Heat Mailbag: Has Boston’s Danny Ainge passed Pat Riley as an executive? That, and more

Pat Riley

Time for another Miami Heat mailbag.

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    From @ChrisHypeTrain: Has Danny Ainge passed Pat Riley as an executive?

Riley, the Heat’s president, and Ainge, the GM and president of basketball operation for the Celtics, have a rivalry going that took an ugly turn five years ago. That’s when Ainge called it “almost embarrassing” that the Heat’s LeBron James complained about hard fouls and Riley responded in a statement by saying Ainge needs to “shut the f— up” and that he was “the biggest whiner” as a player.

The two have gone head-to-head a few times with Riley signing free agent Ray Allen away from the Celtics in 2012; Ainge helping the Cavaliers clear cap space in 2014 by being a part of a three-team trade that allowed Cleveland to dump three contracts and re-sign James away from the Heat; and last summer when the Heat and Celtics were after Gordon Hayward and the free agent chose Boston.

Both have been highly successful with Ainge putting together a Big Three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen that won one title and Riley putting together a Big Three of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh that won two titles. But lately, it’s Ainge who has been the best executive, perhaps in the entire league.

Starting with the 2013 trade with the Nets when the Celtics netted four first-round picks for Pierce and Garnett, Ainge is putting together a team that will be contending for titles for many years to come.

That trade was the foundation to the Celtics’ rebuilding plans and Ainge has been on a roll since. Some of his highlights: hiring coach Brad Stevens; signing Hayward; and pulling off two-more one-sided deals that netted Boston Kyrie Irving from the Cavs, and an extra first-round pick from the 76ers for swapping the first pick for the third pick in last year’s draft and still getting their man, Jayson Tatum.

The Celtics are three-wins from returning to the NBA Finals and have not had Hayward or Irving for one minute during the playoffs. In addition, Boston could have three first round picks in 2019: Sacramento’s, the Clippers’ if it is No. 15 or later, the  Grizzlies’ if it is No. 9 or later.

Riley has built three championship teams in Miami and will go down as one of the greatest executives in NBA history. But after losing James in 2014 he has been scrambling to turn the Heat into a contender again mainly because of circumstances beyond his control. … Bosh’s career coming to an end because of blood clot issues just a couple of years into a five-year contract. Still, some have questioned Riley trading away so many draft picks and handing out long term contracts to good, but not great, players.

Meanwhile, with the Celtics are situated to contend for several years. Ainge clearly has had the upper hand of late and not just on the Heat but on most of the league.

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Whiteside is due $52.5 million the next two years while Johnson is owed $38.5. Both are a major drain on the Heat’s salary cap but which one is more of a burden? That depends on which Whiteside you are getting. If the 7-foot center is the player who has led the league in blocks and rebounding and averaged 17.0 points, though not ideal, the Heat could live with his large contract. But if he’s the player we saw much of last season and into the playoffs, then no question that is the one contract the Heat would love to shed. As for Johnson, you know what you are getting, someone who will average from 12 to 15 points, shoot about 44 percent, 37 from on 3-pointers and bring energy. Johnson, though, is a player you would rather have coming off the bench, which should be the case with Dion Waiters returning, and $19 million a year for a reserve is not ideal either.

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Ray Allen now will be known as a Hall of Famer, along with hitting biggest shot in Heat history

Ray Allen of the Miami Heat makes a game-tying 3-pointer over Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs during Game Six of the 2013 NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 18, 2013. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

MIAMI – Heat coach Erik Spoelstra not only walks by the ceiling-to-floor photo outside the Heat’s locker room of Ray Allen’s shot in Game 6 of the 2013 Final every day, but …

“I touch that photo every day,” he said. “Grateful for Ray and his obsessive-compulsive work ethic to work on that shot thousands and thousands of times when everybody else would think that was too ridiculous a circumstance to actually try to practice something like that.”

The shot, a corner 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds remaining, tied the game. The Heat won in overtime and then took Game 7 to capture their second consecutive title.

Allen was recognized for his 18-year career, which ended with two seasons in Miami, by being among the inductees for the Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday. Among those he joins in the 2018 class: Former NBA stars Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Grant Hill and Maurice Cheeks; Dino Radja, one of FIBA’s 50 greatest players and a two-time EuroLeague champion; longtime college basketball coach Lefty Driesell and women’s basketball standouts Katie Smith and Tina Thompson in the 2018 class.

