Wade is very expendable for Miami. Miami fans don't give a $#@! about anybody if they are winning (sometimes not even then). I would shop wade around like a prostitute whether they win or lose this series. I think he has some negative implications on Lebron sometimes as well. They could get some solid pieces for him.
With Bron playing the way he is.. he doesn't need Wade on the floor in the starting lineup (if you want to argue... who did he have in Cleveland when he was doing this same thing for them?)
I'm so tired of everyone NEEDING to be a starter (especially when Wade has "given Bron the keys"). Great teams have great players come off the bench to give the starters a rest. Heat don't have that and that's why they are going to lose the series.
And concerning a Wade trade... who wants to take on his almost $100,000,000 contract when they are seeing him play like this? He's on the way out of his career due to his style of play and it looks like the Heat could be stuck with him....maybe Amnesty him?
I'm not sure I agree with those saying that the Heat are looking Cav-like (Lebron and a bunch of scrubs). Hell, Chalmers and Battier both had fantastic shooting nights. If those guys don't shoot 75% from behind the arc, game 1 is a 20-point route.
I'd say the problems are:
1) Bosh hit a couple 3's in game 7 vs. Boston, so now he thinks he's Ray Allen. He played game one like there was poison ivy on the rim.
2) Haslem is MIA
3) Heat have no bench whatsoever.
They're not going to fix #3. If they want to win the series, they're either going to have to fix #1 and 2, or else Lebron and Wade are going to have to combine for 70 points a game AND Chalmers and Battier are going to have to keep shooting a high % behind the arc.
The Heat have plenty of talent in their starting 5... they're just going to have to play with a much higher basketball IQ than they did in game 1.
If Bosh isn't going to assert himself, there's really no reason to play Perkins, IMO. As I watched the game last night, I had a sense that OKC was doing much better with Sefolosha on the court, and the box score confirmed that. It's not that different from the San Antonio series -- if the other team is going to base their offense around on-ball screens (instead of playing through a post), OKC is a MUCH better defensive team with Sefolosha on the perimeter defending pick and rolls. Perkins is a decent post defender, but he's not built to chase guys around the arc. With Perkins on the court (most of 1st quarter), Miami was either getting to the rim or getting WIDE open looks for Chalmers and Battier.
If I were Brooks, I'd probably keep the same starting 5, but if the Heat are getting those kind of looks, you're better off with Ibaka and Collison at the 4 and 5. Perkins may be a better post defender, but he's not as good at help defense and he's a fish out of water when he leaves the paint.
Last edited by Paul Wesley; 06-13-2012 at 02:16 PM.
Wade is on a totally different level than Harden or Manu. And more importantly, the Spurs and Thunder have viable starters that bring defensive intensity to the table. Who would the Heat start at the 2??? Shane? James Jones?? Miller??? The fact that they don't have a stud to come off the bench is not the reason they are losing. They simply have less talent overall and Wade is not playing up to the level that he normally has.
And Wade or Bron are pretty much always on the floor with the 2nd unit.
i heard KG might be getting a look from SA. If that doesn't happen and no injuries, we will have these 2 teams here next year.
Last edited by da_clean_up_man; 06-13-2012 at 02:17 PM.
One other observation-- agree that the officiating seemed especially bad last night. OKC had at least two transition layups that the guys just flat out missed. Refs waited to see if the ball went in, and if it didn't, they whistled the closest Heat player. I hate it when the ball is coming off the rim and the teams are headed the other way and THEN there's a foul called on the shot.
On the other end of the court-- has there ever been a post player called for more bull$#@! fouls than Collison? It's crazy. He got three whistles in about 2 minutes last night and all three were 100% bull$#@!. One of them should have been a charge on Wade (and the basket waved off), but instead the Heat got 3 points out of it. The play wasn't even close at game speed. They kept showing the replay in slow-mo, and clearly Collison is set and outside the restricted area before Wade jumped into him, but the announcer kept defending the call by saying, "But Wade is already gathering himself!"
"Gathering himself?" The $#@! kind of argument is that?
Collison was born 40 years too late. He should have been in the NBA when white guys playing boring, fundamentally sound basketball were valued (and maybe got the benefit of a call/no-call once in a while).
Last edited by Paul Wesley; 06-13-2012 at 02:31 PM.
Good thing David Stern would never let his ego overshadow Game One:
Doesn't really tell the whole story, Stern ended up wasting the last half of the interview snarking and taking cheap shots at Rome. So much so that one starts to wonder if maybe he is hiding something.Jim Rome Asked David Stern About the NBA Lottery Being Fixed and Stern Responded, “Have you stopped beating your wife?”
David Stern is sick of being asked about whether or not the NBA draft lottery is rigged.
It’s a legitimate question, of course – more than a handful of people I’ve talked to asked, “hmmm, wonder if Benson agreed to buy the hapless, talentless Hornets under the agreement that Stern deliver him a franchise player who could stir fan interest?” – but the NBA commish has had enough with the questions.
Undaunted, Jim Rome asked Stern about the lottery this afternoon. In a mocking tone, Stern shot back, “have you stopped beating your wife?” as if to say that’s how much credibility the question has. It doesn’t appear as if Rome has ever had any such incident. The 1985 draft, though … conspiracy theories linger.
We’ll post the audio as soon as it is available.
OBTW, last night was the highest rated Game One on ABC.
Last edited by Blank; 06-13-2012 at 02:42 PM.
Miami's only chance is to bring Wade off the bench ala Manu's role for the Spurs. Wade is too old to star the whole game. So you have Wade/chalmers/miller whoever for a nice bench run when transitioning between quarters of the game. Then you bring him on strong for the 4th qrtr..
Texas has been mentioned SO much already in the media (b/c of Durant) - this certainly bodes well for us. Kansas, I think, is the only other college with three players in the series.
one complaint I got is abc playin some moronic interview by that ugly ass stupid $#@! talking to one of the moron coaches blabbering some who gives a $#@! what they're saying coachspeak drivel taking up 2/3 of the screen while THE ACTUAL GAME IS GOING ON AND GUYS ARE MAKING AMAZING PLAYS THAT I ACTUALLY WOULD LIKE TO SEE ON 1/3 OF THE SCREEN SO MY GODDAMN HUGE ASS FLAT SCREEN THAT I PAYED A GODDAMNED FORTUNE FOR IS REDUCED TO A NINE $#@!ING INCH CHEAP ASS PIECE OF $#@!!!
$#@! YOU ABC, NOBODY WANTS TO SEE THAT $#@! YOU $#@!ING BASTARDS.
AMIRITE? AM I RITE? $#@! ABC!
"Gathering" clearly comes under the first portion of the above. Certainly he was not in position early enough for Dwade to stop or change direction.On a drive to the basket, the defender must get to his position before the shooter starts his upward shooting motion. For most other cases, the defender must get into position and allow enough distance for the offensive player to stop and/or change direction.
It could have gone either way - but it certainly was not a bad call.
. But one option tossed out this weekend by one in the Spurs organization is not just another name. Kevin Garnett.
According to a report in the San Antonio Express-News, they just might.
The paper, citing a source in the Spurs organization, reported that the team will look at all options this summer, including unrestricted free agent Kevin Garnett.
Last edited by H34TX; 06-13-2012 at 03:08 PM.
My point stands. A franchise built on chemistry and loyalty isn't going to seriously entertain teaming its all-time greatest player (in his swan song years, no less) with his F-bombing despised nemesis for a second.
The scary part is Durant hasn't really "gone off" this entire postseason. Just consistent, solid production.
KD shot 34% (15-44 FGA) in the first two playoff games vs. Dallas.
Since then in the last 14 games he is shooting 54% from the field(made 138 of 255 FGA) and 40% from 3 point range. He's shot under 50% from the field only 5 times in 16 postseason games. As a comparison LBJ has shot under 50% in 12 of his 19 playoff games. James is still averaging 50% FG percentage in the postseason, but his shooting is more erratic.
LeBron has taken 20 or more field goal attempts in 15 of his 19 postseason games.
KD has taken 20 or more field goal attempts in 5 of his 16 postseason games. His efficiency is just incredible.
Wade has become a scrub...
remind me how many fouls he picked up employing that strategy?
Whats up with the fake glasses bull$#@!?
Wade is garbage and I don't see him turning it around. I just don't see how the Heat have a chance, it's pretty much going to be all LeBron, and he can only take them so far by himself.
I think it's hard to say Wade is a bad player. He's a baller. A $#@!et baller, but a baller. I just think he has a $#@! attitude, or something. I can't really explain it. But it seems if he isn't the clear #1 option, then he's lethargic on the court. What do you call that? But it's been clear he really hasn't been in these games mentally. When Wade wants to, he can ball better than most.
