If you like bad, inconsistent internet connections, the sizzling sound of burgers being seared and Gianni’s frenzied yelling sprinkled with some basketball talk, this is the pod for you. God bless your heart.
We welcomed Israel Gutierrez of ESPN & Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald to discuss two of the greatest Miami HEAT stories published on the same day: (1) Pay Riley’s Manifesto from ESPN: The Magazine as written by Wright Thompson and (2) Dion Waiters’ Masterpiece written by Dion “Google Me” Waiters himself for the Player’s Tribune. We also break down HEAT free agency with Barry, who dropped some saucy nuggets.
Gianni, Leif, Alf, Brass Jazz and Brian get together for the first offseason podcast of the Miami HEAT season by discussing exit interview comments from James Johnson and Dion Waiters, Carmelo Anthony rumors, and an anime bet that didn’t go as planned.
Gianni, Harrison and Alex welcome Kelly Cohen of the Washington Examiner and SB Nation as they reflect on the 2016-17 season. We make fun of the Atlanta Hawks for being losers, slander more media members and discuss Hassan Whiteside as a potential dating suitor.
We welcomed Rohan Nadkarni of Sports Illustrated as our special guest to discuss why Udonis Haslem is a liar—at least to Gianni. We obsess about HEAT Culture and how players are making it seem like it’s a cult. We revisit our takes from the beginning of the season. And Rohan tells us Heat Twitter is too savage for him.
Gianni, Alf, Harrison, Nekias, Brian and special guest Cat Fuentes (560 WQAM) spend most of the show derailing away from HEAT topics, using the power of laughter to make us feel better about Miami inching closer away from playoff contention. We bring back #MHBMailbag, Grinding Windermans II, and Nekias drops another golden one-liner during his “Small Sample Size Theater.”
Gianni, Alf, Harrison and Brian discuss the HEAT’s playoff push, the hilarity of the Knicks, what HEAT Culture is perceived around the league, Gordan Hayward rumors, and we debut a new segment properly dubbed: “Heat Lifer or Not A Heat Lifer?”
Sources: HEAT fears Dion Waiters’ injury is a grade 3 ankle sprain, a complete tear of the ligament, one that would require a six-to-eight week recovery period that would keep him out for at least the remainder of the regular season. An MRI has yet to be scheduled because of swelling.
Our enemy Jorge Sedano of ESPN joins us. He namedrops a bunch of famous athletes while hijacking our show, Gianni doesn’t have the guts to say the HEAT will make the playoffs, and Leif and Sedano get into it about Culture vs. Process.
Giancarlo Navas, Brian Goins and Nekias Duncan welcomed Chris Axmann of the Almighty Baller Podcast Network. We make the case for Spoach of the Year, Gianni acts like a nerd…again, and Dion Waiters did what to our mothers? All of this—including the glorious tirade of Dion Waiters and child bearers—will be aired on Dash Radio under the “Almighty Baller Radio” channel. Stay tuned for more details.
Be excited and hopeful about the future, because this organization has given you absolutely zero reasons not to. #TrustTheCulture, because it has proven to be stronger than any other “process” ever has.
It’s hard to attribute all of the HEAT’s success to Okaro White, but since signing with Miami on Jan. 17, he’s added an invaluable boost off the bench on both ends of the floor—even filling in as a backup center. Here’s some stats and film to prove it.
A little less than three weeks ago, the Miami HEAT were on the fast track to a top-three pick in the NBA lottery. They were 11-30, injury-riddled, and visibly fluttering as the season seemed to be quickly slipping away. Now, the Heat are riding a nine-game winning streak and are within striking distance of the eighth seed in the East.