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Ray Allen stays with Heat; Hardaway on Knicks-bound son; Nuggets from Pat Riley and Heat's draft pickup; UM news

5:30 p.m. update: Ray Allen's agent, Jim Tanner, told me Allen has exercised his opt-in and will stay with the Heat next season in the final year of a two-year deal. Allen will earn $3.2 million. The Heat will enter the offseason with 12 players under guaranteed contracts. Birdman and Juwan Howard are unrestricted free agents and Jarvis Varnado is non-guaranteed. (Please see my full story on Allen on the sports home page.)


The Friday buzz column is below. First, three late Thursday night breaking news items, on the Heat, UM and Tim Hardaway:

Some quick notes on Long Beach State 6-7 forward James Ennis, the 50th pick of the draft who was acquired by the Heat from Atlanta for reportedly, a conditional second-rounder in 2017:

### Ennis was the Big West Player of the Year last season and consistently filled the boxscore, averaging 16.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks.

### He shot 49.1 percent overall and 35.7 percent on threes (55 for 154).

### Ball-handling is a weakness. He had 99 turnovers and 70 assists last season.

### Heat president Pat Riley released a statement: "We were happy to get into the draft. We feel that James Ennis, with his size and athleticism, has a huge upside and someone we hope can develop into a high-quality NBA player."

### The NBA's draft guide says his strengths are great athleticism, "good size and length. Solid spot-up shooter. Very good defender. Excellent finisher around the rim."

### He raised his free throw shooting from 71.1 percent as a junior to 83.4 percent as senior.

### "He's a complete player. He's a stud," Cal State Fullerton coach Andy Newman told the Los Angeles Times in March. "He's one of those guys who can score in a lot of different ways. He does everything."

### Long Beach State played four games last season against teams ranked at the time -- all blowout losses. Here's how Ennis did: 1) Against North Carolina: 18 points (8 for 16 shooting), 8 rebounds, 4 blocks.

2) Against Arizona: 17 points (6 for 12 shooting), 7 rebounds.  3) Against Syracuse: 10 points (3 for 14 shooting), 7 rebounds, 4 turnovers.  4) Against Ohio State: 12 points (5 for 15 shooting), 2 rebounds.

### He played two years at Long Beach State after two years in junior college in Ventura (Cal.)

### Ennis will join Jarvis Varnado, among many others, on the Heat's summer league team that will play games in Orlando and Las Vegas.


 During the heyday of the Heat-Knicks rivalry, when the teams met four consecutive years in the playoffs, Tim Hardaway was quoted as saying: “I hate the Knicks with all the hate you can hate with. Can you hate more than that? If you can, then I hate them that much.”

Now, in an odd twist, Hardaway – who does scouting and community liaison work for the Heat -- will become at least a part-time Knicks fan after New York selected his son, Tim Jr., 24th overall in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

“Wow! My nemesis,” Hardaway said Friday as he traveled with his son to New York for Tim Jr’s introductory news conference.

But “I was happy that he got in [the first round], and it doesn’t matter where he went,” Hardaway added. “It happened to the Knicks. A lot of people were kidding me about that. Everyone is stunned because I had a lot of heated battles with the Knicks. It's very ironic. The years I played and the rivalry we had, now it's coming full circle.”

The irony was not lost on former Knicks guard Allan Houston, now the team’s assistant general manager. Houston was at the epicenter of that Heat-Knicks rivalry, hitting a game-winning shot to eliminate the Heat from the 1999 postseason.

“Allan called me after the pick,” Hardaway said, “and was like, ‘Wow! This is surreal. This is amazing that this comes about like this. We went at it 12, 15 years ago in the 1990s and now your son will be playing for the Knicks.’ Allan asked me the same questions that reporters will be asking me. I can remember Allan's shot like it was yesterday.”

Yes, rooting for the Knicks will feel strange. But Hardaway said he will root for both his son and the Knicks when they’re not playing the Heat.

“I will root for him and his team to do well,” Hardaway said. “I him want to experience winning a championship, too. I want him to win as many games as he can.”

And what team will he root for when the Knicks are playing the Heat?

“I don’t even know how to approach that, don't know what I'm going to do,” he said. “I’m going for the team that wins. That is going to be nerve-racking. I always want him to play well. You never want your son to fail.”

Hardaway downplayed how difficult this will be for him emotionally, considering the venom of the Heat-Knicks rivalry. The Heat beat the Knicks in the 1997 playoffs, but Miami was eliminated by New York in the postseason in 1998, 1999, and 2000.

“That era is over with,” he said. “It’s about him now. It’s not a conflict at all. It’s never about me.”
He said he will attend the Knicks’ opener but doesn’t expect to attend a lot of Knicks games because of his Heat scouting work.

