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  • 903 Hail Providence Dec 27, 2013
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    Nope, you have to be able to evaluate talent in order to put the pieces around your three best players in order to win it all. And that's not easy to do with the three guys on max contracts and a salary cap.

    A team consisting of LeBron James, Chris Bosch, and Dewayne Wade could win if the rest of the team consisted of AAU players.Then how'd they lose the Finals to Dallas in 2011?

  • kato_karma3.2 Dec 27, 2013
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    speaking of which, kiwi is pretty darn good...

    at rolling the ball out there and telling 'em to have at it.

  • larrys080 Aggies Dec 27, 2013
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    He taught Battier how to do it better than anyone.......

  • 903 Hail Providence Dec 27, 2013
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    Roy's pretty good at hiding in the locker room while telling his walkons to "have at it"...

  • larrys080 Aggies Dec 27, 2013
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    NO TOURNAMENT THIS YEAR! OUCH MY BACK HURTS! K in 1994-95

  • The truth about MERCER! Dec 27, 2013
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    Even with the best talent it takes time to mold a team. Even Jordan didn't win a championship in first few years. The difference is that when you build a team by buying established talent it is more a matter of managing that talent. That is much different that building a team by drafting college players. Those players have no NBA track record to judge how they will perform on a professional level.

    As for the salary cap, there are so many loopholes that it is a joke. For instance

    The Mid-Level exception:

    Once a year, teams can use a mid-level exception (MLE) to sign a player to a contract for a specified maximum amount. The amount of the MLE and its duration depend on the team's cap status. The MLE is $5 million for a duration of four years for teams that are over the cap either before or after the signing, but did not pay a luxury tax in the previous season. Teams without cap room that paid tax in the previous season have an MLE of $3 million with a three-year duration. Teams with cap room, previously ineligible for the MLE, have a new MLE of $2.5 million with a two-year duration. The MLE is frozen at the stated levels through the 2012–13 season, after which it increases by 3% per season (with the percentage based on the initial amount of the exception, and not compoundedThe Bi-Annual exception

    The bi-annual exception was used to sign any free agent to a contract starting at $1.672 million. Like the mid-level exception, the bi-annual exception was also split among more than one player, and was used to sign players for up to two years, with raises limited to 8% per year. This exception was referred to as the "$1 million exception" in the 1999 CBA, although it was valued at $1 million for only the first year of the agreement.

    And there are many more.

  • 903 Hail Providence Dec 27, 2013
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    As for the salary cap, there are so many loopholes that it is a joke....those loopholes apply to all of the NBA, not just the Heat...

  • larrys080 Aggies Dec 27, 2013
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    903 is the typical young Duke fan. Wants instant gratification. Miami will never be considered a dynasty or one of the all time greats. Bought championship! Thank God that former Carolina greats continue to lead these championship teams!

  • The truth about MERCER! Dec 27, 2013
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    I agree. So an organization that is better at managing money and re-negotiating player contracts is able to buy more talent than other teams. Miami has done a great job at that. And, as was my original point, requires a different skill set than building a team by drafting college players.

    This year Miami has the third highest team salary in the NBA at $82M. This is nearly twice as much as the lowest team (Cleveland) at $49M. This years "salary cap" is $58.679M. That is why I say that the salary cap is a joke.

  • 903 Hail Providence Dec 27, 2013
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    They were able to sign the big three but putting good talent around them while staying under the salary cap takes the ability to evaluate talent. Otherwise, they would have also won the 2011 Championship instead of losing to Dallas...

  • 903 Hail Providence Dec 27, 2013
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    2013/14 NBA Payrolls

    1. Brooklyn $101,291,208
    2. New York $86,862,927
    3. Miami $83,984,300

    Does this mean Brooklyn is going to finish higher than Miami?

  • Sheisafix8eddookie Dec 27, 2013
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    always wonder how long someone in durham nc been a heat fan.....betcha it started maybe 3 years ago.....

  • The truth about MERCER! Dec 27, 2013
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    I highly doubt that New Jersey is going to finish higher that Miami (barring injuries). New York is a long shot (I would not bet any money on them). As I said before, Miami has done an excellent job at managing the money aspect of the sport to be able to buy a championship caliber team.

  • larrys080 Aggies Dec 27, 2013
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    Typical bandwagon Duke fan.

  • 903 Hail Providence Dec 27, 2013
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    They are successful because they are good at evaluating the talent needed to win championships. If it was solely about "buying" championships, then Brooklyn would have the best record in the league...

  • The truth about MERCER! Dec 27, 2013
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    It does not take a genius to evaluate talent like LeBron James and Chris Bosch, especially when they have already been playing in the league for several years. It just requires having enough money to throw at them.

  • 903 Hail Providence Dec 27, 2013
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    I'm not talking about them. I'm talking about the work involved in determining the other 10-12 players they have to sign in order to win NBA championships. If it was simply signing those three, then they would have won the 2011 NBA title too...

  • HSfan6789 Dec 27, 2013
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    Tell Michael Jordan that. He may be the worst NBA executive in the history of sports franchises.

  • kato_karma3.2 Dec 27, 2013
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    Dear Michael. Do not throw money at Hendergoon or McBob.

  • The truth about MERCER! Dec 27, 2013
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    Amen!

  • HSfan6789 Dec 27, 2013
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    Isn't Henderson one of their leading scorers?

  • 903 Hail Providence Dec 27, 2013
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    Sean May ate himself out of Charlotte.

    McRoberts:

    http://blogs.charlotte.com/inside_the_nba/2013/07/bobcats-have-deal-to-re-sign-power-forward-josh-mcroberts.htmlFor perhaps the first time in their decade-long history, the Charlotte Bobcats have assembled a deep and solid frontcourt rotation.

    Thursday the Bobcats came to terms with former Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson. Friday the front office closed a deal to re-sign power forward Josh McRoberts, who started 19 of his 26 games with the Bobcats last season after a February trade.

    McRoberts is getting a two-year contract with a total value of about $5.5 million, according to an NBA source. The second of those two seasons is at McRoberts’ option.

    McRoberts averaged 9.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists with the Bobcats. He was particularly helpful as a high-post passer, rotating the ball to either side of the lane in a more efficient way than the Bobcats had done previous to his arrival.

  • You have got to be kidding me Jan 4, 2014
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    With 15 players in the league, Duke leads, as usual. It's interesting that the NBA has so many Duke big men starting or playing so well.

  • kato_karma3.3 Jan 4, 2014
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    currently, per espn.com, UNC has 16...

    no kidding.

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