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Wade addresses future; Teammates lobby Allen, Birdman; Highlights from Heat celebration

(If you read the first item on this blog a few hours ago, scroll down a few paragraphs for some highlights from press conferences today with a few Heat people.)



The questions already have begun, more than year before there will be any definitive answers.

LeBron James – who, like teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, can opt out of contracts and become free agents in the summer of 2014 – was non-committal when asked about that topic by CNN.

“I don’t know, because I haven’t really even thought about it,” James said in an interview that aired Monday. “So when that moment comes up, I will approach it, like a professional, and we’ll see what happens.”

During 2010 free agency, James was criticized for announcing his plans “to take my talents to South Beach” during a 60-minute ESPN special, The Decision, that raised money for a Boys and Girls Club.

“You learn from your mistakes,” James said. “That’s something I’ve lived with, and if the opportunity comes if I’m in that position [again], I’ll be able to handle it much differently.”

Bosh said recently he wants to spend the rest of his career here. And Wade said Monday he will probably be in Miami “for the rest of my life, in this amazing city.”

James will not speak to reporters until Tuesday. Wade spoke Monday and said the three players have not discussed their long-term plans, “just like we never even envisioned we would play together until free agency came about, and it became a reality.

“Now, we’re in the middle of this great, historic team and run and we’re enjoying it and you don’t want it to come to an end. But you can’t think about the future. When that time comes after next season, when we have to sit down and talk about the futures and what direction they’re going in, hopefully they’re all going in the same direction. We’ll do what we did in 2010 -- sit down as men and talk about it.”

An associate of James said he would make Miami the strong favorite to retain him in 2014, with Cleveland potentially also drawing some consideration. But the associate also cautioned that a year before free agency in 2010, nobody would have made the Heat the front-runner.

By opting out next summer, James can earn more than the $20.59 million he’s due in 2014-15 or the $22.1 million he would earn in 2015-16 if he exercises that year’s player option. Bosh’s contract is identical financially to James’.

Wade’s contract, if he eschews opting out, would call for $20.048 million in 2014-15 and $21.56 million in 2015-16.

Opting out also would give any of them the ability to add additional seasons to their contracts.

But before any of those decisions, the Heat will try to become just the fourth franchise to win three titles in a row, joining the 1952-54 Minneapolis Lakers, the 1991-93 and 1996-98 Chicago Bulls, the 2000-2002 Los Angeles Lakers and the 1959-1966 Boston Celtics, who won eight in a row.

“Magic Johnson has five rings and he never won three in a row,” Wade said. “That shows how tough it is. We’re going to be back next year hungry again to try to place ourselves in history.

“Winning back-to-backs is special; winning back to back to back would be something out of this world. That will be our goal: How do we come back and muster up enough to keep us focused and… hungry throughout this season to get back in a position to win another championship?”

 ### Though Ray Allen hasn't announced if he's exercising his player option for next season, Chris Bosh said: "He's coming back. That's just how I see it. There's really nothing else to think about."

Udonis Haslem said he raised the topic of Allen's future to him in the shower -- of all places -- after Game 7. "I told him I'm not going to put any pressure on you," Haslem said. "Just know I'm thinking about what you're going to do."

### Erik Spoelstra said of unrestricted free agent Chris Andersen: "Both sides want each other." And Andersen said at the championship celebration Monday: "Let's try to get a three-peat next year."

Wade said "we wouldn't have won the championship" without him.


During the Heat’s post-parade celebration inside AmericanAirlines Arena, Wade cracked: “Me and LeBron were about to fight in Game 6.”

Wade, who’s close friends with James, was asked about that later in the day.

“When you are in moment and every possession counts and someone messes up or someone feels like someone messes up -- not block out or turn the ball over --you give each other death stares. You complain. We had a moment of each other of back and forth. Our teammates were looking at us like, ‘We don’t see this often.’ But we wanted to win so bad. After that, we move on.”

### Wade said he has been advised to give his knees a month of rest. After that, his focus will be on rebuilding strength in his legs.

