Tag Archive: Dwayne Wade


Through out the NBA playoffs there were rumblings that Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade was suffering from a knee injury, however there was never an official announcement. Well today it was announced that Wade will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks and will have to miss the 2012 summer Olympics.

Have to give Wade some credit for pushing through with such an injury, know it has to be satisfying that it was all worth it having an NBA championship to show for it.

Bright side, at least Wade doesn’t have to answer questions all summer long about Olympians being paid and can sit back and enjoy the summer off with his family.

Related: Wade Says Olympians Should Be Paid

H/T To RealGM.com and Tim Reynolds

Advertisements

New LeBron James Nike Commercial

It didn’t take long for Nike to release a commercial in celebration of LeBron winning his first NBA title. Here it is.

Big ups to Jose3030

 

 

When LeBron James went down to Miami I don’t think he ever could’ve envisioned it being this way. Having to work just as hard as he did in Cleveland, him having to carry another team with two superstars; granted one has a known injury, and the other has analyst spreading the word of him not being 100%. In game 6 he had an all time career night and many gave him no credit. 45 point 15 rebounds 5 assists, the only person to out do him was Wilt Chamberlain who had gone for 50 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists in the ’64 Finals against the Celtics. However, did he ever imagine having more pressure and responsibility placed upon him after leaving Cleveland? Has the thought, ‘if it was going to be like this I should’ve stayed in Cleveland’ crossed his mind?

Just look at the situation he’s placed himself in, no matter what he does, unless he performs in the manner people want him to in the 4th quarter, it’s never going to be enough.

In Game 6, win or go home situation, elimination game for his team he showed up from Jump Street and balled out, yet people are saying that wasn’t a clutch performance. Are you crazy? Or to take a line from Major Payne, deaf, blind or just plain dumb? Not that I’m a LeBron fan, but let’s be fair, what he did on June 7, 2012 was an incredible all time great moment. And he did it with essentially no help from Dwayne Wade (one of these days people will call him out for his lackluster play these playoffs) but I digress. LeBron was in a zone that hasn’t been seen from him before. However all everybody did was attempt to discredit what he accomplished. So does he ever contemplate what it would’ve been like had he stayed in Cleveland? Given the organization a better chance at recruiting players by committing long term. Yea, we all like to think that celebrities and athletes don’t have human emotions, but they do. I wonder if you had the chance to ask LeBron that one question would answer honestly.

Yes he did this to himself, but for as fair as America is, we’re down right brutal in the way we want people climb back into our good graces. Fair or unfair unless LeBron beats the Celtics with one had behind his back, crosses over Kevin Durant with 30 seconds or less on the clock and make a free throw line jumper to clinch a championship victory for his team, he’ll be hard pressed to dig himself out of the hole he’s created. In two short years LeBron has gone from The King, the Chosen one, to 1990 Ice Cube, the basketball player you love to hate.

There have been plenty of funny and different fashion moments during this years’ playoffs. Seemingly as we get deeper into the playoffs the players are aiming to top each other with the wildest outfit they can find. So after game 2 of the Easter Conference Finals Dwayne Wade came to the press conference dressed in hot pink pants white and pink tennis shoes and a white button up shirt. As he and LeBron exited the podium some fine photographer caught this shot.

So I leave this post for you to caption and leave the funniest comments. The funniest one will be selected and will win a JbSmooth84.com shirt personalized with their name on it. So have at it, and have fun. Remember, keep it clean.

image

In a story from the Miami Herald Udonis Haslem admits to comitting the flagrant foul that resulted in him being suspended for game 6 as retaliation for the foul on Tyler Hansborough.

“I can’t imagine anything I wouldn’t do for Dwayne” said Haslem.

Not that we needed his admission to tell us his foul was retaliation, however the story Dan Le Batard paints is the deep bond that him and Dwayne Wade share.

Le Batard explains how Haslem has passed on millions more to take less and play in Miami. Their relationship comes off described as big brother little brother.

With all that being said, glad to see someone on the Miami Heat be accountable for their actions. His accountability allowed for his explanation and story be accepted.

Here’s the link to check out the whole story http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/27/2819429/miami-heats-udonis-haslem-shares.html to read Le Batard.

