Help Wanted Ad for Miami Heat's Open Forward-Center Position

Sean GrimmCorrespondent IJune 7, 2013

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The Miami Heat organization is seeking help at the center position. The team, featuring stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, has lacked a certain aspect of toughness in the post, particularly when it comes to the area of rebounds.

Chris Bosh, while proving at times to be a valuable asset for the Heat in the past, has been mired by inconsistency throughout the postseason and over the past three years in Miami.

While Bosh has the ability to stretch the floor with his mid-range jumper, he has at times struggled to finish inside and has developed an alarmingly passive air about him that has led to below average performances on the boards for a big man of his size.

Considering Miami would like to extend its success into next year and years beyond, general manager Pat Riley, who’s always been an avid supporter of tough and old school big men, is on the prowl for someone to satisfy that need for his ball club.



This big man will be asked to contribute consistently.

He need not be the most advanced offensive player in the game, but he should have at least one go-to move that brings something to the table as far as the Heat’s production on offense goes.

In order words, he needs to be more advanced than Joel Anthony. Sorry, Joel, no hard feelings.

Of course, the biggest duty this player will be responsible for is nothing more than providing help on the boards.

Despite finishing with the best record this past season, Miami also finished dead last in the league in the rebound category, pulling down a little more than 38 boards per contest.



This player doesn’t necessarily need to be an old-school center, but he does need a solid post game.

And he needs to box out, avoid ball watching and show physicality on the boards.

If the player has ever been described as “soft”, he is likely not a suitable candidate to fill this position. He must not only have a proven ability to consistently rebound on a nightly basis, but he should also be known for exceptional effort.

Miami has always been an organization that prides itself on its defense more than anything else, so it's also imperative the candidate is seen as a defender qualified to handle elite competition in the NBA.

Size is preferred, but if the candidate has the work ethic and physical style of play to make up for a lack of size, that can work as well. 

The ability to stretch the floor with an at least semi-consistent mid-range game is also preferred, but negotiable.

Mr. Riley and the Heat organization look forward to reviewing your applications.