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Marlins switch radio stations; Dolphins, Martin, UM notes; Beasley opines; Wade nears record

Some Marlins, Dolphins, Heat and UM notes on a Wednesday morning -- (Scroll down for Dolphins/Jonathan Martin notes, and UM items):   

### The Marlins are leaving 790 The Ticket and moving their games to WINZ-940 next season. The team could not reach an agreement with 790 on a new deal after months of discussions and was eager to find a new station.

The team’s radio announcers, Dave Van Horne and Glenn Geffner, are expected to move to the new station. All of the team’s ancillary programming also will move to 940. Without Marlins games, The Ticket will fill the summer programming hours primarily with talk shows.

BEASLEY TALK

As Michael Beasley conducted a postgame interview inside Air Canada Centre on Tuesday, he was interrupted by a booming voice a few locker stalls down.

“You were awesome tonight!” LeBron James shouted.

Beasley played just four minutes against Toronto, making his first appearance of the season on a night Chris Bosh was back in Miami with his newborn daughter. He might not even get off the bench Thursday when the Los Angeles Clippers visit for one of the Heat’s marquee home games of the season.

But you will hear no hint of disappointment from Beasley, even though the lack of playing time is unlike anything he has experienced.

“I’m not a patient guy,” he admitted. “But I know I can be patient. It’s not like I’m coming in here and trying to beat out rookies. We’re talking about Hall of Fame guys.”

Not playing much, he said, “is not difficult at all. I’m having fun with a great group of guys. Learning more than I’ve ever learned. It’s amazing. I get to learn a lot from guys that are where I want to be. So it’s actually a good situation for me.”

For now at least, Erik Spoelstra seems more comfortable playing Rashard Lewis when he uses a 10th man.

It’s an unusual predicament for Beasley, who has appeared in at least 73 games in all four of his NBA seasons when he wasn’t sidelined by a significant injury. (He missed 11 games with a sprained foot for Minnesota in 2011-12.)

Beasley averaged 29.8 minutes per game in his second season with the Heat (2009-10), and 26.4 minutes per game in his five previous NBA seasons.

So is he is frustrated at all by his role?

“Not one bit,” he said.

He finally got his chance midway through the second quarter Tuesday and quickly drained two three-pointers before missing his only other two shots.

“I was scared to shoot that first shot,” he said. “When it went in, it felt like old times. But I was nervous. I had the mindset just to stay ready. I’m just trying to do my part and hope it ends well.”

Spoelstra said he has spoken to Beasley about being patient and said Beasley’s practice performance has been “good. He’s making positive steps. He just has to continue to embrace the work…. He was a 19-year-old when we received him. This is his sixth season. So everybody matures naturally just from life and experience.”

Beasley, 24, said even if he’s not playing, simply being in this structured environment ultimately will help his career.

“I will be a better player because of it,” he said. “I’m getting better every day. Mentally, I’m in a better place. It’s a privilege to be here.”

Beasley, whose one-year contract does not become fully guaranteed until Jan. 10, says he has improved “everywhere.” Teammates say his defense is better, and he’s moving the ball more decisively.

“He’s definitely more mature” than during his first stint here, Udonis Haslem said. “And he’s not worrying about anything but getting better. He’s coachable. He listens.”

WADE’S MARK

Sometime in the next week or two, Wade will tie Dennis Johnson’s record for most blocks by a player 6-4 or shorter. Wade, who is five short of Johnson’s mark of 675, has averaged 1.0 blocks per game in his career, a shade ahead of deceased former Celtics guard Reggie Lewis, who ranks second all time among guards at 0.9.

“It’s cool I have my own category,” Wade said, smiling. “It’s nothing I set out to do, but it’s something I’ve been good at my whole life. I take more pride in my blocks more than anything. I’m supposed to be able to dunk in transition. But having a certain amount of blocks is not what I’m supposed to do at my position.”

Throughout his career, Wade – who is listed as 6-4 but is actually 6-3, according to Spoelstra - has swatted away shots of taller players, including 7-0 Nets center Brook Lopez, 7-0 Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, 6-11 Rockets center Dwight Howard and 7-1 Knicks center Tyson Chandler. His block of Chandler’s dunk attempt during a Finals game was particularly memorable.

“Defensively, we started playing positionless our first year because of Dwyane’s ability to be the back line of your defense in certain situations and play that as effectively as a 6-10, 7 foot center,” Spoelstra said.

“It’s remarkable, his ability to anticipate those plays, make those plays, his ability to cover ground. He has an incredible knack for appearing as if he’s 6-10 at the rim.”

The key to Wade’s shot-blocking prowess?

“He’s got great awareness and great hand-eye coordination,” Shane Batter said.  “Some guys turn it into steals. He does blocks and steals.”

