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BAMAPHIN 22
09-27-2006, 09:31 PM
The biggest roster change in the Eastern Conference in the offseason didn't involve Miami, but the Heat may have benefited from the move more than anyone.


Ben Wallace (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3149/)'s departure from Detroit to Chicago severely weakened the Pistons, widening the gap between the East's top two clubs last season. Add the fact that Pat Riley will return to the sidelines in Miami, and it is clear that the Heat are the favorites to come out of the East and return to the NBA Finals in June.

Detroit's loss is Chicago's gain, of course, and for the first time since Michael Jordan retired, the Bulls are legitimate title contenders. Remember, Chicago played Miami extremely well in the playoffs last spring, and now the Bulls will be even better defensively. But there is plenty of work to be done incorporating Wallace into the lineup, particularly on offense.

Meanwhile, both Detroit and Chicago will have plenty of competition in their own division from LeBron James (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3704/) and the Cavaliers, not to mention the talented Pacers and the improving Bucks and Raptors. The Central just might be the toughest division in the NBA.
But the rest of the East looks awfully weak, and that should mean clear sailing for the Heat. Miami begins the season in the same position as it finished nearly four months ago – on top of the Eastern Conference.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=sk-eastrankings092606&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

icephinfan
09-28-2006, 12:06 AM
Though it seems financially improbable, coach Pat Riley said the Heat remains interested in acquiring free agent small forward Bonzi Wells, who visited Miami late last week. Riley said the team is still considering re-signing Shandon Anderson, but added that the team will likely only keep 14 players under contract to avoid surpassing the luxury-tax threshold.
-- Miami Herald

The Heat inquired about point guard Jeff McInnis -- whom the Nets told not to report to camp -- but would consider it only if he's released.
-- Miami Herald

Pat Riley said Jason Williams, who had offseason knee surgery, won't necessarily be ready to play when the season starts Oct. 31. Though Riley did have positive things to say about former Notre Dame guard Chris Quinn and former Michigan guard Daniel Horton, he still anticipates making a run at another point guard via free agency or trade.
-- Miami Herald

greatwade
10-03-2006, 01:22 PM
let's get this party started, soon, mmmkay.

305TillIDie
10-03-2006, 03:43 PM
cant wait the season...should be one sweet ride back to the finals :yes:

DolphinDevil28
10-03-2006, 08:07 PM
Heat are still the best, but waaaaaaaaatch out for my Magic.

Alex44
10-04-2006, 11:16 AM
Only thing that can stop us is Injury this year, so lets stay healthy

I hope Wright sees more action....its year 3, he has shown flashes of being really good, now its time to step up

tucker
10-04-2006, 01:14 PM
eric reed came in the other say and said that the heat will most likely just stay in house for option at pg while williams is out..he said its a good chance quinn may make the team and be insurance for williams until he returns

icephinfan
10-04-2006, 02:18 PM
Pat Riley said the Heat has offered Shandon Anderson a contract for this season, but he was surprised to learn the veteran forward has a wrist injury that will require as many as six weeks from which to recover.
-- Miami Herald

DeathStar
10-04-2006, 02:43 PM
Lets Go Heat! the only good sports team down here.

marlins done. panthers will suck. canes suck. dolphins suck.