July 9, 2020
ESPN/ABC analyst Mark Jones, who has spent nearly 30 decades living in South Florida, joins Ethan J. Skolnick and Alphonse Sidney for a wide-ranging, candid conversation. A little something on the Miami Heat, Erik Spoelstra, Jimmy Butler, LeBron James, the NBA at large, Covid-19, social justice and more before heading into the NBA Bubble in Orlando.
Then Alex Toledo joins Ethan to discuss the Heat's bus trip and Victor Oladipo's apparent unhappiness with the Pacers.
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July 8, 2020
A double episode....
-- First, Ethan J. Skolnick, Alex Toledo and Alphonse Sidney discuss the elite 2-guards who might be available to the Miami Heat at some point, including bubble no-shows Bradley Beal and Victor Oladipo and Jazz young All-Star Donovan Mitchell. Can Tyler Herro reach their levels at any point?
-- Second, Stefano Fusaro (the only ESPN reporter in the Major League Soccer bubble in Orlando) discusses with Ethan and Greg Sylvander that experience so far, and how similar it might be to the NBA resumption in that area. Plus, Fusaro (who covers the Rockets and has ties to Jimmy Butler) talks about the Rockets and Heat.
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July 7, 2020
On the 4-year anniversary of the decision that rocked "Heat Nation," we discuss why Dwyane Wade left for the Chicago Bulls... but also whether it worked out best for everyone involved.
Ethan J. Skolnick reveals more backstory about what led to Wade leaving, and Alex Toledo and Alphonse Sidney weigh in on what might have happened had he stayed, and what might not have happened (Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, etc.) if he hadn't left. Maybe we were all wrong at the time.
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July 5, 2020
An extended episode starts with a discussion of the Miami Heat's big news this week... 3 players testing positive, forcing a shutdown of the American Airlines Arena facility prior to the team traveling to Orlando for the season restart.
Also, Victor Oladipo's decision to skip the restart for the Pacers; some 76ers slander as some still can't get over Jimmy Butler; and an interview with sponsor Dr. Jon Chung (ChiropracticKeystone.com) about the physical strain players will endure.
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June 30, 2020
The Miami Heat have enjoyed plenty of success since their inaugural season of 1988.
But all of those seasons, which were the most memorable? Any from the early years? The Alonzo Mourning years? The start of Dwyane Wade's career? The 3 championships, one with Shaquille O'Neal and two with LeBron James? And where did this season with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo rank?
Ethan J. Skolnick is joined by Alphonse Sidney and Greg Sylvander to debate the list.
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June 30, 2020
Jannelle Moore, a new writer on FiveReasonsSports.com, joins Five on the Floor to provide her list of the 5 x-factors as the Miami Heat restart the season.
Ethan J. Skolnick, Alphonse Sidney and Alex Toledo assess the list, which includes a couple of surprises. Also, the guys finally remember that Kelly Olynyk exists.
You can find Moore's accompanying written piece on the website now.
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June 29, 2020
The new schedule is out for the resumption of the NBA season, and it doesn't appear favorable for the Miami Heat.
Ethan J. Skolnick, Alex Toledo and Greg Sylvander discuss the 8 games, including Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics, and actually see a bright side. How much does seeding mean?
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June 24, 2020
We haven't seen much of him yet.
But there have been enough glimpses of Miami Heat 2019 second-round pick KZ Okpala to excite Miami Heat fans. The raw talent is obvious. Can he put it together and contribute soon?
Okpala joins Five on the Floor to discuss his background, his Stanford career, his progress at Sioux Falls in the G-League, and the players he models himself after. Oh, and after Chief Keef, what's on the playlist?
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June 23, 2020
Did the Miami Heat do the right thing?
Ethan J. Skolnick, Alex Toledo and Alphonse Sidney look back at the major transaction of the season, when the Heat sent Justise Winslow (plus the contracts of Dion Waiters and James Johnson) away for Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill.
Was it the right move in retrospect? How is it affected by Covid-19? And what can be expected from Iguodala and Crowder in the playoffs, once the season resumes?
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June 22, 2020
One year after the unpopular choice of Tyler Herro by the Miami Heat, hosts Ethan J. Skolnick and Alex Toledo discuss the 20-year-old guard who has taken South Florida by storm.
Where would Herro go in a re-draft? Of course, Zion and Ja go 1-2? But should the Heat have taken Sekou at No. 13? Kevin Porter Jr.? Brandon Clarke? Is Herro a better long-term option than RJ Barrett, who went 10 picks higher? What about Coby White?
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June 18, 2020
While 2021 cap space remains the objective for the Miami Heat, there will be work to be done whenever this odd season ends.
And Miami, while negotiating with its own free agents (Goran Dragic, Meyers Leonard, Jae Crowder, Derrick Jones Jr.) may be searching for a one-year fix.
Ethan J. Skolnick, Alex Toledo and Greg Sylvander join to discuss Paul Millsap, Serge Ibaka, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and more.
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June 16, 2020
The plans are out. We now know where players will stay, how their health will be regulated, how they will entertain themselves, who they can bring, and how often they will eat.
But how will the Miami Heat in particular handle the NBA's Orlando bubble when the season resumes?
We think it will be well, and we explain why, running down a list of the NBA's best leaders, like LeBron James, Giannis and Chris Paul and where Jimmy Butler fits.
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June 15, 2020
With the NBA season set to resume in Orlando on July 31st, everything is now again in doubt as a sizable group of players (reportedly led by Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving) held a conference call to discuss their concerns about the plan, in light of social unrest in the country, COVID-19 and the strict nature of the NBA plan.
Alphonse Sidney and Alex Toledo join Ethan J. Skolnick to discuss those concerns, Irving as a "messenger" and whether they believe a season should and will be played. And they don't agree on everything.
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June 10, 2020
We covered the five members of the Miami Heat with the most at stake as the NBA season resumes.
What about the rest of the NBA?
Jared Greenberg of NBA TV joins with his list.
LeBron's on it, of course. And someone on the 76ers. But a couple of the others will surprise.
And Heat fans will perk up at the Giannis talk.
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June 8, 2020
Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler developed chemistry this season and helped the Miami Heat surprise toward a top 4 seed in the East.
But where do they rank among NBA duos?
Ethan J. Skolnick and Alphonse Sidney are joined by Brady Hawk to discuss his article.
The Lakers with LeBron James and Anthony Davis? The Clippers with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George? The Rockets with James Harden and Russell Westbrook?
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