When you talk about Miami really you are talking about this guy...
He is awesome and well worth the price of admission. My only problem with Dwyane Wade is that his name is spelled wrong. Normally, it was "Dwayne" but no. This guy is special and his momma obviously knew that at a very early point and therefore spelled his name in a unique way befitting his super-star stature that she so clearly anticipated.
I am absolutely convinced that if Wade was playing on a better team and/or wasn't playing at the same time as Kobe and LeBron that he would be an MVP.
We've seen Wade torch the Suns in the past and he especially seemed to feast on Raja Bell's (overrated) defense. But that's in the past. Early this season the Suns did a great job holding Wade to 7-18 shooting and used the zone defense to shut down the Heat in fourth quarter.
That win over Miami is still in my mind the best of the season so far. It was cool beating Boston in Boston. Beating the Spurs and Lakers at home is great. But the way the Suns used their defense to come back in this game really set the tone for the early success and sparked that 14-3 start to the season.
That November 3rd game showed how resilient, gritty and tough the Suns could be. In December, the Suns lost a lot of that edge and as Nash said, weren't tough enough. Hopefully, they will get back to that point. That win in Miami set the bar.
The other guy I am most interested in watching is Michael Beasley. I remember talking to Beasley at the All Star game last year during the Rookie/Sophmore media availability. You can listen to that here.
Beasley was sprawled in a chair with his feet out and his head back. He was literally as laid back as he possibly could have made himself while sitting on a chair (he was the ONLY player not standing btw). And while I won't go so far as to say he was stoned at the time, we now know that he's had his issues in that department.
This season though, I keep hearing about how well he's playing and how he's seemed to have turned it around.
|2009 - Michael Beasley||33||31.8||6.2||13.6||45.4||0.3||1.5||20.4||2.9||3.5||83.6||1.8||4.9||6.7||1.2||1.6||0.8||0.5||3.0||15.6|
15 points and 7 rebounds in 32 minutes is solid but I am not sure if that's anywhere close to his potential. I don't watch the Heat nearly enough to comment but my comment is that on that team where he clearly has the opportunity to be the number 2 guy, he could be doing more. If he can do more.
Of added interest to Suns fans (as was addressed in my question to him last year ironically enough) is the potential that he could be traded to Phoenix in an Amare Stoudemire deal.
I know nothing and haven't even heard anything, but of all the possible destinations for Amare, Miami always made a lot of sense to me. Assuming they can keep Wade (and getting Amare would have to help in that regard) you could easily see Amare agreeing to extend there.
Any Amare to Miami deal would have to include Beasley coming back. Right?
A dream deal for me would send Amare to Miami in a sign and trade and get back Beasley, Haslim and James Jones. I doubt Miami would want to give up Haslim but without his salary it is hard to make the numbers work.
Anyway, of all the potential outcomes for the Amare situation, a trade with the Heat that nets Beasley is high on my internal list of possible/favorable outcomes.
Keep that all in mind while watching Easy Beasley tonight. Or don't.
Miami Heat Roster
|Rafer Alston||11||G||7.24.76||175||6-2||Fresno State|
|Carlos Arroyo||8||G||7.30.79||202||6-2||Fla International|
|Michael Beasley||30||F||1.9.89||235||6-10||Kansas State|
|Daequan Cook||14||G||4.28.87||210||6-5||Ohio State|
[Note by Phoenix Stan, 01/08/10 11:17 AM MST ]
And how could I forget that Rafer Alston is now with the Heat!
Wade: Alston\'s the One for Me - Bethlehem Shoals - The Baseline - Sporting News
Dwyane Wade is really good, even when he's not making us all run for the hills like last season. However, one of the few drawbacks of having him on your team—or Brandon Roy, for that matter—is that it really requires that the thinking cap remain in usage on the part of coaches and front offices. These are off-guards that dominate the ball, begging the question of what exactly the PG is supposed to do. Steve Blake cannot save you forever, sorry. Chalmers is young and incomplete, which is not a fair answer.
I think more interesting point here is that Mario Chalmers had already been benched in favor of Carlos Arroyo and now they are bringing in Alston.
Everyone (maybe even you) was really high on Chalmers last season which just goes to prove my point about rookies - either good or bad, you can't judge them too soon. Omri Casspi for example, looks great right now but how will he be looking this time next year? Too soon to say.
Game and Other Links:
- Heat vs Suns coverage
- Heat vs Suns preview
Game #34: Miami Heat (17-16) vs. Phoenix Suns (23-13) - Peninsula is Mightier
azcentral.com blogs - Coro's Suns dish - PaulCoro - Suns go for 3 in a row
Coro's Suns dish: The Suns have not won three games in a row since the end of November but have a home game against a team they already have beaten tonight to do so. Heat (17-6) at Suns (24-13)
Is Basketball Becoming Baseball? Because... That Would Suck - SB Nation
This is a great look at the Lakers and how their huge payroll is turning them into the Yankee's and the NBA into the MLB. I HOPE the new CBA addresses this
NBA Talking Points: Is Basketball Becoming Baseball? - SB Nation
Check out the rest of these as well...great stuff
Suns' Nash continues to be a numbers marvel
After watching Steve Nash score 30 points and hand out 12 assists to pull a Suns win out of the team's blown-lead hat, Sacramento coach Paul Westphal handed him the best compliment anyone has given him this season. "I don't think I've ever seen him play this well and he's got two MVPs," Westphal said. "He's unbelievable."
- The Official Phoenix Suns Blog " Blog Archive " Oh, Those ’00s
Truly The Real McCoy: How an Iowa farm boy became the greatest Sun of all time and impacted my life | Fanster.com
From as young as the age of seven, I can remember sequestering myself in my room, firing up the old black Emerson clock radio complete with built in cassette player (yes, very fancy) and listening to Al McCoy describe the action. On those winter and early spring nights, between the static of the AM radio, phrases like "swish-a-roo for two", "heartbreak hotel" and "you can put this one in the old deep freeze" became part of my lexicon. While sitting on the bed, I would become fixated on every word emanating from that little box that was placed on the nightstand, similar to the way some get fixated on a preacher during a truly moving sermon. No longer was I sitting in my room. No, that little box opened my mind to a large world in which I was seated in the "Purple Palace" as member of the church of Shazam.
[Note by Phoenix Stan, 01/08/10 2:41 PM MST ]
and for all those that love to live in the past and revel in past glory (which for Suns fans is both pain and pleasure) I give you Q Rich talking about how special the 04/05 team was. Let the What if game