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News » Miami Heat Notes, Quotes 2009-10-08

Miami Heat Notes, Quotes 2009-10-08

Miami Heat Notes, Quotes 2009-10-08--With July acquisition Quentin Richardson the only newcomer among those likely to make the final roster, coach Erik Spoelstra said it would be up to the 10th-year swingman to get up to speed.

"We're not going to slow down too much," he said. "We've got to move forward."

Richardson said his familiarity with Dwyane Wade, Dorell Wright, Udonis Haslem and Jermaine O'Neal has eased the transition.

"I've been playing with or against him forever," he said of fellow Chicago native Wade. "And I've been knowing Dorell forever and Udonis and Jermaine, as well. It feels like I know everybody pretty well."

--As could be expected with the Heat, defense was the priority at the start of camp.

"We wanted to establish the defense right away," Spoelstra said. "Put it in and remind them that these are the specific things we want to improve, for example containing the ball and rebounding."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think every player in this league wants to be a starter and everybody wants to be a 35-, 40-minute-a-night player. But whether I come off the bench, starting, I'm going to play my minutes hard. I'm going to do what I got to do to help our team win." -- Second-year F Michael Beasley, on competing for a starting job after playing all but 19 of his 81 rookie games as a reserve.

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Added: October 8, 2009


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