Ethan Skolnick and Chris Wittyngham take deep dives into Miami sports topics on the flagship of the Five Reasons Sports (@5ReasonSports) network.
The Miami Heat finished the 2021-22 pre-season in impressive fashion, winning 121-100 over the Boston Celtics. The Heat finished the preseason 5-1. This game was labeled the dress rehearsal, and included the regular season rotation. Greg Sylvander and Brady Hawk break down the action and look ahead to what it may tell us about Opening Night. Sponsored by www.TherapistPreferred.com (5RSN) and PrizePicks.com (five)
The Miami Heat start the 2021-2022 season on next Thursday, and this is sure to be one of the questions as it progresses: How hard should the Heat, with some older players on the roster (Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, PJ Tucker), push for a top seed? And how will the team's start play into it? Ethan and Greg discuss. Sponsored by www.MarcBrownPa.com www.UnderdogFantasy.com (code: 5RSN for $10 bonus)
Eric Reid, the play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat, appears for a third straight preseason, to reveal what has his excited about this season -- from the impactful addition of Kyle Lowry to the possible return of Victor Oladipo. The conversation with Ethan Skolnick and Greg Sylvander also covers some Heat nostalgia, the difference in broadcasting this season compared to the last two, why the "Game is My Boss" ..... and the New York Jets. Sponsored by www.CPT-Florida.com www.EverythingTradeShows.com www.TherapistPreferred.com
With Ethan Skolnick and Brady Hawk working postgame coverage at the arena, Greg Sylvander and Alex Toledo jump on to talk about Bam's ascendence into scoring stardom happening before our eyes, Lowry's shooting prowess and impact on Bam's game. We also went over some changes to the team's defense and the young standouts who lead a remarkable comeback push to keep the Heat undefeated in preseason (4-0). Sponsors: Marc Brown, PrizePicks (FIVE)
For years, the midrange game has been out of vogue in the NBA. But the NBA Finalists both used it effectively last postseason. Now Tyler Herro has been lethal in the preseason, and it's raising a question: Could Miami go against the analytics, and exploit that area more this season. Brady Hawk joins Ethan Skolnick and Alex Toledo to discuss. Sponsored by www.EverythingTradeShows.com, www.PrizePicks.com (five) and www.TherapistPreferred.com (5RSN)
The Miami Heat looked great in their preseason opener. But some promising seasons haven't panned out. Ethan Skolnick, Greg Sylvander and Alex Toledo shut out the sunshine, and identify what could go wrong, other than injuries to Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and others. Sponsored by PrizePicks.com (five) and TherapistPreferred.com (5Reasons).
Just about everything you wanted to see in the Miami Heat's preseason opener, you did. Ethan Skolnick and Alex Toledo were at FTX Arena, and are joined by Greg Sylvander to discuss Kyle Lowry and PJ Tucker debuting, Tyler Herro starring, and more. Sponsored by CPT-Florida.com, Manscaped.com (5RSN) and TherapistPreferred.com (5Reasons)
It's basketball season in South Florida. Ethan Skolnick, Alex Toledo and Greg Sylvander tell listeners what they are looking to see from the Miami Heat this offseason. A lot of Kyle Lowry stuff, but plenty of intriguing elements down the roster as well. Sponsored by CPT-Florida.com, PrizePicks.com (five) and Manscaped.com (5RSN).
The Miami Heat have typically been one of the slower teams in the NBA during Erik Spoelstra's coaching tenure. Now, with Kyle Lowry at point guard, will they play faster? Or will this look more like the Heat teams of the late 1990s? Ethan, Alex and Greg discuss. Sponsored by TherapistPreferred.com (5Reasons) and Manscaped.com (5RSN).
Greg Sylvander Alex Toledo welcome Brady Hawk onto the program to talk about his article on fivereasonssports.com about the Lowry acquisition allowing Bam to "just go." We talk about this as well as what Bam himself had to say on Media Day about being assertive, picking his own spots and wanting to be a shooter. Sponsors: PrizePicks (FIVE), CPT-Florida.com
Back in the building for Miami Heat media day, Ethan Skolnick and Alex Toledo discuss their biggest takeaways, primarily the positive feeling being back for the team... and the possibility of Victor Oladipo elevating the roster. Plus some on Tyler Herro, Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler and more. Sponsored by PrizePicks.com, TherapistPreferred.com and Biscayne Bay Brewing.
