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Old Flames: Catching Up with Former HEAT Players You Still Love

Nov 14 2005 1:03PM
#21 Kevin Edwards

Kevin Edwards MIAMI, November 12 — When it comes to basketball, Kevin Edwards was a producer on the court for the HEAT. Miami’s second-ever draft pick, who was selected 20th overall in the 1988 NBA Draft, averaged 12.2 points and 3.2 assists in his five-year stint with the HEAT.

Edwards was the point guard for the expansion HEAT team that finished the 1988-89 season with a 15-67 record. And like every expansion team, the HEAT struggled for wins. Miami started the season losing its first 17 games, but the HEAT finally notched its first win in franchise history on December 14 against the Los Angeles Clippers.

“After we won in Los Angeles, you would have thought that we won the championship,” Edwards said. “We were so excited about finally getting a win. It was a tough year. We were expected to lose, but we went out and played hard every night anyway. We were a very young team and every game was a learning experience.”

But as Edwards would see the lows of the HEAT, he was also a part of the HEAT team that saw its first-ever playoff appearance in 1992, three seasons later.

“It was great to finally get in. We were very happy, though, making the playoffs in four years. Of course we went up against the Bulls, so that was tough. They swept us in three games. We took that as a learning experience.”

The next season would mark the last for Edwards in South Florida. He would sign as a free agent with the New Jersey Nets and play four-and-a-half seasons before being traded to Orlando where he finished the 1997-98 season. Edwards spent the next two seasons out of the league before finishing his 11-year career with the Vancouver Grizzlies in 2001.

After retiring from the NBA, Edwards moved from producing on the court to producing movies.

In 2004, Edwards was the executive producer of ‘MVP’ that was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the American Spectrum competition.

Despite the sports related title, much of MVP refers to a different type of court.

First-time filmmaker Harry Davis directed the drama ‘MVP’. Wood Harris, who starred in the blockbuster ‘Remember the Titans’ and ‘The Wire’, plays Tony Smalls, a public defender in Detroit. Fed up with the legal system, Smalls wants to quit being an attorney but his sister Nia, who is played by N’Bushe Wright, convinces him to stay and defend her boyfriend, the supposed leader of the gang known as MVP. Tony finds the case strains his relationship with his wife.

Edwards is looking for a theatrical distributor and should hit theaters in late 2006. The movie could also be out in early 2006 on home video. Edwards is currently discussing changing the title to ‘Keeper of the Flame.’

Edwards plans on continuing his career as a producer because it enables him to spend more time at home with his wife and three children.