We welcomed Amber Wilson of The Ticket Morning Show (790 The Ticket) to join Giancarlo, Brian, and Alf (first-time hosting) in discussions that involve:
• Why can’t Miami HEAT fans have fun with this season?
• Trade Rumor Mill: Is it worth trading Goran Dragic, a draft pick, and a young piece for John Wall?
• We talk about Kanye West’s recent antics
• Gianni polls Amber on the hurdles and inclusion of women in sports media
• We end with who the most handsome in the NBA player is?
With a horrific start for the HEAT, it seemed like comparisons to that 2007-08 team were inevitable. The HEAT were the verge of having a seven-game losing streak, longest since the 2007-08 season and Miami was down as many as 14 in the first quarter. Things looked bleak.
The first HEAT game I ever remember attending in person was on February 26th, 1991. I was nine years old, which now serves as a harsh reminder of how old (and #washed) I am today. The trip to the Miami Arena was a late birthday present from my uncle and I was as excited to attend as I had been to do anything up to that point in my life. Decked out in my Champion Brand size 36 Glen Rice HEAT jersey, I enjoyed my first Miami HEAT experience.
I don’t have #sauces, but I do have time to burn, a trade machine to abuse and an English paper to procrastinate on. With that said, let’s look at five potential Dragic and/or Whiteside deals that could work out.
In this edition of The Heat Beat Podcast Giancarlo Navas is joined by Harrison Cytryn and Leif to discuss:
• Goran Dragic’s future with the Heat
• Hassan Whiteside’s tremendous week
• We steal mailbag questions from Anthony Chiang
• Gianni defends Dion Waiters
… and so much more
The Atlanta Hawks came into Miami and took the game with a final score of 93-90. The game also drops Miami to 1-5 in the American Airlines Arena (2-8 overall), the worst start for a HEAT team since they began the 2007-08 season with a whopping 0-6 record at home. Yet somehow, HEAT fans are smiling after the game, and after the sixth straight loss, it is fitting to have six reasons to smile through the pain.
According to sources, the HEAT are willing to trade Dragic and would prefer to do so in advance of the NBA Trade Deadline. Rumblings also persist that Miami will dangle Whiteside in an effort to explore all options to acquire a franchise centerpiece.
Five game losing streaks are no fun, but for this HEAT team they just might be necessary to the process. Earlier this week, Pat Riley said Justise Winslow “needs more and more failure” and tonight in San Antonio, Winslow and the HEAT got another dose of failure as they fell to the Spurs 94-90.
Dwyane Wade, for maybe the last time, provided me with an out— a form of escapism. He saved me today because I desperately needed saving, even if it was only for a night. Miami loves you, Dwyane. Thank you forever.
Ugh. That was ugly. The HEAT had their first bad loss of the season last night and I’ve never seen a fan base morph into lowly (Pre-Embiid) Philadelphia 76ers fans so effortlessly. It’s almost like we knew this team wouldn’t reach our expectations.
We are a few weeks into the season. Our expert staff at Miami Heat Beat is here to tell you how to think! Exciting right? We’re borrowing on ESPN’s 5-on-5 idea where we take five of our staff writers (against their will) and ask them all the same questions to hear their differentiating opinions (hot takes) on what’s going on with the HEAT. So without further adieu, let’s get started.
Since then Miami lost [against the Raptors] spectacularly in game seven and have started the season under .500. Life comes at you fast. It all happened so quick too, almost from one week to the next. Miami lost two starters and their most beloved sports figure.
The news of the day is that Josh Richardson will make his season debut tonight and Josh McRoberts is getting closer to an on court return. Giancarlo Navas (@gnavas103) and Alex Toledo (@TropicalBlanket) give us their their breakdown of what to expect out of the two Josh’s.
Despite Dion Waiters attempting to take joy away from all of us, there were things to be proud of from that game, like Justise Winslow’s offensive versatility and Goran Dragic ripping the Spurs in transition. The biggest takeaway, literally, was the interior dominance of Hassan Whiteside.
In this edition of The Heat Beat Podcast, we welcomed my friend and FIUSM/ 880 the Biz host and contributor Alex Solana because we needed an extra person, to join Giancarlo Navas, Jack Alfonso and Alex Toledo
If HEAT fans can find a way to embrace the growing pains and relish the opportunity to watch a young inexperienced squad grow together, they may appreciate it all the more when the team grows into something special.
While it may be a struggle to watch the Miami HEAT on some nights this season, Wednesday’s 108-96 win had its fair share of jump-out-of-your-seat-moments. And it was almost poetic how the HEAT’s first regular season game showed you both extremes it could be.