Welcome To The 2015-2016 NBA Season

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The 2015-2016 NBA Season is FINALLY here!

Last night, the year kicked off with the Detroit Pistons coming up 106-94 over the Atlanta Hawks, the Chicago Bulls sneaking slightly past the Cleveland Cavaliers, 97-95, and the reigning champions (Golden State Warriors) outworking the New Orleans Pelicans, 111-95.

There are 14 games on the slate tonight, including the Los Angeles Lakers taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves, but most importantly: the Miami Heat will take on the Charlotte Hornets at the AmericanAirlines Arena, for their first game of the new season.

2014-2015 was what one could call a total disaster for Miami; from LeBron James announcing his departure in the summer, to Chris Bosh sitting out half the season with blood clots in his lung, it was one crisis after another. There were high-points of course, such as Hassan Whiteside’s blossoming talent, and signing Goran Dragic, but I think it’s safe to say that overall, Heat Nation would like to forget last year for good.

The good news is, Pat Riley and company went to work during this offseason.

Between re-signing both Dragic and Dwyane Wade, drafting Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson, and bringing aboard the likes of Gerald Green and Amar’e Stoudemire…things are about to get exciting.

While some may still be skeptical of this Eastern Conference team, saying they look better on paper than can be translated into reality, Heat fans are all in.

Generally speaking, not much can (or should) be taken away from preseason…and yet, seeing the guys back on the court only reminded me of what is to come.

This will be the first time Dragic and Bosh get to play alongside one another.

Dragic and Stoudemire will reunite from their days playing together in Phoenix.

Whiteside has only further developed.

Green is already on the radar for Sixth Man of the Year.

Should I go on?

Catch tonight’s matchup on a free trial of NBA League Pass, at 7:30 PM (ET).

And get ready Heat Nation, this season is ours.

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Another Injury Looming For The Miami Heat?

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The 2014-2015 season has been, for lack of a better term, a hot mess for the Miami Heat. Obviously LeBron James set the pace when he announced he was headed back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but since then the team has been plagued with seemingly never ending injuries. Fortunately only one so far has been serious, with Chris Bosh’s season being cut short due to blood clots in his lung, and he is thankfully expected to make a full recovery. But even so, the Heat just cannot seem to catch a break. Miami’s newest addition himself, Goran Dragic, who was only acquired by the team right before the NBA trade deadline, has already suffered from back spasms.

Last week, blossoming superstar Hassan Whiteside cut his hand on the rim, and it is being said that it will take at least two weeks for his gash to fully heal. While I do not suspect that he will be out for that entire time, he will certainly miss a couple of games. And even when he does decide to come back, will not be able to reach his full potential for a while.

But of course, the story does not end there. Hassan’s backup, Chris Andersen, is also out with a bruised calf. And while some thought that perhaps the Heat would pick up an additional player (like JaVale McGee), it seems as though they are sticking with their original squad. So it may be up to Michael Beasley to hold things down for a while.

And there is more. Recently, Dwyane Wade spoke out about the potential need to get fluid from his knee drained; something that during a normal season may not be a big deal, but currently would set Miami even further back than they already are.

Wade played 22 minutes on Friday night, in a loss against the Atlanta Hawks, and was not able to accomplish much. There is talk of head coach Erik Spoelstra sitting the guard in this afternoon’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons, in hopes of having him available and in better shape, for longer down the line.

Whether or not Wade will get his knee drained is still up in the air, but regardless, his physical condition at the present time is certainly bad news for the Heat. As of Sunday, Miami stands at the seventh seed, with the Boston Celtics close behind them. For the boys in South Beach, the playoff push is real.

When will the injuries end? I wish I could tell you. But I can only hope the answer to that is very soon.

Rick Ross Took Fandom To A Whole New Level

Rapper Rick Ross, otherwise known as Ricky Rozay, decided to support the Miami Heat in an entirely new way: by getting their logo tattooed on his face. Ross, who earlier this year said he would bet $100,000 on the Heat finishing with a better record than the Cleveland Cavaliers, was raised in Florida and has been a longtime fan of the team ever since.

Check out Ross’ new face art, below.

Tattooing the Hood Billionaire @richforever #mmg #dc #dreamchaser

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Best Mario Chalmers Moments: 15 for #15

This year for Christmas, I got an excellent gift: Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers making this face at former teammate, LeBron James:

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Soon after that happened, the internet exploded with Chalmers memes and gifs and I was reminded at how truly entertaining our “Rio” is.

So, as my end-of-the-year gift to you all, here are 15 of my favorite Chalmers moments.

1. Literally my favorite Heat moment of LIFE. Chalmers as Super Mario? Genius.

2. Although the King often liked to scold our little guy, stopping him from celebrating may take the cake. He just wanted to express his joy for a moment! Sheesh!

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3. Not sure why Juan Howard decided to do this, but his slap is remarkably effortless, is it not?

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4. The fact that Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah is involved in this, makes it that much better. Claps for everyone.

5. My love for Carmelo Anthony only grew after this fantastic idea.

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6. Any guesses on who would have won this fight? Pretty sure my money is on James.

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7. Do you think James taught Chris Bosh how to yell at Chalmers, or does that instinct exist within everybody?

8. I mean, even the PRESIDENT knows the deal.

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9. Two classic duos, coming together as one.

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10. Aw, but all Chalmers wanted was a little face-time!

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11. I take it the answer would have been no?

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12. CAO Gold should probably reach out to Chalmers for a partnership.

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13. So, was Chalmers picturing James or Bosh when he threw that ball?

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14. I think someone has mastered the art of flopping!

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15. Two fold: Ray Allen yells at Chalmers while Bosh head-fives them both. Winning all around.

So, what are your favorite Chalmers moments? Leave them in the comments below!

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For those of you who are not aware, I have been fortunate enough to recently become a part of the FanSided network. Specifically, I am now a staff writer for AllUCanHeat, a site whose editor I actually interviewed at the end of last season.

So with that said, although I will still be posting here regularly, please take a minute to check out my work on AUCH. And to keep up with me on matters outside of the realm of the Miami Heat, be sure to follow me on Twitter as well!

Mr. Nice Tie Turned DJ

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Last week, Chris Bosh launched his very own menswear line, Mr. Nice Tie, and with the NBA season only a little over a month away, he is certainly wasting no time in giving it the promotion it deserves.

Bow tie in hand, Bosh was a guest DJ on the Ellen Show earlier today; needless to say, the two shared some laughs.