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Thursday afternoon: Mike Tannenbaum, Adam Gase address assorted issues; Heat rookies get mixed news from NBA

 

The Dolphins and WQAM-560 celebrated the first day of their new partnership with live interviews with Adam Gase and Mike Tannenbaum. Highlights of what each had to say on the team's new flagship station (Tannenbaum with Marc Hochman, Channing Crowder and Zach Krantz; and Gase with Joe Rose and Curtis Stevenson):

 

TANNENBAUM'S THOUGHTS

• On Laremy Tunsil falling to 13th: "I've been around the league 20 years. And that was a first for me. We talked about every scenario. If this draft was Feb. 1, he would have been one of the top picks.... This is a good player, and more importantly, he's really a good person. Obviously, he had made some mistakes. That was an old video. It surfaced for him at the wrong time. For us, it created a great opportunity....

"It was an easy decision. It was unanimous... We had an area scout, Matt Winston, who went into Mississippi more than once. We knew about the kid. We knew about his character. He was a good teammate... I'm really glad he was there when we picked. I think we're going to be happy for a long time."

• On any concern amid Jason Cole's Bleacher Report story that Tunsil has a pre-arthritic ankle condition that scared away some teams: "None. Zero. He's full go. He's fine. We never had a concern about his ankle."

• On the offensive line: "I feel like we're improved. I certainly have the mindset it's never perfect. It's never good enough. We have a long ways to go. With that said, signing Kraig Urbik, [Sam Young], Jermon Bushrod, drafting Tunsil, we're markedly improved there.... We have four guys in Bushrod, Ja'Wuan James, Tunsil and Branden Albert that can play left tackle. That gives us such a luxury. You throw in Sam Young, who has played left tackle in this league as well. You can never have enough of those guys. If you don't have tackles and corners, it's hard to win in this league."

• Asked by Crowder whether Dion Jordan (eligible to return from suspension) will get a sack this season, he said: "We certainly hope so... Right now, he's not eligible to play. It's something we don't have much to share.... Once he's reinstated, he will be a member of the team and we'll go from there... We're still waiting on the league. I don't think there's anything imminent."

• "I really like the trajectory of this team." 

 

GASE'S THOUGHTS

• On Laremy Tunsil, who is expected to begin his rookie season at guard barring an injury to starting tackles Branden Albert or Ja'Wuan James, Gase said "we are going to move him around" in offseason practices "and figure out what the best five are. We are going to try to get him... work in both spots. We want them to be able to play multiple positions. We are going to keep moving guys around and seeing what the right five is."

• On Ndamukong Suh, who has been training in Oregon, away from teammates: "He's got great access to an amazing facility, has a traditional way about going about his process."

• On what offseason personnel news most excited him: "Most excited I got was when we got Cam Wake extended. I was excited Cam was able to make sure we extended his time here. Every time I see him out there doing things he looks really good to me."

Wake continues to recover from last season's ruptured Achilles. Vance Joseph has said he expects Wake back for Week 1 of the regular season.

"Every time, I err on the side of caution," Gase said. "When we go to Seattle [in Week 1], that's when I want to make sure he's ready to go."

• On his receivers: "The fact they're young is great because there shouldn't be anybody complaining their legs are tired. Every time I go out there, they're really getting after it. You never see them slow down.... That's one of the reasons I brought in Shawn Jefferson as a receivers coach. It's almost like you are creating a basketball team with our skill positions - different body types, makes us difficult to defend."

• On Jay Ajayi: "Jay is doing a good job. He's been very consistent. He has been here every day. Does everything right. He's kind of separated himself from the rest of that group as far as consistency with what he's done day in and day out."

• On Ryan Tannehill: "Watching him in the weight room, watching him on the field, I've been very impressed with that.I've been very impressed with his intelligence. [He likes how he has communicated with teammates.] Obviously the arm talent is there. Hopefully we can put him in good situations,... get him in a rhythm and get him rolling.

HEAT NEWS

Heat forward Justise Winslow was named to the All-NBA rookie second team on Thursday, earning more first-team votes than any rookie who was not named to the first team.

Winslow received first-team votes from 44 of the 130 media members who voted. But that was well behind the 71 first-team votes awarded Philadelphia’s Jahlil Okafor, who received the fewest first-team votes of anybody on the All-rookie first team.

Heat guard Josh Richardson fell just short of the second team; he and Charlotte rookie Frank Kaminsky received the 11th-most points in the weighted grading system, behind the 10 players named to the first- and second-teams.

Richardson and Kaminsky each received 47 points, three behind the point total of Sacramento’s Willie Cauley-Stein.

Richardson also received four first-team votes. Shortly after the all-rookie teams were announced, Richardson tweeted: “And they wonder why this chip will never leave my shoulder.”

Winslow appeared in a team-leading 78 games this season, becoming just the fifth rookie to lead the Heat in games played for a single season. He averaged 6.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 28.6 minutes per game. He’s the 11th Heat player to be named to an All-Rookie team.

Richardson averaged 6.6 points in 52 games and led the league in three-point shooting percentage after the All-Star break.

The All Rookie team included Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns and the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis (who were both unanimous selections), plus Phoenix’s Devin Booker, Denver’s Nikola Jokic and Okafor.

The all NBA Rookie second team included Winslow, the Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Denver’s Emmanuel Mudiay, Indiana’s Myles Turner and Cauley-Stein.

Twitter: @flasportsbuzz... Please check the last post for 99.3 percent of what Pat Riley said yesterday.

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