Heat owner eases opinion on tax, which is set to curb teams' sp...

Jun 15, 2007 Read more: South Florida Sun-Sentinel 26
It looks like Heat owner Micky Arison has relaxed his hard stance against paying the NBA's so-called luxury tax, an indication he's willing to open his pocketbook further to keep the team aiming for another ... Read more
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thinkingman

United States

#1 Jun 15, 2007
For all those who subscribe to the theory that it's okay to mortgage the teams future to win a championship,I guess we're now paying for accepting those intrest only payments that came along with the shabby o'neal trade.
The Fonz

Boca Raton, FL

#2 Jun 15, 2007
I'd love to see Alonzo Mourning back again. He adds so much to the game and has a very big heart.
Cocogroverick

United States

#3 Jun 16, 2007
What's needed is a strong GM, like the Spurs R.C. Buford. He brought in so many international players at decent salaries that it can only beg the question why didn't the Heat bring in guys that would have clearly been more comfortable here in Miami (for any Argentinian) than S.A.? The key is that Pat needs to get out of the GM biz. Look at what Brian Colangelo has done in Toronto; GM's matter... BTW, R.C. was an assistant for Pop and Larry for years, and learned the game the hard way; you don't have to be a Hall of Fame coach, or player (Jerry West) to collect a bunch of Champions...
Educated Floridian

AOL

#4 Jun 16, 2007
thinkingman wrote:
For all those who subscribe to the theory that it's okay to mortgage the teams future to win a championship,I guess we're now paying for accepting those intrest only payments that came along with the shabby o'neal trade.
I would mortgage the future of the team again to build a championship team for another year. If we knew that trading for one year wonders would guarantee and a championship but make it more difficult for following years, id do that in a heartbeat. Everyone's goal is to win, not juts have a winning season, but win the whole damn thing. Would you rather the Dolphins have 10 winning seasons going 10-6 or 9 losing seasons going 6-10 but one Super Bowl championship mixed in? Id take the Championship!!

Since: Jun 07

AOL

#5 Jun 16, 2007
Would be great to see Zo back.

Any chance the Heat can go after Gerald Wallace????
lasarte

Cambridge, MA

#6 Jun 16, 2007
How about Doleac & Williams & #1 pick for AI? AI and Carmelo don't gel and the Nuggets could use an upgrade at point (in terms of a pure PG). Wade's unselfish play, AI's scoring and defense would give us the best Backcourt in the East.
I've seen rumors of Doleac & Posey for Artest, but this one could also work.
Godfrey

Warner Robins, GA

#7 Jun 16, 2007
Cleveland Larry Hughes comes to mind about excessive spending
PJK

AOL

#8 Jun 16, 2007
thinkingman wrote:
For all those who subscribe to the theory that it's okay to mortgage the teams future to win a championship,I guess we're now paying for accepting those intrest only payments that came along with the shabby o'neal trade.
That trade still looks like a no brainer. We got Brian Grants salary off the books. Without that trade,Odom and Wade wouldnt have gotten past Detroit and Grants salary wouldve prevented the Heat from getting them any help.
The Walker trade hurt us,but anyone knocking the Shaq trade doesnt watch basketball.
Shequankspank

Lima, Peru

#9 Jun 16, 2007
Cocogroverick wrote:
What's needed is a strong GM, like the Spurs R.C. Buford. He brought in so many international players at decent salaries that it can only beg the question why didn't the Heat bring in guys that would have clearly been more comfortable here in Miami (for any Argentinian) than S.A.? The key is that Pat needs to get out of the GM biz. Look at what Brian Colangelo has done in Toronto; GM's matter... BTW, R.C. was an assistant for Pop and Larry for years, and learned the game the hard way; you don't have to be a Hall of Fame coach, or player (Jerry West) to collect a bunch of Champions...
Cocogroverick, go shoot yourself. Really...Pat is one of the best at the GM business...how do you think he was able to bring in all these superstars under his tenure: Zo, Wade, Shaq....what you might be hinting at is more focus on international scouting...but dont question the man's GM skills...
Dookie Shoot

