03/27/2012

HEAT: Stop over-thinking the room.

Some issues surrounding the Miami Heat:

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The Heat have found themselves on the wrong side of 2 blow out losses on the road this week. Which means, fans are ready to dive head-first into Biscayne Bay.

Media types like myself, are trying to come up with solutions to a situation that may not really be anything but the normal ebb and flow of an NBA season. It may end up being a speed bump in the Heat's road to a championship.

See, sometimes there are no tangible solutions. So, we start making stuff up or conjuring up ideas that sound like solutions, but really create more of a problem.

For example:

The Heat NEED a Point Guard?

This is a complete overreaction to what's amounted to a bad month by both Chalmers and Cole. Granted, the bad month has been at the same time. However, these were the same guys whom we in the media were mostly praising a month ago.

Despite shooting 34% from the floor and 30% from three-point range, Mario Chalmers is still shooting a career high in both categories this season (by a long shot). Plus, what does everyone always say about Chalmers? He has a sense of the moment. Do you remember how well he played in the NBA Finals? I do.

This seems to be merely a slump. It's certainly not confidence. Most say, Chalmers has plenty of that to go around.

Norris Cole's shooting percentage has gone like this: Dec. 45%, Jan. 41%, Feb. 43%, Mar. 27%. You think there's any correlation to Cole's numbers dropping precipitously after 34 games and hitting the rookie wall?

I do.

Now, there's a possibility that he doesn't get out of his funk as the schedule goes deeper. If that happens, then it means more minutes for a presumably healthy Mike Miller (or James Jones) in the rotation and LeBron handling the ball more.

So, for all the media types clamoring for an Anthony Carter reunion. Shut it.

Need a little luck:

Poor Mike Miller. If it were raining soup, he'd have a fork. That's the way it's gone for him here in Miami.

This team finds itself again at the mercy of him being healthy. Outside of the Big 3, he's the most versatile player on the floor, and his presence is missed.

In the games, Mike Miller has played this season for the Heat, they're 23-5. In the games he's missed? 12-8. Offensively, Miller provides spacing. The threat of a 49% shooter and as skilled a passer as the team possesses.

Defensively, he's a very good system defender and an excellent rebounder. His pursuit on the glass seems to energize the rest of the team.

You believe I may be overstating Miller's importance?

Of all the 5 man combinations, the Heat has used this season, no 5 man unit has been more efficient than the Heat's "closing five" unit of The Big 3, Miller and Haslem.

Offensively, that group is scoring 1.45 points per possession. Defensively, that same group is only allowing 0.67 points per possession. That's the 2nd best defensive unit Miami has.

Unfortunately, that group has only played 14 minutes together this season.

Why's that?

If you recall, the Heat was blowing out the majority of their opponents at that stage of the season. There were only a few tight/late game situations at that point in the season.

So, you don't buy into a small 14-minute sample size?

How about the fact, that Mike Miller is part of three of the Heat's top five scoring groupings. Additionally, on the defensive side, Miller's only on one unit that allows more than 1 point per possession.

So, scoff all you want at the notion that Mike Miller doesn't have real value on this team. The numbers suggest, that he is as important a piece as there is outside of the Big 3.

Solution:

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Chris Bosh is talented enough to be the best power forward in the NBA. He's arguably the finest in the Eastern Conference today.

The most tangible option for the Heat to get better is for Chris Bosh to play more like a power player.

Remember these words?

"It is common sense; we can talk about it, but I think it's evident," Bosh said. "I just have to get it where I'm effective. I'm a big man. I can shoot the ball, but I'm a big man. So I have to get it where big guys get it. Then I feel I can start helping out this team more."

Those were Bosh's words last season in the midst of a Heat five-game losing streak. Those words rang true back then and are what's necessary now.

This isn't a revelation. Bosh himself said so in an interview during the preseason with ESPN:

“I'm leaps and bounds better, in my opinion. Not only did I want to get better on the court; I wanted to get better in the weight room and really put the work in and improve my body and endurance. Be in the best shape possible coming into the season, because it's physical down there. There shouldn't be a season where I don't average 10 rebounds. I felt like (last season) I let my team down. And that's not going to happen again. And the only way I can do that is to get stronger, get more physical and be more of a presence on the boards.”

