Story | Jun 15, 2015 | 5:10 PM
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Story | Jun 18, 2015 | 12:48 PMQ: Long time Heat fan and reader here so please forgive my lengthy question. My question pertains to this recent narrative regarding Dwyane Wade's unhappiness with the Heat's management. I love and appreciate Dwyane and everything that he has done for the Heat, so forgive me, but how specifically has Wade been disrespected by the organization? Each of his alleged complaints (1. Talent level he's surrounded with; 2. His individual talent level; 3. Compensation) can easily be disproved and come off more than a tad hypocritical. They have consistently surrounded Dwyane with the best talent possible at the time. How many other players, over the course of their careers, can say that their organization obtained the best player in the game twice (Shaquille O'Neal and LeBron James) to help them win a title? On top of that, the Heat have consistently made moves to bring in other All-Star caliber players (Chris Bosh, Luol Deng, Shawn Marion, Goran Dragic) throughout Dwyane's tenure. This past year was obviously not a success, but that was largely due to Pat Riley not knowing that LeBron was leaving and putting together the best roster he could at the time. Even with that factor, the Heat did not remain stagnant but traded for Dragic and lucked into picking up Hassan Whiteside from the D-League. Also, regarding Wade's performance, he is simply not worthy of the contract that he is seeking. I understand that his numbers say that he is still one of the best shooting guards in the game, but if you actually watch the games (which I know that you do, Ira), this is not the case. Wade routinely misses at least a quarter of each year with injury and spends close to another quarter of the year "easing his way back" into form from injury. On top of that, even when he is in form, he is consistently a liability on defense (both not getting back in transition and routinely guarding the other team's worst player) and often plays hero ball at the end of close games which takes the collective air out of the team. While the D-Wade from two years ago made everyone around him better, today's D-Wade only does this for about 30 to 40 games a year. Is a player like this really worthy of a max contract? And last, but not least, you can't say that winning is the ultimate priority but then handicap your franchise with a contract that does not allow them to sign players that could contribute toward a championship. I understand the lifetime-achievement factor, but how is that working out for the Lakers and Kobe Bryant? And let's not pretend that Dwyane has not been paid handsomely throughout his time with the Heat. While he has never been their highest-paid player in an individual season (a great storyline to float), has he not been paid more actual dollars than any other player in this franchise's history throughout his tenure with the Heat? And who else is going to pay him the money that at he's seeking? The teams that have the cap space available are not in championship contention, so he would look like a hypocrite if he signs with them. So he will sign with another organization that is in championship contention for less money than the Heat is offering to spite them for their "mistreatment" of him for all these years? So he'll reward another team that has not been loyal to him for the past 12 years by taking a discount but he won't do that for an organization that has delivered him three championships? I know that math has changed since I was in school, but I'm pretty sure that one and one does not equal four. As an avid Heat fan who actually pays attention (we have these in South Florida, as well, you know), I just can't wrap my head around this narrative so please help me understand. -- Eric, Fort Myers.
Story | Jun 13, 2015 | 8:05 PM
OAKLAND, Calif. The Cavaliers walked into the Golden State Warriors' practice court Saturday appearing loose and refreshed. Maybe it was the added rest. After struggling to make it through three NBA Finals games in five nights, both teams enjoyed an...
Story | Jun 13, 2015 | 12:57 PM
Weaving his way toward Golden State's locker room, where the Warriors were packing for home, Stephen Curry had to handle one last double-team. Two Cavaliers fans wanted a photo with him. "Gotta be quick," Curry said, pausing and smiling for the group...
Story | Jun 12, 2015 | 7:05 PM
CLEVELAND The stakes are high, the timing never more urgent. With his Cavaliers running out of gas in the NBA Finals, coach David Blatt must break out of his comfort zone and trust his little-used bench. There have to be hyperbaric chambers in the Bay...