Most Important News From Erik Spoelstra, Pat Riley at Shabazz Napier Introductory Presser
Shabazz Napier said he had never been in Miami prior to Saturday.— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) June 30, 2014
Shabazz Napier says he hasn't been in touch with LeBron other than the tweets everybody has seen.— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) June 30, 2014
Shabazz Napier used the word "humbled" 5 times when asked what it was like to know LeBron wanted him on Heat.— Will Manso (@WillManso) June 30, 2014
Erik Spoelstra: "We're not going to retool and reinvent our entire organization here."— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) June 30, 2014
Shabazz Napier says he will play in the summer league for the Heat. No word on how soon he'll be signed.— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) June 30, 2014
Hard not to be impressed with way Shabazz Napier handles himself. Easy to see why Heat liked his attitude so much.— Will Manso (@WillManso) June 30, 2014
Napier says he's not a "social media guy" in following news/rumors and Spo laughs and says, "that will serve you well here."— Will Manso (@WillManso) June 30, 2014
Napier on Heat free agency, "At the end of the day all I can worry about is myself and what I can bring to the team."— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) June 30, 2014
Shabazz on potentially playing with LeBron, Wade, Bosh: "They'll put me in great situations and I'll put them in great situations."— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) June 27, 2014
Shabazz brings everything Heat need in a PG prospect. But can he take the yelling from LeBron as well as Chalmers?— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) June 27, 2014
Or maybe, Shabazz won't need to be yelled at as much.— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) June 27, 2014
After his press conference, Napier joined The Ticket Miami (104.3 FM/ 790 AM) and spoke with Ethan Skolnick and Chris Wittyngham, filling in today for the normally scheduled Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz. Here's a transcription of their talk with Napier:
The Ticket: The newest member of the Miami Heat, Shabazz Napier, is waiting for us. Shabazz, thank you for taking out the time and congratulations.
Hey, no problem. And thank you.
Now, I wanted to start here: We learned today that this was your first time ever in the city of Miami. How long have you been here and what have you done so far?
I've been here since Saturday morning. And so far, I've been trying to find places that I can stay in. I've been to some restaurants with some of the Heat staff members.
What are the restaurants? What are we hitting up?
Well, they took me to the one and only Prime 112. That was definitely a good place to go.
Now, you get asked these questions all the time, NBA players get asked these questions all the time. Who are your comps, your favorite players, your favorite teams. But I want to take a 2014 spin on that question. When you're playing 2K, the NBA video game, who are you playing with?
Well, I haven't played in awhile. Probably almost six months ago I stopped playing. But usually the way I play with my former teammates in college was we used to do randoms. You get three randoms, and the fourth one you have to stay with it so it wasn't one particular team. If you pick the Heat, it's kind of a cheat.