Miami Heat, pasok na sa NBA Finals

admin   •   June 4, 2013   •   2730

Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade celebrates during Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff against the Indiana Pacers in Miami, Florida June 3, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade celebrates during Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff against the Indiana Pacers in Miami, Florida June 3, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

FLORIDA, USA — Pasok na ang Miami Heat sa NBA Finals matapos na tambakan ang Indiana Pacers sa Game 7 ng Eastern Conference Finals sa score na 99-76 umaga nitong Martes (PHT) sa home court ng Heat.

Umiskor si Lebron James ng  32 points at  may walong rebounds  upang pangunahan ang Heat sa paghakbang sa kampeonato laban sa San Antonio Spurs na tinalo ang Memphis Grizzlies  sa  serye sa Western Conference Finals 4-0.

Nag-ambag si Dwyane Wade ng 21 points at humatak ng 9 na rebounds.

Si Roy Hibbert ay umiskor lamang ng 18 points, sumunod si David West, 14 at  si George Hill, 13 points para sa Indiana Pacers.

Sisimulan ang best-of-seven championship series ng Heat at Spurs sa Huwebes, Biyernes dito sa Pilipinas.

Sa sa first quarter ng game 7, kaagad na nilamangan ng Pacers ang Heat ng anim na puntos 12-6 .

Bago matapos ang first quarter naagaw na ng Heat ang Abante at pinostehan ang Pacers ng biggest lead na 28 points 92-64 apat na minuto  ang nalalabi sa sagupaan. 

Riley: Heat willing to wait on Wade’s decision

UNTV News   •   July 30, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade pauses during a break in play against the Dallas Mavericks during Game 3 of the NBA Finals series in Dallas, Texas June 5, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Is Dwyane Wade interested in playing for the Miami Heat next season? Team president Pat Riley doesn’t know the answer, but he says he willing to wait to find out.

“I want him back as a player,” Riley said. “I want him back as a competitor. I want him back as a guy who wants to have the greatest year he ever had as a player. I read more articles about ‘Dwyane being done, he’s lost a step, he’s not the same player, he might not have the same motivation.’ But I still see a player who can contribute heavily if he really wants to.”

A thorny issue is how much the Heat would be willing to pay Wade, who has won three NBA titles in Miami in his 15-year career, which saw him play for the Chicago Bulls two seasons ago and spend last season divided between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Heat.

Riley, speaking with the media Friday on a conference call, pointed to two likely contract options for Wade, both of which would impact Miami’s luxury tax implications: the $5.3 million exception or the $2.4 million veteran minimum.

Riley referred to the luxury tax maneuvering as “the abyss that we all deal with in the NBA.”

Wade, 36, started only three of 67 games last season between the Cavaliers and Heat. He averaged 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in just under 23 minutes per game.

For his career, he has averaged 22.5 points per game, 4.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists in just over 34 minutes per game.

Wade indicated last season that he wasn’t certain about playing this year, and he hasn’t divulged any plans since then. His recent on-court workouts included time with LeBron James, with whom Wade won two of his three NBA titles, on Thursday in Las Vegas.

‘’I think it’s best that we give him some more time,’’ Riley said.

—Field Level Media

Pacers’ Oladipo showing the promise he once projected

UNTV News   •   December 25, 2017

Dec 23, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) – Benefiting from an off-season trade, Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is finally becoming the franchise player he was projected to be.

The 2013 top-two draft choice had been seen as ancillary to the deal when Indiana sent cornerstone Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

But Oladipo appears focused on proving his worth in a new lead role with the Pacers.

“I was already motivated before (the trade to Indiana), Oladipo told Reuters following a recent win over Atlanta.

“Then (the trade) just happened. It might have added on a little bit but I was already motivated.”

The fifth-year player has translated his motivation into career-best production as he averages 25.3 points per game on 48.6 percent shooting, which includes 42.5 percent from three-point range.

He adds five rebounds and nearly two steals a night.

The Pacers, who were expected to fall off a cliff in the absence of George, are holding steady at 19-14, the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference.

Oladipo has been particularly devastating in the month of December, erupting for scoring binges that included a 47-point night in a win against Denver.

Always known for his slashing athleticism and versatile defense, Oladipo has found a shooting comfort back in Indiana where he starred as a college player.

“He’s come into the season with confidence, and I think to prove himself,” said Pacers coach Nate McMillan who has enjoyed extensive film sessions with his new guard.

