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    Default Heat about to sign Latrell Sprewell....no seriously, they are.

    Sources: Heat to add veteran Sprewell

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    Two high-ranking Miami Heat officials told ProBasketballNews.com late Wednesday that veteran free agent Latrell Sprewell is about to sign with the team.

    The officials refused to allow their names to be used or to be quoted for this story, other than to say a deal appears to be "just about in place" and could be completed as early as Friday.

    Sprewell, 35, is the lone remaining high-profile free agent. The 6-foot-5 swingman spent the past two seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves after five years in New York, where he helped the Knicks become the only No. 8 playoff seed to reach the Finals in 1999. The Timberwolves advanced to the Western Conference finals in 2004.

    He spent the first six years of his career with Golden State, becoming mostly known for choking then-coach P.J. Carlesimo during practice in 1998.

    Sprewell is a four-time All-Star and has compiled career averages of 18.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game.

    His numbers leveled off somewhat last season -- he averaged 12.8 points on 41 percent shooting -- raising concern among NBA general managers about the often-volatile player's age and productivity. However, Sprewell has played in at least 80 games in three of the past five seasons, including 80 last season and 82 in 2003-04.

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    Default Re: Heat about to sign Latrell Sprewell....no seriously, they are.

    Apparently Riles thought there weren't enough choirboys on the team yet....

    It wasn't about being the team everyone loved, it was about beating the teams everyone else loved.

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    This just proves that Riley is setting Van Gundy up to fail. Why not sign Dennis Rodman and Vernon Maxwell while you're at it? If they sign Spreewell, I no longer have ANY fear of the Heat. Having talented players is great. But every single one of those talented players has a "me" attitude, to greater or lesser degree, and eventually, even with Shaq as their captain, that will fall apart.

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    Default Re: Heat about to sign Latrell Sprewell....no seriously, they are.

    This method of team building worked great for the Lakers and Timberwolves.

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    This is getting rediculous.

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    Should have used "ludicrous"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eindar
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    This just proves that Riley is setting Van Gundy up to fail. Why not sign Dennis Rodman and Vernon Maxwell while you're at it? If they sign Spreewell, I no longer have ANY fear of the Heat. Having talented players is great. But every single one of those talented players has a "me" attitude, to greater or lesser degree, and eventually, even with Shaq as their captain, that will fall apart.
    I agree 100% with you. Once their huge trade went through i knew that Riley just wanted him to fail so he could try to win with them.

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    Oh we might as well hand them the championship.

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    Can't they learn from other teams...

    you don't load your team up with Has-beens to win a finals series, you need 2 All Stars which they have and some role players...

    Self Destruction Mode thats for sure... I respect what Riley did with Odem but this is a total differnet mind frame..


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    Default Re: Heat about to sign Latrell Sprewell....no seriously, they are.

    I guess they'll never learn.

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    Things just get better and better....I'm guessing that either Posey's injury is greater and far worse then advertised....hence the need for YET another SG/SF......or.....Riley thought that the rejects ( Wade and Shaq excluded )from the 2004 US Olympic Team would do better then the last years team.
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    Default Re: Heat about to sign Latrell Sprewell....no seriously, they are.

    I hope they do sign him, this will be great for the Pacers and Pistons. Somebody is going to be *****ing about playing time by midseason.

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    This is getting rediculous.

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    Should have used "ludicrous"
    That's pretty darn funny there, indytoad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaCeRs_GuRL
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    I guess they'll never learn.
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    Default Re: Heat about to sign Latrell Sprewell....no seriously, they are.

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    This method of team building worked great for the Lakers and Timberwolves.

    Everyone always criticizes the 2003-04 Lakers when another team tries to add a few big name players.

    Forgive me, but I could have sworn that the Lakers went to the finals that year.

    In 2003, the Lakers got creamed by the Spurs. They added Malone and Payton, and got over the Spurs. They ran into a Detroit team that suprised everyone.

    And didn't Spre and Cassell help lead the Wolves the farthest they've ever gone in franchise history?

    The tone of your post suggests that the Lakers and Wolves were both failures a couple of years ago. After the moves, they were a better team, and they went farther than they did the previous year.

    The moves were worth it.

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    Buahahaha! Imagine that team chemistry! Yikes.
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    Too bad the eagles didnt grant T.O. permission to do his NBA workout.I'll bet that Heat would be trying to sign him really badly now too.
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    Default Re: Heat about to sign Latrell Sprewell....no seriously, they are.

    I hear they're trading Shaq for Artest next week. And Wade for Marbury.

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    I hope they do sign Sprewell. I'm fine with Wade playing fewer minutes.
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    Default Re: Heat about to sign Latrell Sprewell....no seriously, they are.

    Won't they have to cut someone to make room for Spree?

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    They said at half time during the Pacer game that the Lakers are looking at him seruisly too...


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    When is Spre supposed to play??? If he takes Wade's minutes then all I can say is WOOHOO!!!!!!! If he tries to play SF, then Artest is so much bigger than him that it'll be funny to watch.

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    The Lakers? Let's see, Spree tried to choke P.J., so, what does that mean for Kobe? Heck, even Phil?

    Let the Heat sign Mewell, it'll be that final puzzle piece that makes it all crumble...wow, two cliches mixed very poorly together...Riley must really want to lose.
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    Default Re: Heat about to sign Latrell Sprewell....no seriously, they are.

    Setting aside the fact that he's a knucklehead, Miami could use him for the moment. However, once Posey comes back, there's really no point.
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    Default Re: Heat about to sign Latrell Sprewell....no seriously, they are.

    Personally, I think they should wait until the 25-30th game of the year before they sign him. Then it will take another 25-30 games for them to get their chemistry back. It probably won't make a difference when the playoffs come, but who cares?

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    Default Re: Heat about to sign Latrell Sprewell....no seriously, they are.

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam1987
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    Everyone always criticizes the 2003-04 Lakers when another team tries to add a few big name players.

    Forgive me, but I could have sworn that the Lakers went to the finals that year.

    In 2003, the Lakers got creamed by the Spurs. They added Malone and Payton, and got over the Spurs. They ran into a Detroit team that suprised everyone.

    And didn't Spre and Cassell help lead the Wolves the farthest they've ever gone in franchise history?

    The tone of your post suggests that the Lakers and Wolves were both failures a couple of years ago. After the moves, they were a better team, and they went farther than they did the previous year.

    The moves were worth it.
    Let me clarify: I'm not talking about how both teams did in that season. I'm really talking about team building for the long haul. Neither of those teams won the big one in spite of the hype. Both teams hit the gutter (compared to potential) the very next year. Ultimately they sufferend in the long run - big time - for the decision to hire mercenaries to get over the top.

    Stacking your roster with mercenaries who will inevitably screw up chemistry only works for one season, and is a short-sighted strategy at best and an irresponsible strategy at worst.

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