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THERE ARE TWO COLUMNS TODAY: A REGULAR FRIDAY BUZZ (BELOW) AND ANOTHER POST WITH POSTSCRIPTS FROM THE HEAT’S GAME 1 LOSS. PLEASE CLICK ON THE LAST POST FOR NOTES AND QUOTES FROM GAME 1. 

 

FRIDAY BUZZ COLUMN

At least one Heat player (Chris Andersen) and possibly more could be impacted financially by the impression left in these Finals.

The Heat has two avenues to keep Anderson this summer: 1) Re-signing him to a minimum deal, which would be worth $1.68 million next season, factoring in his permitted 20 percent raise.

2) Using part or all of the mid-level exception that’s available to Miami and other taxpaying teams. That taxpayer exception is worth $3.18 million next season, with 4.5 percent annual raises allowed in a contract that can extend no longer than three seasons.

Miami will be above the tax threshold, even if it amnesties Mike Miller, as many expect. If Miller gets a chance to shine in these Finals, he could entice a team to give him part of a mid-level exception, which is $5.1 million for non-taxpaying teams that are over the cap.

One Eastern Conference executive said he wouldn’t be surprised if Andersen, 34, has done enough to command a taxpayer mid-level exception.

The Heat likely would prefer to re-sign him at the minimum but might need to use its exception. Andersen will collect $4.8 million next season from Denver, which amnestied him last summer, and that could factor into his decision. (Andersen declined to discuss his future.)

The Heat might not be able to find a better, affordable backup center in free agency. Among other options: Nazr Mohammad, Ryan Hollins, Samuel Dalembert (Heat had interest two summers ago, but he has worn out his welcome in a couple places since) and Cole Aldrich.

Greg Oden’s agent has said the Heat has shown interest in the former No. 1 overall draft pick, who has had five knee operations. He will consider Miami, Cleveland and others.

Andersen entered the Finals shooting 38 for 46 in postseason, a percentage (82.6) that would break James Donaldson’s postseason record.

“He plays really hard and with great energy, and he does it every night,” ABC’s Jeff Van Gundy said. “Consistent energy and effort is hard to find in big guys, and then the added skill that he has is, he can catch and finish. He has some things he doesn't do as well obviously. He doesn't play huge minutes, but his minutes that he does play are impactful. [Signing him] turned into a stroke of genius."

James Jones ($1.5 million) and Rashard Lewis ($1.39 million) have said they expect to exercise player options, and the Heat figures to exercise its team option on Mario Chalmers ($4 million).

Ray Allen said he loves playing here – “more enjoyable than I thought it would be,” he told me in April – but said this week he won’t decide until after the Finals whether to exercise his $3.2 million player option.

### Good line by Birdman when asked recently what he thinks of kids who try to look like him – mohawk haircut and all. “Copyright infringement,” he cracked.

### Though the NBA said Thursday it’s interested in bringing another All-Star Game here, Heat president/business operations Eric Woolworth said “it’s not really do-able” because of a conflict with the boat show (as far as hotel space) and the fact the Heat couldn’t get seats for enough of its ticket holders.

### Classy move: A year after Lance Stephenson gave LeBron James the choke sign during a playoff game, James sought out the Pacers guard after Game 7 Monday.

“He said I played hard this season; he’s happy with my progress,” Stephenson told The Indianapolis Star. “He said I helped change the Pacers organization and he respects my game.”

 Meanwhile, Pacers center Roy Hibbert thanked the Big Three on Twitter: “You’all made me a better player. I thank y’all for that. Good luck.”

### To put in perspective how unusual it was for Dwyane Wade (before Game 7 of the Pacers series) to go 12 straight games without reaching 20 points – his longest previous streak was nine games as a rookie – consider: According to Elias, only one other player (Walt Frazier on the 1969-70 Knicks) averaged at least 20 points during the regular season, like Wade did, and had as many consecutive games without reaching 20 in the playoffs.

