Q: Hey Ira, I had a good idea: instead of sending Nikola Jovic to the G League, play him. -Andy.
A: Well, for starters, I removed the exclamation mark at the end of your missive, because I don’t think the Heat without Nikola Jovic will drastically change the Heat’s outlook or Nikola’s outlook. It has become apparent that Erik Spoelstra believes seasoning is the most essential element for Nikola at this point, with the G League being the perfect outlet for such seasoning. Yes, Nikola is intriguing with his various skills. But he’s only 19. It was not a choice made with this season in mind. So it’s better to be with a squad of young, hungry players who will also get to practice more often than the Heat’s veteran roster, which might not hold a single practice next week. In addition, there is already a great familiarity with Skyforce players from Sioux Falls, such as Jamal Cain, Orlando Robinson and Jamaree Bouyea. Additionally, Nikola now works alongside an NBA veteran in Stanley Johnson. With Skyforce playing three games between Friday and Monday, the minutes will be there. And who doesn’t enjoy Sioux Falls in December?
Q: This whole team needs seasoning. – Scipio.
A: Okay, but you’re the one telling Jimmy Butler he’s going to Sioux Falls (but wait until I’m in another room first). In fact, it took a private plane just to fly Dion Waiters to Sioux Falls for a workout. And I also think Kyle Lowry probably isn’t down with winter golf in South Dakota.
Q: The Clippers made a run after Pepas was played. – Nat.
A: I tried to tell Farruko to calm down, but one man can’t do everything. For their part, the Heat emphasize that this is a hype song, not a victory celebration. (But, yeah, you weren’t the only one noting that in Thursday’s game. I wonder if the game had gone to overtime and if the Heat had advanced again, would there have been Pepas 2.0?)