Tuesday, November 29, 2011

NBA Max Salary: Mo' Money, Mo' Problems for Stars and Haters

The new max salary provision from the tentative agreement between the NBA and the Players Association illustrates two key points: star players are underpaid and no other team will have three max players to compete with the Miami Heat.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

HEAT Check: NFL Week 12

LeBron James was rooting against the Miami Dolphins instead of playing for them on Thanksgiving and his favorite NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys, rewarded him with a win. Will the rest of his teammates get to enjoy watching their favorite NFL teams win on Sunday?

Friday, November 25, 2011

HEATcast: Power & Money in the NBA Lockout

Screenshot from youtube

The Miami Heat Index joined sports economist David Berri and bloggers from the Wages of Wins Network to discuss the struggle for power in the NBA Lockout and lessons the National Basketball Association could learn from Major League Baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement.

Erik Spoelstra: Let's Go HEAT

Erik Spoelstra shows Team HEAT is worldwide.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

HEAT Check: NFL Week 11

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James enjoyed some college football between Oregon and USC last night, but their real passion is for the game on Sundays. Will their favorite NFL teams reward that passion with wins?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lessons from the History of NBA Labor, Part 3: Antitrust & Decertification

The History of NBA Labor and the disclaimer of interest filed by the National Basketball Players Association on Monday shows that decertification and antitrust lawsuits transitioned from an offensive collective bargaining strategy to a defensive one.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Juan Marquez Showed Manny Pacquiao Not In Floyd Mayweather's Class

Manny Pacquiao’s performance in his third fight against Juan Manuel Marquez showed two flaws: his trainer Freddie Roach is overconfident and Pacquiao is only half as good as Floyd Mayweather.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

HEATcast: NBA Lockout Fatigue, Jerry West Dream Game, Hall of Fame for Tim Hardaway & Week 10 NFL Picks

Bloggers from the Miami Heat Index and HeatFreak.com discussed NBA lockout boredom, Jerry West's dream game featuring the top 20 players in NBA history, whether Tim Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning will make it into the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Week 10 picks for the Heat players' favorite NFL teams.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

NBA Lockout Theme Music: I See by Medina Green feat. Mos Def

There's a simple, but powerful, message for the National Basketball Players Association in the lyrics of the song "I See" by Medina Green and Mos Def.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

HEAT Produced Classics: The Comeback

Billy Thompson and Pat Cummings fueled the Miami Heat’s comeback from a 29-point deficit to defeat the Indiana Pacers in another HEAT classic from the franchise’s first season.

HEAT Check: U.S. Tax Law Proves Bryant Gumbel Was Right About David Stern

United States tax law called professional ballplayers chattel before Bryant Gumbel accused David Stern of treating them like slaves.

Friday, November 4, 2011

HEATcast: NBA Lockout Drama, Heat vs. Hate, LeBron's Top 5 NFL Players & Week 9 Picks

D.C. hated LeBron Before It Was Cool!

Bloggers from the Miami Heat Index and HeatFreak.com discussed the latest drama in the NBA Lockout, Dwyane Wade's comments about hatred costing the Heat a title, LeBron James' top five NFL QBs and Week 9 picks for the Heat's favorite NFL teams.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

NBA Lockout Cinema: David Stern's Last Dance

The 2011 NBA Lockout is going to be David Stern's last dance with the NBPA and it's not going to end well for him.

HEAT Check: How Will Miami Heat Beat the Hate to Win a Title?

The difference between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals was not the difference between love and hate, it was the difference between Dwyane Wade being healthy and Wade struggling with a hip contusion courtesy of the hockey goon, Brian Cardinal.

NBA Lockout: Nike Ads Indicate There Won't Be Any NBA For A Long Time

The difference between Nike's Basketball Never Stops ad campaign during the NBA lockout and the "Start the Season" commercials run during the 1998 lockout tell fans what they don't want to hear: get used to life without NBA basketball.

NBA Lockout: Wages of Wins Network Renegade

The fact that the Miami Heat Index is the only renegade blog on the Wages of Wins Network that thinks the NBPA will "win" in negotiations during the NBA lockout is a good thing.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

HEAT Check: Washington Post Predicted 2011 NBA Lockout in 1998

Multiple posts at the Miami Heat Index said the National Basketball Players Association was following a similar strategy the Major League Baseball Players Association used in 1994 but none of them were 13 years ahead of the curve like Washington Post columnist Thomas Boswell.

NBA Lockout: Derek Fisher and the Passion of Uncle Ruckus

Jason Whitlock’s claim that NBPA President Derek Fisher had a side deal with David Stern was as false and ludicrous as the prophecy of Uncle Ruckus in The Boondocks cartoon.

HEAT Check: More Evidence Players Could Start Their Own League

Kevin Durant's charity game in Oklahoma City is just another example of how the players don't need the NBA franchise owners.

HEAT Check: October 2011

The silence of superstars, exhibition games, haters, clutch performances and the NBA lockout were the hottest topics in October at the Miami Heat Index.