### Again, please see the last post for Game 1 Finals postscripts.

CHATTER

Though it would make sense to move Jared Odrick back from tackle to defensive end in training camp when Randy Starks returns from his contract issue, Odrick said this week: “I’m not sure what’s going to happen. A lot of things are up in the air.” The Dolphins also have Cam Wake, Olivier Vernon and Dion Jordan, among others, to play end and Starks and  Paul Soliai and Vaughn Martin at tackle.

### Jacoby Briscoe, the nation’s 50th-ranked defensive tackle in the 2012 class, announced he’s leaving UM after redshirting last season… But UM received its ninth 2014 oral commitment on Thursday, from New Jersey-based three-star defensive tackle Courtney Jenkins.

### Former UM power forward Donnavan Kirk, who will be eligible this fall after departing DePaul, said he will visit UM this weekend and then decide between Miami and Colorado State.

### With the MLB draft ongoing, several of the Marlins’ recent No. 1 picks (excluding Jose Fernandez) are dealing with either injuries  -- top outfield prospect Christian Yelich (abdomen/out two weeks) and pitcher Chad James (hasn’t pitched this season/ankle) --- or ineffectiveness (catcher Kyle Skipworth is 7 for 59 at Triple A). Last year’s No. 1 pick, former Oklahoma State left-hander Andrew Heaney, has a 1.46 ERA in three starts at Class A Jupiter after missing two months with a lat strain.  

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loneoutcast

Why the hell are we continuing to get players from non-football states like New Jersey?...and a 3 star player at that! This is not C-USA, coach Golden. The talent you brought in to build a known bottom-feeder like Temple into a respectable mid major will not get it done in the ACC, and neither will UM fans settle for just being respectable.
We should focus more on Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, and oh, I almost forgot...the most talented football state in the entire nation...FLORIDA!!!
I mean, it is our back yard, right? smh

jmike

Here stupid take a look. It looks like most of the commits are from, where, Florida.

Trevor Darling Miami, FL

Alin Edouard Hialeah, FL

Reilly Gibbons St. Petersburg, FL

Courtel Jenkins Wayne, NJ

Brad Kaaya West Hills, CA

Nick Linder Fort Lauderdale, FL

Kc McDermott Wellington, FL

Dalvon Stuckey Hattiesburg, MS

Joseph Yearby Miami, FL

loneoutcast

I just love when an idiot attempts to set the record straight, as usual they fail to see the big picture.
That's the 5th player from New Jersey Golden has recruited since being here, Dumas. Even 1 player from that state is too many if he's a 3 star IMO.
New Jersey is not known as fertile football ground, so why would you go there to pull in A 3 STAR, Doofy???...apples to apples I would much rather take a 3 star out of the most fertile football ground in the nation. A 3 star in Florida would likely be a 5 star in New Jersey.
Do you get it now, Einstein? smh

Marios

No to side with anybody but with so many recruiters on SoFla there is a better chance of a 3 star guy in NJ that went under the radar than in SoFla.
UM has had success with 3 star guys from faraway places that are not frequented by many recruiters so there is little point in this conversation anyways. At least were not recruiting guys via Scouts.com like Larry Coker and company. It gets me a little pissed to see people getting on Al Golden when he has done such a great job establishing the previous atmosphere by welcoming ex-players, remaining loyal in the face of the scandal, and rehiring Art Kehoe and company.
But our program was not built on front running good weather fans who feel they deserve a national championship every year in order to feel special. Old school fans who were Canes in the Schnellemberger era before the rings are happy with the progress we are making and feel lucky to have a stand up guy like Golden.

ColaCane

Just because a state isn't known as 'fertile' recruiting state doesn't mean they don't have good football players dude. You sound like a little kid with your supposed football intellect. You put WAY too much emphasis on stars. We've had so MANY 3 stars that have turned out be some of the best players in all of college football and the pro's. The kid fits a certain mold we're looking for. It's not even a lock as it's for next year and we/he may change our minds.

Dashi

Spo Sucks!!

