Welcome to The Launching Pad, a weekly roundup of Miami Heat basketball. Who’s playing well, and who should pick it up? What numbers should you be watching? What was that beautiful play Miami ran in the second quarter? You can find all of it here, every Monday.
The Miami Heat surrendered a 104-101 season-opening loss Wednesday to the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Our resident statistician, Christian Hernandez (@TheMapleRick), pieced together his biggest takeaways for Miami as they enter Thursday on the second night of a back-to-back versus the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena in a new series we’re calling, “Take That For Data.”
The Miami Heat regular season returns this week, which means the Miami Heat Beat crew dropped a MEGAPOD to get our Heat fan listeners ready!!! Special guests from all over the NBA sports landscape join us to break down starting lineup rotations, Justise Winslow’s extension, the latest on the Jimmy Butler trade pursuit, and denials from Pat Riley, featuring, Will Manso (Fox Sports Sun // WPLG Local 10), Rohan Nadkarni (Sports Illustrated’s The Crossover), Jorge Sedano (ESPN), and Ethan Skolnick (5 Reasons Sports).
In this preseason edition of The Heat Beat Podcast, Giancarlo Navas, Brian Goins, Jack Alfonso, and Nekias Duncan are joined by our network overlord, Ethan Skolnick (5 Reasons Sports), to go in-depth on the latest of the Jimmy Butler trade saga
We got the opportunity to catch up with Shaquille O’Neal about his time in Miami and his experiences with cruise ships, among other things. Shaq was in his element, with pints of sweat dripping off his face, just like old times. Look, it gets a little weird. We’re also not sure how much of it is true.
Miami Heat Beat’s first Heat Media Day!!! It was a day to remember with one of our biggest guest lists ever for the occasion. The MHB crew talked with Josh Richardson, Kelly Olynyk, Rodney McGruder, Tyler Johnson, and snuck in some Jimmy Butler talk with Tom Haberstroh (Bleacher Report/Count The Dings Network).
With training camp on the horizon, Nekias Duncan is taking an in-depth look at Miami’s three position groups – guards, forwards, and bigs – as a bit of a primer. Here’s part one of a three-part series, featuring the guards.
The Miami Heat, moreso than in past disgruntled star sweepstakes, should be taken extremely seriously. Jimmy Butler is the caliber of player the Heat can and should pursue, a franchise handoff that would ensure the team and city where Dwyane Wade etched his legacy into NBA history forever is left in capable hands moving into the future.
No one better epitomizes the history and culture of the Miami Heat than the trio of Pat Riley, Dwyane Wade, and Udonis Haslem. But with their departures slowly approaching, a question creeps into the mind of every Heat fan: “What comes next?”