### The Heat on Thursday will be facing what appears to be the Clippers’ most formidable team in many years. Besides hiring coach Doc Rivers, they also added J.J. Redick, Jared Dudley and Darren Collison to their nucleus of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

“They’re a great team,” James said. “It’s like they surrounded [Paul] like his New Orleans days. They’ve got a great supporting case.”

James is close with Paul, who attended James’ wedding in September.

FINS, CANES NOTES

### What's struck us about reaction to the Jonathan Martin story is the seeming lack of compassion inside the Dolphins' locker-room (where RIchie Incognito is popular) and among SOME other NFL players.

Listen to what Giants safety Antrel Rolle had to say:

"Richie Incognito, is he wrong?  Absolutely,” Rolle told WFAN-radio in New York. ”But I think the other guy is just as much to blame because he’s allowed it to happen. . . .

“You know, at this level, you’re a man.  You’re not a little boy.  You’re not a freshman in college.  You’re a man.  So I think everything has its limits.  So there’s no way that another man is gonna make me pay for something that I choose not to pay for. Hopefully he’s able to bounce back and recover from all that has happened and understand it, and take awareness of, you know, that you’re a grown-ass man. You need to stand up for yourself."

Martin did, but just not the way many players would have liked. Such as Eagles cornerback Cary Williams, who foolishly said that Martin and Incognito "should have duked it out."

Then there was Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton telling USA Today that Martin broke the code of the locker room: "I don't think [he] should have gone outside the team and expressed how things are going in the locker room." (Martin didn't; his representation did. Martin merely told his coach.)

### Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, Martin's former teammate at Stanford, spoke to Martin this week and the conversation "was pretty upbeat, to be honest, more positive than I thought.

"Everybody is saying if they were him they might have not handled it the way he did," Ertz said. "But he had to do what he had to do to get the story out and get out of that locker room."

### Richie Incognito said in September that toughening up Martin was one of his and Mike Pouncey's projects. But ESPN's Cris Carter said Pouncey told him this week that no coach ordered him to do that, which contradicts a published report elsewhere.

### Though Virginia Tech has lost to Duke and Boston College, Saturday's game concerns UM for many reasons. Among them, according to Al Golden: Tech "has 28 sacks, [allowing] 16.9 points per game, a world of experience on defense. An excellent kicking game and an offense led by Logan Thomas.Virginia Tech has won seven of the last 10 against us. This is a tough, rugged team, a team built playing hard-nosed defense and running to the ball. That's as good a secondary as I may have ever seen from Virginia Tech."

### UM's men's basketball opener against St. Francis on Friday has been scheduled for an unusually late start (10 p.m.) not because of TV reasons, but to accommodate UM's homecoming activities.

### Oddly, a greater percentage of homes watched UM-FSU in Columbus, Ohio (15.5) than Miami-Fort Lauderdale (15.2). Presumably those were Ohio State fans curious about which of the other unbeaten teams would lose. Miami's rating ranked fourth, behind Jacksonville (16.2), Columbus and Greenville, S.C. (15.3).

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Gary

As a UM grad, I have to laugh at Antrell Rolle. Terrific football player but a little naive about life. He has a fair & tough minded pro coach in Tom Coughlin. Antrell shame on you for not reading more about this before commenting.

Lt. Lois Einhorn

Funny, I would suggest that you're a bit naive about life if you disagree with Antrel Rolle's assessment.

NFL locker rooms are not typical business environments and Richie Incognito's behavior is not at all out of place or unusual.

No doubt that Jonathan Martin did the wrong thing, at the end of the day he left his team high and dry for a critical Thursday Night Football game because of a middle school lunchroom prank.

Antrel Rolle is completely right that Martin handled it the wrong way.

Marios

I don't see anything too bad about what Antrell said, it is the same thing I would tell my own son.
Incignito is a serial jerk, but so is Martin for the way he handled it.
Why didn't Martin go to the OL coach or head coach at anytime the last two years with a complaint?

The conversation with Ertz confirms he had an agenda and this was planned by him or his parents, lawyers by the way.

Eddie

To al g put Williams in games for 2nd half Morris chokes

Eddie

And qit wearing solid colors we wear orange pants on away games with white top at home we wear white pants and orange top no mire sissy looking uniforms all solid go canes

Seth

Does anyone actually listen to Marlins games on the radio?

TRW

Darn, too bad the Marlins are just moving from one radio station to another. It would be wonderful if they just moved the hell out of town.

dustbusterenthusiast

I agree with Rolle....builling with adults requires a bully and someone willing to be bullied. There's no excuse for Incognito to do it, and no excuse for an intelligent giant such as Martin to allow it to happen.

A higher percentage of households in Columbus watched the UM-FSU game because there's nothing else to do in Columbus than watch college football. That's not the case in SFL.

Marios

Ohio State fans were hoping FSU loses so they can jump into top 3, knowing Oregon has Stanford coming up, makes sense.

What are they gonna watch on saturday night, the Cavs?