Wade said the discomfort in his right knee – which had three bone bruises - “was terrible” during the first three rounds, especially in the Indiana series. It improved in The Finals, after “our trainers started treating it a little different.”

His left knee, which was injured in a Game 6 collision with Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, required “painful” draining last Wednesday and hours of treatment Thursday, the day of Game 7. He reiterated he doesn’t expect to need surgery.

### Wade said he felt his 2006 championship was for Alonzo Mourning and Gary Payton “and those guys who played so long and never won,” and the 2012 title was “LeBron’s [because] he never won one. Get that monkey off his back.”

But Wade said this championship “is for me. There’s not a lot of players in that category of winning three. I wanted to be there for the legacy I’m building.”

Said Udonis Haslem: “With those knees, he can have it.”

### Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said this championship “felt more challenging.”

### Good story from Spoelstra today: He said he was "despondent" after the Game 3 blowout loss to the Spurs and went to his hotel suite to watch film with assistant coach David Fizdale. Pat Riley knocked on his door, holding three bottles of wine, and asked, "What do you need me to do?" The three men then broke down tape for a while.

### Spoelstra showed his team another replica NBA championship trophy before and during the playoffs; the Heat made check marks on it after each win.

“It’s more of a contract, promises we made to each other each,” he said. “We would bring it out from time to time to remind ourselves of the promises.”

Spoelstra said it was marked blood red for the Bulls and Pacer because “the series were so dang physical,” and silver for the Spurs series “out of ultimate respect for our competitor.”  

### Shane Battier will conduct player interviews during ESPN's draft coverage Thursday.

### Please see the last post for all the notable comments made by Heat players during the championship celebration.      



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Coral Gables'81

Congratulations Miami. Hope you get Anderson and Allen back, and sign Oden to a minimum contract to try and win it all again next year.

Reality Bites

Sounds good to me.
Go Heat!


Little green pea you forgot the most famous ACC and UM bowl of all: the Toilet bowl
Man besides the Orange all those are scrub bowls. pinstripe bowl? are you serious? Dude get a grip.
Remember the ACC is one of the worst, if not flat out the worst of all the major conferences. Pathetic.

Posted by: Reality Bites | 06/24/2013 at 04:36 PM

The ACC has a target date in mind to complete its bowl lineup.

“We’re hopeful that everything will be rolled out the week of July 8,” said Amy Yakola, the ACC’s senior associate commissioner for communications.

Published reports have linked the Gator Bowl and the Music City Bowl in Nashville as forming an alliance for the SEC vs. the Big Ten/ACC.

However, those reports may not be going far enough and a source involved with the process who requested anonymity because the deals are not yet finalized said up to three more bowls may be involved in a pool with the Gator and Music City: the Outback in Tampa, the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., and the Houston Bowl.
-- Times-Union



Little green pea you forgot the most famous ACC and UM bowl of all: the Toilet bowl
Man besides the Orange all those are scrub bowls. pinstripe bowl? are you serious? Dude get a grip.
Remember the ACC is one of the worst, if not flat out the worst of all the major conferences. Pathetic.

Posted by: Reality Bites | 06/24/2013 at 04:36 PM

Eventually you'll stop saying this as it's beginning to make zero sense. Obviously, the B1G and SEC want to increase their presence with the ACC. Otherwise, they'd be treated like the G5 (gang of 5) conferences. ACC has more matchups with the Big Two than the Pac or Big 12. ACC will have 3 to 4 bowls each year with both the SEC and B1G. Doesn't sounds like #5 structurally to me.
-- jaminandjachin




UCF unveiled its new basketball court Monday ... Large sections of the court that previously were a shade of gold are now stained with black paint. The majority of the floor appears to range from light gray to dark gray
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Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has begun exacting his political revenge against state lawmakers who stood in the way of his proposed renovation to Sun Life Stadium.

A new super PAC created by Ross mailed attack fliers late last week to voters in the districts of state Reps. Michael Bileca, Jose Felix Diaz and Carlos Trujillo, all Miami Republicans who opposed $350 million in stadium upgrades that would have been partly funded with public dollars.
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