At 6-6, Hardaway is seven inches taller than this father and plays shooting guard, not point guard. A dangerous shooter, Hardaway Jr. averaged 14.5 points and 4.7 rebounds for Michigan last season and made 73 of 195 three-pointers (37.4 percent). He and guard Trey Burke helped lead the Wolverines to the NCAA title game, which they lost to Louisville.

“He’s a pure two [guard] – a knockdown shooter, long, can play some defense,” Hardaway said. “Rivalries aside, [New York] is a real good fit for him. To come into an established team that needs help in shooting the ball and athleticism."


Badgerblitz.com is reporting that Wisconsin senior starting defensive end David Gilbert is transferring to Miami. He reportedly graduated in May and thus would be eligible to play for the Hurricanes this season, if that is indeed the case. (Again, no confirmation from UM at the time of this posting at 1:40 a.m.)  [UPDATE THIS MORNING: UM expects Gilbert to end up with the Canes, but it's not yet official.]

This would be a huge get for Miami, which needs help on the defensive line, provided he can stay healthy after a history of foot problems.

Gilbert, who attended Oakland Park Northeast in Broward, started 13 games last season and had 42 tackles, including 9.5 for loss, four sacks and three forced fumbles and was named honorable mention on the All-Big 10 team.

He played in 43 games at Wisconsin, including 17 starts, and has 8.5 career sacks and 14.5 tackles for losses.

Gilbert announced in April he would not continue playing football at Wisconsin because of recurring injuries to his right foot. But he gave no indication at the time that he would play elsewhere.

He broke his foot twice in 2011 and missed spring practice this past April to undergo more surgery on the same foot, this time to repair ligament damage. But he apparently changed his mind about playing, according to the report in Wisconsin.

Coming out of Northeast High, Gilbert was a four-star prospect and rated by rivals.com as the No. 12 weakside defensive end prospect.



It became the go-to line for Heat critics this season, especially Charles Barkley: “The Heat is too old and too small.”

But Heat president Pat Riley doesn’t buy it and explained this week why he feels no obligation to get younger or bigger next season.

### On the youth issue, Riley said: “We are not concerned about [that], at least for next year,” adding: “If you look at all the young teams that are rebuilding, they are going to be rebuilding for a long time until they get some veteran talent that can collaborate with that youth to make it work.

LeBron James [28] is very young to me. Mario Chalmers [27] and Norris Cole [24] are young…. Mike Miller [33] is a young player because we didn’t play him all year long and… he was fresh.” And Chris Bosh is just 29, two years younger than Dwyane Wade.

Riley conceded that “we’re going to have to, one day, find another D-Wade or Udonis Haslem or Caron Butler.  But in order to do that, you’re going to have to lose or figure out a way to get in the lottery. I’m not interested in getting into the lottery, nor is Micky Arison, by losing.” He prefers free agency, trades or finding a diamond in the rough.

### On the size issue, Riley quibbled with a reporter who said Roy Hibbert gave the Heat problems. (He averaged 22.1 points and 10.4 rebounds in the Eastern Conference Finals.)

“We didn’t have any problems against Hibbert,” Riley insisted. “We cornered the market on big guys three years ago” – citing Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Erick Dampier, Jamaal Magloire and Dexter Pittman.

“I made sure I signed all those guys because I didn’t want other teams to sign them and beat us,” he said. “And Erik didn’t use any of them. The way Erik plays, I’m not saying big men are not important, but how we play it’s about verticality and being able to play in a cylinder with playmakers like Dwyane and LeBron. Roy Hibbert is a great center. But we will continue to search for the kind of player that suits Spo’s system.”

Even so, Riley said “if there’s a possibility” former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden will be able to play after five knee surgeries, “we will pursue that” because “he could be such a force” and because other centers – such as Ilgauskas and Kurt Thomas – overcame major injuries early in their careers.

Oden, who met with Riley earlier this year, is interested in the Heat and willing to work out for teams in July but won’t do contact drills. He’s hopeful of being ready to start next season, but there are no guarantees.


### Riley told 790 The Ticket's Dan Le Batard and Jon Weiner that Wade, listed at 220 pounds, “is going to get down to 212. And everyone is going to say he picked up 10 years on his life again. Dwyane is going to have to reinvent himself,… do something to change. We will talk about this summer and how he will accomplish that. He’s not over the hill. He was injured. Dwyane was very gallant” in postseason.

### Riley is acutely aware of anti-Heat sentiment. "For some reason, there are a lot of people in other cities that want us to lose more than the norm,” he told 790.

Why? “Envy and resentment. Everybody thinks you have it all, and people don’t like that. We don’t think we have it all. It seems when it’s bad for us, everyone is happy.”