Michael Lee, a long-time NBA writer now back with The Washington Post, joins Ethan, Alex and Greg to dive into several topics: -- the Ben Simmons situation in Philadelphia -- whether Bradley Beal will ever leave Washington -- the Miami Heat's age concerns -- the Lakers' best player -- the curse of the Nets.... and more. Sponsored by PrizePicks.com (five), TherapistPreferred.com (5Reasons) and CPT-Florida.com
The Miami Heat have several award candidates this season, but how likely are their chances? Ethan Skolnick, Greg Sylvander and Alex Toledo assess the chances of Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, Erik Spoelstra, Tyler Herro and others. Sponsored by CPT-Florida.com, PrizePicks.com (five), TherapistPreferred.com (5Reasons) and Manscaped.com (5RSN).
With less than two weeks prior to training camp, Ethan Skolnick, Greg Sylvander and Alex Toledo tackle 5 topics... 1. The Jimmy Butler-Kyle Lowry leadership connection 2. Who will fit best next to Bam Adebayo 3. The Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro progressions 4. Is there enough shot creation? 5. Is there enough on the bench? Sponsored by CPT-Florida.com, EverythingTradeShows.com and PrizePicks.com
Greg Sylvander and Alex Toledo welcome Brady Hawk onto the show to go over the players vying for the two-way deals on the roster, including Marcus Garrett, DJ Stewart, Micah Potter, Javonte Smart and Dru Smith. After that, we get into what went down in Springfield, Massachusetts at the Hall of Fame ceremony, where Chris Bosh was inducted. Sponsors: Therapistpreffered.com (5reasons), Prize Picks (five)
Michael Rapaport, actor, comedian, bleep-stirrer and rapid New York Knicks fan, joins Ethan Skolnick to reminisce about the 1990s Heat-Knicks rivalry; lament what's happened to the two franchises since; concede his love for Miami as a city; share his distaste for some trends in the modern game; and perhaps even angle for a dinner with Pat Riley. And to recite some of his monologue from "Beautiful Girls." Not safe for work, or some children. Get tickets for his September 17-19 shows at Miami Improv at www.MichaelRapaportComedy.com Sponsored by www.CPT-Florida.com, www.EverythingTradeShows.com, www.PrizePicks.com, www.Manscaped.com (5RSN) and www.TherapistPreferred.com (5Reasons).
Chris Bosh is being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend, so it's a good time to reflect on his Miami Heat career. Ethan Skolnick shares stories from his media coverage of the Big 3 Heat, and Greg Sylvander shares the fan perspective. Sponsored by www.CPT-Florida.com, www.Manscaped.com (5RSN) and www.PrizePicks.com (five).
After a recent HoopsHype.com ranking that had Kyle Lowry as the 16th best point guard in the NBA, Ethan Skolnick, Alex Toledo and Greg Sylvander assess whether the Miami Heat acquisition is actually underrated at this point. Sponsored by CPT-Florida.com and TherapistPreferred.com
We have some new encouraging reporting on the status of Victor Oladipo. It could change the equation for the Miami Heat. Ethan Skolnick, Greg Sylvander and Alex Toledo discuss how Oladipo's earlier return can raise Miami's ceiling. Sponsored by www.everythingtradeshows.com, www.PrizePicks.com (five) and www.TherapistPreferred.com (5Reasons)
In an extended episode, Ethan Skolnick and Alex Toledo break all 30 NBA teams into five tiers, based on their chance at championship contention. We know the Lakers and Nets are in Tier 1, and the Pistons and Thunder are in Tier 5. Where do the Miami Heat fit? Sponsored by CPT-Florida.com, TherapistPreferred.com, PrizePicks.com (five) and MarcBrownPa.com
Pat Riley has been with the Miami Heat for more than a quarter-century, and it's produced 20 playoff appearances, six Finals appearances and three titles. This looks like his final build -- call it the Jimmy Butler build. What will constitute success? How will it impact his legacy? Ethan Skolnick, Greg Sylvander and Alex Toledo discuss. Sponsored by www.TherapistPreferred.com (5Reasons), www.Manscaped.com (5RSN) and www.PrizePicks.com (five)
Ethan, Alex and Greg take a break from examining the Miami Heat, to assess their top competition in the Eastern Conference. Did Milwaukee downgrade too much? How formidable are the Nets? And of the Sixers, Celtics, Bulls, Hawks and Knicks, who poses the most challenges to Miami? Sponsored by www.CPT-Florida.com, www.EverythingTradeShows.com and www.TherapistPreferred.com (5Reasons)
