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Thursday's Heat News: Josh McRoberts tired of always being hurt

Anthony Carter happy to rejoin the Heat 13 years after his agent's infamous slip up: Anthony Carter, the former Heat player whose agent famously failed to notify the team he would be exercising his $4.1 million player option for the 2003-04 season, thus opening the door for Pat Riley to sign Lamar Odom and then trade him and a package of players for Shaquille O'Neal, rejoined the franchise last week when he agreed to become an assistant with the organization's Development League affiliate the Sioux Falls Skyforce. -- The Miami Herald

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside confident he will improve as passer: Passing is not one of Hassan Whiteside’s strengths and probably won’t ever be. The 27-year-old center has recorded 36 assists in 121 regular-season games over the past two seasons with the Heat. That averages out to 0.30 assists per game. But even though Whiteside’s assists totals are historically low, he has shown some improvement in that area. -- The Palm Beach Post

Which starting lineup, style of play is best for Miami Heat?: The Heat have to find a way to make up for a lot of lost offense. With Luol Deng, Joe Johnson and Dwyane Wade signing with other teams in free agency and Chris Bosh unable to play, Miami lost four players who combined to account for 44.5 percent of its points last season. Where will all of that offense come from this year? That’s a question coach Erik Spoelstra doesn’t want his players to worry about. -- The Palm Beach Post

Justise Winslow sees youth, energy, defense as big advantages for Miami Heat: So much has changed with the Miami Heat this season but one thing that hasn’t: The organization’s emphasis on the defensive end. And second-year player Justise Winslow believes that proving the critics wrong about this team starts with the defense. “You see the projections they have for us,” Winslow said. -- The Palm Beach Post

Josh McRoberts: ‘I completely get’ frustration from Miami Heat fan base: Josh McRoberts gets it. The 29-year-old power forward understands why the fan base is frustrated with him. McRoberts has missed 88 games over the past two seasons due to various injuries — like a torn meniscus that forced him to miss most of the 2014-15 season — since signing with the Heat in the summer of 2014. “I completely get it, man,” McRoberts said after Wednesday morning’s training camp practice. -- The Palm Beach Post

Heat’s McRoberts tired of being ‘the big white guy who gets hurt all the time’: Josh McRoberts gets it. He understands how Miami Heat fans can be frustrated with the fact he has missed 88 games because of injury during his first two seasons with the organization, and he can certainly understand why they are upset he’s sidelined again for the start of camp. -- The Miami Herald

Heat newcomer expects Miami often to surround Whiteside with shooters: As Erik Spoelstra said Wednesday, no one player will replace Chris Bosh, and he will use a variety of lineups. But the Heat also knows one of its best strategies is surrounding center Hassan Whiteside with shooters. That means you likely can expect to see some lineups with Justise Winslow at power forward, Josh Richardson or Wayne Ellington at small forward and some combination of Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters and Tyler Johnson in the backcourt. Waiters is expected to start alongside Dragic. -- The Miami Herald

Void at the two and four equals new lineup math for Heat: The Dwyane Wade role ceased to exist for the Miami Heat the day the All-Star guard left in July for the Chicago Bulls. The Chris Bosh role became a thing of the past Monday when Heat President Pat Riley said the All-Star forward would not be returning to the team due to ongoing concerns about blood clotting. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Josh McRoberts reveals he broke foot during playoffs, still recovering: Miami Heat forward Josh McRoberts revealed Wednesday that he played Game 7 of last season's Eastern Conference semifinals with a broken left foot, with complications from that injury the reason he has been sidelined during training camp. But he also said he could appreciate the outside frustration of him missing additional time after a pair of injury-plagued seasons since his arrival to the team. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel