Hopefully you read Anthony Chiang’s story about Josh Richardson’s transformation into the Miami Heat’s go to player because this episode of the Heat Check podcast takes a deep dive into the article.
It’s been a mixed bag so far in the combo guard’s transition from three-and-D role-player to leading man and Chiang catalogs how Richardson is making the move. Miami (9-14) is doing all it can to encourage Richardson to take the next step in his development. He’s had misses — like at the last second of a loss to the Atlanta Hawks last month — but has delivered in key moments, too, like when he made a crucial layup in the final minute against the New Orleans Pelicans three days later. The story brings insight from Richardson, fellow guard Dwyane Wade, coach Erik Spoelstra and general manager Pat Riley, and Chiang takes you behind the scenes of those conversations he had about the guard.
It’s not all Richardson talk, though. Chiang and David Wilson also discuss some recent improved play from the Heat, including an actual winning streak and 2-2 homestand. There’s also the upcoming six-game road trip, which could be an early benchmark for just how realistic Miami’s playoff hopes are. And it wouldn’t be a chat about this Heat season without at least some discussion about guard Goran Dragic and the rest of the injured Heat players.
Oh, and there’s Wade, too, who turned back the clock for just a few minutes to help Miami beat the Utah Jazz on Sunday. It’s all on the Heat Check this week.