Nothing to feel good about

Nothing to feel good about

There are 48 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Dec 13, 2007, titled Nothing to feel good about. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

The Heat entered with hope. Its coach entered with concerns. Pessimism prevailed.

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dinojet

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#43 Dec 14, 2007
What happened to Dorell last night, why was he pulled from the game, he had double doubles last couple of games, need to let him play....
return of the mummies

New York, NY

#44 Dec 14, 2007
Riley is afraid of coaching Shaq and Wade. Shaq's game is ghostly...Wade is embarrassingly out of control. Michael Jordan never started winning until he deferred to his teammates .. not the other way around. Riley needs to tell Shaq to go find his touches off the boards like everyone else in the league and tell Wade to stop forcing everything. Riley's strategy is easy to defend...double up on Wade and watch Shaq stumble around watching rebounds go by his head without seemingly a care. And why wouldn't he with his $20 mill/yr in the bag. Riley needs to change this NOW.
Jeremy

Houma, LA

#45 Dec 14, 2007
So you think Shaq has averaged the points he has for the last 16 years by getting offensive rebounds and not by creating his own shots? Did MJ average 30 a game by getting 15 offensive rebounds? Point being, he shouldn't have to keep covering for all of the team's mistakes and taking the blame. So he can't jump like he used to. He's still shooting over 55%, but he is only taking 8 shots a game. Great players excel in some facet of the game, and Shaq has historically been able to catch the ball in the post and either make something happen or find the open man. The proble is that he is only getting the ball about 5% of the time that everybody else is. And the defense as a whole sucks.
Jeremy

Houma, LA

#46 Dec 14, 2007
Also realize that the game has changed since 2000- 2003. Defenses are allowed to swarm Shaq, and no one can breathe on someone going to the hole without the whistle blowing.
return of the mummies

New York, NY

#47 Dec 14, 2007
Jeremy, you may have experienced some type of blunt trauma recently. Shaq is shot. Haywood was running circles around him last night. Rebounds and passes were going right through his hands last night. Forget ally oop passes as well as dunking on someone. This wasn't just last night...this has been happening all year. He can't carry a team any more and most importantly may not draw as many double teams which basically triggers most of Riley's offensive sets he just loves to run. Usually, the Heat look better with Zo on the floor. But...it's OK. Riley has to adapt and change because he simply does not dominate the game. Look at these other rosters. Loaded with youth who are improving with each game, each season. If the Heat would've just kept their talent and developed some along the way (other than Wade) ...they would not have this sorry record.
Joe O

Denver, CO

#48 Dec 15, 2007
The Heats Problem is Shaq. His presence on this team is the reason why this team is headed nowhere. Here's why.
1. His contract that calls for 3 more years of 20 Million will continue to make it very difficult to get another good player in here.
2. His lack of Conditioning will ensure that he will continue to decline. He is only going to get worse. as it is, he cant score anymore, he cant rebound, he cant move his feet.
3. Because of his conditioning he is immobile, and on offense he clogs the lane. So guess what, no one can drive because there is no where to drive to.
Contrary to what some people have posted, we didn’t beat the Suns by luck. We beat the suns because when shaq was in the game he actually moved better than any time else this season. he came out an set screens.
I have said this before and I will ask it again, why Cant Shaq set a screen for Ricky Davis. If Ricky could drive to the basket on his first few shots, then he will have his stroke going and convert at a higher percentage. as it is, he is reduced to spot up shooter, and that’s not his game.

Lastly, for those of you who keep saying Riley cant coach, Riley didn’t resign Posey or Kapono: here is what I have to say to you.
Posey didn’t want to be here. He didn’t resign immediately in free agency because his agent was willing to be part of a sign and trade to Golden state but that deal fell through. When he signed with Boston, he had an offer on the table with the heat that was for more money than what Boston offered. So you cant blame Riley for Posey not wanting to play with Shaq anymore (KG was a better option in his opinion). As for Kapono, let me just say that even I wouldn’t have signed him for the money that Toronto inked him for.
Don’t forget people, Wade is now in the first year of his Max deal. The money paid to Wade this year is more than the combined Salaries we paid Eddie, Posey and Kapono last year. This is a business too. How much better would Kapono have made this team? Are we sure we would be a contender if we had Kapono, I personally don’t think so. Based on that, Riley did the right thing. If the Bucks don’t match Charlie Bell, we would have an additional perimeter defender who can also score. That didn’t happen. The only issue I had with Riles this off-season was the smush signing. Bad decision!

So please get off the Coaches back. If you guys were as good as him, then you would be coaches. He can try to Coach but if his highest earning star refuses to respect the game, we will continue to lose.
reality

Pittsburgh, PA

#49 Dec 15, 2007
okay, so all the [email protected] that has been said by those that know nothing. the reality is this; this team is not young, athletic, in the prime of it's playing days. it is a mix of aged, injury prone, and young players that will not be a team built for season long success. period. they havent been, nor will they be. you will have to be content with a late season push and a team built for a playoff series. IF HEALTHY they have a shot at winning a series or two. thats it. be happy with it. let's not forget they were NBA CHAMPS not long ago. they also have a history of starting slow. and the same fools bark about it each year. you have to play the hand you're dealt and RIley was dealt Shaq late in his career, so he is playing it. Teams like Phoenix, Washington, Orlando, Denver, and Boston will look the part all season. They are not playing Championship basketball, they are playing no defense fast pace regular season hoops. they will never win a Championship. MIAMI DID. the loss of role players hurt. Posey, Payton, Kapono, and other have taken a toll on the key players. Again, if you jump ship dont expect to climb aboard late in the season when veteran teams start playing tight defense and ready for a run, IF HEALTHY. yes, the HEAT still can win if WADE, SHAQ, UD, JW, ZO, DAVIS, and hopefully WRIGHT or a trade develops and playoff rotation. Its not about how you start the date, its how you finish it.
reality

Pittsburgh, PA

#50 Dec 15, 2007
IRA is a fool. he is a sports writer because he doesnt know hoops. if he knew hoops he'd be a coach.

also, shaq is aging and not the player he was, but in playoff type games he will still demand double teams and open things up for the perimeter.

riley traded for shaq because he felt he could win a championship for miami and its fans. HE DID THAT. after that they will have to be happy with waht they get. you cant blow up teams each year, thats not how it works.

to the fools; would you go back and not trade for shaq? giving up the championship he brought to miami?

90% of you are idiots. including IRA.

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