Micky Arison calls him “no nickname” on Twitter and Michael B. called him Norris “No-No” Cole in last night’s scrimmage match for season ticket holders. Some things look promising for the Heat while others were disappointing.
I’ll start with my disappointment. First, Shane Battier, Mike Miller, and Eddy Curry were all out with injuries. This kind of practice would benefit these guys the most, especially the newcomers to get accustomed to the team’s flow of the game. Can’t do anything about it. Moving on.
Perhaps I was most upset with the play of LeBron James. He continuously settled for fade away jump shots and seemed to refuse to drive to the hoop. Not to mention the fact that he missed most of those shots, I just can’t stand when he settles for shots with such a high degree of difficulty. Maybe it’s just because he didn’t want to play hard in the scrimmage so maybe there’s still hope that he will drive to the basket more than shoot jumpers.
Dexter Pittman, unfortunately, was quiet the entire game. He picked up some loose ball fouls on rebounds and couldn’t seem to get very high off the ground. I think he still needs some time to grow and develop.
Now, for the good news.
Norris Cole is a legitimate point guard. Ask anyone who saw the game and they will tell you that he looked like a steal for the second round of the draft. He had some great drives to the basket but more importantly, he hit open threes which is desperately what the Heat need. This was unlike James Jones who seemed quite inconsistent from downtown throughout the game.
Mario Chalmers had a solid outing posting some great assists and three pointers, exactly what we need from him. Another shocker in the game was the offensive performance of Udonis Haslem. His shot wasn’t as crisp as I remember it but he was driving to the basket much more and drawing fouls. If he is able to be a bit more of a presence in the low block, teams could have some real trouble guarding him because of his great jump shot.
Dwyane Wade looked great, as did Chris Bosh. Their offensive game picked up right where they left off and they seem ready for the NBA season.
All in all, this was just a scrimmage aka everything I just said could be meaningless when they face the Magic in their preseason opener on Sunday at 6 PM.