“There was a lot of conversation out there that the Pacers didn’t get enough in (trading away George). I think he’s proven to the league that he has talent.”

The Orlando Magic were intrigued by Oladipo’s talent when they drafted him as the second overall pick in the 2013 draft.

After three solid but not spectacular seasons with the Magic, Oladipo was shipped to the Thunder.

Playing alongside ball-dominant superstar Russell Westbrook, Oladipo had the role of unsung sidekick.

So when the Pacers landed Oladipo, expectations were low.

He is proving otherwise and appears headed for his first ever All Star appearance.

“We felt like he had potential and he’s showing that he did,” McMillan said. “He’s playing with confidence. And when you have that kind of ability and play with that kind of confidence, good things are going to happen for you.”

Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles, editing by Gene Cherry

NBA: Bird officially steps down as president of Pacers

UNTV News   •   May 2, 2017

Apr 12, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (6) stands behind the baseline as Pacers president Larry Bird watching during a game against the Atlanta Hawks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Xchange) – The Indiana Pacers officially announced Monday that Larry Bird is stepping down as president of basketball operations.

Kevin Pritchard, the team’s vice president of basketball operations/general manager, will assume Bird’s position.

Bird will remain with the Pacers in an advisory role.

“I felt it was time to step away in a full-time capacity,” Bird said in a statement. “This has nothing to do with my health or our team. I’m 60 years old and I want to do other things away from basketball. I will do some scouting for the Pacers, NBA, college, international, do some appearances and stay in a capacity to advise senior basketball management.

“I love the Pacers, I grew up with the Pacers and admired them from a very young age. I want to thank the fans for their support throughout my career. I also want to thank Herb Simon for the many years of loyalty and for allowing me to stay with the team in a different role.”

Pacers owner Herb Simon said he is not surprised with Bird’s decision and has the “utmost faith” in Pritchard.

“This is not a shock to me as Larry has always been up front about someday stepping down,” Simon said. “I thank him for all that he has done and am very pleased he is remaining with the Pacers in a different capacity.

“I have the utmost faith in Kevin taking over. He has learned from a couple of great ones, Donnie (Walsh) and Larry, while with the Pacers. We all feel he will do a tremendous job.”

Bird was the president of basketball operations for the Pacers from 2003-2012, winning the NBA’s Executive of the Year award in 2012, before stepping away for a year, citing health reasons. He took on the role again before the 2013 season.

Bird, the Hall of Famer as player with the Boston Celtics, first joined the Pacers organization in 1997 when he was named head coach. As coach, the Pacers went to the NBA Finals in his final season in 1999-2000, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.

The Pacers finished this season with a 42-40 record before being swept in the Eastern Conference first-round playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Indiana lost all four games by a combined 16 points.

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, an Indianapolis native, crossed paths with Bird while coaching at Butler University.

“I’ve obviously admired (Bird) since he played for the Celtics and I thought that he did a tremendous job as a coach and front office person in Indiana,” Stevens said. “When I was there, the runs they went on for all the years he was there was really impressive. So whatever he chooses to do and look forward to, we certainly all wish him the best.”

The 49-year-old Pritchard has been with the Pacers for five years, first as director of player personnel before becoming general manager and executive vice president of basketball operations/GM. The Bloomington, Ind., native previously was general manager for the Portland Trail Blazers from 2007-10.

“I want to thank Herb, Larry and Donnie for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime,” Pritchard said. “As someone who grew up in Indiana, I’ve always felt the Pacers’ pride. The goal is always going to be the same as it has been through Donnie and Larry: to make this a world-class organization.”

Pritchard played collegiately at Kansas and was part of the Jayhawks’ 1988 national championship team. He played in the NBA with Golden State, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami and Washington.

After playing, he was the coach/general manager of the Kansas City Knights of the ABA, winning a championship in 2002. He then scouted for San Antonio, became Portland’s director of player personnel in 2004 and in the 2004-05 season was the Trail Blazers’ interim coach for 27 games. In 2006, he became Portland’s assistant general manager before becoming GM in 2007.

“I’m very happy Kevin is stepping in and glad another Hoosier is in line to take over this job,” Bird said. “He has a lot of experience from the past five years as a GM and he’s ready to step into a leading role.

“With us, he has had his own ideas on the draft, players, and now he gets an opportunity to push his basketball abilities to the forefront. His role will be no different than mine was. He will make all final decisions on all basketball-related matters. There can only be one voice and it will be his.”

(This story has been refiled to fix the dateline)

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