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"But if Martin's response to the abuse was always to grin and bear it, or even join in the abuse of others to be part of the group, that speaks poorly of the abusers, sure, but it also shows how weak Martin is in a den of Alpha males." --- Bingo. And not just macho "weak." It's morally duplicitous & depraved to go along just to get along while you (illegally?) record, transcribe & cherry-pick private conversations for the sole purpose of personal aggrandizement. P.S. If Martin skipped history at Stanford, he'll be glad to know Nazi capos & collaborators peddled the same defense. OTOH, he'll wet his pants when he learns there were ZERO sales, as judges and juries tossed said defense like opposing DLs routinely tossed Martin. Still, there IS an ideal place for Martin's malignant brand of pathological self-absorption. A very quiet place with tons of marble. Bon voyage chump.
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"We appreciate the service he gave us ... but it’s time for us to move on," Colangelo said. --- Lol. To be clear, this Heat fan is selfishly glad Wade won't be wearing out his wheels on another Olympics. But declining should be his decision -- like Bosh. Else, move on to WHAT? MELO? In case you didn't know, Melo = marshmallow = CA's brain, spine & game. DERON WILLIAMS? If Wade is done, Williams never was. Or did Senile Jerry already forget the rotting fish smell of Deron's last Olympics? Gordon Hayward? Kyle Korver? I see 3s. 3s are useful. But watcha gonna do when opponents have the ball, HUH JERRY? Useless x 2. Kyrie Irving? Yet another overhyped joke ibid Deron http://bit.ly/19QMSVP BRADLEY BEAL? Joke or no joke? JOKE. Morever BAD, VERY bad joke: 41% career FG%, yet to crack .100/WS-48 -> .082/2012-13, .051/2013-14 -> cf. Wade's .192 last yr. If Colangelo removed Wade because of 3's "physical situation", USA Basketball should remove Colangelo b/c of his "mental situation". Else, I also smell a Bryan. Remember him? The Colangelo who did to Bosh what Dan Gilbert did to LeBron? Tree. Apple. Worms.
And finally wound down at around 2 am h t t p ://bit.ly/1hJYhqK
Good question. Only know the thing was apparently promoted http://bit.ly/LCRB2j With most new Heatles in attendance http://bit.ly/1fXsyoy
Another L isn't the end of the world. But must admit was annoyed to learn team was out partying the night *before* [ http://bit.ly/1f433iv ]. Guess Wade's relapse occurred after last call. Also, pretty sure this isn't the first report of night-before-loss partying by defending champs. Maybe it's happened all along. And/or maybe they've already decided 3peats are for chumps.
"Pissing matches?" Where? Not here. Just fans stating their opinions and standing up for same. I don't see any1 jerking off just to put each other down. Nope. You must mean that "other" blog.
Posted by: eyeballtwo | Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 04:50 PM --- Agreed.
"... only to repark same + profits offshore [at any time]"
Re "trickle down poverty?" Lol. When the Trib-Review (a Scaife property) reports US companies currently park TRILLIONS abroad (Commerce est. $22tr for 2012) to avoid taxes, when Bloomberg reports the largest among those increased same by 15% last year, and how those very same companies can repatriate untaxed billions into the economy only to repark same + profits offshore when necessary, when WSJ discloses a JP Morgan study of 602 U.S. multinationals which found 60+% of their balance sheet cash overseas ... Yeah, I'd say it's an effin miracle "trickle down poverty" isn't a gusher.
So Rio single-handedly blocked 12 shots, held Philly to 45% on 2pt tries (season avg = 49%), forced them into 2 for 20 on 3s and dished the Heat into 38 makes on 30 dimes? Lol. That boi really IS underestimated! C'mon Baller, there IS middle ground btw hating on the guy and deification. As Bosh noted, Chalmers did a great job of setting the offense & "finding guys" early (in the shotclock). And Rio did play a huge part in shutting down MCW or at least pressuring his handle into a -24 only-2-dime(avgs 7) 5-T/O nite. But as James said, the *team* finally decided to "reboot the system". I read "system" as defense & especially the energy level required to make it work. 12 team blocks, 5 of them by CB, underscored that point. Otherwise, would unquestionably agree watching the Heat reclaim their identity was all good no matter who the opponent.