### Even after a 66-win season and another championship, Riley told 790: "We could have the best year we've ever had next year."

### Miller, on his weekly WQAM-560 show with Jorge Sedano, said it was “awesome” that Riley announced Wednesday he doesn’t want to amnesty him unless Riley gets a mandate.

“Why would you ever want to leave this?” Miller said, joking “they’re going to spend a lot of money based on my dumb contract.” Miller said “the way my body feels now, I want to play for a long time.”

### Bulls center Joakim Noah said at a New York event this week: “I feel like we’ll be the team that beats [Miami] next year.”

### UM now has three oral commitments at quarterback for 2014, and the highest-rated one – California’s Brad Kaaya (rated 200th by rivals.com, among all players nationally) – said he’s firmly committed to Miami even though Southern Cal and UCLA keep pursuing him after his impressive showing in 7-on-7 camps this offseason.

Alabama-based three-star prospect Malik Rosier, who committed to UM on Wednesday, is rated the 12th-best pro style quarterback after rushing for 1002 yards and 12 touchdowns and throwing for 2230 and 20 TDs.

Despite the two other oral commitments, Hialeah’s three-star Alin Edouard “is still steadfast in his commitment to Miami,” Hialeah coach Marc Berman told us Thursday. “UM gave him a heads-up” before Rosier’s commitment. “He will not back away from competition.”

Other schools keep pursuing him. "That's not to say he won't listen," Berman said. But he expects him to stick with UM.

### As of Thursday afternoon, the Dolphins still weren’t close on a deal with top pick Dion Jordan and unsure when it would get done.

### Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’ attacks of several state representatives that didn’t support the stadium funding proposal practically eliminate any already slim chance of getting state money in the 2014 Legislative session, since all these politicians will still be in office next spring. The Dolphins won't come out and say they won't pursue money in Tallahassee next year, but 2015 is more realistic, if Ross can help unseat the representatives who opposed his plan.

Trouble is, a Dolphins official said the team hasn’t identified a way to secure enough public money to do the major stadium upgrades without state involvement and approval.

### Marlins’ talks have progressed with the Dodgers on a Ricky Nolasco trade, according to ESPN, with several other teams also in pursuit. The Marlins would love for a team to cover all of the $6 million or so he's due but would consider paying a small amount if that gets them a prospect much better than what other teams are offering.

A team that spoke to the Marlins said all Giancarlo Stanton trade inquiries continue to be rebuffed by the Marlins.


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Luv this stuff. Tis the (slow) season when journos shine, jesters fade.

Johngoode@johnnybfit.com sweet1968

I continue to be impressed with the agressive nature with which Al Golden puts together a team. Big improvement over the last two coaches.


You are right Johngoode. Golden is tireless and recruits the right way. I don't know this for sure, but I doubt seriously that Golden engages in negative recruiting. The only position he hasn't been able to recruit well is the D-tackle spot, and this continues to be a bit of a problem. If he can win 9 or 10 games this year, the better D-tackles will begin to come.


Pat "Silver Fox" Riley. No draft pick? No problem.

James Ennis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vea_kvtOG6g (interview)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9qYwVoh7CU (workout)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OvzGnPEvZg (interview)
https://vimeo.com/66975911 (game tape v UNC; 2hrs)

no dunk/jam/highlight clips, which u can find on youtube


joakim noah needs to shut up, while he's sitting at home blow dryin his hair and playing with his wiskers, the heat are enjoying another year is ring designing!
THe good thing about the heat acquisition is that at least he's no 18 year old, he played two years at juco and two years at long beach, he's no kid, thats a good thing.

Miami Penguin

I would love to run against anyone who accepted campaign money from Stephen Ross.

Ross is like a petulant baby, tossing money around the state from his high chair because he didn't get what he wanted.

Who would vote for someone who stooped to pick up that moola?

Just saying.

B. Jaxson

You are the most amazing writer ever. ANOTHER great job, another FABULOUS entry.

I love fudge.


Miami Penguin, no Ross is just being a smart businessman, and exercising his due process rights. Nothing to do with a baby.


'Trouble is, a Dolphins official said the team hasn’t identified a way to secure enough public money to do the major stadium upgrades without state involvement and approval.'

Really? Ross is worth over 3 BILLION... that's dollars, not pesos... and the NFL rakes in 10 BILLION annually and in some degree at a tax exempt status. And we should give them public money that they would not have to pay back? I'm all FOR giving them public money... as a loan! See how fast they would back down from that idea!

Reality Bites

Good update Barry.
Riley found a way to get into the draft he is a master.
Hope he can keep Allen, Birdman and Miller.

Ross needs to put up his own
money to upgrade his own stadium and be done with it.

