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Udonis Haslem arrested

Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem faces felony drug possession charges stemming from a traffic stop on a Miami-Dade parkway Sunday afternoon during which the Heat star forward and a friend were arrested.

The Florida Highway Patrol cited Haslem with felony possession of marijuana in excess of 20 grams. His passenger in the vehicle, Antwain Fleming, acknowledged that the luggage containing the marijuana was his, and he was charged with misdemeanor possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Fleming is not associated with the Heat.

Haslem’s black 2008 Mercedes sedan was impounded after the arrest and the state Monday filed notice it will attempt to permanently seize the vehicle.

Haslem’s attorney Eric Schwartzreich saidl Monday that the felony charges were filed “because of who Udonis Haslem is. Udonis Haslem shouldn’t be charged with anything.”

In addition, at the time of the stop, Haslem acknowledged possession of a firearm in the vehicle.

“There’s nothing illegal with that whatsoever,” Schwartzreich said. “It’s not going to elevate the charges. I expect no charges in connection of that. That’s lawful possession of a firearm.”

Lt. Mark Wysocky of the Highway Patrol said in a statement that Haslem, 30, was arrested after a traffic stop along the Gratigny Parkway. that also resulted in the former University of Florida and Miami High standout being cited for unlawful speed .

He was cited for traveling at 78 mph in a 60 mph zone and illegal window tint. He was also charged with four counts with possessing drug paraphernalia.

Haslem, has not previously been linked to marijuana or other substance-abuse issues during his seven seasons with the Miami Heat.

According to the FHP statement, “Mr. Haslem was traveling eastbound on the Gratigny between 42 and 57 Avenue at approximately 3:05 PM. During the traffic stop the trooper smelled an odor of marijuana from within the vehicle.” The arresting officer pulled his firearm during the stop, with Haslem then stating, “I’m a professional ball player.”

Haslem then acknowledged the presence of the firearm in the glove box, stated he was “not aware” of drugs in the vehicle and signed a consent form for a search. According to the report, after an initial search, while awaiting the presence of canine search support, Haslem attempted to retract that consent.

According to the report, “three plastic containers with marijuana inside” were uncovered, with the passenger immediately acknowledging the material as his.

A felony count, such as Haslem’s was cited for, carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $5,000 fine and two years of license suspension. A misdemeanor charge carries a $1,000 fine and 12-month license suspension.

“By law, this is called constructive possession,” Schwartzreich said, “where the marijuana is not on anyone’s person, there are two people in the vehicle, and one of the people in the vehicle, that being the passenger, not Udonis Haslem, says, ‘Hey, this is my marijuana.’ To further bolster the veracity of that statement, inside the bag, where marijuana is found, are documents bearing the name of the passenger.

“So it’s not just one of these situations where the guy is claiming it or stepping up. Legitimately, the bag is found with the guy’s name. The guy says, ‘This is my marijuana.’ ”

Schwartzreich said he could not see the case rising to the level of vehicle forfeiture.

“They would have to have proof, in which there isn’t any, that this was Udonis Haslem’s marijuana, he knew that it was in his car, and that a felony was being committed.” Schwartzreich said. “I do not think, believe, they will be able to get this vehicle.”

Haslem was booked into a Miami-Dade County jail on four counts of drug paraphernalia and one count of possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana, said Janelle Hall, a spokeswoman for Miami-Dade Corrections.

At 10:30 p.m., Haslem was in the process of being released on $9,000 bond, she said.

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Complete Preseason Schedule

The preseason schedule for the Miami Heat has now been announced as well.

Here are the dates (Game at Miami AmericanAirlines Arena in Bold, national broadcast as indicated)

October

Tue 05 Detroit 7:30pm
Fri 08 Oklahoma 7:00pm *in Kansas City, MO*
Sat 09 @ San Antonio 8:30pm
Tue 12 CSKA Moscow 7:30pm
Wed 13 @ New Orleans 8:00pm
Mon 18 Charlotte 7:30pm
Thu 21 @ Atlanta 7:30pm
Fri 22 Orlando 8:00pm *in Tampa*

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One’s gain is another’s …

One side note for the Miami Heat Regular Season Schedule:
Last season the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James’ old team, had 25 appearances on national TV (ESPN, ABC, TNT) plus 9 on NBATV. According to the schedule for this season they will have just two (plus one on NBATV).

Adding insult to injury, one of those televised games is against the Miami Heat, at home on Dec 2.

Wonder what the reaction of the spectators is going to be.

