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Miami Heat Season Review/Future

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The 2018-19 season for the Miami Heat was an interesting one ⁠— Dwayne Wade‘s final year, tricky contracts and the wait for a young star to step up. The Heat finished 39-43, just outside the Eastern Conference playoffs. The mid-year injury to all-star point guard Goran Dragic brought a desperate need for leadership. Young small forward Justice Winslow was given the opportunity to take hold over the starting point guard position, and what looked like promise became an unsteady role from lack of experience. The uprising of Josh Richardson brought great hope for the future. He averaged 16.6 points a game, which led the team and contributed 4.1 assists per game as well. With Richardson and Bam Adebayo being the cornerstones of the future, the Heat can still keep an edge even with all the bad contracts.

About those contracts — the Heat have arguably the worst group of them in the NBA. With Hassan Whiteside and Dragic, who have opted into their player options for next year, 27.1 million and 19.2 million respectively, and with James Johnson making 15.3 million next year, the Heat lack any room to sign a much-needed star. And with Pat Rileys efforts to move those contracts during the past year, no buyers were ever available. Although it was special to see the legendary Wade play his final year, many think that if the focus wasn’t on him — which of course couldn’t have happened — the Heat would have been a playoff team this past year.

Draft review

The Miami Heat held the 13th pick in the NBA draft and traded for the 44th pick before the draft. It was clear that the Heat were looking at taking a wing player who could help score some points. And with the 13th pick, they got that. Many thought Kevin Porter Jr. would be the man, but Tyler Herro from Kentucky was the one Pat Riley selected. This 19-year-old shooting guard was drafted for his ability to do one thing, put the ball in the hoop, something the Heat lacked last season. At 6′ 5″, 194 Lbs, the young kid provides an athletic and shooting boost to a team with no dominant shooter, after dealing away Wayne Ellington.

The Heat made a bold move at the beginning of the second round, when they traded three second-round picks to the rights of the 32nd pick from the Indiana Pacers, who ended up being KZ Okpala. The 6′ 9″ wing from Stanford has a reliable game as he can run in transition and shot 37% in college. The main question is, was he worth three second-round picks? The Heat traded the 44th overall pick to the Denver Nuggets for a future second rounder and cash considerations. The pick ended up being Bol Bol, who many Heat fans wanted and were saddened to see him dealt. Overall, the Heat got two guys who could help the scoring and Herro can become one of the best shooters on this team.

Team needs

The Miami Heat have a very deep team, with many young players who can still make their case for belonging. The need is a star player to put it all together. Dragic and Whiteside have both shown they don’t have what it takes to lead this team deep into the playoffs. A star can player could gel all these solid role players together to form a strong team. Another need is outside shooting. In a league that lives and dies by the three, shooting is a must. The Heat lack it as not one starter has the main attribute to shoot the three ball. That is the reason for bringing in Herro from the draft — look for the Heat to find a few veteran shooters in free agency.

Heat must-dos

The first thing management needs to accomplish, is getting rid of those bad contracts, the ones we talked upon earlier. This will be a difficult task as not one team seemed interested in Dragic or Whiteside, let alone a James Johnson or Dion Waiters. Any cap space clearing will have to be done in order to make any improvements to this team. Let’s say Dragic and Whiteside can’t be dealt and stay for their final year with the team, the team should focus on building that trio of Justice Winslow, Josh Richardson and Bam Adebayo from last year. In free agency, the Heat must look for three and D guys who can provide some leadership, maybe a JJ Reddick? Who ever it is, if the Heat don’t make any improvements fast before the season starts, expect another similar year like the last one.

Final analysis

This team has a few things going for them, and a few going against. But from my view, this team has better things going for them then worse. The youth is there and the development looks like it’s just beginning. Last year we saw Richardson step up, this year maybe it will be Winslow, Adebayo or Derrick Jones Jr. The Heat not being able to deal Whiteside or Dragic will likely leave them apart of this team for one last year. Because of this, the Heat don’t have much wiggle room to truly improve, but hopefully, the young shooter Herro can become a nice role player and maybe even a true sixth man for now. Many can blame management for the large contracts, but at times, the flow of the youth has brought mass excitement, and that will only continue in South Beach for many years to come.

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  1. Emma Love

    June 27, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Hey, how’s it going?

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    In December of 2017, Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Why is this big news? Because by this the Jewish people of Israel are now able to press forward in bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible.

    Jewish Rabbis have publicly announced that their Messiah will be revealed in the coming years who will be a leader and spiritual guide to all nations, gathering all religions under the worship of one God.

    Biblical prophecy tells us that this Jewish Messiah who will take the stage will be the antichrist “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). For a time he will bring about a false peace, but “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (Matthew 24:15)…then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21).

