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6 p.m. update LeBron boycott?; Fins sign RB; Heat-Nets Game 4 postscripts; Dolphins, Marlins, Hurricanes notes

NBA Players Association Vice President and former Heat guard Roger Mason Jr., said LeBron James is prepared to lead an NBA player boycott of the 2014-15 season if the Donald Sterling ownership issue is not resolved by the start of next season. 

Mason's comments air on Jim Rome's Showtime program at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

“What if [Donald Sterling] is still there. I mean, he’s not going down without a fight. What if he’s still there when next season starts?” Rome asked Mason. 

“If it’s not handled by… the start of next season, I don’t see how we’re playing basketball,” Mason said. “I was just in the locker room with LeBron…  At the end of the day, you know we have leaders.  We have player reps, we’ve got executive committee members…  Leaders of the teams, they’re all saying the same thing, ‘If this man is still in place, we ain’t playing’.” 

Rome followed up: “So your guy LeBron, you think he would not play if Sterling were still in there when the [next] season started?”

“I was just in the locker room three or four days ago. LeBron and I talked about it,” Mason said. “He ain’t playing if Sterling is still an owner.” 

Rome asked about Sterling’s wife Shelly Sterling. “What if he’s not there, but his wife is,” Rome asked. 

“No Sterling deserves to be an owner of that franchise any longer,” Mason said. “And I’ve gone down the line from LeBron to the other guys in the league that I’ve talked to and they all feel the same way. There’s no place for that family in the NBA.”

James, asked last week if he would boycott games to start next season if Sterling is still in place, indicated there was no need to consider that at this point.


### The Dolphins signed undrafted Tulane running back Orleans Darkwa, who ran for 863 yards (4.6 per carry) and 12 touchdowns last season. The 6-0 Darkwa ran for 2953 yards in his career.

He will compete with Daniel Thomas, Marcus Thigpen, Mike Gilislee, Cameron Marshall and undrafted Oklahoma rookie Damien Williams for what likely will be two roster spots.

Miami also signed defensive end Gannon Conway, a former walk-on at Arizona State who had 3.5 sacks last season.

The Dolphins made one other move Tuesday, releasing punter Matt Szymanski.


Postscripts and reaction on the Heat’s riveting 102-96 win at Brooklyn that left Miami with a 3-1 lead in this Eastern Conference semifinal:

### This was LeBron at his magnificent best (49 points, 16 for 24 from the field, 14 for 19 from the line), and until the final couple of minutes, it felt like LeBron back in Cleveland, doing everything without much support.

But then Chris Bosh did what he has done a bunch of times this season --- hitting a clutch three to put the Heat up for good 97-94 with 57 seconds remaining. "I work on that shot tirelessly," Bosh said.

Keep in mind that among all NBA players who attempted at least 40 shots in the “clutch” this season, Bosh’s clutch shooting percentage (54 percent) was third-highest in the league. And his 15 "clutch" threes this season tied with Paul Pierce for third-most in the league.

The NBA defines "clutch" as the final five minutes of a game with a margin of five points or fewer.

Bosh had missed two threes in the previous minute before hitting the game-winner in the corner. Bosh’s overall numbers were modest (12 points, five rebounds) but he had three blocks and was active defensively.

“That last one was right in his wheelhouse, the corner one,” Erik Spoelstra said. “Our three-point shooters, we want them having a free mind, and he is one of our best ones.”

On Bosh's go-ahead shot, James passed to Mario Chalmers, who whipped it to Bosh in the corner. 

### James tied his career playoff high (set in Cleveland) but failed to hit 50 when he missed the second of two free throws with one second left, which James admits disappointed him. He did it playing every minute of the second half, and playing the final few minutes with five fouls.

"I was in attack mode early getting to the paint. That's huge for our team, because it puts us all in attack mode and helps us set our halfcourt defense," LeBron said. "I see a lot in a game that I'm not sure everyone sees. I'm happy to give that to my teammates.I found some creases early in the game."

Besides the 49 points, James -- working with five fouls -- deftly defended two key late misses by Joe Johnson. "I take pride in my defense just as much as my offense," he said. "Defensively is where we won the game; it wasn't offense."

### What others had to say about LeBron:

Jason Kidd: “He didn’t settle tonight. A lot of his shots were in the paint.”