Dwayne Wade and Ray Allen made waves through sports media when they suggested to Slam Magazine online that players should be compensated for playing in the Olympics. If you missed what they said, here it is below:

Dwayne Wade on being paid for the Olympics

“It’s a lot of things you do for the Olympics — a lot of jerseys you sell,” Wade said after the Heat’s practice on Wednesday in advance of Thursday’s game against Chicago. “We play the whole summer. I do think guys should be compensated. Just like I think college players should be compensated as well. Unfortunately, it’s not there. But I think it should be something, you know, there for it.”

Wade said he hasn’t thought about how much players should be paid for their time. But he said there is a demanding schedule that comes with a commitment to the national team. This summer, NBA players whose teams advance deep into the playoffs could have only a couple of weeks of down time before the start of Team USA’s training camp in late July.

Here’s what Ray Allen had to say:

“You talk about the patriotism that guys should want to play for, but you (need to) find a way to entice the guys,” Allen said. “It’s not the easiest thing in the world if you play deep in the playoffs and then you get two, three weeks off and then you start training again to play more basketball where it requires you to be away from home and in another country. It’s fun, but your body does need a break.

“Everybody says, ‘Play for your country.’ But (NBA players are) commodities, your businesses. You think about it, you do camps in the summer, you have various opportunities to make money. When you go overseas and play basketball, you lose those opportunities, what you may make… If I’m an accountant and I get outsourced by my firm, I’m going to make some money somewhere else.”

Related: Dwight Howard Wants Stan Van Gundy Fired

While many will crush Ray and D-Wade for their views and deem them as unpatriotic, remember their body is their commodity, and it’s their main source of income, and the more they use that source the less valuable it becomes. Furthermore who wouldn’t want to get paid for any services they provide? Although we view basketball as a game, for them it’s a job, and though I’m sure they love being patriotic, they’d love to spend time with their families back home and resting compared to going to another country playing for potentially free.

Also, considering all the merchandise that will be sold (t-shirts, shoes, hats, etc) commercials, etc, isn’t it fair that Olympians are paid something? It’s kind of funny that in a capitalistic society, when athletes attempt to, we laud them as greedy overpaid bastards. Yup, sounds just like the great US of A.

The Decision: 1 Year Later

Enough is enough. And by that I mean the easy pot shots and elbows we throw at LeBron James have been enough. Today marks the one year anniversary of the decision when LeBron went on national TV and dumped his hometown team, dissed his former teammates and didn’t acknowledge his former boss at all. LeBron threw away 7 years equity of love, adoration and protection. What made this feat worse was his complete lack of remorse for Cleveland fans. In a city where for most fans all they’ve experienced is heart ache LeBron not only broke hearts but wiped his shoes on it after walking out the door. But even through all of this LeBron trudged on as if none of this faded him one bit. While they were throwing a pep rally celebrating their arrival in Miami, Cleveland fans were left to pick of the pieces of a broken team now destined for lottery dreams as ESPN depicted two fans burning a jersey and a few shirts like it was the L.A. riots. All year people took shots at LeBron when they could, it was easy, but just because we can do something doesn’t mean we do it. Did LeBron deserve criticism in the way he left? Yes, but to the vitriol and hatred we saw? Probably not. Let’s get this straight, most fans weren’t mad that he left (some were) but were mad in the manner in which he left. He didn’t have to wait so long to make the decision, virtually leaving the Cavs with no other options. This is where the anger comes from. He had Cavs management so attached to his moves that they couldn’t do anything until they knew what his moves were. But, let this day be the day were we all let it go. jbsmooth84.comNot just Cleveland fans, but all fans. I’m not saying you can never criticize LeBron, but to keep ragging on him for ‘The Decision’ is enough. He took a risk, left his hometown area to team up with two other guys to try and win rings. It’s no different than a stock broker taking a chance on an investment, sometimes you hit, and sometimes you miss. This year his team came up short, but it looks like in the end the reward may have been worth the risk. And for those who say his popularity took a hit, his jersey finished number one in sales. For as far as love will take you, there is nothing that turns heads and draws attention like a fender bender and LeBron orchestrated a 15 car pileup during rush hour traffic. And for all the flack LeBron gets for his speaking abilities, lack of tact and level of sensitivity, he and his crew hijacked one of the largest TV networks for an entire hour, and had them talk about him for the entire day, almost abandoning anything else in sports. Raised a couple million dollars for charity and had billionaires come talk to him in his office. Say what you want about LeBron, but he’s got this supply and demand concept down. So let this be the end of the LeBron bashing for no reason, let’s make the decision to let ‘the decision’ rest in peace.

