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Monday night report: OchoCinco signs; Steve Ross addresses many issues; Fins, Heat notes

This post is updated with news that Chad OchoCinco has signed with the Dolphins, plus several Monday evening comments from owner Stephen Ross. For that, scroll below to the Dolphins' section of the post.

NBA FINALS MEDIA DAY SNIPPETS

### Erik Spoelstra was non-committal about whether Chris Bosh will start, saying he has until Tuesday evening to decide. "I think he can handle more minutes. I'll have to see. he had to come out a couple times because of wind" Saturday night.

### Spoelstra dismissed the idea of using last year's Finals loss to Dallas as motivation. "I don't think we need more motivation."

### On being the underdog in this series, Chris Bosh said: "I think it's great. We were the favorite last year." Said Dwyane Wade: "When a team has homecourt advantage, they're normally the favorite."

### Bosh said his abdominal injury "is always going to be with me until the season ends, but it can be overlooked."

### Wade, on Russell Westbrook: "I think he's the most athletic guy in the NBA."

### Wade, on LeBron James playing in his third Finals: "I'm sure he will try to seize it a little bit better than he did the first two times."

### Wade, on the James/Kevin Durant matchup: "It's going to make him focus more, bring out the best in both of them.''

### With the team's second consecutive Finals appearance, Wade said, "We're just more comfortable in the Finals at this point. We'll never forget losing the Finals but that can't be the only motivation."

### Durant, on James: "He can score at will. He's strong. he can shoot it. But it's got to be a team effort."

 

DOLPHINS NEWS

### Chad OchoCinco has signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins. We'll have a longer story up shortly on the web site.

Before that news broke, Ross said the Dolphins are looking for upgrades at receiver and said OchoCinco was being considered.

Reggie Bush advocates the Dolphins signing him, saying: “I definitely think he can help.”

OchoCinco, Brian Hartline and Davone Bess likely will be Miami's top three receivers.

### Ross, on doing HBO's Hard Knocks: "I told him [Joe Philbin] it's your first year as a head coach and you have a lot to absorb and deal with. I said we could do it next year or the next year. He said, 'I want to do it now.' That really surprised me. He said he wants people to know what our brand is all about. He said these are not going to be the Dolphins we have seen the last eight seasons.

"The fact he has the confidence to do that made me feel we made the right decision here. I didn't think any coach would want to take that on the first year. He was insistent."

### Ross said his philosophy is to hire the right people and not micromanage. He said "the one thing I never really liked" since buying the team was the Dolphins' fight song. " He will use that song and Jimmy Buffett's song at home games...As you know, I didn't make the decision to hire the former coach."

### Ross said he's "optimistic" he can "bring Super Bowl 50 to Miami" in 2016. He said he likely will unveil plans later this summer to upgrade Sun Life Stadium - something the NFL wants - but gave no indication how it would be financed, which is the major roadblock. "I'm looking to really upgrade the stadium."

While Ross said he definitely wants "an enclosed stadium," his plan for Sun Life does not include a dome because he asserted "nobody in Florida wants to be in an air-conditioned dome." The Marlins and many people would obviously disagree, at least in September and early October. But Ross is considering add a canopy to cover fans during rain. But it would not cover the field. 

### Ross said "he's not looking forward to all 1 p.m. games" because he wants more prime time games. But the NFL deemed the Dolphins worthy of only the league minimum one prime-time game (at Buffalo).

### Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said there will be "a big celebration" of the 40th anniversary of the undefeated 1972 team with "an announcement forthcoming shortly." Despite reports that season ticket sales were in the 30,000 range pre-draft, Dee insists tickets are selling very well. Miami sold more than 61,000 just five years ago. 

### Ross said Ryan Tannehill is "a great athlete, fantastic kid, has all the makings of becoming a franchise quarterback. They've complemented him with a good offensive tackle who's an unbelievable athlete [Jonathan Martin]. Lamar Miller was an unbelievable steal in the fourth round. We had him rated so much higher. We were surprised he was there - probably because of the shoulder operation. Having a chance to speak to [UM coach] Al Golden and understanding what he's all about."

### Philbin continues to be unhappy about the number of drops on offense – not just by receivers, but running backs and tight ends. “Little bit concerned about that,” he said. “We have to catch more consistently at every position on offense.”

On Monday, there were two drops by receiver Chris Hogan, two by tight end Les Brown (uncharacteristic for him), and inexcusable ones by Daniel Thomas and Marlon Moore.

And Philbin said overall offensively, there’s “still too much thinking” instead of instinctive play.

### David Garrard had the first snaps Monday, and he and Matt Moore again got a lot of their work with the starters. Ryan Tannehill worked mostly with younger players in 11 on 11 drills, but got the last three 11 on 11 plays of practice (with many first teamers) and completed all three passes – including a dart to Marlon Moore for a touchdown on the final play.

Philbin said: "We want to give each quarterback a chance to work with each group, so we're being totally fair."

 ### Philbin said Garrard “throws the ball really well. His command of the offense is good.” Garrard probably has been the best of the three in the three sessions open to reporters that Garrard participated in, but the difference is negligible. Tannehill has suffered a lot of drops that weren’t remotely his fault.

“We all want to be the guy,” Tannehill said Monday.

### Artis Hicks, who spent early stages of offseason practices at right tackle, was the first team right guard. “His best spot is on the right side,” Philbin said. “Whether it’s tackle or guard is to be determined.”

### Lydon Murtha was the first team right tackle. Jonathan Martin, Miami's second round pick, joined the team following the conclusion of classes at Stanford and worked on the second team, alongside right guard John Jerry. “It looked like his first day, but that’s part of the process,” Philbin said of Martin.

### With Richard Marshall injured, Jonathan Wade and Nolan Carroll got the majority of work as the third and fourth corners. Philbin was complimentary of Wade.

### With Brian Hartline sidelined by a calf strain, Legedu Naanee and Roberto Wallace were the best of the receivers. Wallace made a terrific leaping catch of a Garrard pass. There was also a Clyde Gates sighting – he made a couple of catches.

### Sean Smith made the most eye-catching defensive play of the day – knocking away a pass to Wallace. Jonathan Freeney had a would-be sack of Tannehill.

### Former CFL fullback Jerome Messam, off knee surgery, was back working with the running backs.

 

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