Bosh is currently averaging fewer rebounds this season than he did the last season (8.3 to 7.7).

When you look at his shot selection, he's shooting fewer jump shots this season than last (64% Jump Shots in 11-12 versus 71% in 10-11). So, that's not an excuse. It's about the mindset.

Why is this happening?

Again, if he wants to get it where big men get it, then he has to go down there and ask for it.

When he had his best rebounding season of his career the year prior to joining Miami, only 54% of his total shots were jump shots. That means 46% were either post ups, dunks or tips.

That's how big men play.

That's how they get fed.

When the big man eats, that generally leads to championships.

JS

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12/07/2011

Newsflash: Nick Saban is not a good dude

Former Miami Dolphins fullback & current NFL Network Analyst Heath Evans joined the Jorge Sedano Show - 790 The Ticket on Wednesday morning and told an incredible story of then coach Nick Saban walking over a convulsing Jeno James (OL) on the first day of two-a-day practices in July of 2005.

“The first day of two-a-days. We had about a three-hour-plus practice in the morning in that South Florida sun. You guys know what it’s like down there in late July, early August. And then that night we had another practice under the lights, if I recall I think it was about from 6 to 9.

Jeno James, our best offensive lineman at the time, comes in and collapses after practice, uh, vomiting all kinds of stuff that would make a billygoat puke, eyes rolled in the back of his head. Myself, about four other lineman are trying to carry him from the locker room, to the training room.

Obviously it’s a moment of panic, everyone, you know, we don’t know if this guy’s, you know, gonna die, I mean, the whole deal. But he’s so big and sweaty and heavy that we actually have to set him down in the hallway between the locker room and the training room.

Nick Saban literally just starts walking in, steps over Jeno James convulsing, doesn’t say a word, doesn’t try to help, goes upstairs, I don’t know what he does. But then obviously they get Jeno trauma-offed to the hospital.
Saban calls a team meeting about 10:30 that night, comes down and says, ‘You know, the captain of the ship can never show fear or indecision, we’ve always gotta have an answer, and so I had to go upstairs, that’s why I walked over Geno like that, I had to collect my thoughts and decide what’s best for our team.’

And I’m thinking to myself, I think along with Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas and Yeremiah Bell and all these other guys going, ‘Did he, does he really believe what he’s just saying?’ He showed no human emotion for one of his best players. He literally stepped over him when four or five grown men are trying to carry Jeno to the training room.

And at that point honestly, you know, I was only there, you know, for seven weeks of that football season before he cut me, um, and let me say this – that was the best thing that ever happened to my career, because obviously A) they had to pay me, and B) Bill Belichick picked me up and I learned more football than I ever thought I’d know – but that deciding moment kind of right there of how Nick Saban handled that, I think it always showed the team that ultimately he doesn’t really care about any of us players.”


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JS

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10/26/2011

Tony Sparano House For Sale

I have confirmed Dolphins Head Coach Tony Sparano has put his house in Davie up for sale this week. Asking price $1.5 million.

The house was originally put on the market back in January and then taken off.

For what it's worth, Sparano says, he and his wife, are "empty nesters." Their youngest child is now a freshman in college. So, they felt it was time to downsize.

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10/24/2011

Wanna feel better? Here's Nick Saban getting a ticket

Saban parked his car and did pay the meter. The meter maid must have been a Dolphin or Auburn fan.

This courtesy of the Birmingham News.

 

 

JS

Jorge Sedano Show weekdays 6am-10am on 790 The Ticket

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10/06/2011

CBS Miami/My TV 33 will broadcast Big 3 Charity game at FIU

If you want to watch the South Florida All Star Classic game Saturday, featuring Miami’s big 3 (Wade, James & Bosh) and a host of other NBA greats (Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul etc...), you’re in luck.

FIU announced that Satuday's all-star game at U.S. Century Bank Arena will be televised on My TV 33. The game will also be streamed on CBSMiami.com.

CBS 4 Sports Director Jim Berry, Hall of Famer and FIU Head Men's Basketball Coach Isiah Thomas and 790 The Ticket's Morning Show Host and CBS 4 Sports Anchor Jorge Sedano will have the call of the game.

Berry & Thomas will call the action and Sedano will man the sidelines.

JS

Jorge Sedano Show weekdays 6am-10am on 790 The Ticket

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