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Topic - Chris Andersen
Just about every NBA team would like Dwight Howard.
Ray Allen was wearing a pair of ski goggles to protect his eyes from the spray of champagne in the Miami Heat locker room last week, and assessed what it was like to be part of another NBA championship celebration.
There was a time when second-round draft picks in the NBA held about as much value to some teams as the caps that were given to each player chosen on draft night.
When the Miami Heat won their first championship in 2006, then-coach Pat Riley decided to enter the following season without major roster changes.
The last piece of confetti had landed, the Miami Heat championship celebration was officially over and many in the crowd of revelers were starting to make their way to the exits.
Hundreds of thousands of fans were expected along the parade route. Some fans began arriving before sunrise Monday, and traffic into downtown was extremely heavy as people hoped to get close enough for a glimpse of the celebration.
Miami forward Chris Andersen grudgingly accepted his punishment from the NBA on Saturday morning.
Miami forward Chris Andersen has been suspended for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals for his altercation with Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough in Game 5.
Standing on the cusp of the NBA Finals has tended to agree with the Miami Heat in each of the last two seasons. When the Heat have gotten a game away from the title round, they've finished the task as quickly as possible.
Chris Andersen was suspended Friday by the NBA for his altercation with Tyler Hansbrough, leaving the Miami Heat without one of their best big men as they try to finish off the Indiana Pacers in Game 6.
When Chris Andersen does something particularly impressive for the Miami Heat, a heavy metal guitar riff blares through their arena. Some children have shown up for games with replicas of his tattoos drawn upon their bodies. Others have gotten their hair gelled and shaped to match his Mohawk `do.
Losing a game at the final buzzer, no less than a playoff game on the road against the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat, would seem to have potential to demoralize the Indiana Pacers.
Losing a game at the final buzzer, no less than a playoff game on the road against the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat, would seem to have potential to demoralize the Indiana Pacers. Or not.
James blew past Paul George and made a layup as time expired, and the Heat found a way to outlast the Indiana Pacers 103-102 in a back-and-forth Game 1 of the East title series Wednesday night.
The suggestion that he's a flopper drew a grin as wide as his wingspan from LeBron James.
"I'll deal with the repercussions of it and miss this game, but I know my guys are going to go out there and take care of it," Andersen said.
"It doesn't matter at this point," Andersen said when asked what led to the first-half skirmish in Game 5. "It was the heat of the moment. A guy pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I let it get to me. I can't regret anything. It is what it is, bro. At the time it was a flagrant one, now it's a flagrant two."