HYDE: Heat glass is half full ... really

Feb 22, 2007 Read more: South Florida Sun-Sentinel 17
OK, here's the baffling part: People are acting like the Heat season is sunk. It's natural to wonder where the road leads after Dwyane Wade's injury. Read more
MIKE

AOL

#1 Feb 23, 2007
Wade needs surgery ... otherwise he risks his future.

Even with a "partially recovered" Wade we would be the 8 seed vs the 1 seed in the first round of playoffs....

We wont get past Bulls, Pistons, or Cavs with a 50% Wade and an 80% Shaq ...

We are better off to be a LOTTERY team .... aside from Odem, there are other excellent high picks in the draft. The PF at Texas might even be better than Odem .... and Noah is excellent also
Jon

United States

#2 Feb 23, 2007
Looks like its time for Riley to quit again, things don't look so positive. The Heat are essentially a one man team, and without that one man, they are going to flop big time
Communism is my Life

United States

#3 Feb 23, 2007
All you people, media and otherwise, who blithfully assume the Heat will make the playoffs, and can magically resume quality play last seen in games 4-6 of the Finals last year are seriously delusional. The players are all a year older, and it is obvious from their lackluster effort all season they are fully satisfied with winning one championship, and do not care one bit about paying the necessary price to do so again. And Shaq, even if the desire is there, which I see no real evidence of, is too broken down from his long career to "step it up" enough to carry the team on his back. Anyone care to bet real money on the Heat either making playoffs (some chance, it's true) or beating whoever they face in the first round (zero chance)?? I'll be waiting.
Bobbi

Pompano Beach, FL

#4 Feb 23, 2007
In the absense of Wade,(I tore the muscle of the same shoulder and have 12 weeks of therapy and no dislocation), who will be out a minimum of 3 months, the other players will suddenly be scoring. Yes, Wade is a superstar, but you have underestimated the rest of the players. Williams will be fed the ball for 3 pointers and Shaq will be plowing toward the net. Walker is not a major scorer, so my votes are for Shaq who will have to make his foul shots, and Williams. GO HEAT!

“Detroit Dan”

Since: Feb 07

Monroe, MI

#5 Feb 23, 2007
ODEM??? He is re-entering the draft? How is that possible? ;-)

If communism is truly your life, then this is time for you to step up and root for all the little guys, the proletariat of the Heat, to carry the day. On to VICTORY! OF COURSE they can succeed!
HeatMarlin

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#6 Feb 23, 2007
Wade should have the surgery and avoid risking further damage. He is the franchise and is too valuable to risk for a long shot at the title. One positive outcome of all of this is that Kapono may indeed prove out to be a Wade invention and would still be available to us for less $$'s at season's end.

This is also an excellent opportunity to see what DW1 can do. Payton and JayWill should not be starting together and Eddie should be starting in place of Wade, with DW1 backing him up.

If we do not make the playofs, the deep draft will help us for the future.
myhumbleopinion

Northbrook, IL

#7 Feb 23, 2007
Ok, let's get one thing straight. The Heat will NOT get Oden or Durrant. Oden might not even enter the draft, and even if he does, it will not matter. The heat would have to loose every game to have any kind of chance to get a pick that high (Orlando, Penny Hardaway, I know. Won't happen again). But there are some other good prospects out there. Let Wade get himself right the first time. Let some of the young guys get some playing time. Tank the season! Get a 5-15 pick and see where we are at next year. Give wade something else to work with. Somebody that he can actually count on to play every game. Not all these guys who are hanging on to what was once a great career. But Riley won't. He always loves to get the last little bit out of players and not worry about next season. For once I would love to root for a team that I know wont be loosing half the guys to retirement any given day.
taz

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#8 Feb 23, 2007
This is what is sad about the whole thing. All of you on here are fair weather fans! You only are Pro-Heat when they are winning, but as soon as there is a bump in the road - u all throw in the towel of judgement. Maybe we could give them a chance to get realigned before we start talking smack....ever thought of that one. Wade has been gone for ONE Game...give them a break already!
ItsNotMyFaultAga in

United States

#9 Feb 23, 2007
Your right taz. What were we thinking?