In a looser episode from Five Reasons You Tube channel, Ethan Skolnick, Alex Toledo and Brady Hawk take questions from Twitter and YouTube. Including this one: Who leads the Heat in field goal attempts per game? Sponsored by PrizePicks.com (five) and www.MarcBrownPa.com
A special guest episode, as Miami Heat summer league star Max Strus joins to discuss how he got to where he is, now a fully-signed member of the Heat.... and where he thinks he can go from here, as a likely rotation player for the 2021-22 season. (Plus nicknames, a stunning conversation with Spo, meeting the "Godfather" and briefly carrying Jimmy's bags). Ethan Skolnick, Greg Sylvander and Alex Toledo host. Sponsored by: www.CPT-Florida.com www.TherapistPreferred.com (code: 5Reasons) www.PrizePicks.com (code: five)
Ethan Skolnick, Alex Toledo and Greg Sylvander are back -- and go back in Heat history --- to determine which prior squad the 2021-22 most resembles, in terms of roster composition and expectations. They settle on a couple, more than the others. Sponsored by www.CPT-Florida.com and www.TherapistPreferred.com
Blake Murphy of The Athletic in Toronto joins Ethan Skolnick, Greg Sylvander and Marco Romo to share insights about what Kyle Lowry will add to the Miami Heat -- on and off the court. They also discuss Precious Achiuwa and Goran Dragic. Special sponsorship from www.CPT-Florida.com Also sponsored by www.Manscaped.com and by www.TherapistPreferred.com
After recent episodes focusing on the newcomers to the Miami Heat roster, the hosts (Ethan, Greg, Alex) turn their attention to one of the more important holdovers, Tyler Herro. Perhaps a victim of expectations and circumstances in his second season, Herro has been working out differently entering his third. How will his role change with Kyle Lowry on board? Can he lead the bench unit without Goran Dragic around? And can he earn a core spot in the Heat future, rather than being seen as a "chip" for another major acquisition? Sponsored by UBreakWheelFix.com, CPT-Florida.com and PrizePicks.com (five).
It's time to debate the Miami Heat's offseason. Will they compete? Contend? Get the right seed to make a playoff splash? A lot may come down to the depth. Ethan Skolnick lays out Miami's plan from here, and Alex Toledo, Greg Sylvander and newcomer Sean Rochester stake their positions. Sponsored by www.EverythingTradeShows.com, www.PrizePicks.com (five) and www.TherapistPreferred.com (5Reasons).
In a FloorsYours episode from the Five Reasons Sports YouTube channel, Ethan, Greg and Alex are joined by Michael Christian, who has been watching the Miami Heat summer league team in Las Vegas. Thoughts on KZ Okpala's struggles, Max Strus' rise, Omer Yurtseven's emergence and more. And a discussion of the luxury tax. Sponsored by PrizePicks.com (five), Biscayne Bay Brewing and MarcBrownPa.com
With no Ethan Skolnick in the mix tonight, Greg 'Leif' Sylvander and Alex Toledo (@GregSylvander & @tropicalblanket, respectively), hopped on to dig deeper into star acquisition Kyle Lowry's game. We talked about the way he runs an offense, including the pick-and-roll element, his free throw volume, all the ways he helps his teams on offense, his strong defense and whether or not he's slipped in that regard, as well as our expectations for him for next season. Sponsored by: PrizePicks (five) and TherapistPreferred.com (5Reasons)
Jimmy Butler signed his mega max extension with the Miami Heat this week, as expected. How will the Miami Heat and their fans feel about it in four years? When Butler is 36? Making $50 million? Ethan Skolnick and Greg Sylvander discuss. Sponsored by CPT-Florida.com, MyBookie.ag (five) and MarcBrownPa.com
The Miami Heat didn't have much time to celebrate the acquisition of Kyle Lowry, the gold medal for Bam Adebayo, and the contract extension for Jimmy Butler. Not after the ESPN report of a tampering investigation centered on the Heat and the Chicago Bulls. Ethan Skolnick and Greg Sylvander assess the risk, and trash the rule. Sponsored by www.EverythingTradeShows.com, PrizePicks (five) and MyBookie.ag (five)
On the third day of NBA free agency, the Miami Heat brought back Victor Oladipo on a cheap, prove-it deal. Now, with the rotation largely fill, how did the Heat do? And is it enough to contend in the East? Ethan, Alex and Greg discuss. Sponsored by www.TherapistPreferred.com (5Reasons) and PrizePicks (five).
