Former Cardinal Newman standout John Collins plays first NBA preseason game in front of family, friends in Miami

MIAMI — John Collins has visited AmericanAirlines Arena many times as a fan. But he visited the arena Sunday for the first time as an NBA player.

The former Cardinal Newman basketball standout and current Hawks power forward kicked off the preseason with a game against the Heat on Sunday in Miami. Collins was impressive with nine points, 15 rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

It was a totally different experience than when he attended games at AmericanAirlines Arena to root on the Heat.

“I’ve been here too many times watching and now I’m actually going to be playing here,” Collins said before Sunday’s contest. “We play here two times a year during the regular season. That’s a surreal feeling. I don’t even know how to put words on that one.” Continue reading “Former Cardinal Newman standout John Collins plays first NBA preseason game in front of family, friends in Miami”

A look at Bam Adebayo’s ‘wow’ workout that caught the Heat’s attention

MIAMI — When asked to describe Bam Adebayo’s pre-draft Heat workout, coach Erik Spoelstra and team president Pat Riley gave similar answers.

“It was a ‘wow’ workout,” Spoelstra said. “You see that when you watch him on film. There are a lot of ‘wow’ plays that make you say, ‘OK.’ You just don’t see a lot of players of that size with that kind of quickness and athleticism particularly exploding to the rim.” Continue reading “A look at Bam Adebayo’s ‘wow’ workout that caught the Heat’s attention”

Kentucky men’s basketball beat writer offers scouting report on Heat first-round pick Bam Adebayo

Bam Adebayo didn’t begin playing organized basketball until he was 13 and he spent just one season at Kentucky before making the jump to the NBA. And at 19 years old, he became an NBA player when the Heat selected him with the 14th overall pick in Thursday’s draft.

That’s a rapid rate of growth the Heat hope continues.

To learn more about the Heat’s new player, we brought in somebody who covered Bam at Kentucky. Jerry Tipton from the Lexington Herald-Leader has been covering Kentucky men’s basketball since the 1981-82 season. Continue reading “Kentucky men’s basketball beat writer offers scouting report on Heat first-round pick Bam Adebayo”

Heat first-round pick Bam Adebayo took ‘rough’ road to NBA, and it still motivates him today

MIAMI — As Bam Adebayo sat between Heat team president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra for his introductory press conference, his motivation sat right in front of him.

“My motivation is the lady in the front in the green. It’s always been my mom,” Adebayo said Friday afternoon at his first Heat press conference staged on the team’s practice court at AmericanAirlines Arena. “When I was young she was a single parent. So, we lived in a single-wide trailer. She was a cashier. As a young man you never want to see your mom struggle. So, I worked my tail off and I got here so my mom will never struggle again.” Continue reading “Heat first-round pick Bam Adebayo took ‘rough’ road to NBA, and it still motivates him today”

How would you grade Miami Heat’s draft pick of Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo?

Edrice “Bam” Adebayo reacts with coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats after being drafted 14th overall by the Miami Heat during the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

So-called NBA experts are always offering up their grades of teams after the draft.

But we’d rather hear from you. How would YOU grade the Miami Heat’s first-round pick of Bam Adebayo, the power forward from Kentucky?

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A look at where the Heat stand entering the NBA draft, as Miami hopes to ‘choose the right one’ at No. 14

Miami Heat NBA basketball team president Pat Riley talks to the media during a season ending press conference in Miami, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald via AP)

MIAMI — The Heat haven’t necessarily been able to build through the draft over the past few years.

In fact, Miami’s roster last season featured five undrafted players (Tyler Johnson, Udonis Haslem, Willie Reed, Rodney McGruder and Okaro White) and just one Heat first-round pick (Justise Winslow). Trading away draft picks to acquire LeBron James in 2010 and Goran Dragic in 2015 has left the Heat looking through the undrafted pile and in the D-League for intriguing prospects.

But after going through last year’s draft without a selection, the Heat do have a first-round pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft. Miami can add a first-round talent to its roster with the 14th overall selection, with the Heat’s turn to pick expected to come at around 8:40 p.m. Continue reading “A look at where the Heat stand entering the NBA draft, as Miami hopes to ‘choose the right one’ at No. 14”

Tom D’Angelo’s 2017 NBA mock draft 2.0: Miami Heat eyeing player drawing some comparisons to Dwyane Wade

Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell goes to the basket in a game last season against Notre Dame. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

With every trade and rumor there is a trickle-down affect to the draft. So just two days after posting my first mock draft, already some adjusting has to be made, and it does impact the Heat.

Pat Riley and the Heat will have some solid options, and they likely will decide between drafting a big or a wing Thursday night. I had Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen falling to No. 14 in my first mock but Phil Jackson appears intrigued by the outside shooting big man and  now it’s pretty clear Markkanen will not fall to the Heat. With Markkanen and the best big men likely off the board I’m going with an athletic two guard who some say has a skill set similar to Dwyane Wade .

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Continue reading “Tom D’Angelo’s 2017 NBA mock draft 2.0: Miami Heat eyeing player drawing some comparisons to Dwyane Wade”

Anthony Chiang’s 2017 NBA mock draft 2.0: Who will be available for the Heat at No. 14?

Luke Kennard #5 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a play during their game against the Florida State Seminoles at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 28, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

MIAMI — The 2017 NBA Draft is just hours away. The two-round draft will begin Thursday at 7 p.m. from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Here’s how I see the first round going … Continue reading “Anthony Chiang’s 2017 NBA mock draft 2.0: Who will be available for the Heat at No. 14?”

Here’s why the Heat might draft a guard with the 14th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft

Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Louisville Cardinals reacts against the Michigan Wolverines in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 19, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

MIAMI — It makes sense for the Heat to draft a forward with the 14th overall pick. With Chris Bosh out of the picture and power forwards James Johnson and Luke Babbitt set to be free agents this summer, Miami needs to add depth to this position either through the draft, free agency or trade.

But does it make sense for the Heat to select a guard in the first round of Thursday’s NBA draft? Continue reading “Here’s why the Heat might draft a guard with the 14th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft”

Mailbag: Should the Heat pursue a trade for Paul George?

Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers reacts to a late foul call while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 117-111 to take a 2-0 series lead. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

It looks like the Pacers are now open to trading Paul George.

Does it make sense for the Heat to pursue the 27-year-old forward? In this week’s installment of the Heat mailbag, we took a closer look at George’s situation and why it would be risky to trade for him.

If you weren’t able to ask a question this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter (@Anthony_Chiang and @tomdangelo44). Continue reading “Mailbag: Should the Heat pursue a trade for Paul George?”