If Golden is such an awesome recruiter and coach how come he is behind the two big dogs in the state in both recruiting and wins?


How much does a partial roof/screen really cost? $400 million is a soak the public quixotic quest on his part. If that screen was really the issue and he had to use his own money he could probably have it done for a 10th of that.



Congratulations @ShaneLarkin0_ your life long dream has come true. So very happy for you and your family.

& Thank U for your all you did at the U #NewestProCane
-- Harry Rothwell ‏@mrallcanes




The Atlantic Coast Conference led all conferences with eight players selected in the 2013 NBA draft. Led by Maryland’s Alex Len, the fifth overall pick, four ACC players were chosen in the first round and four in the second round.

With its’ four first-round selections, the ACC extends its streak of having at least one first-round draft pick to 25 consecutive years (1989-2013).

Over the past eight years (2006-2013), the ACC has accounted for 17 percent (47 of 269) of the college players selected in the first round.
-- theacc.com




Appreciate the love everybody!
-- Shane Larkin @ShaneLarkin




Is 45 arrests in 7 years in one Football Program
a NCAA violation. I mean we're worrying about Benihana and there is a full Juvi being run up in Gainesville.. where is the line drawn?
-- caneaddict



Miami & Arkansas State announce home/home series; 2014 at UM, 2017 at ASU
-- Brett McMurphy

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


Reality Bites

Good stats there little green pea. Now everyone knows the ACC is a basketball conference so what's the big deal?
Realize that as a basketball conference still they do not dominate the sport like the SEC dominates football, not even close.
Also the canes are in the bottom of that conference when it comes to it's most dominant sport. This past year being an aberration to the norm.
UM playing Arkansas State, the cowardly canes keep running from competition and playing soft teams.
Do not place all the blame on your latest AD,
the Golden coward wants it this way so his record can look better than it really is. Pathetic.


Hey green - If you knew some of the things that went on during Meyer's reign of terror in G'ville, in addition to the arrests, your head would spin. Try this one on. Percy Harvin beat up Billy Gonzalez, the receivers coach, and guess who ended up leaving UF. That's right, his name was not Percy Harvin.

Canada Mike

ever part of the post was about teams moving forward, in the right direction, building, winning, TRYING to win... until the very last part which was, yet again, about the Marlins trying to trade the 2 last remaining recognizable names to save money. F*CK the Marlins - BOYCOT THE MARLINS until Loria, the crook, is removed.


U have to love a Gator with that pansy out of conference schedule getting on UM for their schedule!Uf has not played a ranked ooc opponent on the road in over 20 years!In the last 4 yrs UM has played Ohio State, ND, Oklahoma and Kansas State on the road when they all were top 5-10. Is there any friend UF's Hernandez hasn't killed? Maybe if the inmates didn't run the asylum in Gainesville these thugs would stay out of trouble.


Gators play two tough out of Conferece games next year verses RANKED teams... Tulsa #25 and FSU #8... Then the TOUGHEST In Conference Schedule in ALL of College Football. Playing 4 Top-10 teams and 7 OVERALL-Top 25 Teams.... []_[] play just 2 Top-25 Teams all year. Pipe down about schedules []_[] play nobody P[]_[][]_[][]_[]SSIES...

oh then there's an OCC game against []_[]nranked []_[] that the Mighty GATORS play, but that game actually lowers the GATORS strenght of schedule.

Good luck against FAU, Savannah St. n USF ...


the last 4 yrs UM has played Ohio State, ND, Oklahoma and Kansas State on the road when they all were top 5-10.

Posted by: Dunnelloncane | 06/28/2013 at 05:42 PM


That's what []_[]nranked, has been, irrelevant, broke Programs like []_[] do... Big Boy Programs play for CONFERENCE and NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS away from home. Not peanut or .com Bowls like []_[]...

Sad times

Posted by: P-[]_[] | 06/28/2013 at 11:03 PM

And you do this with your saturday night.

So it could be worse.

Scott Small

To BARRY and all journalists, I'd like to ask a favor: Please don't call my alma mater the incorrect name of "Southern Cal." We're not affiliated with any Cal-school, like Cal-Berkeley or UCLA. If you check our media guide, you'll see that we are properly called USC, The University of Southern California or the Trojans. If you want to abbreviate, Southern California or SC are perfect ... but please, never "Southern Cal" -- we're never a "Cal." And please pass that around to other Eastern media.

And thank you for your careful reporting on the Dolphins!



Hey all you Gator trolls can wear your pants down around your butts in honor of your honor of your boy Hernandez and all your Alachua County Detention Center cell mates!

And what about Hernandez, that all pro tight-end? Guess that will have a new meaning on the team he has just signed on to play for!

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