Miami Heat announcing layoffs that in...

Miami Heat announcing layoffs that includes former NBA player W...

There are 45 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from May 14, 2009, titled Miami Heat announcing layoffs that includes former NBA player W.... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

The economic downturn has reached the AmericanAirlines Arena offices of the Miami Heat , with the NBA team this week announcing a round of layoffs that includes popular Community Affairs Liaison Wali Jones, among others.

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coach acie earl

Johnston, IA

#48 May 15, 2009
its a shame the community relations people have to go first but it leaves more responsiblility for the players to step up and fill in. or
matty in boca

Boca Raton, FL

#49 May 15, 2009
LOL, and give the bball players more money ! they deserve it !

Palm City, FL

#50 May 15, 2009
The end is coming to the obscene salaries the players are making. Corporations can no longer justify to their shareholders the luxury boxes,season tickets and unlimited advertising for these teams. The common fan can also no longer afford to pay the crazy prices for games.
Watch for massive taxes to the players that make these crazy salaries and look for no more tax deductions for the "entertainment" that corporations use.
The end is here for the greed in sports.

Marathon, FL

#51 May 15, 2009
Yes, Wali is a class act and a nice guy.
But his clinics were not very good, poorly organized, no instruction and kind of embarrassing. Problem was, there was no good way for the Heat to let him go.
I hope he does well in whatever next endeavor he has, though.

I disagree with you, I saw Wali working at camps first hand and was impressed by his character and his pure love for the game of basketball. He is from the old school and doesn't get caught up in all of the fads of today (baggy pants, tattoos, show boating, etc.) I would appreciate a guy like this teaching my kids any subject, especially basketball. It is a shame that he was let go. He was the most positive role model for kids in the entire organization. Bad PR move for the Heat.
The missing link

United States

#55 May 16, 2009
Its a shame that these people were let go especially Wali who worked with kids with special needs. What blows my mind is that these NBA players still earn an obscene amount of money; will their salaries be cut? Highly doubtful!

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