United States

#10 Jun 16, 2007
Cocogroverick wrote:
What's needed is a strong GM, like the Spurs R.C. Buford. He brought in so many international players at decent salaries that it can only beg the question why didn't the Heat bring in guys that would have clearly been more comfortable here in Miami (for any Argentinian) than S.A.? The key is that Pat needs to get out of the GM biz. Look at what Brian Colangelo has done in Toronto; GM's matter... BTW, R.C. was an assistant for Pop and Larry for years, and learned the game the hard way; you don't have to be a Hall of Fame coach, or player (Jerry West) to collect a bunch of Champions...
Did I miss something, I though we won the championship last year. Did we have a GM when we won it all? I don't think you have any idea of what you are talking about. You sound like a Bandwagon jumper.
blackwell

AOL

#11 Jun 16, 2007
the heat have to keep up with the free spending teams like the knicks, mavericks, etc. If you don't, it's difficult to win.
lasarte

Cambridge, MA

#12 Jun 16, 2007
Kobe wants out, if he goes to the Hawks for Josh Smith & Joe Johnson & a future pick, it'll be a positive trade for both teams and give the Heat a dynamic opponent - like the the Bulls and Pacers back in the day.
put me on

United States

#15 Jun 16, 2007
i can take the 14 spot as a pg im 5-11 175 i an a lock down pg who can shoot the 3 i can run a 4.4 in the 40 and have a 35in ver im ready to help the heat and is willing it give my heart to the heat i can run the o if te 1st and 2nd pg need rest im the fire that the heat needed in the playoffs and i and willing to work for 100 bucks a or less a game ...marc brown 5407485902
Mee

Miami, FL

#16 Jun 16, 2007
We need some more depth, as Shaw is old and slow and Dwayne Wade can not d oit all. We need to keep Kapono for sure.
jonjon

United States

#17 Jun 16, 2007
I say do what you have to do, spend what you have to spend. The point of playing the game is to try and win championships. Even if we fall short the fans get rewarded with exciting basketball, and the team gets increased popularity and revenues.
huh

Miami, FL

#18 Jun 16, 2007
Cocogroverick wrote:
What's needed is a strong GM, like the Spurs R.C. Buford. He brought in so many international players at decent salaries that it can only beg the question why didn't the Heat bring in guys that would have clearly been more comfortable here in Miami (for any Argentinian) than S.A.? The key is that Pat needs to get out of the GM biz. Look at what Brian Colangelo has done in Toronto; GM's matter... BTW, R.C. was an assistant for Pop and Larry for years, and learned the game the hard way; you don't have to be a Hall of Fame coach, or player (Jerry West) to collect a bunch of Champions...
how many rings does colangelo have?
0
J-Dizzle

United States

#19 Jun 16, 2007
Heat fans have historically been bandwagon fans. The days of Rod Strickland and Travis Best aren't recalled by most "fans".
alex

Hollywood, FL

#20 Jun 16, 2007
the heat need to trade for artest. If kobe is available trade everyone except shaq and wade.If heat want to spend extra money you gotta go for billups. G.wallace or r. lewis are to expensive and not reliable. Gotta get rid of williams, payton(retire) doleac walker, keep either kapone or posey but no both. Dwright can be used ina trade package. Udonis trade him(only in a pckage to get kobe).

Lineup for next season

1- dwade
2-kobe
3-artest
4 haslem
5 shaq

bench

ZO , EJ

the rest can be completed with low
salary players.

june 2008 back in Biscaine blvd

“I'm 4 Pac Meaning I'm for Pac”

Since: Apr 07

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

#21 Jun 16, 2007
The heat has to try everything in their power to trade Antoine Walker A.K.A Leroy Jenkins.

Udonis is a pretty good huslte player, but he gets paid too much in my opinion. His offensive game is a liability. If we could resign Posey annd sign Ron Artest we sould be alright.

As for Kapono let him go. 3 point shooters come a dime a dozen. Jason Williams isn't even above being traded in my book. He can't stay healthy for one season. Bring in Gerald Wallace. This team can't stay the same. Father time won't permit it.
Mr_Meneses

United States

#22 Jun 17, 2007
Mr. Arison:
Pat riley is a great GM and Coach.
Here is a scenario:
Pick up Mike Bibbby from sacramento;
Pursue either Reggie Lewis for low block offense. Only take artest if you can get him cheap. Steal Vince from the Nets.
Release the following:
J.Will; Walker; and overpaid bench warmers.
Play the kid more, D WRIGHT.
and beg ZO to play until he is 40.
These moves will make us the fans happy.

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