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Shirts tell Heat fans they are 'the home court advantage'

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Shirts tell Heat fans they are 'the home court advantage'

A game after the Miami Heat gave every fan in attendee a pretty sweet "WADE" Jumpman T-shirt, they were at it again in Game 5.

Color me unimpressed this time around.

Game 5 attendees will get shirts that read "I AM THE HOME COURT ADVANTAGE!" with the words "2012 WHITE HOT HEAT PLAYOFFS" in smaller font.

Did Heat fans really need the reminder that they make up the advantage? Are there not enough Heat jersey-wearing fans in attendance? Or is it a ploy to hide all the empty seats in the first quarter?

The Heat have been pretty stellar at home in the regular season and postseason, but something tells me it has more to do with their players (...and referees) than it does the Heat faithful.

But Game 5 isn't the only flawed Heat shirt giveaway. In Game 1, each chair was covered by a shirt with a specific letter on it -- "H", "E", "A", "T". Now, to avoid any confusion, it was announced over the loudspeaker before the game that the shirts were designed to spell "HEAT". You know, just in case nobody got it.

But what if "H" wanted to switch places with "T", or "E" with "A". Did they have to constantly switch shirts? Were they spelling "HATE"? Or "TEA"? Who are the "THE"?

My head hurts. Let's just get this game underway . . .

OFFSEASON

Celtics second in Larry Sanders’ Twitter poll for his next team

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Celtics second in Larry Sanders’ Twitter poll for his next team

Veteran forward Larry Sanders, who hasn’t played since December of 2014, has taken to Twitter to get feedback on “Which team do you believe will utilize my skills the best?”

So far, it’s his last team, the Milwaukee Bucks leading, with the Celtics edging the Cavaliers for second place.  

Sanders, 27, has been away from basketball after two drug-related suspensions and issues with anxiety and depression led him to accept a buyout from the Bucks.  The 6-11 Sanders was a solid rim protector. He averaged 1.8 blocks a game in his career. Could the Celtics, with an already crowded roster, take a flyer on him as a low-cost option? 
 

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Michael Jordan: ‘I can no longer stay silent’ on racial issues

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Michael Jordan: ‘I can no longer stay silent’ on racial issues

By Dan Feldman, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk

Michael Jordan might have never said “Republicans buy sneakers, too.”

But that quote has defined him politically.

Whether the perception has been fair or not, he’s clearly trying to change it.

Jordan in ESPN's The Undefeated:

As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.

I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.

Over the past three decades I have seen up close the dedication of the law enforcement officers who protect me and my family. I have the greatest respect for their sacrifice and service. I also recognize that for many people of color their experiences with law enforcement have been different than mine. I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change.

To support that effort, I am making contributions of $1 million each to two organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

You can read Jordan’s full statement here.