A couple of things I want to touch on today, but first just want to mention again the resigning of Jamaal Magloire. Something that I thought of last night was how much effect Magloire, who Pat Riley called "a role model for our younger players", will have on Dexter Pittman. Already considered a locker room leader, the ‘big cat' has an opportunity to make a difference on the ‘big rookie'.
Pittman will likely only see time late in games when the Heat are up by 15-20 points, but there is a chance that could be once or twice a week. The rookie is already looked up to by many people due to him losing almost 100lbs during his 4-years at the University of Texas, but I'm hoping he'll embrace Magloire as a mentor considering that they both have great work ethics. I wouldn't be surprised to see Magloire taking Pittman under his wing starting with practices, and the more I think about this the more I like it.
Moving on, when I saw this next story I think I did a double take. As if the Heat weren't getting crap from enough places, now the greatest player ever has to chime in. My surprise isn't because of what he said or anything like that, but I guess it just took me a little off guard to hear the great Michael Jordan throwing his two cents into the ‘Miami LeBronica' situation. Said #23:
"There's no way, with hindsight, I would've ever called up Larry [Bird], called up Magic [Johnson] and said, 'Hey, look, let's get together and play on one team,' but that's ... things are different. I can't say that's a bad thing. It's an opportunity these kids have today. In all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys."
Of course in hindsight he never thought that. He has six NBA championship rings. Knowing that he didn't need more help, why would he have wanted to share the spotlight with those superstars when everybody knows he didn't need to?
And he ‘was trying to beat those guys'? Last time I checked, he won the majority of his titles after ‘those guys' retired. So yeah...it's a nice thought Michael, and it makes you look real nice, but I'm not fooled. He made those comments not only ragging on what the Heat has done in free agency, but also tried to make himself and his ‘legacy' look better. And for what? He's Michael *bleeping* Jordan.
Now that I've gotten that off my chest, let's talk about another guy named Mike. Mike Miller is getting some ink after he had a conference call with members of the media on Monday. The main point that I got from the call was when he discussed what his role on the Heat will be. There is nothing specific set, other then that Miller is perfectly fine with coming off the bench.
"It'll probably be a role that I'll play and I have no problem with that. If we do go to that hybrid lineup, with LeBron, D-Wade and myself, I could relieve them of some ballhandling duties in bringing the ball up the court and allowing them to get in the pick-and-roll set without being worked the whole length of the floor."
The options are going to be endless with the pieces that Pat Riley has put into place around the big 3. Considering that our ‘complimentary' players are guys like Miller, Udonis Haslem and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, not to mention the returning Heat players like Mario Chalmers, Joel Anthony and James Jones (who I still think has a lot to offer), the versatility of this team is pretty significant.
I'll just quickly mention Dwyane Wade's World Trade Center comments because I feel like it's just another example of the public taking any and every opportunity to reflect negativity on the Heat. I know that you never ever want to reference or even mention something as horrible and tragic as what happened on 9-11-01, and Wade making that reference opened the door.
It sucks, but this is just something we'll have to get used to as Heat fans. As for Wade's comments...here is what he said, and I'll let you be the judge:
"We enjoy the bulls-eye. Of course, there's going to be times when we might lose one or two games in a row, maybe two games, three games in a row, you never know. It's going to seem like the world is crashed down. You all are going to make it seem like the World Trade has just went down again. But it's not going to be nothing but a couple basketball games lost and we'll have to get back on track. So we're going to have fun with this season. We understand this dynamic doesn't come around too often and we're a lucky team right now."
Again, never want to make any reference, comment or comparison about something like that. Wade knows it, probably as soon as it came out of his mouth. Then, AOL's Fanhouse twisted around his comments, making it seem as though he said that if the team is losing ‘it will be like the World Trade Center is coming down again.'
They later corrected it but by then it was getting national attention. Wade quickly released this public statement of apology:
"In an interview yesterday, I attempted to explain how some people may view the Miami Heat losing a few basketball games in a row during the upcoming season. It appears that my reference to the World Trade Center has been either inaccurately reported or taken completely out of context. I was simply trying to say that losing a few basketball games should not be compared to a real catastrophe. While it was certainly not my intention, I sincerely apologize to anyone who found my reference to the World Trade Center to be insensitive or offensive."
So what do you guys think? Was this a story, or just a case of hating? It's a very sensitive subject and there are no wrong answers, I'm just curious as to how people think...because it's clear how I do.