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LEGACY MO­MENT: HONOR GUARD: For­mer Heat guard Ray Allen has se­lected for­mer In­di­ana Pac­ers guard Reg­gie Miller to pre­sent him for his Sept. 7 en­shrine­ment into the Nai­smith Me­mo­rial Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame. Miller, whose ca­reer 3-point record was bro­ken by Allen, was en­shrined in 2012, with pre­sen­ters re­quired to be mem­bers of the Hall. A pair of for­mer Heat play­ers will serve as pre­sen­ters, with Mourn­ing (Spring­field Class of 2014) as one of four pre­sen­ters for Grant Hill and Gary Pay­ton (Class of ’13) the sole pre­sen­ter for Ja­son Kidd. For­mer Heat ex­ec­u­tive Billy Cun­ning­ham (Class of ’86) will help pre­sent Mau­rice Cheeks.

WHAT GOES AROUND: Count New York Knicks for­ward Tim Har­d­away Jr. among those ap­pre­cia­tive of for­mer Heat as­sis­tant David Fiz­dale tak­ing over as coach. “He does bring that type of vibe and char­ac­ter around the team that makes you want to go out there and com­pete each and ev­ery day for him. That’s what we love about him,” Har­d­away told the New York Post. There is, of course, a his­tory there, with Fiz­dale hav­ing worked in the Heat video depart­ment in 1997-98 when Tim Har­d­away was the team’s point guard. “I’ve known him since I was a kid,” the younger Har­d­away said. “When he was with the Mi­ami Heat, my dad played there. Just the cul­ture he’s go­ing to bring to the team and his charisma and pas­sion for the game, it’s go­ing to rub off on us very well.”

GROWTH SPURT: Count for­mer West Palm Beach Car­di­nal New­man stand­out and 2017 sec­ond-team All-Rookie se­lec­tion John Collins among big men who have caught (or hope to catch) the 3-point bug. As he pre­pares for his sec­ond sea­son, Collins told the At­lanta Journal-Con­sti­tu­tion he hopes to step it up from out­side. Af­ter go­ing 0 for 1 on 3-point­ers in his two sea­sons at Wake For­est, Collins shot 16 of 47 as an At­lanta rookie. “I think it’s pay­ing off,” he said of his off­sea­son work. “I’m go­ing to have con­fi­dence shoot­ing my shot.” Al­ready, Collins ap­pears to be a fran­chise pri­or­ity. “A player like John Collins is not go­ing to stay with a team if it’s a sec­ond-tier fran­chise,” owner Tony Ressler told the Journal-Con­sti­tu­tion. League-lead­ing blocked shots per game by for­mer Heat cen­ter Chris An­der­sen in the Big3, which named him De­fen­sive Player of the Year this past week. For­mer Heat guard Gary Pay­ton, now a coach, was named the Big3’s “Best Trash Talker.”

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