Shane Battier: “It’s hard to lose when he’s that aggressive.”

Dwyane Wade: "He's unreal. All everyone had to do tonight was just chip in."

### James’ 49 points set a Heat playoff high, topping Wade’s 46 in a 2010 first-round game against Boston.

“He was fantastic. He did what was needed,” Spoelstra said. “That’s what makes him the best player in the world. He reads the game as well as anybody that’s played this game. He did it within the offense. It can’t be one-on-five against this team, as talented as he is.”

### Spoelstra said before the six minute timeout, he offered to take LeBron out in the fourth quarter to give him a very brief rest. “I kind of said it, I didn’t really mean it,” Spoelstra cracked. LeBron, naturally, declined.

### When Mario Chalmers left temporarily with his fifth foul and 6:38 left, Spoelstra wisely opted for James Jones instead of Norris Cole. The Heat was outscored by 19 points in Cole’s 15 minutes.

### Chalmers was effective when he was on the floor (a plus 20 in his 29 minutes), with eight points, seven assists and just one turnover.

### Allen, remarkably, led the Heat in rebounding for the second time in this series with seven. He also had nine points, including the four clutch free throws late.

### Wade had some dreadful fourth quarter moments (an airball jumper, two turnovers).

“I had those two turnovers, and I said I’m going to do something to help this team win.”

He did, grabbing a key offensive rebound of a James miss with the Heat nursing a three-point lead and 12 seconds left. Ray Allen then hit the first two of his four free-throws over the final 10 seconds.

“It’s just us playing together so many times,” Wade said of the Heat’s poised play in the final two minutes. “You’ve got to win them ugly and you’ve got to win them cute. Tonight, it was ugly. All we wanted to do was get one of these games, and we did it tonight.”

Wade tried to get to the basket but lacked his usual explosiveness at the rim. He was efficient with his shot (7 for 13), blocked two shots and closed with 15 points.

### James requested more minutes for James Jones, and Spoelstra obliged, though not until late in the second quarter. Jones missed both his shots, but Miami was plus five in his 13 minutes.

“I want those guys super aggressive,” James said of Jones, Shane Battier and Rashard Lewis. “They have the green light.”

### The Heat became the first team to win at least one road team in 14 consecutive playoff series.

### Miami has won 10 straight playoff games after a loss.

### The Nets shot 5 for 22 on threes after making 15 of 25 in Game 3. Johnson shot 5 for 15 from the field, Deron Williams 5 for 14.

"We did a great job of making them take tough shots," Wade said.

After Paul Pierce's basket with 4:24 left, the Nets didn't hit another shot from the field until seven seconds remained, which left Miami with a three-point lead.

### Game 5 in Miami on Wednesday will start at 7 p.m.


### The agent for UM defensive lineman Shayon Green said Green agreed orally to a contract with the Dolphins over the weekend, but something came up (the agent refused to divulge what) and now it’s uncertain if he will join the Dolphins.

### Among those invited to try out for the Dolphins during their rookie minicamp May 23-25: Texas kicker Anthony Fera, who made 20 of 22 field goals last season and 45 of 46 extra points. He was 5 for 6 on field goals of 40-plus yards and 1 for 1 from 50 yards. If he impresses, he could be kept to challenge Caleb Sturgis, who very likely will be Miami's kicker again this season.

### UM likes the new MLS stadium site proposed by Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez ---- on a boat slip between Museum Park and AmericanAirlines Arena --- and it “appears to be big enough” for a 40,000-seat stadium if David Beckham decides to build one that large to accommodate UM football (which is still undecided), deputy mayor Chip Iglesias tells us.

The stadium would “need to go into Bicentennial Park somewhat” even if it’s a 25,000-seat stadium, Iglesias said.

UM, still awaiting word from Beckham’s group on the viability, believes the parking situation would be better there than the PortMiami site.

The odds still favor UM remaining at Sun Life, because of multiple factors --- including the high cost to Beckham of building a stadium with 40,000 seats, plus the fact UM has 18 years left on its Sun Life lease and might not be able to get out of it. But UM said it won’t make a decision until it gets clarity from Beckham’s group.

### Marlins people fear Jose Fernandez will require season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery, with final word due in the next day or so. Fernandez is expected to get more than one opinion. Recovery time is typically a year or longer.