Good: Where losing streaks are concerned, the Heatles endured 1 x 3-game, 1 x 4-game & even 1 x 5-game streak on their way to the Finals. Bad: It was 2010 -- when they won nothing. Meanwhile, the Heatles logged nothing longer than 1 x 3-game losing streak over the past 2 x seasons which were, of course, O'Brien seasons. Good: Heat opponents only converted 49%+/FG% in 16% of all reg season games last season (13/82). The Heat were 10-3 in those games. Bad: The 2013 Heat have allowed opponents to convert 49%+/FG% in 37% of games to date (14/38). The Heat are 5-9 in those games. Likewise, Heat opps managed to convert 55+% of 2pt FGs in ONLY 10 x games last season (10/82 = 12%). The 2013 Heat have already allowed 10 games where opps converted 55+% of their 2pt tries (10/38 = 26%). What does it mean? Nothing yet, with a half-season still to be played. But Heat players know what it could portend: No 3peat. Next, Rio's absence isn't close to the de facto reason for this latest slide. Not even close. Chalmers has been up-and-down on defense all season -- just like the rest of the team. Plus, Rio was most effective when he had Cole to back him up, & vice versa. Cole alone simply emphasizes Miami's lack of depth at the 1. Ditto Beas. Much as I'd like to paint a bullseye, the Heat are 7-3 (.700) in games where Beas > 20m. In 15 games where Beas logged < 20m, the Heat are 10-5 (.666). The Heat overall, at 27-11, are playing .710 ball. However, I *do* see disruptions to sustainable defensive cohesion since this season began. Disruptions which I suspect are largely attributable to player absences/injuries/ongoing recoveries from injuries (excluding Oden). So to me, getting healthy & staying (relatively) healthy is goal #1. But blaming injuries or waiting on health is also the bet that never pays off. Championship teams like the Heat know this. Otherwise, what seems to be missing, glaringly at times, is *oncourt* communication, especially when lineups are unusually in flux like they have this season. Players need to talk when stuff *is* happening, not *after* it's happened. Too many opposing layups or open 3s occur when defenders are picked off (i.e., P/R defense) without warning. It's the same deal in football & other sports. Or even, yeah, ballet. Whether it's a good team or troupe, with or without superior depth, execution's never the same when 1s go out. Timing, anticipation, instincts all differ. Football-wise, DOG/motion flags aren't unusual on offense; likewise offsides on d. You can still win, but you're not winning (or losing) in the same way. Same diff when starters return. Good teams that feature starter continuity develop something like telepathy to augment execution over time. When 1s leave & return, execution tends to be ragged while telepathy altogether disappears until you rebuild the reps. That's why telepathy's best friend is communication. Face to face. Oncourt. Especially on d. 5 pairs of eyes are always better than 1. But what good are 5 pairs when 4 aren't sharing what they see WHEN they see it?
Too harsh IMO. Sure, we all want Portland Bosh every night but it's not on CB to force flow, demand touches, overhandle the ball and/or Heat possessions into turnovers. That's not his game or skillset. CB sets up according to reads on opposing defenses and decisions/spacing by his teammates. If the 5 on the floor aren't on the same page (re reads/spacing/motion/keys/timing), you're gonna see a lot of offball Heat standing around. Defensively, Bosh is almost always where & when he should be. Mistakes have a trickle down effect & it's always the last guy between the rim and the opponent who looks the worst. Also not too concerned w/Beas. Despite all the trolling "fun" about Beas in recent days, I'm coming around to his sincerity about becoming a better *player* (you just hope he understands becoming a better human being matters just as much). It's not just effort too. Dude actually seems to be doing his homework trying to be in the right place/right time. Like Bosh said earlier, Beas is essentially re-learning the game. I have hopes he'll be more pass than fail by the end of the semester.
Posted by: eyeballtwo | Friday, January 10, 2014 at 07:08 PM --- Can't leave yourself out, Baine (as in Bloodhoof, not Batman) Feel sorry for "CB". When Complex Mag mentioned Boshasaurus (they know it's lame), I thought -- C-Rex.
"I do rest my case." --- Same suitcase? Same suitcase. (We can all play that game, chump) Finding journos as or more clueless than fans isn't the Holy Grail. It's ez. Just like Beasy. Keep trying tho. The chuckles are always appreciated. As numerous local (Herald, Sun-Sentinel) & national (ESPN etc) outlets reported at the time, Miami only had 2 x players under contract (Beasley & Chalmers) BEFORE they signed James & Bosh and* re-signed Wade. They STILL had Beasley & Chalmers under contract AFTER the Heat agreed to terms with James, Bosh & Wade -- which ESPN clearly describes here -> h t t p ://es.pn/KaG7C1 How? With only 2 players under contract, the Heat already had enough space to sign Wade & more. When Riley then dealt packages of picks/trade exceptions valued at $14.5m APIECE to Cleveland & Toronto, Riley was able to cover the COMPLETE nut which allowed Miami to sign all 3 to near-but-not-max deals. Then and ONLY THEN did the Heat begin filling the rest of the roster. Quoting ESPN: "Next up for the Miami braintrust: Filling out the roster. By dealing off Michael Beasley late Thursday night, Riley created an extra $5 million in cap space [to sign] sharpshooting swingman Mike Miller [who] reportedly agreed to a five-year, $30 million deal with Miami." But hey. Don't let me or the facts get in your way or ruin your day. You and "Chris Johnson" can commiserate over the next trade that sends Beasley to OKC for Kevin Durant.
