The Miami Heat are a super cool team to watch (unless they are destroying the team you root for. So much talent, so much opportunity for big men. Joel Anthony has thrived there. Chris Andersen pretty much came back from an NBA grave to flourish in the second half this season. Playing with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade is the kind of thing big men live for.
So why wouldn’t Samuel Dalembert be interested in joining the Heat when he’s a free agent next off-season?
That’s all well and good, but there’s a time and a place for everything, Sam. And I don’t think the playoffs, specifically playoff games IN MIAMI WHILE PLAYING FOR THE OPPOSITION are the time to address questions as to whether or not you’d be interested in playing for the Heat next season:
“The Heat will be definitely an option,’’ Dalembert told FOX Sports Florida before his Bucks lost to the Heat 110-87 in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round series Sunday night at American Airlines Arena. “It’s up to them and seeing what’s going to be out there. But at this point you want to be with a contending team. You don’t want to go backwards, so you want to chase that promised land.’’
Pretty hilarious timing. If people were upset about Brandon Jennings predicting the Bucks would win a couple games, imagine how they’ll feel about a guy saying he’d be interested in playing for the other team next season.
It’s been a wildly unsatisfactory season for Dalembert. He never had a DNP-CD before this season and he’s practically drown in a sea of them. It appeared for a while that Jim Boylan would toss him a life preserver, he even played enough to toss in 35 points and grab 12 rebounds in Denver one night, but eventually he returned to a now vaguely familiar role on the end of the bench.
Worth noting, with some sadness at this point, Milwaukee likely could have moved Dalembert for some sort of spare part, maybe a second round pick or a guard or something, though I’m just speculating, at the trade deadline. They opted to hold onto him.
There’s a variety of reasons he’s had trouble getting minutes this season, but whatever they may be, however frustrated he may be with the Bucks organization, there’s rarely a better answer to a question about playing for the other team in your playoff series than: “No comment.”