1. The Heat don’t need a center to win. They don't really want one, actually. Let’s start there when discussing what Darko Milicic would bring to the Heat. His most important asset is 16 minutes. That’s what he played in a reserve role for Minnesota last year, and if he did that in the regular season while averaging the same 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds it’d help keep Chris Bosh’s minutes in line.
Then, again, Milicic is a different version of Ronny Turiaf (13 Heat games: 17 mins, 3.5 pts, 4.5 rebs). So no one’s pretending it means that much to the Heat if he signs. But adding a 7-footer would give the Heat another option. And you want as many options as possible, especially during the six months of the regular season.
As Bosh’s injury in the playoffs showed, the Heat had nothing behind him to help in the playoffs. It might be a stretch to say Milicic would help in a big series. But he’d be a serviceable body, as his 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds last year showed for Minnesota (don’t laugh – that’s better than anything the Heat had off the bench at center).
A necessary signing? No.
2. Here’s my question after two episodes of “The Franchise:” Where’s the scene where Hanley Ramirez’s agent asks for a contract extension? It was widely reported as coming from those who saw demo tapes. But it got cut for some reason before it hit the air. That goes a ways toward telling that you’re not getting the full, un-cut version of Showtime’s look at the Marlins.
“This team has put us in a tough spot to make a decision,’’ GM Larry Beinfest says. “We’re not in. We’re not out. We’re just languishing. That’s the story of the season.” Justin Ruggiano also got some deserved air-time. He, after all, is the only Marlins regular playing well this year.
3. Ray-Ray Armstrong getting kicked off the team is another sad example of a recruit's best day being the national signing date.
4. Jeremy Lin explained why the Knicks are in irreparable trouble when he considered coming back from arthoscopic surgery to play in the Heat series. "Every single vet on our team that has been in the league longer than five years pulled me aside and told me that I shouldn't play," Lin told Sports Illustrated. "And I had arguments with them about why I should."
5. If Pete Rose can get a reality show, I can. The problem is my show would consist of hours of sitting before a computer keyboard wondering what to write.
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