Berny Colman

Steven McGuire & Daniel Stubbs were both from Jersey. I dont have any problem with GOlden getting players from Jersey as long as he does his homework. 2star, 3 star, its all a bunch of crock. Players need to be evaluated by coaches period!!

Keepin it real always

Spoelstra didn t miss shots and play sloppy in the fourth quarter after leading the entire game.Actually,both teams played well except the Heat again faded down the stretch.Lost their intensity and could not guard/slow down Parker in the final 5 minutes.Heat players failed to execute.....not bad coaching by Spoeslstra.Face the facts.Heat SHOULD have won the game but let it slip away/allowed SA to outplay them in general during crunch time.NO EXCUSES.The loss is on all the Heat players.They didn t play good enough and that s just a basic FACT.

Carl C.

Just seems like Golden is the type of guy that never takes the chances and just keeps asking the homely girls out instead of sticking with shooting for the top and never giving up closing with the hot girls. His under the radar Temple mentality of continuing to stockpile average 2-3 Star players in hopes that they'll pan out just won't work if We want to be an annual Top-10 team. That mentality just doesn't work in Big Boy Football. I don't want to, but I'm starting to believe that he's satisfied with that formula and thinks it will work over time. But not having Top players as underclassman backups with and letting them evolve into upperclassman starters will not work if we continue to have half classes of 2-3 Star projects. It's the formula of Bare Top-20 also rans that never make the jump into the Top-8 BCS Programs.

Please Coach Golden, enough with the 2 and barely 3 Star projects that are only offered by teams like Buffalo, UMass, UConn, Cent. & Western Michigans, Memphis', La. Techs, Nevada's, San Diego States, Cent. & S. Fla's, Miss States, Kentucky's, Toledo's, Ackron's and Iowa States... We need more kids that get offered by Bama's, LSU's, Florida's, T AnM's, OSU's Michigan's, Oklahoma's, Texas' and USC's... I bet we may have just 10 guys on the entire team that got offers from those teams. And that's why they are where they are and stay... And why we are where we are and flucuate maybe into the Top-20-35 these last 6 years.

Again, Start just asking the hot girls to dance and never give in.

Carl C.

UM has had success with 3 star guys from faraway places that are not frequented by many recruiters so there is little point in this conversation anyways.

Posted by: Marios | 06/07/2013 at 09:03 AM

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That's an excellent point. But those days are gone. 10-20 years ago 3 Star guys could fly under the radar. In todays multimedia and high tech world, the best kids rise to the top and get noticed if by just one Top program, within 3 days of an offer, the other Top 9 Programs will then know everything about him. The days of Ed Reed, Santana Moss, Ray Lewis and Jeremy Shockey are long gone. Even the average players have full reports with miles of film now. And when Top Programs see that film and the all pass... Well then the Top-20-50 programs fight over him and that where Miami is right now. Al said it the other day with Joe Rose. "Recruiting is so hard when you compete with up to 20 other schools. Well I assure you. The Top-100 players only consider the Top-10 teams. And we are not in that category. Not really near it either as of now. That's just the facts.

boe

Carl C. Butch wasn't bringing in the high star guys. The star sytem is flawed. Reed, Morgan, Wayne, moss were low stars we shouldn't have takin them I bet. Golcen is proving to be a good talent evaluater.

HeHateMe

Olsen Pierre, UM's best defensive tackle, is from NJ and was a three star DT out of Fork Union Academy.
So, I'll trust Golden's evaluation over any Monday morning quarterbacks posting on this blog.

Ralph Wiggam

Hey Barry - any radio updates? Why was Noah Hershman fired form 850/640? Did it have anything to do with Sid's fragile personality?