We can now rely on our new go-to-guy, Antoine Walker, to carry the scoring load.
myhumbleopinion

Northbrook, IL

#10 Feb 23, 2007
hey taz, if you go ta work and start sucking at your job and the boss fires ur ass, does that make him a fair weather boss? no! you just suck now! now let me follow that up by saying that most people that actually write on these things, either are die hard heat fans, or 40 yr olds who live in mommy's basement. but, when nobody but wade seems to care about winning anymore, then we lose wade. what are we supposed to think? should i think that now, out of nowhere, walker, payton, shaq and the rest of the guys that haven't been trying all year are just gonna turn in on now? then what does that say for the 1st half the season? we are left with 2 options. either they are too old and need to retire, or they are lust lazy and want wade to do all the work. that pisses me off as a fan. i want to see the old fire that the heat had last year (in the playoffs anyway), or when Zo was the leader of our team in the late 90's. only a few guys on this team seem like they even want to play. let those guys all get a chance. let me see what haslem could do if they would run him a few plays. or what about kapono? could he score 20 a night, or is he just gonna be a nice 4th scoring option? Dorell, can the kid play or did we waste a draft pick? baron, he plays for 5 mins once a month, seems like one day he could actually be a rotation player, then you never see him again. give them a chance, and dont take chances with wade. outside of marino (who never won the big one), this town has never had anything like him.
Joe from the Ville

Finchville, KY

#11 Feb 23, 2007
Miami is gonna have a hard time surviving w/o D-Wade. Will they get to the playoffs? Yes, but with Wade out for a while and Shaq not completely healthy, itll be hard to overcome wins and a successful playoff run. Theyll be ok.
Communism is my Life

United States

#12 Feb 23, 2007
Finally, someone who makes sense and can see reality. Force Wade to have the surgery immediately, clear the bench, waive the old-lazy scum who've gotten the Heat to this stage ( that includes the biggest, literally, offender, O'Neal, then try again next year with a roster that cares like Wade. BTW, fire Riley, too, since he's the one who thought these bums could play long-term, and just got lucky with D-Wade. IMNSHO.
myhumbleopinion wrote:
hey taz, if you go ta work and start sucking at your job and the boss fires ur ass, does that make him a fair weather boss? no! you just suck now! now let me follow that up by saying that most people that actually write on these things, either are die hard heat fans, or 40 yr olds who live in mommy's basement. but, when nobody but wade seems to care about winning anymore, then we lose wade. what are we supposed to think? should i think that now, out of nowhere, walker, payton, shaq and the rest of the guys that haven't been trying all year are just gonna turn in on now? then what does that say for the 1st half the season? we are left with 2 options. either they are too old and need to retire, or they are lust lazy and want wade to do all the work. that pisses me off as a fan. i want to see the old fire that the heat had last year (in the playoffs anyway), or when Zo was the leader of our team in the late 90's. only a few guys on this team seem like they even want to play. let those guys all get a chance. let me see what haslem could do if they would run him a few plays. or what about kapono? could he score 20 a night, or is he just gonna be a nice 4th scoring option? Dorell, can the kid play or did we waste a draft pick? baron, he plays for 5 mins once a month, seems like one day he could actually be a rotation player, then you never see him again. give them a chance, and dont take chances with wade. outside of marino (who never won the big one), this town has never had anything like him.
Tim

Irving, TX

#14 Feb 23, 2007
Is it possible to get rid of Shaq? He is signed for 3 more years after this for $20 million per season. What a waste that would be? I have always been a Shaq fan and still like him but Heat comes first and I think extending Shaq's contract for so many years was a tragedy for the Heat.
lasarte

Madison, CT

#15 Feb 23, 2007
The challenge now is the line up.

I am not sold on Kapono as a solid producer - he's like Damon Jones - he's good when he's in position not when he has to make his own shot. In fact, he sometimes appears flustered in the paint and shoots because he can't create anything else.

I'd rather see Posey starting at the 3 than Kapono.

Wright should see minutes at the 4 - yeah, he's thin but he adds speed and athleticism under the basket that Shaq & Haslem can't match.

A starting line-up of J-Will,EJ,Posey,Wright & Shaq would be interesting.
logical

United States

#16 Feb 23, 2007
i agree..kapono is another damon jones.
Matt Ritter

Tallahassee, FL

#17 Feb 23, 2007
What I don't understand is why everyone is saying that Miami's season is finished? If Wade has surgery, then yes, Miami's repeat hopes are finished, but if he chooses to rehab and comes back for the playoffs then the heat should be fine. For one, if they finish eighth then they will probably play the pistons. So what? They beat Detroit last year when Detroit had a better team. If they finish seventh, they will play either cleveland or washington most likely? The duo of James and Hughes doesn't scare me a bit and neither does the no inside game that the wizards possess. Wade comes back, Eastern conference champs, Wade doesn't, well we'll have to wait and see...
yun

Hollywood, FL

#18 Feb 24, 2007
Not to mention I read somewhere that the Heat have had more injuries and losses in the past few months than Detroit has had in the past 3 years combined. This explains alot. The reason why Miami is not performing the way they usually do this season well its pretty obvious because of health. Wade did not get much time off from last year especially playing in the playoffs, finals and the USA basketball team. He cant do everything on his own its not normal for one man to do everything.

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