AnonymousCane

Martin didn't do this the right way. He went outside of the organization, he didn't tell the head coach or go to the team council. Leaves his job and runs home to momma! Sounds planned to me.
Did Incognito go to far, probably from the looks of things as they stand right now but the rest of the story is yet to be told. Nothing Antrel Rolle said was inappropriate and doesn't change the fact that Martin is not man enough to handle this without running home to momma! Good riddance!

caneswizard

So we're blaming the victim?
He is in a "no win" situation.

Do nothing = keep getting harassed

Tell the coaches = he's a snitch/cry-baby

Fight Incognito = fined and possibly kicked off the team

Leave the team = soft/not a team player

Keepin it real always

Coach Golden is concerned alot about VT this weekend because of what he won t say.He doesn t have full confidence that Morris will be able to lead his team.Morris is not the Morris of last year(big drop-off) unfortunately.Morris just hasn t played well and has demonstrated tremendous inconsistency and lack of execution at key times in several important games.Miami s defense is of course still a work in Progress.The D line is still mostly just average and Chickillo has not developed fully yet either.Don t want to beat a dead horse(did that all last year to no avail).....but Al s got to make a change at DC because his pal just can t seem to get over the hump.Yes....they ve improved but tanked it last week against challenging competition.The DC has to be held accountable when his players don t play well as a Unit.VT will be tough and I hope the Canes take this game seriously and fight for a win.

TRW

I agree that Morris is a huge liability to Miami's offense, and D'no still doesn't have a handle on big time defenses. The rest of the year could be hard to watch. Hope the team pulls together and moved forward though.

sonny corleone

So sick of watching this Dolphin situation on every sports channel and radio talk show every day.
My God it's time for Ross to clean this mess up.
Blow the whole fricken failure of this teams shortcomings into pieces.
Let's get Mike Shula in here as head coach.
Get Dan Marino in here as Director of Football Operations.
Get Bill Polian in here as a GM.
How much more crap are the Miami fans going to have to endure from this pathetic bunch of losers. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT ROSS!!!!!!!

mike

none of us know what happened. all that stuff could be taken out of context and not be bad. im no incognito fan, but everything he said, he could have been saying to a friend. if it was so bad, lets hear martin say it.

IMAWriter

Darn, too bad the Marlins are just moving from one radio station to another. It would be wonderful if they just moved the hell out of town.

Posted by: TRW | 11/06/2013 at 11:14 AM
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Agree, then they could convert the stadium for football, and UM would have a real home stadium again...sort of.

Mr. Titman

Monday night in Tampa should be very interesting. Are the dolphins going to stink up the place because of all the outside distractions,or are they going to use this mess as moivation to kick the Bucs butts on national TV?

TheSergeantMajor

It's difficult for me to wrap my arms around a 300 pound "grown" man being bullied. I mostly side with the players given their comments regarding this issue. They mostly defend Richie Incognito. Although I'm sensitive to Martin's dilemma, and to the way he must have felt, he should have handled this much differently. If it got so bad he should have spoken with the team player-leader first in a one on one behind closed doors meeting. Somebody in that locker room sits at the top of the pecking order and I'm pretty sure it's not Richie. Point is, it could have and should have easily been handled in-house, in that locker room. If the team player-leader was unwilling to help fix the problem, then it should have been bumped up to the OL coach. A chain of command if you will should have been followed and it starts with the player-leader in charge.

Rite of passage was prevalent in the Army when I was in my earlier days of service. If you were on the receiving end of this type of light harassment, it was embarrassing at times, but it was nothing to quit over. It appears that the lunch room prank pushed Martin over the top. You know, he could handled that prank with a prank or a comment back of his own. Like water on a duck. Let it roll off. Instead he reportedly threw his tray down and left the team. Overreaction?

I don't understand why the Dolphins haven't fixed this already. Almost makes me believe that either Martin has some ulterior motive in this matter/and or the Dolphins are allowing media and big brother NFL to drive and guide their decisions. Reactionary mode. I hope that's not the case.

Since this got to a point that it bothered Martin this much, it should have been stopped much earlier; however, he needs to either get back to work now or find another profession. His absence hurts the team. As for Richie, get him back on the team. His absence will hurt the team. Read him the riot act first and I bet he'll get his act together and grow from this. He probably had no idea how this was affecting Martin (cause it sounds like Martin was unknowingly enabling him to a point rather than nipping this in the bud). Had Incognito known, I have to believe he would have lightened up on the man.

For the Dolphins, I hope they don't let the media or the NFL guide their final decision here. They need to come to resolution on their own. If they relinquish their decision-making here, they have basically given up their hold on what belongs to them. The best way to handle this situation is to bring both players back. If the Dolphins let Richie Incognito go, I believe those other 51 (or so) players will lose a measure of respect for their leadership (from Philbin on up). They should send Richie to some sensitivity training, get him and Martin together to reconcile with one another and let's get back to the issue at hand, which is winning football games.

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