TK SWAN

WELL WHAT ABOUT THIS GUYS? WOULD YOU BE HAPPY WITH A 11/12 WIN SEASON WITH A BUNCH OF OUT OF STATE PLAYERS OR WOULD YOU RATHER WIN 8-9 GAMES WITH A BUNCH OF FLORIDA PLAYERS? C'MON MAN THAT'S EASY! WE TRUE CANE FANS WANT TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND DO NOT CARE IF THEY ARE FROM THE MOON. JUST WIN IS ALL THAT MATTERS AND IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN WE(CANES) HAVEN'T WON 10 GAMES IN A SEASON IN WHAT? 10 YEARS WITH A ROSTER FULL OF "IN STATE" PLAYERS,SOUNDS TO ME LIKE IT'S TIME TO CHANGE. IF THAT'S NOT ENOUGH THAN LOOK AT FLA. ST THEY HAVE PRACTICALLY ALL THE BEST "IN STATE" PLAYERS BUT WHERE IS THEIR NC? YES THEY ARE WINNING BUT THEY ALSO RECRUIT NATIONALLY VERY WELL, IN FACT THEY STARTED TO TURN THE CORNER AFTER THEY STARTED RECRUITING BETTER NATIONWIDE. THE BOTTOM LINE THE BEST ATHLETES ARE FROM FLORIDA AND IN OUR BACKYARD BUT UNTIL THIS NCAA CRAP IS OVER AND THE CANES WIN AT LEAST 10 GAMES AND ACC COASTAL AND A BOWL GAME THEN THE CREAM OF THE "IN STATE BACK YARD" PLAYERS WILL CONTINUE TO GO ELSEWHERE. ALL OF THIS CAN BE SOLVED THIS YEAR BY WINNING AND BEATING THE GATORS OR SEMINOLES THIS YEAR! DO NOT BE SURPRISED IF THE CANES BEAT BOTH!! GO CANES!

Carl C.

Carl C. Butch wasn't bringing in the high star guys. The star sytem is flawed. Reed, Morgan, Wayne, moss were low stars we shouldn't have takin them I bet. Golcen is proving to be a good talent evaluater.

Posted by: boe | 06/07/2013 at 11:22 AM

Very true boe. Two things though. 1) Butch was as good as any recruiter ever in the College Football game going back to his days in the Early 80's and have pipelines to information and High School Coaches that were second to none. He had inside info at his disposal to all areas of the Country that other Coaches only had in their immediate Regions. 2) When Butch took over in the late 90's, there was no such word as Social Media Networking. In order to see film of a kid, their High School Coaches usually had to send those big reels of Film for evaluation. Back then, it was to expensive to even tranfers film onto VHS tapes. Butch could and did find these diamonds because he and 8-10 other assistant Coaches hit the trail and were gone for WEEKS at a time like no other Coaching Staffs in the Country did. They also usually only had to compete with the kids local colleges because other regions didn't bother branching out. Finally, after 1983, an offer to a kids outta state was like winning the Willie Wonka Golden Ticket... Kids don't think that way anymore and with instant Social Media and Camps, It's virtually impossible for say ESPN to Name their Top 300 and without a doubt within those 300 kids, the absolute best and Top 150-200 kids are in that group. Do the math. 200 kids devided by the Top-10-15 Programs with average out to all getting about 15 or so each. And those teams, over years, build and stockpile depth the Top20-50 teams just can't... Sure a few kids slip through and develope, but if you formulate your philosophy to mostly those mid talented, hardworking, strong, smart, good kids, that are not fast and average Football players... Those Coaches won't be Coaching at that Institution, if that Institution is 100% commited to WINNING, very long.

Listen, I'm not a know it all. My Uncle and God Father Coached under Schnelly, Jimmy and Dennis. The stories are Classic. But they all agree on one the, "No Bucks, No Buck Rogers" You have to have Stud Football Players and a whole lot of them is the bottom line. And not rely on bringing in 10 out of 25 as projects hoping they develope year after year. Number wise it's a bad investment longterm.

And the Star System is relevant. And I don't mean Rivals-Scout-247-ESPN. Every teams media department now can get hundreds of feet of tape on any kid with a click of a mouse and evaluate a kid within 10-20 minutes and come up with there own rating system. Whether the scale is 3.0--3.1--3.2--3.3--3.4--3.5--3.6...all the way up to 5.0 ... What they don't need to do is watch more than 20 feet of tape on guys like Marcus Dupree and guys like that. Those are the guys that will never be overlooked and tend to look right at the Top-5 Programs as their Top-5 Choices.

