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Heat Forward appears to be Erik Spoelstra’s new favorite player

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The Miami Heat’s restructured roster clearly has the chemistry, but they are still finding ways to get together on the pitch, especially with all-stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo excluded.

Butler (ankle sprain) has missed three games in a row and Adebayo (knee contusion) remains in question for Wednesday night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans. While this would have been a recipe for disaster last season, Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra remains confident the team can still win.

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Why? Well, because a certain player turns out to be “as good as anyone I’ve ever seen,” said Spolestra, raved about Sun Sentinel, according to Ira Winderman.

Striker PJ Tucker made such an impression on Spoelstra that the 36-year-old veteran seems to be his new favorite.

“I think PJ is one of the best screeners of this modern era,” said Spoelstra. “In terms of its nuances, IQ, timing, deception, feel, and its variety of different ways to open up guys, it really is remarkable.”

And that’s not all. Spoelstra, Tucker has that “it” star quality in basketball, a natural he was apparently born with.

“He can do it in pick-and-rolls, off-ball, hammer screens, a lot of things that you can’t really teach,” Spoelstra continued. You need to have such a high level of wit and IQ for timing these types of screens. Really fun seeing this part of his genius off the ball. It’s as good as any other I’ve seen. “

This isn’t the first time Spoelstra takes the time to highlight Tucker, and it won’t be the last. Just a few days ago, Coach Spo said of the defensive stallion: “He’s just a winner. And that’s probably the shame. For the average fan, nobody will have any idea how many things they are influencing if we don’t keep people educated. “

Not only is Tucker the teacher’s pet, he’s an incredibly hardworking baller who has earned the respect and admiration of his teammates. His selfless style of play mimics that of Miami’s core duo, Butler and Adebayo, and lives off of making shots easier for his teammates.

“If you want recognition, my job is not a job for you,” says Tucker
As for personal statistics and awards: “I don’t care. I don’t do highlights. I do not care. I do not care.”

Heat’s sniper Duncan Robinson confirms Tucker’s bold statements. “PJ is amazing. He literally cares about nothing but this scoreboard and he will do anything to win, said Robinson. “I mean, he comes up to me and says, ‘My goal is to give you 15 threesomes.’ He’s just so selfless.

“You see how he competes on defense, rebounds. He just wins all areas in between and brings with him a certain toughness that I think sets the tone in every single game. “

Like Robinson, the six-time all-star Lowry, whom Spoelstra also calls a “brilliant screener”, loves to play alongside Tucker. “I mean, Tuck is one of the toughest guys in the NBA. He should always be an all-defensive team, ”said Lowry.

“He’s a guy who doesn’t let up… His intensity, how he plays, how he deals with situations, how he guards people, how he deals with his communication is great. He’s the veteran of a veteran, and he’s a pro for pros. He is a man. You know what I mean? It’s hard not to want to go to the battlefield with him. “

One person who immediately knew what Tucker’s talent could bring to the list of Heats, “The Godfather” – Pat Riley.

“It’s three times more than I thought. He just does it, ”Riley said of Tucker last month. “If I was going to set up a defensive clinic, I would probably use it as an example of how to lock up, how to adopt a stance, how to slide your feet, how to stay in a game when you get hit. how to overcome choices, how to communicate and speak. These are just on the defensive end and how to flash, switch and things like that. “

As for Tucker’s talent on the offensive, “He’s a heat-seeking rocket,” said Riley.

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“He’s a guy who doesn’t let up… His intensity, how he plays, how he deals with situations, how he guards people, how he deals with his communication is great. He’s the veteran of a veteran, and he’s a pro for pros. He is a man. You know what I mean? It’s hard not to want to go to the battlefield with him. “

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