Manso: Heat heading to NBA Playoffs with better seed than you think

The Heat ended the 2016-2017 season wishing they had played even more basketball.  To a man, every player in Miami’s locker room felt they could have made some noise in the playoffs and had more to prove with this team.They’re finally …

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Here is a way to help victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida Keys

The Miami Heat’s Jason Jackson wants you to join an effort to help Hurricane Irma’s victims in the Florida Keys. It’s simple, he wants you to eat Thursday, drink Friday and follow the caravan Sunday. 

Jackson wants you to head to one of two participating Checkers restaurants Thursday. If you are in Broward, the fast-food restaurant is at 3568 Northlake Blvd., in Palm Beach Gardens. If you are in Miami-Dade, head to 5605 SW 137 Ave. in Kendall. 

The restaurants will be donating the day’s profits and the Palm Beach Gardens location will be collecting donations for The Jax Fam Foundation effort.

On Friday, there will be a JFF Happy Hour fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Casa de Montecristo by Prime Cigar and Whiskey Bar at 1106 South Miami Ave., in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood.  

The team of volunteers, including other local organizations, will be preparing packages Saturday, and on Sunday they will be making the delivery by road and sea to Big Pine Key and Marathon with the help of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. 

For more information or to make a donation, visit the Jax Fam Foundation website or e-mail Beth Silverberg at [email protected]

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Miami Heat re-signs Dion Waiters

The Miami Heat re-signed guard Dion Waiters, the team announced on Friday night. .

President Pat Riley said in a statement that Waiters proved last season that he was one of the best guards in the NBA.

“We are happy today to be able to sign Dion to a long-term contract,” Riley said in the statement.

Riley added that Waiters is an attacker and an “excellent” three-point shooter as well as a defender. The Miami Herald‘s Manny Navarro reported the Heat will be paying Waiters $52 million for four years. 

“He is a player that has no fear in taking the last shot, regardless of the outcome,” Riley said. “We believe that continuity has shown to be one of the important things that we do by keeping a team together. Having Dion back in the fold is a big factor in keeping that team chemistry together.”

Last season, Waiters appeared in 46 games (43 starts), helping Miami to a 27-19 (.587) record in those games. He averaged 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 30.1 minutes while shooting 42.4 percent from the field and a career-high 39.5 percent from three-point range.


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Pulse nightclub victims honored at AAA event

At the rear of the American Airlines Arena there was a revolving sign Monday that shows photos of all 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre. In addition to the photos, the Miami Police department and the LGBTQ group Pridelines Youth Services …

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AP Source: Bosh, Miami Heat reach agreement to part ways

A person with knowledge of the situation says Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat have agreed on the next steps to remove him from the roster and the team’s salary cap.

The person says Bosh’s issues with blood clots have been determined as a career-ending injury situation which will allow the Heat cap relief going forward, adding that Bosh cannot play for Miami again but may still seek medical clearance from another club if he decides he wants to play elsewhere. The person spoke to The Associated Press Friday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced publicly.

Bosh remains on the Heat roster and will stay there until the team needs his cap space.

He has not played since February 2016. Bosh’s 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons were shortened by bouts with blood clots.

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Spoelstra, D’Antoni share NBCA Coach of the Year award

Miami’s Erik Spoelstra and Houston’s Mike D’Antoni are the co-winners of the National Basketball Coaches Association’s coach of the year award.

The inaugural award, named for longtime NBCA executive director Michael H. Goldberg, is decided in a vote by the league’s 30 head coaches. The winners were announced Sunday. The award will be presented to Spoelstra and D’Antoni at the NBCA’s annual meeting in September.

Other coaches who received votes from their peers were Washington’s Scott Brooks, Memphis’ David Fizdale, Golden State’s Steve Kerr, Milwaukee’s Jason Kidd, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers and Utah’s Quin Snyder.

The NBA’s Coach of the Year award will be announced June 26.

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