Miami Heat, Pat Riley restricted in roster moves by tight salar...

With Sunday's 91-78 loss to the Atlanta Hawks , a season of major strides ended with a stumble at the finish for the Miami Heat , unable to close out its 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Full Story
Towel Boy

United States

#1 May 4, 2009
The Heat has few options and needs alot of changes. One glaring note in the season and playoffs was the lack of height or inability to match up big against quality teams. This is why they struggled so much to find a low post scoring option or consistent shot blocker/rebounder. D Wade is amazing, surround him with talent.
Do it

Tampa, FL

#2 May 4, 2009
Sign Moon.
ThomDyer

United States

#3 May 4, 2009
The question is: Can we somehow get back into the middle of the first round to draft Patty Mills?
Dolphinatik

Boston, MA

#4 May 4, 2009
Team needs are Center and backup PG. We should sign Moon as our SF and JJ is ok at SF.

We need a scoring attacking PG that can run the second team. Too bad we have bad picks becuase this is the year of PG's in this draft.

I can see Bayless shaking loose from the Trailblazers.
JAK

Miami, FL

#5 May 4, 2009
Any chance Anthony Carter's old agent represents Mark Blount and/or Jermaine O'Neal?
Heatastic

New York, NY

#6 May 4, 2009
Wonder if Riley will trade Beasley for Bosh and dump Blount in the process and pick up some veteran backcourt help? Wade's time is now. Why wait for two more years? Beas will be great but how great? In addition, the Heat need some playmakers not just Wade.
convict

Delray Beach, FL

#7 May 4, 2009
Mr O'neill is no $23 million player , that is what is ruining basketball ,all of these high priced no output players , with money even if they stink the place up like some of the heat players did this year..I can't believe that you would even mention Marbury in this article , just what the heat needs , cancer.
Bullshark

Hialeah, FL

#8 May 4, 2009
Riley's impatience making Miami dumping ground for likes of Blount, Banks, and O'Neal. Next impatient mistake will be trading Beasley for Bosh rather than waiting one more season and having all three...Wade, Bosh and Beasley.
B-boys

Seoul, Korea

#9 May 4, 2009
The heat has to face the fact. The team won 15 games last year. There wasn't any meaningful addition to this team. This team really does not have talent. honestly, if you compare position by position with any team in the league, the heat is the worst team in the league, bar none. For example, let's compare it with the lowly Bobacats. The point guard position loses out to Felton and Valentine by big margin at all facets of the game. The small forward position loses out by landslide to Gerald Wallace. The center postion loses out to Okafor who has all around decent game and good defense and CONSISTENT play. He never had a 1 rebound game and he is one of the few guys who averages double double. And he does not complain about low shot attempts. The power forward position cold be a wash...but Diaw provides more consitent play there. Of course, Wade holds advantage over Bell, but Bell is a solid defensive minded player with good 3 point range. It's the same with Minnesota who has load of young athletic guys. The thing that is really noticeable about the Heat is that they are slow and not athletic and they are not good enough to compete when Wade is not at the top of the game. They need a real power forward (big, strong, athletic, and defensive monster). They need a veteran point guard who can take control of the game, Right now the point guard position is just there..doing nothing because Wade is holding the ball most of the time. They need a small forward...Heat probably has the worst group of small forwards in the league. They need a center that can provide more than the 23 million dollar man who gets 1 ro 2 rebounds on a bad night and 5 or 6 rebounds on a bad night...and someone who can run back on defense...someone who has the mean streak in the paint. And they also need to get some atheletic young guys that can play. It's a shame that they haven't given the young guys like Dorrell and Cook chance in favor of such scrubs James Jones and Diawara. The best backcourt int he playoffs might have been Cook and Wade together...that would have given some athleticism and threat in the backcourt. Spo has done a good job instilling the mentality of defense and the priorities of the Heat culture and didn't let the team get away from him. But, he has failed to recognize some needs for change and was stubborn in some maatters and still haven't come up with set rotation even until the last game of the season. Riley has to get rid of most of the scrubs (not a disrespect, just a term to define the type of players they are) he has gathered. Recently, Riley has gotten a lot of guys that the other teams have deemed useless hoping that the heat culture would bring something good out of them. It isn't happening. The other teams are too talented. Riley, needs to get rid of most of them and get at least a few talented and athletic players.
B-boys

