Q: Seeing summertime video clips of Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo jacking up sweaters suggests they got the message of being able to clear the floor to some extent. – Leonard, Cornelius, NC
A: That’s all well and good. But converting jumpers and 3-pointers in an empty gym or during pick-up scrimmates is very different than doing it against the NBA-level closeout defense. Yes, it’s encouraging that the three are working on an element so vital to the needs of the Heat. But remember, it’s not like a player ever takes to their social media to show off their missed shots, extra body fat and careless ball handling. So what you basically get to see are self-cut summer highlights. Or in some cases, like in the Miami Pro League, highlight videos from viewers (rarely there are posts of failure). Well, have fun. And then the real judgment will come during camp and pre-season.
Q: I think Miami learned trading with Shaquille O’Neal, trading their future for a championship and a two-year contender isn’t the best. We got the chip but weren’t very good shortly after and wasted some of Dwyane Wade’s best years. I prefer to let the team we have do their best and drop the chips where they want. – Johannes, Öcala.
A: Actually, I think the way the NBA and most professional sports work is that it’s all about that two-year window of working to create a moment like this. So, no, I’m not blaming Shaquille O’Neal for switching in 2004 at the expense of Lamar Odom, Brian Grant, Caron Butler and a first-round pick. But, to get straight to the point, Dwyane Wade was 22 years old in 2004. Now Jimmy Butler is 32 and Kyle Lowry is 36, so you have to live in the moment.
Q: Doesn’t the Heat need to give Omer Yurtseven minutes of rotation this season to see if he could be another Nikola Jokic? – Bob, David.
A: Or they can just run back the core that brought them to an NBA Finals win. Omer Yurtseven, like a typical backup quarterback in the NBA, seems to have more external interest than within the coaching suite.
https://www.ocregister.com/2022/07/31/ask-ira-how-much-heat-stock-should-be-put-in-summer-lowry-butler-adebayo/ How much heat storage should be created in summer Lowry, Butler, Adebayo? – Orange County Registry