Ring night arrives for Heat, with Bulls awaiting
The Associated Press
MIAMI — LeBron James gets another ring. Derrick Rose gets to play again.
In simplest terms, let that serve as the teaser for what’s going to happen Tuesday night when the Miami Heat raise its second consecutive championship banner and third one overall just before opening the season against Chicago, one of their biggest rivals.
The Heat will get its rings in an elaborate pregame ceremony, one that everyone — well, almost everyone — inside the building will be watching. The Bulls plan to stay in their locker room, and it’s somewhat logical to think they’ll be spending part of that time verbalizing some sort of sentiment about emerging and spoiling the party.
“We don’t like them and they don’t like us,” James said. “It’s not like it’s unheard of. We all know what it is. They don’t like us, so we don’t like them.”
Now the Bulls get Rose back, 18 months after he tore up his left knee. Over the last five seasons, James has four MVP awards, Rose holding the other from that span. And with Rose back, the Bulls — and the East — figure to be tougher for Miami this season.
“I’m looking forward to it, but I’m going to take it as any other game,” Rose said. “It’s the first game. It’s the next game. And we’re just trying to sharpen things up, play the same way but just get our chemistry a little bit better.”
Rose was widely criticized for his decision to not come back last season, those cries ramping up only after word emerged that he was cleared for practice. If he could practice, many said, why couldn’t he play?
Rose will likely not have any restrictions on his minutes.
• Carmelo Anthony should focus on trying to get players to join him in New York, not creating uncertainty about whether he would leave. That’s the opinion of TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who is disappointed by Anthony’s desire to become a free agent after this season. “He owns the city, he should be trying to get guys to come here and not like ‘I’ll stay here a couple of years — I forced my way here, No. 1, I got here, now I want to leave.’ That’s just not cool at all to be honest with you,” Barkley said.
• Nate Robinson, the former Washington Husky, is featured in the latest “Uncle Drew” video, making the third installment of the hit Pepsi Max series along with WNBA star Maya Moore.
• The Wizards waived the three players — Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee and Kendall Marshall — acquired with Marcin Gortat in the trade last week with the Suns.
• The Knicks have exercised their fourth-year option on guard Iman Shumpert’s contract. Shumpert averaged 6.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 45 games, all starts, last season after returning from torn knee ligaments. He will earn about $2.6 million in the 2014-15 season.
• The NBA has fined Memphis forward Ed Davis $15,000 for making excessive and unnecessary contact with Houston forward Donatas Motiejunas last week.
• The Pacers announced Danny Granger would miss three weeks with a muscle strain.