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Ilgauskas may still be Heat's center of the future

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08:09 AM ET 06.29 | Perhaps the Heat's perceived issues in the middle will solve themselves. If [Pat Riley] is taken at his word, the Heat might already be set for next season at center, with Zydrunas Ilgauskas recently invoking his opt-in clause for 2011-12 and with Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman under contract for next season. "When I had my exit meeting with him, I didn't know where all the talk was coming from, where all the retirement talk was coming from," Riley said of Ilgauskas, 36. "He's been around a long time; he's a very proud player. I think he's got a lot left in the tank as to how he plays. I encouraged him not to retire, because I still think he can help somebody, and I want that somebody to be us. I don't want him to be down the road, or up the road, or across the street."

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June 29, 2011  08:14 AM ET

HOLY CRAP!!!!! OF THE FUTURE!!!! CLASSIC!!!!

The guy is slow as malasis and old as dirt...good luck with that....

June 29, 2011  08:20 AM ET
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HOLY CRAP!!!!! OF THE FUTURE!!!! CLASSIC!!!!The guy is slow as malasis and old as dirt...good luck with that....

Malaysia

June 29, 2011  08:22 AM ET

Didn't Pat Riley used to be a basketball genius?

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June 29, 2011  08:25 AM ET
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Didn't Pat Riley used to be a basketball genius?

Its easy to be a "genius" when you have great players playing for you....i.e. Magic, Shaq, Kareem, Worthy......

June 29, 2011  08:27 AM ET

"I don't want him to be down the road, or up the road, or across the street."


Dang sounds like a retirement home is everywhere you look in Miami....

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June 29, 2011  08:36 AM ET
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So by your logic.....Patrick Ewing was great then........I rest my point:)

LMAO - Early this morning with the zing...

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June 29, 2011  08:37 AM ET

Hmmmm maybe the future is now.....cause that dude moves like he has cement feet

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June 29, 2011  08:38 AM ET
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Ilgauskas may still be Heat's center of the future? THE FUTURE???

(spolstra winks at joel anthony) anthony responds with an almost all-star worthy season.... "Big Z, motivational tool" receives national acclaim after which he is promptly retires and becomes a motivational speaker.....

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June 29, 2011  08:40 AM ET
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They have no choice. They have no center out there that they can afford unless they trade LeChoke or DWade for Dwight.

i think Nene (or whatever chuck calls him) would be a great fit there....

June 29, 2011  08:42 AM ET

lol the heat. this is the feel good thread of the day. Z, the future center! Who would have thought. Dont go after howard, nene, chandler etc. Lol too funny

June 29, 2011  08:42 AM ET
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LMAO - Early this morning with the zing...

Miami are we going or coming!

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