LeBron James will reportedly speak with Heat this summer. Here’s what James had to say about his uncertain future

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on in the second half against the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

LeBron James’ season is over, but an important offseason is just beginning for him.

The Warriors completed the 4-0 sweep of James and the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals on Friday to become back-to-back NBA champions. With the power to become a free agent this summer, James now has a few weeks to figure out the most logical path to take down the dynasty Golden State has become.

And according to multiple Las Vegas sports books and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, the Heat will be one of the teams in the mix for James. Smith said this week the 14-time All-Star will “have a conversation” with seven teams this offseason: the Cavaliers, Warriors, Celtics, Sixers, Lakers, Rockets and Heat. Continue reading “LeBron James will reportedly speak with Heat this summer. Here’s what James had to say about his uncertain future”

NBA Finals: What’s it like to face the Warriors? LeBron James says it’s ‘like playing the Patriots’

Stephen Curry #30 and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors celebrate with Kevin Durant #35 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 6, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

How big is the gap between the Cavaliers and Warriors? Just look at Cleveland’s razor-thin margin for error and Golden State’s not-so-small margin for error.

The Cavaliers got a triple-double from LeBron James and a combined 48 points from Kevin Love, Rodney Hood and JR Smith. But that wasn’t enough in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night, and neither was a 51-point performance from James in Game 1.

The Warriors got a 3-of-16 shooting performance from Stephen Curry and a 4-of-11 shooting performance form Klay Thompson, as the Splash Brothers combined for just 21 points on 3-of-15 shooting from 3-point range. But that was actually enough because Golden State also has Kevin Durant. Continue reading “NBA Finals: What’s it like to face the Warriors? LeBron James says it’s ‘like playing the Patriots’”

Heat’s Rodney McGruder volunteers time, learns Memorial Day lesson

Heat wingman Rodney McGruder volunteered in the Good Grief Camp in Washington, working with children who lost ones serving in the military, over Memorial Day weekend.(Courtesy of the NBA)

MIAMI — Memorial Day will never be the same for Rodney McGruder.

The Maryland native returned home to spend the holiday weekend as part of an NBA contingent that volunteered in the Good Grief Camp in Washington, working with children who lost loved ones serving in the military. The event was organized by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

The experience left McGruder with an even deeper appreciation of the true meaning behind Memorial Day. Continue reading “Heat’s Rodney McGruder volunteers time, learns Memorial Day lesson”

Heat don’t have a pick this year, but they will be well-represented at this week’s NBA draft combine

Miami Heat President Pat Riley talks with the media at a season-end press conference on Monday, April 30, 2018 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla. (Charles Trainor III/Miami Herald/TNS)

The Heat don’t have a pick in this year’s June 21 draft, but they will be well-represented at this week’s NBA combine.

A group that includes president Pat Riley, general manager Andy Elisburg, vice president of player personnel Chet Kammerer, coach Erik Spoelstra, and members of the player personnel staff will represent the Heat at the league’s draft combine held in Chicago at the Quest Multisport complex. The event started Wednesday and ends Sunday, with 69 players invited and expected to participate in the testing and interviews. Continue reading “Heat don’t have a pick this year, but they will be well-represented at this week’s NBA draft combine”

Why did the Heat’s season end in the first round of the playoffs? A look at the reasons

Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers fights through Kelly Olynyk #9 and James Johnson #16 of the Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center on April 24, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Miami’s playoff run didn’t last long.

The Heat enter the offseason after being eliminated in five games in the first round by the Sixers. Philadelphia earned the series-clinching win Tuesday.

Here’s why the Sixers ended the Heat’s season … Continue reading “Why did the Heat’s season end in the first round of the playoffs? A look at the reasons”

Mailbag: What adjustments can Heat make vs. Sixers in Game 5? Plus, should Rodney McGruder play a bigger role?

From left, the Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside, Tyler Johnson and Bam Adebayo react as the Philadelphia 76ers lead late in the fourth quarter in Game 4 of the first-round NBA Playoff series at the AmericaneAirlines Arena in Miami on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The Sixers won, 106-102, for a 3-1 series lead. (Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS)

MIAMI — It’s time for another Heat mailbag.

If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter (@Anthony_Chiang and @tomdangelo44). You can also email me at achiang@pbpost.com. Continue reading “Mailbag: What adjustments can Heat make vs. Sixers in Game 5? Plus, should Rodney McGruder play a bigger role?”

Behind the numbers: Should Heat’s Dwyane Wade get more playing time in playoff series vs. Sixers?

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat shoots the ball against Dario Saric #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers in the fourth quarter during Game Two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoff at Wells Fargo Center on April 16, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Heat defeated the 76ers 113-103. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

MIAMI — The Heat will look to even their first-round playoff series against the Sixers in Saturday’s Game 4 at 2:30 p.m. Philadelphia enters with a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Here are five things to know entering Game 4 (we know three games is a small sample size) … Continue reading “Behind the numbers: Should Heat’s Dwyane Wade get more playing time in playoff series vs. Sixers?”

Even after the Heat won Game 2 to take home-court advantage, the Sixers are still betting favorites to win the series

Miami Heat’s Goran Dragic, left, of Slovenia, drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers’ JJ Redick, right, during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 16, 2018, in Philadelphia. The Heat won 113-103. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

MIAMI — The Sixers are still considered the favorites to win their first-round playoff series with the Heat.

Even after the Heat won Game 2 in Philadelphia on Monday to tie the series at 1-1 and steal home-court advantage, the oddsmakers still believe the Sixers will be the team to advance to the second round. Bovada, an online sports book, currently has Miami at 11-to-5 and Philadelphia at 5-to-13 to win the series. Continue reading “Even after the Heat won Game 2 to take home-court advantage, the Sixers are still betting favorites to win the series”

Dwyane Wade produces another ‘moment’ when Heat needed it most in Game 2

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat watches his shot in the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game Two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoff at Wells Fargo Center on April 16, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Heat defeated the 76ers 113-103. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Dwyane Wade doesn’t start games anymore. He doesn’t play 30-plus minutes anymore. But in his 15th NBA season, he still has moments.

And Wade had a moment — actually a few moments — in Monday’s huge 113-103 win over the Sixers to bring the first-round series to Miami tied 1-1. The 36-year-old carried Miami with 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in 26 minutes to add to his long list of memorable playoff performances. Continue reading “Dwyane Wade produces another ‘moment’ when Heat needed it most in Game 2”

Mailbag: Is a change coming to the Miami Heat’s starting lineup?

Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, right, makes a move against Philadelphia 76ers’ Robert Covington, left, during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

MIAMI — It’s time for another Heat mailbag.

If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter (@Anthony_Chiang and @tomdangelo44). You can also email me at achiang@pbpost.com. Continue reading “Mailbag: Is a change coming to the Miami Heat’s starting lineup?”