    More importantly, the power that runs the world wants to put a RFID microchip in our body making us total slaves to them. This chip matches perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in the Bible, more specifically in Revelation 13:16-18:

    “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. This Mark couldn’t be spiritual because the word references two different physical locations. If it was spiritual it would just say in the forehead. RFID microchip implant technology will be the future of a one world cashless society containing digital currency. It will be implanted in the right-hand or the forehead, and we cannot buy or sell without it. Revelation 13:11-18 tells us that a false prophet will arise on the world scene doing miracles before men, deceiving them to receive this Mark. Do not be deceived! We must grow strong in Jesus. AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    People have been saying the end is coming for many years, but we needed two key things. One, the Third Temple, and two, the technology for a cashless society to fulfill the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast.

    Visit http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM to see proof for these things and why the Bible truly is the word of God!

    If you haven’t already, it is time to seek God with all your heart. Jesus loves you more than you could imagine. He wants to have a relationship with you and redeem you from your sins. Turn to Him and repent while there is still hope! This is forever…God bless!

    “EITHER HUMAN INTELLIGENCE ULTIMATELY OWES ITS ORIGIN TO MINDLESS MATTER OR THERE IS A CREATOR…” – JOHN LENNOX

    We all know God exists. Why? Because without Him, we couldn’t prove anything at all. Do we live our lives as if we cannot know anything? No. So why is God necessary? In order to know anything for certain, you would have to know everything, or have revelation from somebody who does. Who is capable of knowing everything? God. So to know anything, you would have to be God, or know God.

    A worldview without God cannot account for the uniformity and intelligibility of nature. And why is it that we can even reason that God is the best explanation for this if there is no God? We are given reason to know or reject God, but never to know that He does not exist.

    It has been calculated by Roger Penrose that the odds of the initial conditions for the big bang to produce the universe that we see to be a number so big, that we could put a zero on every particle in the universe, and even that would not be enough to use every zero. What are the odds that God created the universe? Odds are no such thing. Who of you would gamble your life on one coin flip?

    Is there evidence that the Bible is the truth? Yes. Did you know that the creation accounts listed in the book of Genesis are not only all correct, but are also in the correct chronological order? That the Bible doesn’t say the Earth was formed in six 24-hour days but rather six long but finite periods of time? That the Bible makes 10 times more creation claims than all major “holy” books combined with no contradictions, while these other books have errors in them? The Bible stood alone by concurring with the big bang saying, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1); and says our universe is expanding, thousands of years before scientists discovered these things. Watch a potential life-changing video on the front page of http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM with Astronomer(PhD) Hugh Ross explaining all these facts based on published scientific data. He has authored many books, backed even by atheist scientists.

    Jesus fulfilled more than 300 Messianic prophecies concerning His birth place, details of His life, His mission, His nature, His death, and His resurrection. He came to pay a debt that we could not, to be our legal justifier to reconcile us back to a Holy God; only if we are willing to receive Him: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

    God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him, through faith, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Jesus says if we wish to enter into life to keep the commands! The two greatest commands are to love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and your neighbor as yourself. All the law hang on these commands. We must be born of and lead by the Holy Spirit, to be called children of God, to inherit the kingdom. If we are willing to humble ourselves in prayer to Jesus, to confess and forsake our sins, He is willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who keep asking of Him; giving us a new heart, leading us into all truth!

    Jesus came to free us from the bondage of sin. The everlasting fire was prepared for the devil and his angels due to disobedience to God’s law. If we do the same, what makes us any different than the devil? Jesus says unless we repent, we shall perish. We must walk in the Spirit, producing fruits of love and forgiveness, so we may not fulfill the lusts of the flesh being hatred, fornication, drunkenness and the like. Whoever practices such things will not inherit the kingdom (Galatians 5:16-26). If we sin, we may come before Jesus to ask for forgiveness (1 John 2:1-2). Evil thoughts are not sins, but rather temptations. It is not until these thoughts conceive and give birth by our hearts desire that they become sin (James 1:12-15). When we sin, we become in the likeness of the devil’s image, for he who sins is of the devil (1 John 3:8); but if we obey Jesus, in the image of God. For without holiness, we shall not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).

    The oldest religion in the world is holiness (James 1:27). What religion did Adam and Eve follow before the fall? Jesus, Who became the last Adam, what religion does He follow? Is He not holy? He never told us to follow any religion or denomination but to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily, and follow Him (Luke 9:23). There are many false doctrines being taught leading people astray. This is why we need the Holy Spirit for discernment. Unlike religion, holiness cannot be created. It is given to us from above by the baptism of the Spirit. Jesus is more than a religion; He is about having a personal relationship with the Father. Start by reading the Gospel of Matthew, to hear the words of God, to know His character and commandments. Follow and obey Jesus, for He is the way, the truth, and the life!

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