Kevin Slowey or Brad Hand figures to take his spot in the rotation initially, but longterm options include Brian Flynn (3-3, 3.69 in Triple A), Andrew Heaney (3-2, 2.35 in Double A), Anthony DeSclafani (3-4, 4.19 in Double A) and Justin Nicolino (2-2, 3.11 in Double A).            


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u looose again...

Talent is deep now on the U just young.......

Posted by: Dom | 05/12/2014 at 07:28 PM

when are u never not yo[]_[]ng ? deja v[]_[] []_[] ...


LeBron should leave. He doesnt get enough help. He should go to Houston.

u r u ... NEW ON CAMPUS "STADIuM" u ...

### UM likes the new MLS stadium site proposed by Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez ---- on a boat slip between Museum Park and AmericanAirlines Arena ---


JESUS H CHRIST !!! []_[]r not getting ANY Stadium built Downtown u dUmb, deaf n blind clUcks !!!

Why don't u get some c[]_[]ban ref[]_[]gees, that went to Dade South, have them round up a couple of thousand 50 Gallon barrel drums, a ton of 2x4's n plywood, make a 50yrd. X 120 raft, slap some porch/patio astro turf on top of it and float it in the middle of Lake Osceola on Campus and VIOLA u dumb clUcks got u an on campus Football Field. All 10-15 thousand of u delUsional dolt clucks can then circle the entire Lake Osceola with everyone getting their very own front row seat...

u can call it, ELIAN GONZALEZ FIELD AT LAKE OSCEOLA FLOATING DOCK MARINE STADIUM... The Halftime raft races would be EPIC !!!



Canes are Loaded Dumb Cluck.......2-3 deep but most of the talent are in the Jr and Sophomores not counting the new incoming class. Now, there are a lot of Future NFL players on the team unlike the past few seasons, there just too young to get drafted yet.......Keep bashing the canes, but they are on the way.

3. I dont like the 40k seat stadium as WHEN THE CANES WIN-the big games sell out and that is 75k 80k fans. and even on crappy teams 50-55 show up (I dont mean the past few seasons). but historically, when Miami has good teams, the Orange Bowl up till 07 always sold out and even UF and FSU games get 70k or so............




That guys a loser.

u are u ... q[]_[]ertro u

Canes are Loaded Dumb Cluck.......2-3 deep but






ur tu stupid

but then again

u R u  ... forever yo[]_[]ng u

bet Dommasse figures it out by noon August 2nd.

but, will u not still be young in 2015-2020 is the ?

think back to 2004-til now ... ur young again.



UrU...time to go clean the detention center toilets!

Reality Bites

LBJ again showed us who is the best player in the Universe. Where is the dummy who wanted to give the championship to the Spurs just yesterday.
Bummer about the Fernandez injury, he was the best story the Marlins had. UMike will be happy, one less Cuban in the headlines.
So now the soccer stadium is planned for Bicentennial Park instead of the port of Miami. That puts it a lot closer to the UM campus right? No? What you say lil green pea, you like this better?
The floating raft on Lake Osceola sounds like a better idea to me, and more doable too.
Next best thing would be to build a 12k "stadium" on Donna Shalala's back yard in her Coral Gables home.
The raft or the backyard have more chances than the MLS pipe dream. Plus both of those would qualify as on campus.
Don't ever say I don't look out for sorry cane clown.
Go Heat!


Hush nerds, no one cares about your fake internet rivalry. The only reason you're trolling the Miami Herald is that there was a UF blog and no FSU blog here for many years. Florida State is Miami's rival, UF's rival, the defending state champions and the defending national champions.

In real life Miami crushed your team in football last year and we're not scheduled to play again.

But here you are, on the Miami Herald, talking about Miami and with not a single word about real life rival Florida State.

This childish trolling has nothing to do with college football and everything to do with a fake internet rivalry.

Grow up.

Get a life.

You just sound pathetic to the actual football fans who read these blogs.

The Boss

Nice to see The Truth essentially silenced last night by LeBron.The Nets walked slowly,tail between their legs as they entered the losers locker room last night.I m sure the rest of the league was hoping big time that the Heaters would lose but the King just refused to let that happen.What an effort from him last night.

raymond roy

Keep the lease on Sun Life Stadium and play FSU and other big games. Work out an arrangement with Beckham for the rest of the games, which will all be sellouts in the new venue. Miami will then play in a packed stadium for all of its games and will not have to build a new stadium on its own.

