Ethan J. Skolnick

Ethan J. Skolnick

Whiteside got his payday, but now he has much to prove

Center Hassan Whiteside went from novelty to necessity in his first Heat season and — after replicating his per-36 minute numbers with a heavier workload in his second season — apparently became irreplaceable to Pat Riley, the Arison family and the Heat going forward. That’s the only way to explain Miami moving off of its original offer, closer to $80 million over four years, to grant the full maximum of $98 million.

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Pat Riley’s free agency challenge appears to be increasing

“It will be fun in July. You’ll see. I hope … it will be fruitful for us.” Nearly six weeks have passed since that promising, unprovoked prediction by Heat president Pat Riley regarding free agency, and July is nearly at hand. It’s unclear what he knew then that would embolden his optimism — or whether that optimism persists.

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Nothing LeBron James accomplishes now will devalue what he did here

Of all the irritations of the Miami Heat’s bombastic, breathtaking, bygone Big 3 Era, one rivaled any other in annoyance: the endlessly embarrassing psychoanalysis. It never seemed to cease, the cacophony of definitive diagnoses of LeBron James’ head as well as the Heat fan’s heart, from a collection of carnival barkers, click-baiters and sofa spuds who knew little about South Florida. So I apologize for what I’m about to do: analyze you.

About Ethan J. Skolnick

Ethan J. Skolnick

@EthanJSkolnick

Ethan J. Skolnick, who has spent the past two decades covering sports in South Florida, returns to The Herald to spearhead the coverage of the Heat. In addition to his previous two-year stint at the Herald (2000-2002), Ethan has worked at The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Palm Beach Post and most recently, was a Senior NBA Writer for Turner Sports/Bleacher Report. He hosts the "The Ethan Skolnick Show" on 790 The Ticket, every day from 4-7 p.m., and is the co-author of two books, Innovative State and Raising Your Game. A graduate of Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale (Class of 1990), he earned his B.A. at The Johns Hopkins University and his M.S. from Columbia University.

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