In the lane

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports -

Mul­tilin­gual pitch:

Ap­par­ently the Detroit Pis­tons spoke Wayne Elling­ton’s lan­guage, or, more to the point, his sig­nif­i­cant other, when it came to land­ing the for­mer Heat 3-point spe­cial­ist on the buy­out mar­ket. Pis­tons owner Gores, born in Is­rael and of Greek and Le­banese de­scent, spoke in Ara­bic to Elling­ton’s wife, Safie Khaled, dur­ing the process. “He spoke some Ara­bic with her, so it was very warm­ing,” Elling­ton told Detroit’s Free Press. “It felt good to have that type of in­tro­duc­tion, that type of wel­come. My wife felt good about that. A lot of or­ga­ni­za­tions, it’s about, ‘Come play. What can you do for me on the court?’ It’s not about your fam­ily life. So we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated that.” It has been an un­even start for Elling­ton in Detroit, 3 of 17 on 3-point­ers in his first two ap­pear­ances.

Try­ing again:

By the end of Tyler John­son’s ten­ure, the Heat had ac­cepted that he was not a point guard. Now, at the be­gin­ning of his Phoenix Suns ten­ure, that is the very hope. “We wanted to go into the trade dead­line for the pur­pose of get­ting a player and not a project,” said In­terim Gen­eral Man­ager James Jones, the for­mer Heat for­ward. “Not a prospect, but a player. So we got one and we’re happy that he’s with us and hope­fully he can fill a void for us. The point guard po­si­tion has been a po­si­tion where we re­ally haven’t had much suc­cess.” John­son is 6 of 27 from the field in his first three ap­pear­ances with the Suns, with nine as­sists and four turnovers.

Still lis­ten­ing:

Among the rea­sons Ron Roth­stein was added back to the Heat bench as an as­sis­tant coach for a decade start­ing in 2004 was his abil­ity to add vet­eran coach­ing per­spec­tive. The sage ad­vice ap­par­ently re­mains on­go­ing. David Fiz­dale, who sat on the Heat bench along­side Roth­stein, said Roth­stein has been among those pro­vid­ing com­fort dur­ing this chal­leng­ing first sea­son for Fiz­dale as New York Knicks coach. “A lot of guys reach out to me,” Fiz­dale said, ac­cord­ing to the New York Post. “The lat­est one was Ron Roth­stein, who had five wins at the All-Star break his first year in Mi­ami. He gave me a pep talk. I kind of feel like it’s not get­ting to me. I’m not let­ting it get to me.”

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