We need to HAMMER down and get 20-3 straight classes of absolute Blue Chippers. Shannon was able to pull of a few of those classes, but well, we all know now, once you get'em, you gotta Coach'm up. Just to bad we can't Clone those 80's and 90's Coaches.


no time to proofread, sorry

green

perhaps I missed it ...
but who are the great Al Golden recruits ...
and don't tell me Duke Johnson who committed long before while in his mother's womb ...

PREGNANT PAUSE

green

Florida State president Eric Barron says the school needs to hire an athletic director who can bring in more revenue.
-- Andrea Adelson

remind me why we hired interim AD Blake James ...

BUT WE'RE SO LUCKY

green

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/06/qa_with_espns_burke_magnus_new.html

I think what the ACC has created could in many ways redefine what's possible in college basketball in terms of fan interest. When you have the likes of Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Louisville joining Tobacco Road along with their other basketball brands, there are real possibilities there. We're going to move them into our franchise Big Monday slot with the Big 12 so they'll have early games on Monday nights.

I think there will be so many meaningful games between those ACC teams that it will almost be a somewhat daily conversation for basketball fans. We all know football in many ways drives the enterprise. But college basketball, we continue to invest in it. It's a critical part of our program mix from November to the end of March. It's an innings eater. There's a lot of it on, but at the same time we could use more of it that really moves the meter in a meaningful way with college football-like numbers.

I think we could see 1.5 and 2.0 ratings regularly out of the ACC, which would be pretty spectacular. We average about a 1.1 for all of the (men's basketball) games we put on ESPN for the season. That number has been fairly stable over the last decade. Last year, the Big Ten averaged around a 1.5 and broke about a decade-long run of the ACC being the highest-ranked conference.
-- Burke Magnus, ESPN's senior VP of college sports programming

Looks like ESPN will give the ACC, the SEC FB treatment for basketball. They expect ratings to skyrocket
-- TexanMark

OH BIG DADDY

Dom

Barry, I know as a heat fan losing 1 game isn't life or death, n we have always came back in big 3 era down 1-0. But. Riley who loves C's, if its found out he can get a healthy Dwight howard, 27 yrs old, and All Nba 3rd team 17=12=2=3 blocks in an off year, Can Riley A. Trade Bosh for a 1st rounder to no cap team?
n Amnesty Miller? That's 24=25 m
OR Amnesty Bosh's 20m next yr
Trade Miller Which also frees up 25=26m dollrs.

Is that possible? To pair Lebron Wade and Dwight?

jmike

loneoutcast, gee the 3rd commitment out of NJ, you know what a small percentage of commitment 3 is from a class of 25 to 30 over 3 years. Please, that's just ignorant. BTW ask Penn State in their hay day if NJ player were bad, that's their recruiting base.

Canester-Nip

And who is Olsen Pierre again?

mike

Any info or stats on the tucker kid from heritage who committed he sounds like a pretty good under under the radar recruit.

rboud

New Jersey is not a bad football state. Golden signed a 4 star defensive end from Jersey in this class who everybody wanted. He played at Don Boscoe High who happened to kick St. Thomas Aquinas' butt in Ft. Lauderdale last season. A Jersey kid,a UM safety, ran an interception back for a touchdown against Nebraska in the 2002 Nat'l Championship game. I can't remember his name at the moment. Penn State has always gotten great players out of Jersey. I wouldn't be too quick to dish high school players from that state.

loneoutcast

LOL So because every blue moon you may find a guy from New Jersey who's talented and is an asset, that means it's a great idea to recruit there?...sounds like The Water Boy Syndrome is very contagious! LOL
Hey, I know a couple of people who can drive a vehicle with their feet, they're looking for employment as a school bus driver, seems (according to the genius' here) they would be running into as much adversity as they have been. (snicker) smh

SOLDY

it's getting good Arty

gonna be a great Summer on the River n Lake

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