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Mavericks’ point guard J.J. Barea wants to join the Miami Heat: Fan reaction
J.J. Barea(notes) recently said that he expects to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks, but would like to join the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers or Miami Heat. The report comes from an interview Barea had with Sara del Valle Hernandez for Primera Hora.
Barea also stated that the Sacramento Kings have expressed serious interest in him and that he will likely play in Spain, if the players and the owners can't compromise on a new collective bargaining agreement.
With Ron Artest's(notes) agent (or is Metta World Peace yet?) confirming that Artest has asked him to explore possibilities internationally in case of a prolonged NBA lockout, it begs the question: How catastrophic can this impasse become for the league?
Concerning the Barea situation, his desire makes a lot more sense upon closer inspection than it does superficially. On a very basic level, most people are probably put off by the idea. Barea just won a championship with the Dallas Mavericks and beat the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat in the process.
Representing the purple and gold or the red and black would make J.J. Barea a traitor in the eyes of many.
Then again, Juan Jose Barea is a Puerto Rican born player. It's natural that he'd enjoy playing for a contender in a city with a large Puerto Rican or Caribbean population. New York and Miami have to two largest Puerto Rican communities in the league and both have large Hispanic populations from other countries in the Caribbean that are culturally similar to Puerto Ricans'.
Miami has a gigantic Cuban population and NYC has a large Dominican community.
In that sense, some of these other cities would feel a lot more like home for Barea.
Also, Barea fits in perfectly for both the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers on the offensive side of the ball. He is an excellent free throw shooter and above average wide open shooter. More importantly, J.J. Barea wreaks havoc on opposing defenses with his Tasmanian devil-looking dribble penetration.
He is armed with a high-arching, effective floater to shoot over taller defenders (the entire league, basically), but the fact is that he doesn't even need to score, all of the attention he draws creates mismatches and open opportunities for his teammates.
That said, with Mike Brown taking over for the Lakers and Erik Spoelstra remaining as the Miami Heat head coach, it seems both teams are destined to develop defensive identities. And, J.J. Barea is unquestionably a defensive liability.
While playing for the Mavericks, Barea could be hidden with the zone defense and other schemes, but the reality remains that although he would improve both teams tangibly on the offensive end, he will also jeopardize their defenses.
Personally, I see agree with Barea and expect him to work out a deal with the Mavericks, but I understand why he'd be interested in playing for the contenders he's named and I wouldn't be completely shocked if he were wearing a Miami Heat jersey next season.
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