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Potential UM departures; Heat update: Big Three notes; Pacers' Vogel makes local radio rounds

We'll get to Monday Heat news in a second, but first a quick UM update:

Defensive end Ricardo Williams has sought his release from UM and UM will not stand in his way. Receiver Robert Lockhart also has explored transferring. Canesport.com reported that both have been granted their release, but UM said it could not confirm that and has nothing to announce on either player.

Williams, a three-star prospect out of Homestead High, redshirted in 2011 and played in one game in 2012.

Lockhart, a four-star prospect from Boca Raton High and Fork Union Military Academy, was injured in the second game he played in 2012 after sitting out the first six games.

UM was not counting on Williams being a major contributor this upcoming season, and its outstanding depth at receiver will make Lockhart's potential departure a non-issue.

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The coach on the other sideline in a playoff series generally doesn’t get under the skin of the opposing team, but Pacers coach Frank Vogel has managed to do it two years in a row – one of them for reasons not of his doing.

First, Vogel accused the Heat last year of a penchant for flopping, which resulted in the NBA fining him $15,000.

On Saturday, he called the Heat the “next team in our way,” though he was misquoted later as having said the Heat “is just another team” – which drew a strong reaction from LeBron James.

"We’re not just another team,” James said Sunday. “I don’t understand what he’s saying.”

Vogel heard James’ reaction on SportsCenter and issued a statement, saying he never said anything of the kind.

Vogel told 790 The Ticket today: “They’re better this year than last year. They’re not just another team.”

Asked by WQAM-560 whether he should have even said the words “the next team in our way,” Vogel said: “I’m sitting with my daughters on my lap, elated [about beating the Knicks]. I wasn’t thinking about saying anything dismissive.

“We have a great deal of respect for them. They’re even better this year than last year. It was a quote taken out of context.”

James said he had no reaction to Vogel’s clarification. “We have respect for them as well,” James said. “It’s two really good teams.”

Vogel said he regrets calling the Heat floppers last year “because I got fined. I don't want to give away money.”

WQAM’s Jorge Sedano then asked: “So you still think they’re floppers?"

“No,” Vogel said.

Asked kiddingly if he was lying just then, he said, “Yes” before quickly saying “No.”

Vogel, as usual, came across as confident and engaging in interviews this week with two local radio stations.

Asked by WQAM about people who say he is arrogant, Vogel said: “We’re definitely confident. We’ve got a good basketball team. But they’ve got a great basketball team. We know we need to play a great series to beat this team. We know we can. Anytime a team has gone through that championship experience, they become that much stronger the following year.”

He said the Heat is better than the team that eliminated the Pacers in six games last season not only because of that championship experience, but also because “Chris Bosh is back. The efficiency he has on the offensive end for a big man is ridiculous. The depth they have off the bench – Ray Allen in particular, Norris Cole seems to be playing at a higher level. Birdman makes a big difference for them.”

But Vogel said the Pacers also “are a better team. We’re more mature. We’re a better defensive team this year than last year. We have better discipline to play without fouling.

"We were 29th in fouling last year. We moved up to 14th this year. Foul trouble last year cost us a couple games in this series. We’re playing a much more disciplined brand of basketball this year. We led the regular season in most defensive categories.”

But the Pacers also were fifth-worst in the league in turnovers and finished 19-21 on the road, compared with 30-11 at home.

But “we got quality road wins in the first two series in Atlanta and New York,” Vogel said. “We are very young and we’re new to roles. Lance Stephenson is a third-year player, but this is the first year he has been in the rotation. Paul George is a third-year player, but this is the first time he has had to carry the scoring load.”

Asked by 790 The Ticket what scares him most about his team, he said: “Turning over the ball. That’s a weakness of ours, a strength of theirs…. Turnovers equal dunks against the Miami Heat.”

He said what scares him most about the Heat is James’ and Dwyane Wade’s “ability to just take over a game.”

What’s the most unknown thing about his team? “Our players’ names,” he told The Ticket. “America doesn’t know a whole lot about our team. We’re playing as well as a team as anyone has this year.”

### Bosh, on his ability to draw centers away from the basket: “It’s a weapon that we have that a lot of teams don’t have.”

### Spoelstra called Roy Hibbert “arguably the best rim protector” in the league.

### Asked about how to attack a shot-blocker like Hibbert, Wade said: “To be smart. You have to always know where he is. Sometimes you have to go in to attack, sometimes you have to go in and make plays to draw the defense in.”

Asked if he’s physically up to consistently challenging Hibbert at the rim, he said: “We’ll see. I’m going to do what my body says I can and cannot do… I’ll figure out a way to be effective.”

### James: “Every team wants to play physical with us. We always accept that challenge.”

### James, asked how he developed the restraint to not respond to especially hard fouls or over-the-top physicality by opponents:

Such tactics against him "started when I was in sixth, seventh grade," he said. "I was a lot faster, taller than a lot of kids. It took a while, honestly. It’s maturity. Leadership. I can’t afford to get out of my game and get unfocused if the play becomes more than basketball. It’s difficult at times, for sure. There are times I want to retaliate but I can’t. Football has given me an advantage. I’ve been around physical play.”