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Complete Regular Season Schedule

The regular season schedule has now been announced along with the national television schedule. ESPN, ABC, TNT and NBATV will broadcast 29 games. There is a limit of 34 appearances on national TV set the league, but with “fan night” voting on NBATV the Head can reach the 34 magic number – so go for it.

Here are the dates for the Miami Heat (Game at Miami AmericanAirlines Arena in Bold, national broadcast as indicated)

October

Tue 26 @ Boston 7:30pm
Wed 27 @ Philadelphia 7:00pm
Fri 29 Orlando 8:00pm
Sun 31 @ New Jersey 1:00pm

November

Tue 02 Minnesota 7:30pm
Fri 05 @ New Orleans 8:00pm
Sat 06 New Jersey 7:30pm
Tue 09 Utah 7:30pm
Thu 11 Boston 8:00pm
Sat 13 Toronto 7:30pm
Wed 17 Phoenix 7:00pm
Fri 19 Charlotte 7:30pm
Sat 20 @ Memphis 8:00pm
Mon 22 Indiana 7:30pm
Wed 24 @ Orlando 7:30pm
Fri 26 Philadelphia 7:30pm
Sat 27 @ Dallas 8:30pm
Mon 29 Washington 7:30pm

December

Wed 01 Detroit 7:30pm
Thu 02 @ Cleveland 8:00pm
Sat 04 Atlanta 7:30pm
Mon 06 @ Milwaukee 8:00pm
Wed 08 @ Utah 9:00pm
Fri 10 @ Golden State 10:30pm
Sat 11 @ Sacramento 10:00pm
Mon 13 New Orleans 7:30pm
Wed 15 Cleveland 7:30pm
Fri 17 @ New York 7:00pm
Sat 18 @ Washington 7:00pm
Mon 20 Dallas 7:30pm
Thu 23 @ Phoenix 10:30pm
Sat 25 @ LA Lakers 5:00pm
Tue 28 New York 7:30pm
Wed 29 @ Houston 8:30pm

January

Sat 01 Golden State 7:30pm
Mon 03 @ Charlotte 7:00pm
Tue 04 Milwaukee 7:30pm
Fri 07 @ Milwaukee 8:30pm
Sun 09 @ Portland 9:00pm
Wed 12 @ LA Clippers 10:30pm
Thu 13 @ Denver 10:30pm
Sat 15 @ Chicago 8:00pm
Tue 18 Atlanta 7:30pm
Sat 22 Toronto 7:30pm
Thu 27 @ New York 8:00pm
Fri 28 Detroit 7:30pm
Sun 30 @ Oklahoma City 1:00pm
Mon 31 Cleveland 7:30pm

February

Thu 03 @ Orlando 8:00pm
Fri 04 @ Charlotte 7:00pm
Sun 06 LA Clippers 12:00pm
Tue 08 Indiana 7:30pm
Fri 11 @ Detroit 7:30pm
Sun 13 @ Boston 1:00pm
Tue 15 @ Indiana 7:00pm
Wed 16 @ Toronto 7:00pm
Tue 22 Sacramento 7:30pm
Thu 24 @ Chicago 8:00pm
Fri 25 Washington 7:30pm
Sun 27 New York 8:00pm

March

Thu 03 Orlando 8:00pm
Fri 04 @ San Antonio 9:30pm
Sun 06 Chicago 1:00pm
Tue 08 Portland 7:30pm
Thu 10 LA Lakers 8:00pm
Sat 12 Memphis 3:30pm
Mon 14 San Antonio 8:00pm
Wed 16 Oklahoma City 8:00pm
Fri 18 @ Atlanta 7:30pm
Sat 19 Denver 7:30pm
Wed 23 @ Detroit 7:30pm
Fri 25 Philadelphia 7:30pm
Sun 27 Houston 6:00pm
Tue 29 @ Cleveland 7:00pm
Wed 30 @ Washington 7:00pm

April

Fri 01 @ Minnesota 8:00pm
Sun 03 @ New Jersey 6:00pm
Wed 06 Milwaukee 7:00pm
Fri 08 Charlotte 7:30pm
Sun 10 Boston 3:30pm
Mon 11 @ Atlanta 7:00pm
Wed 13 @ Toronto 8:00pm

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So when will we see them the first time

It was announced that the exhibition opener is on Oct. 5, at 7:30 pm at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The first regular season game is on Oct. 26 in Boston, with their first home opener Oct. 29 against Orlando.

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Who else is on the team

If I tracked it correctly, the following players are signed:

# Name Pos Height Weight DOB From Yrs

50 Joel Anthony C 6-9 245 08/09/1982 Nevada-Las Vegas 3
8 Carlos Arroyo G 6-2 202 07/30/1979 Florida International 8
1 Chris Bosh F 6-10 230 03/24/1984 Georgia Tech 7
Da’Sean Butler ** F 6-7 230 01/01/1988 West Virginia R
15 Mario Chalmers G 6-1 190 05/19/1986 Kansas 2
40 Udonis Haslem F 6-8 235 06/09/1980 Florida 7
? Eddie House G 6-1 175 05/14/1978 Arizona State 10
? Juwan Howard F 6-9 253 02/07/1973 Michigan 16
11 Zydrunas Ilgauskas C 7-3 260 06/05/1975 Kaunas, Lithuania 12
6 LeBron James F 6-8 250 12/30/1984 St. Vincent-St. Mary HS (OH) 7
22 James Jones F 6-8 220 10/04/1980 Miami (Fla.) 7
21 Jamaal Magloire C 6-11 255 05/21/1978 Kentucky 10
13 Mike Miller G 6-8 218 02/19/1980 Florida 10
? Dexter Pittman C 6-10 290 03/02/1988 Texas R
42 Shavlik Randolph F 6-10 236 11/24/1983 Duke 5
3 Dwyane Wade G 6-4 220 01/17/1982

Now this is one more than the roster of 15 allowed during regular season.

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Wade’s Comment

Here’s Dwayne Wade’s original comment:

“Of course, there’s going to be times  when we might lose one or two games, three games in a row. It’s going to seem like the world is crashed down. You are all going to make it seem like the World Trade has just went down again. But it’s not going to be nothing but a couple of basketball games lost and we’ll have to go back on track”.

Yes I agree, this is just a little bit out of line, and there is a chance someone might misunderstand this, as the quote appeared on a website as:

“If we lose a couple in a row this season, it will be like the World Trade is coming down again”.

Now, the brain is sometimes not as fast as your mouth, and mentioning the World Trade in this context was not such a great idea, but it wasn’t certainly meant that way is was quoted. Misquoting it such in a way that the opposite of what’s being said comes out is a little bit gross. (the website later corrected the quote).

If anything, I have one issue here : Don’t lose 3 games in a row. If you do that, the media will be on to you, probably talking about a nightmare team instead of a dream team.

For your own sake, don’t do this. I know the regular season is 82 games, but you will be compared against the best records Miami ever had (61-21 in ’97).

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How old are they?

This week’s passing of NY Yankees owner George Steinbrenner at age 80 caused me to think about the ages of the major players involved here in Miami.

Well, don’t worry about that too much.

The owner of the Miami Heat. Micky Arison, is now 61 years old, and the president, Pat Riley, is about 65 years old.

Since we’re at it – what about the dream team? The three were born in 1982 and 1984, that makes them 26 to 28 years old. The oldest player on the roster, by the way, appears to be 32-year old Jamaal Magloire.

The head coach, Erik Spoelstra, is with 40 years currently the 2nd youngest head coach in the NBA, only New Orleans Hornet’s Monty Williams is younger.

“This game is now about younger coaches”, Pat Riley said when Spoelstra was named head coach.

Nothing else to add.

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New Dream Team in town

Last week it became clear that there might be a dream team assembled to play for the Miami Heat.  The 3 players, Chris Bosh , LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, will receive about $110 million each, for a minimum of 4 years (6 years with possibility to opt out in 2014).

Shall I get exited about?

I have been in South Florida for about the same time as the Miami Heat is in existence (1988). The first few seasons were soso. Then in 1995 they hired Pat Riley. who coached the Nicks and the Lakers before then. They had 4 division championships in a row, but nothing more. Later they had 3 of them in row, and won the NBA championship in 2006. In 2008 they were as bad as after their first season, just 15-67, but overall not a bad record, with finishing the division first in half of the seasons, half of the rest they got into the playoffs under Riley as coach or president.

Now the trio.

Dwayne Wade already played for the Miami Heat since 2003, while the others are coming from Cleveland and Toronto. Coincidentally, all three have been in the same NBA draft pick of 2003.

There was so much hype here in S.F. They even renamed Miami-Dade County to “Miami-Wade County” to keep Dwayne Wade here, but I really don’t think they changed the streets signs or the letter heads.

And then the ESPN special of LeBron James’ decision.

They are saying here that the South Florida economy should get a boost. Well it is a boost for the trio, as each of them, over a total of 6 years, will get $1.5 million per month, or $50000 per day.

For the rest of us – we will see.

I will be watching.

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