Reality Bites

ray roy do you realize how stupid you sound? Provide an example of a college team that plays in different venues according to who the opponent is.
Could someone please explain how is a stadium located on Bicentennial Park better than No Life Stadium? Aren't both of those sites far from campus? The downtown site may be even worse when you factor in traffic.
Blog policeman it is you who is a pathetic loser, posting the same drivel over and over. Even the so called trolls on this blog talk about relevant sports topics, such as the pipe dream of an MLS/sorry cane stadium.
It is you who never discusses anything related to sports on these pages. Get it out of your thick head this blog is not a cane blog, it is a Miami sports blog. I discuss Miami sports a lot more than you, in fact you never do. This has nothing to do with FSU or UF or any so called rivalry. Why you keep bringing up FSU is baffling. Right now all we need to know about FSU is that they are better than the sorry canes and that their star QB keeps messing up off the field.
Go Heat!


JESUS H CHRIST !!! []_[]r not getting ANY Stadium built Downtown u dUmb, deaf n blind clUcks !!!

Posted by: u r u ... NEW ON CAMPUS "STADIuM" u ... | 05/13/2014 at 12:23 AM


are you calling barry jackson a liar ...



I dont like the 40k seat stadium as WHEN THE CANES WIN-the big games sell out and that is 75k 80k fans. and even on crappy teams 50-55 show up (I dont mean the past few seasons). but historically

Posted by: Dom | 05/13/2014 at 12:39 AM

I've tried to explain this to you once, but you refuse to learn. Of that 50,000, over half are either free or sold at rock bottom prices, like $140 for an entire season. We have to sell them at low prices at SLS because the supply ridiculously outweighs demand. If we have a 40K stadium, every seat commands a premium. Season tickets will sell out. How you still don't get this is anyone's guess. You might be the only guy on earth who defends the idea of having a football game with 35,000 empty seats and absolutely no atmosphere.
-- AntwanJ306

when demand exceeds supply ...
prices go up ...



a stadium located on Bicentennial Park better than No Life Stadium? Aren't both of those sites far from campus?

Posted by: Reality Bites | 05/13/2014 at 12:24 PM


only 8 miles separate U from the water's edge ...


Not our rival

Posted by: Reality Bites | 05/13/2014 at 12:24 PM

IN FOOTBALL Miami beat your team and isn't scheduled to play again.

IN FOOTBALL FSU is your rival.

My only purpose is to point out that you're not talking about football, you're talking about a fake internet rivalry because you're an internet troll.


ray roy do you realize how stupid you sound? Provide an example of a college team that plays in different venues according to who the opponent is.

Posted by: Reality Bites | 05/13/2014 at 12:24 PM




The "Blog Policeman" is right, the only reason you have to be here is to try to make UM fans feel bad (i.e. trolling), the only reason he has to be here is to tell you to go away (i.e. stop trolling).


if David Beckham decides to build one that large to accommodate UM football (which is still undecided)
-- barry jackson

it's in Beckham's interest to associate with the established Hurricanes: 1) assuage the conscience of timid commissioners; 2) ensure viability of a risky venture.




Looks like there will be a 30 For 30 follow up on Miami called The U: Part 2 (working title)
-- Richard Deitsch ‏@richarddeitsch




Wisely revisiting the past, the ACC is moving its storied basketball tournament championship game from Sunday afternoon to Saturday night.

The announcement came Tuesday during the league’s annual spring meetings in Amelia Island, Fla.

As was the case in 1982, when the conference shifted from its traditional Saturday prime-time slot to Sunday afternoon, this change hinged on television, more specifically ESPN.

For decades the network reserved Saturday night of championship week for the Big East tournament final at Madison Square Garden. But when the Big East splintered and left ESPN for Fox Sports, the coveted Saturday night slot, plus Friday night semifinals, opened for the ACC.

Similarly, the ACC last regular season took the Big East’s place on ESPN’s Big Monday package.

The switch takes effect immediately, with Friday’s semifinals set for 7 and 9:30 p.m., Saturday’s final for 8:30 p.m.
-- david teel


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