As the second day of NBA Free Agency began to wind down, Greg Sylvander was joined by Clutch Corner's Adam Borai and Full Court Press host Ariel Attias to discuss all the HEAT activity on day two. Topics include: Demar Derozan going to Chicago Kendrick Nunn basically being encouraged to leave for the Lakers The Heat shored up the frontcourt by signing free agent power forward Markieff Morris. We break down all the moves and also have a candid conversation related to the Heat's willingness to spend into the luxury tax this offseason.
At the (near) end of the first full night of free agency, Ethan Skolnick, Greg Sylvander and Alex Toledo assess the Miami Heat's new roster -- still in progress. That includes the signings of guard Kyle Lowry and forward PJ Tucker, and the re-signings of Duncan Robinson and Dewayne Dedmon. How will the team look? And is DeMar DeRozan still an option? Sponsored by www.everythingtradeshows.com, www.cpt-florida.com and www.MarcBrownPa.com
With so much swirling on the night prior to free agency, the Five Reasons Sports reporting crew (Ethan Skolnick, Greg Sylvander, Alex Toledo from Five on the Floor and Adam Borai from The Clutch Corner) congregated to provide the latest information and take viewer questions. The focus was on the pursuit of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan (the latter first reported Sunday by Five Reasons Sports), but many other topics were covered. Warning: it's a looser than usual episode. Sponsored by www.TherapistPreferred.com (5Reasons), www.PrizePicks.com (five) and www.BoozeBandage.com (5RSN).
As the 2021 Draft nears, the Miami Heat are not in position to add a first round prospect. They don't have a pick. They also don't have many picks to trade for superstars. Greg Sylvander, Alex Toledo and guest Marco Romo look back at recent Heat drafts, the players they picked and the players they acquired for picks they didn't use. Sponsored by www.CPT-Florida.com and www.EverythingTradeShows.com
Adam Borai, dubbed a Grifter by some out-of-towners on Twitter who doubt the veracity of his (excellent) reporting, joins Ethan, Greg and Alex to discuss the latest all are hearing in advance of the NBA Draft and free agency. The latest on Brandon Ingram, Duncan Robinson, Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Goran Dragic and more. Sponsored by: PrizePicks.com (five) F45 Cooper City training MarcBrownPa.com TherapistPreferred.com (5Reasons)
In honor of Five Reasons contributor Adam Borai's tweet, Ethan Skolnick, Greg Sylvander and guest Royal Shepherd speculate about the best player the Miami Heat could get if they sent a package of Tyler Herro, Precious Achiuwa, KZ Okpala, expiring contracts, picks and pick swaps. And would it be worth it? Players discussed included Bradley Beal, Pascal Siakam, Brandon Ingram and more. Sponsored by TherapistPreferred.com (5Reasons), Manscaped.com (5RSN) and MyBookie.ag (five).
Building on Larry Coon's belief that the Miami Heat are not in ideal position entering the offseason, the crew from Five on the Floor (Ethan, Alex, Greg) welcomes Allana Tauchaur of Feel the Heat. Is Miami too devoid of assets to make a big splash? Or will the front office figure it out? Sponsored by Biscayne Bay Brewing and PrizePicks.com (five).
