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UM adds DE; Heat rejects Spike Lee; Haslem's return?; Prices soaring; Riley's stories

### Quick UM note before we get to Heat: UM has added to its roster Julio Derosier, a former three-star defensive end out of Homestead who played for College of the Sequoias in California last season. An impressive physical specimen at 6-6 and 265 pounds, Derosier had 15 tackles in five games in 2012 but missed part of the season with a foot injury.He also had been considering Washington and Colorado.

Some Heat notes, hours before Game 7:

Knicks fan/movie director Spike Lee, of all people, showed up at the Heat’s media availability nine hours before Game 7, but no Heat players agreed to an interview with him Thursday morning for a video project that he was trying to put together for ABC’s telecast.

According to ABC, Lee wanted to do a short variation of his 1998 movie, He Got Game, which featured Ray Allen playing the role of fictitious character Jesus Shuttlesworth, the nation’s top basketball prospect. Denzel Washington played Allen’s father.

Allen declined Lee’s interview request on Thursday morning because he does not speak after shoot-arounds.

Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier, who do speak after shoot-arounds, also declined Lee’s request, as did Mike Miller.

Heat players might have been more willing to participate if Lee had approached them Wednesday, a practice day.

An ABC spokesperson said because of timing issues, Lee’s project did not materialize. But the network was unsure whether Lee would continue efforts to do some sort of Heat-related project on his own.

Lee shook Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s hand Thursday morning and wished him luck.

But last August, Lee told MTV News that if the Knicks did not win the championship this season: “I rather the Lakers win it than the Heat. I do not want the Heat to win back-to-back. Hell, no. Hell to the nah.”

###  According to TiqIQ, the average ticket price for Game 7 had risen to $1537.79, as of Thursday morning – an increase of $225 over the price listed Wednesday morning.

By comparison, ticket seller Vivid Seats said the average ticket price was $2400 for the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami and $1600 for January’s BCS title game at Sun Life Stadium.

### Spoelstra said Udonis Haslem likely will play tonight after getting his first DNP-CD (did not play/coach’s decision) of the season on Tuesday. Spoelstra said not using Haslem Tuesday was “one of the tougher things I’ve ever done.”

### Spoelstra, reflecting before Game 7 on his 10 years with Dwyane Wade and Haslem:

“I’ve probably aged 50 years. Those guys look the same. It’s been 10 long years. We’ve been through everything in those 10 years, even in different roles. That season [2003] was my first year I moved up to the bench with Stan [Van Gundy]. Dwyane and U.D. were rookies.

“We’ve been through the championship years and we’ve been through the bust years. That helps you build character, and you get to know each other for real – when you win 15 games and when you climb that mountaintop.”

### For those who ask, Wade said it’s simply not realistic to expect LeBron James to be in attack mode the entire game.

“He’s in unbelievable shape. Unbelievable,” Wade said. “But he can’t do it four quarters that way. A lot of people say, ‘Why can’t he play like that every day?’

“It takes so much out of you, so much energy, to be able to do that. If he doesn’t then he’s not playing any defense on the other end. He’s not making incredible blocks, incredible rebounds. You have to pick your spots when you do that.”

### Spoelstra said Heat president Pat Riley reminded him that the first time his Lakers won back-to-back title in 1987 and 1988, “they had three Game 7s that nobody seems to remember. They almost got beat every time.”

Riley’s recent interaction with the players has been limited, Chris Bosh indicated.

“He’s not telling stories to us right now,” Spoelstra said. “He’s done enough of that during the year.”

### LeBron James entered averaging 33.8 points in Game 7s – highest in NBA history, minimum two games.

### As ESPN’s Stats and Information noted Thursday morning, the Heat entered Game 7 having been outscored by 56 points in this series during the 194 minutes that James and Wade have played together. When James is playing without Wade, the Heat has outscored the Spurs by 48. James is shooting 54.1 percent without Wade alongside, 38.9 with Wade.

But this is a big difference from the regular season, when the Heat outscored opponents by 14 per 48 minutes when James and Wade played together.

### Whereas the Heat entered having not lost back-to-back games since Jan. 8 and 10, ESPN noted the Spurs haven't lost consecutive games with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili in the lineup since Dec. 12 and 13, 2012.