Since ESPN’s live, endless coverage of LeBron James free-agent decision went so well, the network is planning to make sure James and the Miami Heat will be covered ad nausea this season.
Plans were released for ESPN.com’s special section, dubbed “The Heat Index.” To make sure no one is shorted their daily dose of LeBron, the World Wide Leader hired away two former newspaper beat writers – Brian Windhorst, who covered James for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer and Michael Wallace, former Heat writer for the Miami Herald.
Here’s a portion of the news release listing the scope of Heat coverage. Where will you click first?
·breaking news surrounding the Miami Heat;
·coverage of every Heat game and team practice;
·constantly updated aggregation of all ESPN stories regarding the Heat;
·Chase for 72 – an automated, daily forecast of how many games the Heat will win including ESPN.com’s John Hollinger projecting the odds of the Heat matching the Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 wins;
·Tracking the Big 3 – an automated tracking of how James, Wade and Bosh stack up against the best trios in NBA history;
·Heat Tweets – a module that collects tweets from Heat players and fans;
·complete video, podcast and story contributions from ESPN reporters; Heat content from ESPN TV analysts;
·Hollinger Stats – automated applications featuring John Hollinger’s analytics on the Heat team and players;
·Hollinger’s All-Time Power Rankings – a ranking pinning the Heat against the NBA’s all-time great teams;
·Triple-Double Tracker – a module tracking James’ progress towards averaging a triple-double for an entire season;
·video analysis by Scout Inc.’s David Thorpe;
·live chats during each Heat game involving Heat Index contributions;
·a Heat Index Facebook page;
·photo galleries of Heat players and celebrity fans;
·The Scene – Jemele Hill covering the culture, scene and lifestyle angles tied to South Beach as it relates to the Heat and the buzz surrounding the team;
·contributions from athletes, including former Heat players, and celebrities who live in South Florida and are regulars at Heat games.
Ronnie Brewer will miss Tuesday’s preseason opener at Milwaukee and coach Tom Thibodeau said Keith Bogans will start at shooting guard. Taj Gibson will take Carlos Boozer’s place at power forward, but that move was obvious.