Where do the Miami Heat stand against the salary cap, entering free agency? And how should they operate? The ultimate salary cap guru, Larry Coon, joins Ethan Skolnick and Greg Sylvander to discuss that and more. Sponsored by MyBookie.ag (five) and www.EverythingTradeShows.com
A more philosophical debate in today's episode: Last season, Heat fans were accused of overvaluing the likes of Tyler Herro and KZ Okpala and Precious Achiuwa when it came to trade conversations. Now, though, it seems they may be undervaluing Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn compared to how fans of other teams see them. Do most Heat fans overvalue or undervalue their own? Ariel Attias (Full Court Press) joins Ethan, Greg and Alex. Sponsored by www.CPT-Florida.com and www.TherapistPreferred.com (5Reasons)
As we explore the options for point guard in free agency and the draft, starting with Kyle Lowry and Mike Conley but also including Malcolm Brogdon and others, we try to answer the question: Should more resources be put into this position than anywhere else? Ethan Skolnick and Greg Sylvander, for a change, have a difference of opinion. Sponsored by Miami Grill, MyBookie.ag (five) and PrizePicks.com (five).
We have discussed Kyle Lowry, and Victor Oladipo. But what about pairing them in the Miami Heat backcourt? Is it possible, with Oladipo's value down? And how would it work? Ethan Skolnick, Greg Sylvander and Alex Toledo discuss. Thanks to MusicByMercy for our new intro. Sponsors: PrizePicks.com (code: five) and www.CPT-Florida.com (IT)
The Miami Heat need frontcourt help, someone to pair for at least half the time with Bam Adebayo. The good news is, there will likely be a lot of options, possibly for the mid-level exception. Ethan Skolnick, Greg Sylvander and Alex Toledo evaluate Rudy Gay, Blake Griffin, Jeff Green and seven others. Sponsored by www.TherapistPreferred.com and www.MyBookie.ag (five) and www.EverythingTradeShows.com
Ethan Skolnick, Greg Sylvander and Alex Toledo are joined by Adam Borai to discuss the four Miami Heat players who played a role in Nigeria's shocking exhibition upset against the USA.... and the latest they are hearing about the Heat's interest in Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton. Sponsored by Miami Grill, PrizePicks.com (five) and MyBookie.ag (five).
Norris Cole, who just won another championship (this one in France) joins with his podcast co-host Sean Rochester... as well as regular Five on the Floor hosts Ethan Skolnick, Greg Sylvander and Alex Toledo. They discuss Cole's time with the Miami Heat, his funniest memories of Heat teammates, his post-Heat career and his thoughts on the style of the league now. And, of course, that night against Jeremy Lin. Sponsored by www.PrizePicks.com (five), www.CPT-Florida.com and www.EverythingTradeShows.com
Ethan, Greg and Alex look at the NBA Finals between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks from a Miami Heat perspective. What can be learned from what those teams have accomplished so far? Sponsored by www.MyBookie.ag (five), www.PrizePicks.com (five) and www.TherapistPreferred.com (5Reasons for 25% off)
The Miami Heat have dominated the NBA's Southeast Division for a while. This postseason, though, the young and talented Atlanta Hawks nearly reached the NBA Finals. Are the Heat or Hawks better set up for the future? And is there anyone on the Los Angeles Clippers' roster who may prove interesting to Miami this offseason? Ethan, Alex and Greg discuss. Sponsored by www.Cpt-Florida.com www.EverythingTradeShows.com www.PrizePicks.com (code: five)
In a double episode, Ethan Skolnick and Greg Sylvander discuss: -- The Five Reasons Sports Network report of the Heat's interest in a trade for Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton, and possibly Kevin Love. -- Whether Heat fans should be concerned that some (such as Shane Battier, Dwyane Wade, Dan Craig, now maybe Chris Quinn) have left or could leave the organization. Sponsored by Miami Grill, MyBookie.ag (five) and PrizePicks.com (five)
Alex Toledo and Greg Sylvander of Five on the Floor join Gad Cartegena and Ariel Attias from Full Court Press on the Five Reasons YouTube channel to discuss the Miami Heat's options and realistic targets this offseason.