Allen was in New York promoting his new book when he learned he would be inducted.

“I took a step back,” he told ESPN. “It was almost like one of those conversations or phone calls that it knocks the wind out of you a little bit, because you can’t believe what it being said. My phone came up and when I looked at it, underneath, it said, ‘Hall of Fame,’ and I was like, ‘The Hall of Fame is calling me.’

“You know, we’ve been humble to play this game and we’ve been certainly privileged. But to get a phone call from the Hall of Fame to say you’ve been inducted, it’s something that dreams are made of. We realized that if we didn’t play this game to make money, we’d play it because we loved it, we enjoyed the camaraderie.”

    Allen is the fourth player to spend time with the Heat to make the Hall of Fame, joining Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O’Neal and Gary Payton. He is the first player that Spoelstra has had as a head coach to be inducted. Heat president Pat Riley also is in the Hall of Fame.

“He’s a first ballot hall of famer for his whole career, two-time champion,” Spoelstra said. “He could be Hall of Fame off the court as well for all the work he’s done for his foundations and all the cities he’s been in and those foundations are still up and running not only here and still in Boston he still has a presence in all the cities he’s played.”

Allen signed with the Heat as a free agent in 2012 and helped the team win the 2013 title thanks to the biggest shot of his career.

“That will go down as one of the most iconic shots in NBA history,” Spoelstra said. “And it was just an absolute blessing to be part of that moment. To be part of that team and I’m grateful I had an opportunity to coach a Hall of Fame player and person as Ray.”

Allen, who now makes his home in Miami, also won a title with the Celtics in 2008. He was a 10-time All-Star, remains the NBA career leader in 3-point field goals with 2,973 and is sixth on the all-time free throw percentage list at .894.

The fifth overall pick of the 1996 draft by Minnesota out of Connecticut, Allen was traded to the Bucks on draft night. He then spent 6.5 years with Milwaukee, 4.5 years in Seattle and five years in Boston.

Allen averaged 18.9 points in his career while shooting 45.2 percent, 40 percent on threes. In two years with the Heat he averaged 10.3 points.

At Connecticut, Allen was a unanimous first-team All-American in 1996. He was named the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year in 1995 and won an Olympic gold medal in 2000.

The enshrinement ceremony will be Sept. 7 in Springfield, Mass.

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Ray Allen made biggest shot in Heat history and now is a Hall of Fame finalist; Tim Hardaway not on list  

Ray Allen of the Miami Heat makes a game-tying three-pointer over Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs during Game Six of the 2013 NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 18, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – When Ray Allen joined the Miami Heat his best years were behind him. But not his best shot.

Allen, who has the most dramatic shot in Heat history, was named one 13 finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2018 on Saturday.

Allen is one six first-time finalists along with former NBA stars Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Olympic gold medalist Katie Smith and four-time WNBA champion Tina Thompson.

Maurice Cheeks, Rudy Tomjanovich and Chris Weber return as finalists along with college coaches Lefty Driesell and Kim Mulkey, referee Hugh Evans and the 10-time AAU National Champions Wayland Baptist University.

Former Heat guard, a three-time finalist, Tim Hardaway, did not make the list this year.

Allen played 18 seasons, his final two with the Heat. He signed as a free agent in 2012 and helped the team win the 2013 title thanks to the biggest shot of his career. With the Heat seconds away from losing the Finals to the San Antonio Spurs, Allen made a corner 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds remaining in Game 6. The shot tied the game, the Heat won in overtime and then took Game 7 to capture their second consecutive title.

Allen, who now makes his home in Miami, also won a title with the Celtics in 2008. He was a 10-time All-Star, remains the NBA career leader in 3-point field goals with 2,973 and is sixth on the all-time free throw list percentage list at .894.

The fifth overall pick of the 1996 draft by Minnesota out of Connecticut, Allen was traded to the Bucks on draft night. He then spent 6.5 years with Milwaukee, 4.5 years in Seattle and five years in Boston.

Allen averaged 18.9 points in his career while shooting 45.2 percent, 40 percent on threes. In two years with the Heat he averaged 10.3 points.

At Connecticut, Allen was a unanimous first-team All-American in 1996. He was named the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year in 1995 and won an Olympic gold medal in 2000.

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While Ray Allen complains about being overworked, Dwyane Wade says Heat ‘got the best out of me’

CLEVELAND – Dwyane Wade’s assessment of the final year of the Big Three in Miami does not quite match up with Ray Allen’s.

While Allen said the Heat “never adjusted” to having an old team and complained about appearances and practices, Wade looked at that 2013-14 season a different way.

“I feel like they got the best out of me,” Wade told South Florida reporters Tuesday before he faced the Heat for the first time as a member of the Cavaliers.

“You play this game to get the best out of yourself. That’s what I felt. My 13 years in Miami I leave satisfied what I accomplished, what my team accomplished, what my teammates accomplished. So, if you worked hard to do that, if you worked too hard to do that I’m fine with it because we had to deal with success.”

Dwyane Wade has played for two teams the last two years after spending his first 13 seasons in Miami.. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Wade said Allen was treated differently when he played for coach Doc Rivers in Boston.

“Miami is Miami. They do it the way Miami does it,” he said. “Obviously, Ray came from Boston and Doc did things a little differently for him and (Kevin Garnett) and those guys. Miami is done the way that it’s done. At the end of the day no matter what happened those years we went to four Finals in a row and we won two championships, one with Ray. That’s just a part of coaching in Miami.”

Wade, 35, teamed with LeBron James and Chris Bosh to win two championships in Miami. Allen was part of the second. Two summers ago, after 13 years with the Heat, Wade signed with Chicago. Wade and the Bulls reached a deal on a buyout after one season and Wade reunited with James in Cleveland this season, his third team in three years.

“It’s been a little difficult at times, probably just learning the systems,” Wade said. “Different roles from obviously Miami, being a number-one option on a lot of nights, number two when Chris was playing sometimes. In Chicago varying. And here, coming off the bench. So a lot of different things. But many different challenges in the last few years. But, overall, it’s just a part of the body of work of my career, so it’s been good.”

Wade was asked how different these last few years have been from what he envisioned.

“It’s different,” he said. “Obviously, you don’t know what’s going to happen from day to day. This career path we all chose in the NBA, you just don’t know what’s going to happen with it. For me, I’m OK and I’m content with what I’ve done for 13 years. Did I think it was gonna shake out this way? No. But I’m not sitting here crying about it neither. I understand that’s how things go.

“I made the decisions so it’s fine. I look back on my 13 years and said, ‘man, we did some special, special things.’ It’s an amazing chapter in my life and a big part of what I’ve become and who I am. I don’t look back at nothing but the good times. I don’t look back at the bad ones.”

Wade said he’s comfortable finishing his career going year-to-year.

“That’s the way I approach it even if I’m on a contract for two years, that’s how I approached it,” he said. “As me and Udonis (Haslem) both talked about for many years and I think we got it from Ray Allen about knowing that time is going to come for you. Don’t have a perceived notion that I’m retiring at this age, I’m retiring at this year. Play the game year after year see how you feel and see what you want to do the following year.”

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Time for Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade to stop whining, take responsibility for Heat’s failure in 2014

Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat look on from the bench against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Three of the 2014 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

DETROIT – The real mystery is how the Heat even made it to the Finals in 2014. No, how did they manage to win 54 games and even qualify for the playoffs?

With a team already in a “bad marriage” while still newlyweds and being punished and pushed and otherwise abused by the organization by being forced to actually practice and – gasp – give back to the community.

How did they do it?

That season ended with Miami failing to win a third straight title, losing in the Finals in five games to a San Antonio team in the midst of one of the league’s longest running dynasties.

The season, as it would turn out, was the fourth and final year of the LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh era, one in which Miami reached the Finals each year.

Now, that team is back in the spotlight thanks to a couple of players unable to accept that Miami was flat out beaten by one of the greatest teams, and coaches, in the history of the sport.

Wade comparing that team to a bad marriage and Ray Allen whining about being overworked and required to make public appearances is nothing more than two stars looking for excuses for their, and their team’s, shortcomings. Wade made  43.8 percent of his field goal attempts in the Finals while Allen shot 41.5 percent.

Wade and Allen come off as deflecting responsibility. And now we are all waiting for the next excuse – especially from the one member of that group who never lets an opportunity for a passive aggressive tweet slip by.

So what’s next? The Heat not providing marriage counseling. Or perhaps they did not arrange for drivers to chauffer their players around town.

Whatever, this is a bad look.

First, let’s take Allen, who threw Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra and the entire organization under the bus by essentially blaming them for not looking out for the best interests of their players. This after they paid him $6.3 million over two years to ride out his career as a 26-minutes-per-game 3-point shooter off the bench.

Allen, while speaking to Sports Illustrated to promote his new book, said in a story published Thursday the Heat “never adjusted” to having an old team.

“We were still doing a million appearances, we still were having all the practices, and doing all the things that typically wear you down by the end of the year,” Allen said.

Players are required to make 12, one-hour appearances each season as part of the collective bargaining agreement. So Allen is complaining about something approved by the players association. For the Heat, the team’s Family Festival and Charitable Fund Gala count toward that number and if a player spends more than an hour at an event, the team will count it as multiple appearances.

One of those Galas, by the way, was held at Allen’s home. And yes, that night counted as one of Allen’s appearances. So Allen was allowed to check off one of his required appearances when he never left his home.

That’s a total of 12 hours a year to give back to the community that supports these players by spending their hard earned money on tickets and merchandise, money that has contributed to someone like Ray Allen earning $184 million during his 18-year career.

And if Allen felt worn down, perhaps he should have backed off his own meticulously planned workout regimen. Allen, who has admitted to being obsessive compulsive, was a maniacal worker who took care of his body like none other in the league, one reason for his longevity and going down as arguably the greatest pure shooter in NBA history. Part of that routine was arriving early every day, including games, and going through his own routine before practices and shootarounds.

But it was Spoelstra who wore him down.

“I don’t know if anybody has a perfect formula,” Spoelstra said, carefully choosing his words. “So we constantly tried to improve it and work on the schedule. Who knows looking back on it whether it was the right call or not. We didn’t end up winning a championship, but it was a terrific team. What an incredible run. Nothing should be taken away from that.”

Said Udonis Haslem, a team captain and the lone holdover from the Big Three era to today: “That’s Ray’s opinion.”

Wade offered his opinion when asked about the Cavaliers’ early season struggles. He believed the chemistry had eroded and compared that 2013-14 team to a “bad marriage” because the players “had been around each other four years in a row. Your jokes weren’t funny anymore to other guys. When you walked in, it wasn’t a big smile no more. Guys were just over you.”

Wade’s theory takes a big hit when you look at the opponent that season. The Spurs somehow managed to keep their marriage together for more than a decade. San Antonio’s Big Three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili came together as a group in 2002, the year Ginobili was drafted and 12 years later they were winning a fourth title while playing in their fifth Finals.

Since when is four years the expiration date on an NBA marriage? Tell that to the Bulls or the Larry Bird Celtics or Riley’s Lakers who managed to win five titles in nine years.

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Erik Spoelstra discusses the end of Heat’s Big Three era: ‘I look at that team with so much respect and joy’

SALT LAKE CITY — Even with all of the negativity surrounding the end of the Heat’s Big Three era, coach Erik Spoelstra can look back and remember the good times.

“I look at that team with so much respect and joy,” Spoelstra said in advance of Friday’s game against the Jazz, the fifth stop on Miami’s six-game trip. “It’s a chapter out of all of our lives that will always be there. Nobody can ever take it away from us. It is not easy to do what that team did and I think eventually everybody will be able to look back on that in such high regard and celebrate really what we were able to accomplish together.” Continue reading “Erik Spoelstra discusses the end of Heat’s Big Three era: ‘I look at that team with so much respect and joy’”

Ray Allen says Heat made the 2013-14 season “tough” on team by not “adjusting” to having older players

Ray Allen has fired the second shot while describing the end of the Heat’s Big Three era.

After Dwyane Wade compared the 2013-14 season to a “bad marriage,” Allen told Sports Illustrated that the organization and coaching staff “didn’t adjust” to having older players on the team. Allen, who has not played since the 2013-14 season, was promoting his new book, “From the Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love.”

Allen said players were required to do too  many appearances and coach Erik Spoeltra scheduled too many practices.

“With a team as old as we were, and with as much basketball as we’d played, we were still doing a million appearances, we still were having all the practices, and doing all the things that typically wear you down by the end of the year,” Allen said. “Just being on your feet so much. The team didn’t learn how to manage our bodies better.

“When your players have played in June the last three or four years, by this time you have to figure out how get people off their feet. We don’t need to have a practice. We don’t need to have a shootaround. We just have to be mental. From those aspects, you wear yourself down long term.”

Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and LeBron James of the Miami Heat look on from the bench in the closing minutes against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Five of the 2014 NBA Finals in San Antonio, (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Spoelstra took the high road when asked about Allen’s comments Thursday following practice  as the Heat prepared for Friday’s game in Utah. He started by saying, “I love Ray,” before adding,  “if we didn’t win three in a row, I think we should be open to criticism. It’s tough, it’s tough to win in this league multiple years, going four years in a row. I tip my hat off to teams that have been able to win three in a row. But I love Ray.”

Spoelstra also joked that recently, while walking his dog, he saw Allen, who was driving, and that Allen did not run him down so it can’t be all that bad.

“I was walking my dog across an intersection in Coconut Grove,” Spoelstra said. “He didn’t run me over. He had an opportunity to. I appreciated that. We actually stopped traffic. We chatted for a whole in the intersection. He looks great. … I will forever be grateful to Ray.”

Allen played his final two seasons with the Heat, joining Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh after they had won one title and been to two Finals. The Heat advanced to the Finals for the fourth straight season in 2014 before being dominated by San Antonio in five games.

“It certainly was tough on all of us as players,” Allen said. “Organizationally, I don’t think they ever adjusted. Most of the guys, having gone to so many Finals, me being an older player, having played a lot of basketball the last five, six years, organizationally and coaching wise they didn’t adjust.

“We had the oldest team in the NBA, and on top of that, we had such a bad schedule. Every holiday we were away from home. Every situation we were in we were fighting to just stay above board, trying to figure out how to sleep or rest our bodies. We wore down, we were tired, and we were definitely tired at the end. We still were good, and we still made it to the Finals.”

Recently, Wade was comparing what the Heat went through that season to what Cleveland is experiencing this year with Wade and James reuniting in September when Wade signed with the Cavs after agreeing to a buyout with the Bulls.

“As a team we were kind of like this,” Wade told reporters in Cleveland. “It was worse because it wasn’t new guys. It was guys who had been around each other four years in a row. Your jokes weren’t funny anymore to other guys. When you walked in, it wasn’t a big smile no more. Guys were just over you.

“It’s like being in a bad marriage. But we somehow made it to the Finals.”

Allen played a huge role in the Heat’s 2013 title. With Miami trailing San Antonio  in the Finals, 3-2, Allen hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds of Game 6, sending the game into overtime. Miami won that game then captured its second title of the Big Three era in Game 7.

Allen was asked about that shot.

“People always ask me if I remember it. I’m like, “Uh, which shot are you speaking of? I don’t know which one you’re talking about,’” he said. “Do I remember it? Somebody did this huge picture and I have it on the wall in my house. It’s boarded all over the wall. We actually forget that it’s there half the time.

“For me it’s not about the shot as much as the preparation. That lifelong preparation that went into me being in that situation. I think it’s the Game 6 shot more than anything that people ask me about. They always tell me where they were when it happened. It’s pretty interesting, as much as I hit the shot, it’s more about where people were and how it affected their life more than anything else.”

A picture of that shot covers a large portion of one wall outside the Heat locker room, a floor-to-ceiling reminder of the most famous basket in Heat history.

“I walk by his picture every day and tap it, of just an acknowledgment of how special that time was and how it’s one of the iconic, all-time iconic shots in NBA history,” Spoelstra said.

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Chris Bosh’s Miami Heat career by the numbers

Miami’s Chris Bosh reacts after scoring a basket during a game against New Orleans on Christmas Day, 2015. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Chris Bosh’s career with the Miami Heat was at times spectacular and at others heartbreaking. The 11-time All-Star went from NBA champion to a player whose career now is in doubt after battling blood clots the last 2 ½ years, some life-threatening.

The Heat officially cut ties with Bosh today, announcing that he has been waived. And after seven years with Miami, we give you Chris Bosh by the numbers

1 – Bosh’s uniform number in Miami.

1 – Number of Olympic Gold Medals Bosh won (2008).

2 – Number of title Bosh won with the Heat.

3 – Number of TV shows in which Bosh has made cameos: Entourage, Law & Order, Go On.

4 – Bosh’s number at Georgia Tech and Toronto.

4 – Where Bosh was taken, by Toronto, in the 2003 draft behind LeBron James, Darko Milicic and Carmelo Anthony (one spot ahead of Dwyane Wade).

8.6 – Bosh’s regular season rebounding average.