Seoul, Korea

#10 May 4, 2009
Towel Boy wrote:
The Heat has few options and needs alot of changes. One glaring note in the season and playoffs was the lack of height or inability to match up big against quality teams. This is why they struggled so much to find a low post scoring option or consistent shot blocker/rebounder. D Wade is amazing, surround him with talent.
So true. The heat were a very professional group, even Beasley was very respectful ( though it probably makes Wade sick to know that Beasley was laughing it up when Wade was frustrated and doing whatever he could in a hopeless cause to win the game), but they were a small, slow bunch. They need to get bigger and faster, and better. And D Wade is the best in the world. It's a shame that Riley has surrounded him with what is probably the worst talent in the league. Wade could go to any team in the league and do better than this.
B-boys

Seoul, Korea

#11 May 4, 2009
The heat has to face the fact. The team won 15 games last year. There wasn't any meaningful addition to this team. You gotta look at the changes they ahve made from the 15 win team. They replaced Ricky Davis essentially with Beasely. But, as a rookie and undersized power forward, he was not much of improvement over Ricky Davis as an offesive player. Secondly, though Chalmers has been really a nice find in the second round, could you really say he was, as a rookie point guard, an improvement over the veteran Jason Williams? Thirdly, it is obvious that Oneal cannot give half what Marion could give overall, defense, rebounding, etc. They really need to get better step by step, instead of continually trying these stop-gap measures of filling a hole with another hole and replacing bad contracts with another and replacing a scrub with a scrub. They should find talent and build with them. I mean real talent. Guys that fit the prototype...like a big, strong power forward, a fast, quick point guard, very athletic small forward, etc.
Slim

Oceanside, CA

#12 May 4, 2009
That was a remarkable comeback season?

From worst to average. That's nothing to boast about.
Dr Jack

Hialeah, FL

#13 May 4, 2009
There's no chemistry on this team.(if the word "team" can be used here) Even with the most room under the cap next year and more experience for Beasley and Chalmers, I don't see how this team has the makeup of a contender. Even with the addition of one of the prized free agents in '10, I don't see it. They may need to unload Wade and completely rebuild.
Slim

Oceanside, CA

#14 May 4, 2009
Beasley for Bosh? How stupid do you think Toronto is.

Besides their salaries don't match and Beasley is a nut.
Slim

Oceanside, CA

#15 May 4, 2009
here's some news Heat fans:

REBUILDING IS A LONG PROCESS.

Wade will have no chance to win a championship while he is in his prime. And who knows how long his prime will last considering the careless way he plays.

Don't count on Beasley maturing anytime soon. It might be wise to push him out before he develops a reputation.

Haslem is limited. Don't expect to much on the market for him.

JO is done. Nobody wants to admit it because of his salary.(Shaq has more left in the tank)

The rest of the team are projects and scrubs.

Why would Wade want to hang around for the rebuilding?
JAK

Miami, FL

#16 May 4, 2009
Slim wrote:
here's some news Heat fans:
REBUILDING IS A LONG PROCESS.
Wade will have no chance to win a championship while he is in his prime. And who knows how long his prime will last considering the careless way he plays.
Don't count on Beasley maturing anytime soon. It might be wise to push him out before he develops a reputation.
Haslem is limited. Don't expect to much on the market for him.
JO is done. Nobody wants to admit it because of his salary.(Shaq has more left in the tank)
The rest of the team are projects and scrubs.
Why would Wade want to hang around for the rebuilding?
First off, Wade won a championship in his prime.

Second, we were horrible in 2003, won a championship in 2006.

Third, we were horrible in 2008, are okay now, and with a lucky move here or there who knows? A championship run in 2010 isn't so far fetched.

Fourth, Wade ain't going anywhere. He loves it here. The team and the town loves him. It's all good.

Sorry to bring a little sunshine to your otherwise miserable life. Enjoy.
trensaun

United States

#17 May 6, 2009
let Quin be your three point man trade cook blount Anthony Dorell give Head a chance to be here for a year.Haslem great guy just not able to do it anymore love his toughguy act but lack of scoring and hieght is killing you.replace him with nick collison taller more active or charlie V. Beasley should work on his post game learning how to read the defense to clumsy to play the 3.Resign Moon best defender out the bunch.

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