"I rest my case." --- Lol. What case? Your suitcase? Finding journos as or more clueless than fans isn't the Holy Grail. It's ez. Just like Beasy. Keep trying tho. The chuckles are always appreciated. As numerous local (Herald, Sun-Sentinel) & national (ESPN etc) outlets reported at the time, Miami had only 2 x players under contract (Beasley & Chalmers) BEFORE they signed James & Bosh and* re-signed Wade. They STILL had Beasley & Chalmers under contract AFTER the Heat signed James, Bosh, Wade -- which, among others, ESPN clearly describes here -> h t t p ://es.pn/KaG7C1 How? With only 2 players under contract, the Heat already had significant cap. The Heat then dealt packages of picks + trade exceptions valued at $14.5m APIECE to Cleveland & Toronto that covered the nut which allowed Miami to sign all 3 to near-but-non-max deals. Then and ONLY THEN did the Heat begin filling the rest of the roster. Quoting ESPN: "Next up for the Miami braintrust: Filling out the roster. By dealing off Michael Beasley late Thursday night, Riley created an extra $5 million in cap space [to sign] sharpshooting swingman Mike Miller [who] reportedly agreed to a five-year, $30 million deal with Miami." But hey. Don't let me or the facts get in your way or ruin your day. You and "Chris Johnson" can commiserate over the next trade that sends Beasley to OKC for Kevin Durant.
Yo baller, you're wrong about Supercool. I used to work for the Heat so this is absolutely straight: Beas almost became the 5th Riley. That's right. The Rileys almost adopted Beasley. So, why didn't they? It wasn't for the hemp shirt Beas bought for James (their son). Or Beas rolling it & James into a doobie when James tried it on. It also wasn't the special brownies Beas baked for Chris (Riley's wife), which made her drive in circles for an entire day. Even Elisabeth (their daughter) still treasures the super cool flute from Supercool. Doesn't care that it won't play a note, or that you fill it with smokey water just to make it gurgle. She's just super cool in luv with the way it makes her feel. Nope. The only reason Beasley is not a Riley: Munchies. The Rileys could forgive icebox raids and cupboard foraging. They could forgive the highs & lows of life with The Beas. What they couldn't forgive was Trixie on a stick. Poor Trixie. Poorer Michael. He offered to wear a leash, fetch & wag his tail. And since he already had fleas, it was almost like the real thing. Almost, but not quite. Another Beas life lesson learned: You can eat your way into their hearts & minds, but you can't eat their dog. Insider truth. Take it to the bank.
Posted by: bky | Tuesday, January 07, 2014 at 11:18 PM What discussion? You're troll-baiting b.s.? Got that right.
Effin filter. Here's the source on the Beasley trade/Miller signing -> h t t p ://bit.ly/19ZYq7g Would luv to see any insider "know much more than anybody on here" info stipulating Beas was traded to clear cap for Bron & Bosh.
104-84 Heat w/1:47 left. Ho hum.
"[Here's] my source ..."
"I used to work for the Heat. I know much more than anybody on here." --- Lol. So Riley was the last to know Beasley was traded to clear cap for Bron & Bosh? That they used pixie dust to sign Mike Miller? LOL.
Props to Beas for shrugging off the praise some media peeps were about to heap on him for putting up 17 against the Raps by admitting he took a step back on defense, which he further supported with an admission that becoming a better defender was essential to help his team. But let's dump the Beasley fairy tales once and for all kay? Fairy tale: Riley traded Beas to clear cap space for Bron & Bosh. Fact: Yes, Miami saved $4.9m (Beas was entering the 3rd yr of his rookie contract) by trading Beas to Minnesota -- WHICH Riley PROMPTLY SPENT TO SIGN MIKE MILLER at $30m/5yrs. Also like the vibe Beas recently gave off re worshippers & unqualified praise: It don't mean nothing. Beas finally seems to realize he *needs* tough luv, *needs* to hear the truth, bad or good, to become a better player + teammate, *needs* to shed complacency & self-satisfaction like a bad disease. So even Beas would (now) probably admit, the story on his redemption has yet to be written. Because NO ONE "redeems" himself in 1 x season. 1 good, clean season is a phase. Following that season with more of the same until the end of his career -- redemption.
Can't blame fans for their joy but there's no reason to expect improvement if a) Ross continues to meddle in personnel matters b) Ross hires a lackey who can't tell the owner to back off without getting fired.
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I was just projecting as someone who remembers what it felt like to run around with a throbbing head & a stomach full of bile sloshing every which way. So I can't even imagine attempting what the Heat did: Contain Steph Curry like a bunch of Sylvesters chasing Speedy Gonzales. I mean, just thinking/typing this makes me wanna dry heave.