat don't know where they'll stand in July 2014. And with legitimate uncertainty about whether Kobe Bryant truly will step away after 2013-14, the Lakers' future payroll remains in flux.
June 9, 2011
Wade, Heat will prevail Steve Svekis Sun Sentinel It's a best-of-three series now, and the Heat own home-court advantage. With that being the case, Dwyane Wade will take home his second championship and Finals MVP trophies. Despite LeBron James' putrid offensive production down the stretch during this series (2.3 points per fourth quarter), the Heat still have been in position to win each game. If James remains in hibernation, there is a chance the Heat could drop another game at home, and Dirk Nowitzki could get revenge for his 2006 failings against the Heat.
June 14, 2012
Dwyane Wade says he plans to be more aggressive when his Miami Heat take on the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. He better be. There are 70-year-old nuns who are more aggressive than Wade was in the Heat's Game 1 loss at OKC Tuesday night. Yes, the Heat's superstar guard has a balky left knee that has given him problems all season. That's definitely part of the problem. The quick first step that used to help him blow by defenders seems a thing of the past.
May 8, 2012
Too good to let go K.C. Johnson Chicago Tribune Erik Spoelstra is as linked to Pat Riley as winning. So, yes, even if the Heat go 0-for-2 with the Big Three, Spoelstra will be back as coach. The better question is: Who would Riley get to replace Spoelstra? Riley knows as much as anyone that this roster still remains somewhat flawed. Frankly, that the Heat have overcome their glaring holes at center and point guard speak almost as much to Spoelstra's aptitude as the prodigious talents of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
October 10, 2012
Old story: Money talks Ira Winderman Sun Sentinel With Jordan Brand focusing on Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, it made sense for Dwyane Wade to get out of the Nike shadow alongside LeBron James and Chris Bosh with the Heat. And, yet, the reality is that if Jordan Brand was willing to re-up with Wade, Wade likely would be continuing in the Nike division. What Li-Ning was able to provide that Nike did not need to offer is an equity stake in the brand. Such a shoe-agreement model could impact how the likes of James, Dwight Howard or Derrick Rose handle business going forward.
June 30, 2010
Huge haul for Heat Ira Winderman Sun Sentinel If "The Plan" moves forward, after "The Meeting," and "The Cap" can be managed, then it is not out of the remarkable realm that LeBron James and Chris Bosh could be coming to Dwyane Wade's house in South Florida. Yes, as multiple sources told the Sun Sentinel earlier this week, Wade has pushed Heat President Pat Riley to move in that direction. It would mean other parts would have to fall into place, including dumping Michael Beasley's 2010-11 salary and possibly working out details with the Raptors to get Bosh his desired sign-and-trade, with the accompanying larger contractual payoff, from Toronto.