9 – Number of times Bosh was selected Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

10 – Number of times Bosh has scored at least 40 points.

10.9 – Bosh’s All-Star Game scoring average (9 games)

11 – Number of times Bosh was named an All-Star.

13 – Years Bosh played in the NBA.

14 – Size of Bosh’s sneaker.

15.6 – Bosh’s playoff scoring average (89 games).

15.6 – Bosh’s scoring average in his only season at Georgia Tech.

19.4 – Bosh’s regular season scoring average (893 games).

22 – Bosh’s career high in rebounds, done twice, both with Toronto.

40 – Bosh’s high point total with Heat, 11/3/12 vs. Denver.

44 – Bosh’s career high in points, which came with Toronto on 1/20/10 at Milwaukee.

56.0 – Bosh’s ACC leading field goal percentage, one of two freshmen to lead the league.

82 – Number of times Bosh has scored at least 30 points.

99.5 – Percentage probably of Bosh entering Hall of Fame per Basketball Reference.

100 – All-time NBA rank in career blocks (932).

218 – Three-pointers in his last 176 games.

305 – Three-pointers in his entire career.

1984 – Year Bosh was born (March 24).

2,816 – Bosh’s rebounds while with the Heat.

6,914 – Bosh’s points scored with the Heat.

7,592 – Bosh’s career rebounds.

17,189 – Bosh’s career points.

242,110,053 – Amount in dollars Bosh will have made from playing basketball when his contract is up in 2019.

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Five memorable moments during Chris Bosh’s Miami Heat career

Chris Bosh spent seven years with the Heat playing in just 97 games his last three seasons. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

One week into the 2010 free agency period the first bombshell was dropped: Chris Bosh had agreed to join Dwyane Wade and play for the Miami Heat.

Within 48 hours LeBron James then famously announced he was taking his talents to South Beach. The Big Three was formed and the history of the Heat forever was changed.

Now, seven years later, with today’s announcement that the Heat have waived Bosh the last member of the Big Three Era has officially departed the Heat. The dismantling was slow with James returning to Cleveland in 2014 and Wade shunning Miami after 13 years last summer and signing with Chicago. And today’s news is nothing more than a formality considering the unofficial conclusion to Bosh’s Heat career was last September when he failed his Heat physical and President Pat Riley announced Bosh’s career with Miami “probably is over.”

After all, it has been nearly 17 months since Bosh last wore a Heat uniform or even played an NBA game.

But now, after a full season with Bosh’s $23.7 million salary on its books despite the 33-year-old not playing a game or even being around the team, Bosh officially is a free agent and able to sign with any team, health permitting.

Bosh’s seven years and six seasons with the Heat were memorable. He averaged 18.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and shot just under 50 percent. He was a part of two title teams, made four trips to the Finals and was an All-Star in each of those six seasons.

Bosh had plenty of memorable moments while playing in South Florida and here are five:

The Rebound

Game 6 of the 2013 Finals forever will be remembered for Ray Allen’s 3-pointer in the final seconds that tied the game and gave the Heat the chance to win in overtime.

But Bosh was the reason Allen even had that opportunity.

With the Spurs leading 95-92, James had the first crack at knotting the score but his 3-point attempt from the left wing with about 11 seconds to play bounced off the rim. Bosh, with nobody boxing him out, pulled down the rebound, wrestling it way from Manu Ginobili and had the presence to find Allen in the right corner.

Allen then made the most celebrated shot in Heat history setting up overtime for. …

The Block

Well, actually, there were two blocks by Bosh that helped seal the win and force a Game 7.

With 34 seconds remaining and the Heat leading by one, Bosh switched onto Tony Parker. Parker then created some space with a jab step and rose for the 20 foot jumper. But Bosh, from about five feet, lunged and blocked the shot. James grabbed the ball and was fouled.

The Spurs had one more chance trailing 103-100 with 1.9 seconds remaining and inbounding in the ball from the side. The pass went to Danny Green in the far corner and Bosh, sprinting from the top of the circle to the corner, blocked the potential game-tying shot just before the buzzer, setting up the dramatic Game 7 which would lead to Miami’s second title in two years.

The return

The franchise was at a crossroads in July of 2014 when James penned his ‘I’m coming home’ letter, ending his four seasons in Miami. Bosh now was in the spotlight and had a decision to make: Return to Miami and team with Wade or take Houston’s max offer and join James Harden and Dwight Howard in his home state.

Bosh became the anti-LeBron and was praised for his loyalty when he opted to return to Miami on a five-year, $118 million deal. Of course, nobody could have predicted what would happen. Bosh never again played a full season and wound up suiting up in just 97 more games with the Heat.

The Bad News

Just days after playing in his 10th All-Star Game, in which he scored 10 points in 11 minutes, the basketball world was stunned to hear Bosh was hospitalized and then even more so when it was learned he had developed blood clots in one of his lungs.

Bosh spent a week in the hospital after being diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism. Basketball became secondary as Bosh was fortunate to be alive. Still, he worked his way back into shape and started the 2015-16 season like he had his previous 12, a force on the court and good enough to be voted to another All-Star Game.

But nobody knew it would be the last season in which he would play a game for the Heat, and possibly in the NBA. Bosh once again developed a blood clot that was diagnosed around the All-Star break, this time in his left leg.

Now, Bosh’s career truly was in jeopardy and after a summer of working out and hoping he could return for the 2016-17 season, Bosh failed a Heat physical prior to the start of training camp and never again would wear a Heat uniform.

The Bosh Game

With James, Wade and Mario Chalmers all nursing minor injuries, the Heat went into San Antonio late in the 2012-13 season to face a healthy Spurs team.

The Heat stayed with the Spurs despite a starting lineup of Bosh, Norris Cole, Rashard Lewis, Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem. The Spurs had the ball and a one point lead late but Haslem forced Tim Duncan to miss a short jumper and Allen grabbed the rebound with about 10 seconds to play. Allen took it himself and was double teamed on the left side of the court. He found Bosh wide open at the top of the circle and Bosh let it fly as Duncan lunged toward him. The ball went in giving the Heat an 88-86 victory.

Bosh led all scorers with 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

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Bitter rivals Pat Riley, Danny Ainge going head-to-head for Gordon Hayward

ORLANDO – Pat Riley and his nemesis once again are locked in a duel.

Riley and the Miami Heat made their pitch to Utah small forward Gordon Hayward Saturday and today Hayward will meet with Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics. Riley and Ainge have a history that has been ugly, vindictive and resorted to name calling.

    Which is why winning the Hayward Sweepstakes will be that much sweeter for whoever emerges.

This bad blood goes back 3½ decades when Riley coached the Lakers and Ainge played for the Celtics. The teams hooked up in three intense, physical, ugly Finals in the ultimate clash of styles and cultures.

But back then Riley hated everything and everybody associated with the Celtics.

He hated the Boston Garden.

He hated then Celtics president Red Auerbach.

He probably hated the color green and shamrocks, despite his Irish heritage.

But the bitterness really boiled over in March of 2013 when Riley issued a statement shortly after Ainge let it be known how tired he had gotten of then Heat star LeBron James complaining about the league’s officiating, saying it was “almost embarrassing.”

Riley had enough:

“Danny Ainge needs to shut the f— up and manage his own team. He was the biggest whiner going when he was a player. I know that because I coached against him.”

That ‘F’ word, by the way, was not censored in Riley’s statement.

To which Ainge shot back:

“I stand by what I said. That’s all. I don’t care about Pat Riley. He can say whatever he wants. I don’t want to mess up his Armani suits and all that hair goop.”

It was on. Two NBA team presidents acting not very presidential. … umm, at least not for those times.

The previous year Riley swooped in and stole free agent Ray Allen from the Celtics. The Celtics were bitter, although that was aimed at the Heat and Allen, who turned down a higher offer from Boston. Allen remains shunned by his former Celtics teammates to this day.

Then, in July of 2014, Ainge got his payback by helping the Cavaliers clear cap space for their pursuit of James. Boston was part of a three-team trade in which Cleveland dumped three contracts, allowing it to get to the required number to sign James. Two days later, James’ penned his famous ‘I’m coming home’ letter.

Hayward will make his decision after meeting with his incumbent team, Utah, on Monday. If he leaves Utah he will be the No. 1 free agent to switch teams this summer and that decision will help tip the balance of power in the Eastern Conference, perhaps not this season as Cleveland remains the favorite, but probably in the not-too-distant future.

And Riley and Ainge believe they both have a shot.

Stay tuned. Because somewhere down the line, no matter where Hayward lands, Riley and Ainge will meet again, with swords sharpened.

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