Not Yet A King

Take a listen as I talk about how LeBron comes up short once again in the playoffs and debut his new theme song.

You know that lion head that’s on LeBron’s shoe…can we petition that we change it to something more along the lines of let’s say a mountain lion. Maybe a mere cat? I mean we don’t have to paint Garfield on his shoes, but we can’t allow him to have a strong symbol of a lion on his shoe when he keeps playing like a house cat in big moments, just saying, think about it.

Old Logo                                                                                                                      New Logo

Ever since LeBron decided to take his talents to Miami there’s been much debate about whose team it was. I debate this with a friend of mine all the time. He says it’s LeBron’s team, he’s too good, too much personality for it not to be his. And I always respond with, Wade has tenure, and leadership that allows him to welcome another superstar onto his team. Well 11 months later I’ve changed my opinion. It’s not Wade’s team. However, that doesn’t mean it is LeBron’s team either. Honestly these playoffs have shown that the team belongs to both of them. Many people have chosen the co-ceo analogy to explain how this partnership would not work. But let’s look at another way. Think about parenting, mom and dad have a child; does anybody ever argue whose child it is? When a couple buys a home does anyone really know whose house it is? No, and outside of those two people it doesn’t really matter what the outside world thinks. LeBron and Wade have figured out a way to share the spotlight, locker room and the basketball and are within 2 games of winning their first finals together. So while we debate and argue whose team it is, they’ll be content winning games while understanding that no one can do it alone.

The Miami Heat will face off with the Dallas Mavericks in the in a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals. The Heat come in playing arguably the best basketball of any one and definitely their best of the year. With Udonis Haslem returning from injury giving them a better rebounding and interior presence so the Heat no longer have to rely on Chris Bosh to grab the crucial rebounds and be their mainstay in the paint. Also Mike Miller who has struggled all year has found his stroke since the Bulls series and gives Miami another player that can create their own shot from the outside. Dallas also comes in playing at a high level sweeping the defending champs and disposing of the youthful Oklahoma City Thunder. Dirk has played like the MVP of the playoffs so far and shedding the label of soft that he’s fought since his 2006 NBA Finals appearance. The Mavericks have had the most consistent bench of the playoffs with J.J. Berea and Jason Terry carrying the scoring load for the second unit with Brendan Haywood giving them an inside scoring threat to keep the defense honest. This series will come down to how well Dwayne Wade plays, though everyone will say all of the pressure is on LeBron. I saw the pressure is on Wade because LeBron is the greatest front runner ever; and I mean that as a compliment. When he plays with confidence and sees blood he can go for the kill. Just reference the close out games they had against Boston and Chicago. LeBron is the guy that is the greatest street fighter with his crew behind him, but when fighting by himself, he can’t hold off foes but for so long. Notice how when Wade plays well it relaxes LeBron. It allows him to know that if he makes a mistake, having a bad stretch that someone has his back. This is what has allowed LeBron to be the best closer of the playoffs. So as long as Wade plays well, LeBron will continue to do what he has done all through the playoffs. The key for Dallas is to take us their height to their advantage. Dirk, Shawn Marion, Tyson Chandler and Haywood are mismatches for just about anyone that will guard them around the low post. Tyson with alley-oops and back door cuts, Marion with that face up jumper, Haywood with his decent post up game and Dirk with his overall game should give them an advantage that should open up the outside for their shooters. Dirk will have to score 28 points and Terry 20 points every night for the Mavs to win, period. Dirk will have to continue his MVP like play. However, for as much as I’m rooting for the Mavericks to win in 7, because that’s what I believe it will take. My head won’t allow me to pick against Miami. I didn’t think they would come together this fast with the flaws they had. LeBron is playing like the school yard bully knowing that Wade is his sergeant at arms. The Heat have figured it out, and they will win the NBA Finals in 6 games. LeBron will win MVP honors and make everyone swallow the venom they’ve been spewing at him since July 2010. For the 9-8 start, crying in the locker room and rumors that LeBron and Wade would clash, they put their egos to the side for the purpose of winning a title. Exactly how they planned it.

%d bloggers like this: