Who says these guys couldn’t beat the 1992 United States Dream Team?
The 2012 team has just as much talent. It’s just the absurdity of the scores, as well as the presence of Michael Jordan, that immediately vaults the ’92 team to the top. However, basketball had yet to lay its seed on an international level. Eastern Europe could boast a few good players, but hardly to what could be compared to today’s international scene.
Going against a France team with eight NBA players, the United States pulled out a 98-71 win to kick off the opening round of pool play.
Playing alongside the likes of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul could be intimidating to some.
It seems that those three may no longer be as feared as they once were; because LeBron James made them, as well as the entire Brazilian team, look like commoners last night in the United States’ 80-69 victory.
With Chris Bosh watching as a spectator, the Miami Heat defeated the Toronto Raptors 71-59 in their first Summer League matchup.
Second-year guard Terrel Harris struggled with his shot early, but proved resilient to lead the Heat with 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting to go along with four steals, three rebounds and three assists.
Norris Cole finished with 13 points, two assists and two rebounds in 32 minutes worth of action. He proved to be a solid ball-handler and primary facilitator in his first Summer League outing, only coughing up the ball on two occasions. The Heat coaching staff made it a point that Cole will be expected to reach another level this upcoming season and the Summer League will be the jump-off point.
The three-point shooting woes of the Miami Heat are now a thing of the past.
At least for the next three years, which is how long Ray Allen is signed up for after signing a deal worth $9 million. Allen was introduced to the team early Wednesday afternoon, and will be back to wearing the number 34 as he did with Milwaukee and Seattle.
Allen spoke of Pat Riley, his new teammates and his relationships in Boston:
Rashard Lewis was introduced prior to Allen. The former three-point shooting champion signed a veteran-minimum deal that will pay him $1.3 million this upcoming season, chump change compared to the $13.7 million he received as a result of New Orleans buying out his contract.
Lewis’ press conference was more entertaining than Allen’s because of the fact that he’s not attempting to hold back his excitement. It’s not every day when you see a 14-year veteran who has gone as far as the NBA Finals visually ecstatic over the prospect of joining a new team.
Then again, not every team is the Miami Heat.
Man, Pat Riley really was serious when he said he wanted players who could help stretch and space the floor.
A few days following an agreement that would bring Ray Allen to the Miami Heat, reports are coming in that Rashard Lewis will sign a deal with the team on Wednesday when signings are allowed to be made.
As you all know by now, the greatest three-point shooter of all-time will be joining the Miami Heat as soon as a dotted line is available to sign.
That day will be July 11th. Two days from now Ray Allen will become the newest member of the Heat after spurning his former Boston Celtics, despite the team offering nearly double per year what the Heat was offering. The Heat hooked Allen for a three-year deal worth $9 million, less than the two-year, $12 million deal being offered by Boston.
So, this is going to happen next year:
Via Mickey Arison through his Twitter account, Ray Allen, the all-time NBA leader in three-pointers made, will be playing for the Miami Heat in the 2012-’13 season.
There is no word on how much Allen has signed for. The deal on the table was the mini mid-level exception worth $3 million, and the Heat planned on signing him to a three-year deal. Boston was offering double the amount of money, a deal worth $12 million over two years.