I think James comes out and has a ridiculous game later on tonight. I believe he'll put up at least 35 and he'll do enough to keep an obviously injured Wade involved from start to finish. I don't know what the over/under is, but I'd probably take the under because I think Miami is going to have to slow down the tempo to win this game. I don't like the Heat and I don't like James, but I think they're able to control this game and the series will go back to Miami 1-1. I think Durant is an amazing talent and is the best young perimeter player since Kobe Bryant, but I think James forces his will upon this game. I said before that James will put up at least 35 in this one and I think he'll do enough as a distributor to get Wade to at least 25. Those two have to come up huge for them to win. Whatever Bosh gives them is just a bonus.
You are absolutely full of horse manure if you honestly believe both of those players hated Dennis. Rodman $#@!ed with Malone in '97 and '98 to the point that either of those players had to bow down and say "We're not worthy" with the mental games he played with the Mailman and how he completely derailed him.
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, wearing their post-game frames.
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By Rod Stafford Hagwood and Christy Cabrera Chirinos, Sun Sentinel
6:24 p.m. EDT, June 13, 2012
The Miami Heat don't just battle on the basketball court. There are some serious fashion wars being waged as well.
Think hot pink pants. Fake glasses. Sweet suits.
And fashion stylists who plan for the season as much as Coach Spoelstra.
"Dwyane [Wade] and I begin working on his look at the beginning of the season, deciding the direction he wants to go," explained stylist Calyann Barnett. "We're always tweaking it. He has so many people following [his fashion] that we have to keep changing it."
Here's a look at the competition taking place off the court.
The big ballers bring serious suits to center court. Barnett said Wade likes double-breasted blazers. Rachel Johnson, who styles LeBron James and Chris Bosh, said, "LJ has timeless, classic sartorial tendencies. Bosh is completely, totally dedicated to presenting himself as a gentleman at all times and will more likely than not be seen in perfectly tailored suiting."
Wade's weapon of choice in the wardrobe war is Crayola color. Remember those pink pants? "He's very big on color; pinks and purples," said Barnett. "Not many guys can pull that off. So it's fun to play with that. He's always ahead of the curve, and we want to keep it that way."
Becoming a spectacle
The biggest fashion headline from the dapper dribblers has been their "geek chic" eyewear. The thick-rimmed retro lens-less design is a slick style move. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James and Wade have all been rocking the look.
Yeah, there's a dress code
In 2005, NBA commissioner David Stern implemented a dress code after years of watching players show up to league events wearing baggy jeans, throwback jerseys and sneakers. Now, business casual is the order of the day. Collared shirts, turtlenecks, sweaters, dressy jeans and khaki pants are OK. Headgear, T-shirts, shorts and sleeveless shirts are not. And don't even think about sunglasses indoors.
The first clue was when King James was on the cover of Vogue in 2008 ... with uber model Gisele Bundchen no less. Then last year Dwyane Wade started hanging around Vogue editrix Anna Wintour and attending European fashion shows with Kanye West, Idris Elba and Usher. During the lockout, Chris Bosh spent some free time front row at the catwalk capers of Cynthia Rowley and Lacoste. Posh Bosh even made haute headlines with quotes about style in Esquire and New York Magazine.
Shop like LeBron?
Fashion isn't something LeBron James simply wears. He helps sell it, too, at Unknwn, a store he co-owns in Aventura Mall.
"He'll give his opinion on things that he likes. He travels 10 times more than we do, so if he sees something he likes, he'll take a snapshot and send it to me," said Frankie Walker, a longtime friend of James' and one of Unknwn's co-owners. "He's brought a couple of brands into the store himself."
Shop like Dwyane?
Many of the looks the Dapper Dunkmeister wears come from right here in SoFlo. "Neiman Marcus, Merrick Park, the Webster in South Beach and Atrium, that's also in South Beach," said Barnett. "I'm also getting stuff from New York. We're in constant communication back and forth with New York."
Russell Westbrook's shirt mania
OK, so the Heat can't take all the credit for sporting fancy threads. Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has made headlines for his Sally Jessy Raphael-like red glasses and his strange collection of colorful patterned shirts. Fishing lures, shapes, dots and colorful characters that look straight out of aDr. Seuss book have all graced Westbrook's shirts.
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