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CutlerRidge Laz

How come the best show in the market couldn't get Vogel? Sid is a joke as are his ratings.

Jim

Pacers' bench is awful. Heat in four.

TK SWAN

OKAY HERE'S THE DEAL IF THE HEAT TAKE THE 1ST TWO AT HOME(THEY BETTER) THEY WIN IN 6 GAMES IF NOT THEY ARE IN SOME WHAT TROUBLE BUT NOT THE KIND THEY CAN'T OVERCOME AND THEY WIN IN 6/7. INDIANA IS NOT A TEAM TO LOSE HOMECOURT TO. I FEEL THE HEAT CAN GET A GAME IN INDIANA BUT I MUCH RATHER IT BE AFTER A 2-0 SERIES LEAD. THE KNICKS LOST THE HOME COURT AND NEVER REGAINED IT. THERE IS ALWAYS A GAME THAT THE VISITING TEAM HAS A CHANCE TO STEAL. THE BIGGEST ADVANTAGE THE HEAT HAS AGAINST THE PACERS ARE 1 CHRIS BOSH OUTSIDE SHOOTING BRINGS HIBBERT FROM THE BASKET. 2 THE HEAT BENCH PLAY 3. PACERS DO NOT PLAY GOOD ON THE ROAD. SO IF THE HEAT DO NOT DIG THEMSELVES A HOLE THEY SHOULD WIN IN 6.

joe rose

Sid is the best in the business. You're just hatin' cuz he tells it like it is and knows the canes will no longer be relevant, ever.

umpride9ncs

Joe Rose = Moron. The Canes will never again be relevant? Why don't you use that future telling crystal ball of yours to find the next Powerball numbers or how many TDs Miamis offense will rack up vs you Gainesville Girls this year? Alabama sucked for 15 years before they came back, ND, USC, OU, even longer. Weve been down for longer than UFail has been up so I understand your fear. Pull your skirt down little brother, your insecurity is showing.

Reality Bites

Much was made about Vogel's next team in our way comment. I do not see anything wrong with that and don't believe that is disrespecful. Heat will win the series, the only team that can beat the Heat is themselves.
The player exodus from the sorry canes will intensify once the NCAA drops the hammer in June, this is just the beginning.

Tococane

Reality Bites,

The "player exodus" is because these 2 kids will get no PT with all the talent on the 1 and 2 deep ahead of them - something that I think you can relate to being a Gator fan. You mean to tell me if anyoune from any school - even Alabama now - transfers it is because something is wrong with the school? Not so. Most of the time it is PT.

Herb

Who is Sid?

johnny b fit

Wow, Miami never relevant again? Well Joe Rose, I guess it's safe then for Florida to put Miami back on the schedual again every year. After all, they dropped Miami from their line-up because they couldn't beat them anymore. On the other hand, Joe Rose will probably lament that the SEC didn't win the national championship when Miami beats Alabama.

AnonymousCane

Who cares? What Joe Rose thinks? anybody? really?

Reality Bites

My, oh my, are these canes getting defensive and so easily rattled. Truth hurts. The sooner you embrace your dismal reality, the more these things won't bother you since they will be seen as what they are, the simple truth.

Go Heat!

A non-troll

Whatever. The Canes could go winless, or win the NC. Someone will still post something negative about them.

It's easy to point out a troll - they never miss out on an opportunity to say something negative. I'll never understand where they get the motivation to post their chum. Life's too short. Change your attitude about life, maybe join a gym, practice good personal hygiene, maybe find a girlfriend... who knows? Someday, you might look at a blog, and see someone trolling like you used to do. You'll say something like, "Man, I remember when I used to do that stupid stuff. Thank God I grew up..."

Reality Bites

join a gym,
practice good personal hygiene,
find a girlfriend
All very good suggestions
practice what you preach
and still the canes remain sorry
enjoy life
for positive comments just look at the Heat
Go heat
join the wagon
Miami is starved for a winner
Go Heat
the only game in town
Maybe the Fins can turn it around
Otherwise
Go Heat
Marlins suck, panthers suck, cane suck
Go Heat
Fins maybe, we will see
Go Heat
Now that is positive!

green
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-- @AGoldFan

Saturday night FAR better for exposure, IMO.
-- david teel

SATURDAY NIGHT'S ALRIGHT FOR FIGHTING

green

Bold prediction time: Miami gets SB51.
-- @ByTimReynolds

LI

green

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/9106369/sheldon-mcclellan-texas-longhorns-asks-release-transfer

Texas transfer Sheldon McClellan will visit Miami next Thursday (5/30)
-- @JonRothstein

HOOK 'EM HORNS

green

Super Bowl 51 awarded to Houston. Miami gets a lesson in stadium politics.
-- @NinersNation

BRIDESMAID

green

http://willweatherford.com/

Still just baffling that it was the brother of a former FSU quarterback who ensured the Dolphins' bill would die in Tallahassee.
-- @ByTimReynolds

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