It’s not fair to blame Thomas for the team’s failures on defense, but it is certainly logical to ask if the team’s regression on defense has something to do with his return.
Williams gave Durant a second technical foul late in the fourth quarter as KD was arguing being called for a personal foul. It was Durant’s 11th tech and fourth ejection of the season.
Durant said officials around the league regularly act the way Williams did.
Last season’s Heat were a perfect example of why being mediocre is the toughest position for an NBA team to be in. While the Heat had the second-best record in the league from Jan. 17 onwards, it wasn’t enough for them to make the playoffs. Not only did that lower their chances of getting a high lottery pick in the draft, they lacked the financial flexibility to make significant upgrades to their roster in free agency. The combination meant they ran the risk of keeping a team together with a limited ceiling and few avenues to improve.
That didn’t mean there weren’t any opportunities for the Heat to improve their roster heading into this season. It simply meant they had to nail the rare opportunities they did have in the draft and free agency. It’s still too early to have a definitive answer — the contracts of Dion Waiters and James Johnson, for example, could come back to haunt them — but it looks like they at least made the right decision in selecting Bam Adebayo with the 14th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Wade missed Friday’s Cavaliers’ game and will be away from the team for an undisclosed period of time in the wake of Thomas’ death. According to Cleveland.com, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue and GM Koby Altman told Wade to “take his time.” Haslem also left the Heat Friday to be with Thomas and his family.
“I’m writing this letter to you as i cry both tears of SADNESS and tears of JOY. I know — i know — i can hear your voice saying “Come on my man”you got this! I can picture your face and feel your hugs in so—so many moments in my life. Whether it’s you hugging me and saying how proud you are of me or congrats on winning a NBA championship or you hugging me and saying everything’s gonna be alright—we will get thru this. I can’t thank you enough for these last 15 years. You should be so proud of the job you did on this young misguided kid from Chicago. I was a young 21 when we met and i needed a Man’s love.”
According to Sun-Sentinel.com, Thomas played a key role in assembling the Miami Heat’s “Big Three” that won consecutive NBA championships in 2012 and 2013. He served as the agent for Wade and Bosh, and was part of the agency that represents LeBron James.