Q: Watching videos this summer of Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo pulling up jumpers suggests they got the message that they were able to space the floor to some degree. – Leonard, Cornelius, NC
A: Which is all well and good. But converting jumpers and 3-pointers in an empty gym or during pickup scrimmages is a lot different than doing it against an NBA-level defense. Yes, it’s nice to have three working on an element so essential to the Heat’s needs. But remember, it’s not like a player ever takes to their social media to show off their missed shots, extra fat, and sloppy dribbling. So what you’re seeing are edited summer highlights. Or, in some cases, like the Miami Pro League, highlight videos from viewers (there are rarely reports of failure). So enjoy. And then the true verdict will come during camp and the preseason.
Q: I think Miami learned from the Shaquille O’Neal trade that trading your future for a championship and a two-year contender isn’t exactly the best thing to do. We got the chip, but soon we weren’t very good and wasted some of Dwyane Wade’s best years. I prefer our team to play their best and let the chips fall where they may. – John, Ocala.
A: Actually, I think the way the NBA and most professional sports work is that it all comes down to that two-year window that you work to create that moment. So, no, I’m not blaming Shaquille O’Neal’s move in 2004 at the expense of Lamar Odom, Bryan Grant, Carron Butler and a first-round pick. But, according to you, in 2004, Dwyane Wade was 22 years old. Jimmy Butler is now 32 and Kyle Lowry is 36, so you have to live in the moment.
Q: Shouldn’t the Heat give Omer Yurtsev seven rotation minutes this season to see if he can become the next Nikola Jokic? – Bob, Davey.
A: Or they could just bring back the core that got them to one win in the NBA Finals. Omer Yurtseven, as a typical backup point guard in the NBA, seems more interested on the outside than on the coaching staff.