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Posts Tagged ‘Dwyane Wade’

The Last Word On Jordan and LeBron?

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Considering last night’s NBA Finals playoff-low scoring output from LeBron — combined with the upcoming statistical breakdown — the lead video seems awfully appropriate. The unnecessary Jordan/LeBron discussion was, of course, initiated by Scottie Pippen’s outburst, something he semi-recanted. Initially, LeBron’s fourth quarter scoring was the discussion point, but after his eight point outing in Game 4 — zero in the fourth quarter — it’s time to put the discussion to bed.

The lead video comes courtesy of, and it speaks volumes. So do these NBA Finals statistics:

Continue after the jump >>

Taj Gibson Gets the Conference Finals Started With a Bang

Specifically, Gibson banged all over the face, head and body of Dwyane Wade as Chicago stomped the Miami Heat in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals. While the Bulls’ defense told the story of the whipping, it was Gibson’s fantastic smash over Wade that set the tone. Twitter loved it, as did the rest of the Internet — save Heat fans, I’m sure.

Although, considering the bandwagon nature of at least some members of that stable, do their feelings count?

Joking aside, while Game One was indeed a dominate performance from the Bulls, it would be foolhardy to consider the Heat done. Surely the names “LeBron James” and the aforementioned Wade still resonate in the NBA, right? Expect Wade to be looking for some payback come Game Two. If he happens to smash on Gibson, all the better, no doubt.

As for the almighty Taj, his vicious destruction of Wade was not his only notable dunk of the night.

After the jump, Gibson’s second dunk and a nice freeze-frame >>

Dwyane Wade and the NBA Goggle Club

The Exclusive NBA Goggle Club

The Goggle Club in the NBA is a very exclusive collection. Only a few choice individuals have the opportunity for election into this group, but they recently enshrined a new member, Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat. (Granted it was just a temporary selection because of his migraines, but he’s a member nonetheless) In honor of his selection, here is a quick rundown of my favorite goggles in the NBA.

Kurt Rambis
Rambis, the Godfather of Goggles, was a key member of 4 Los Angeles Lakers championship teams during the 80s. He even earned the nickname “Superman” from the Lakers’ announcers because of his Clark Kent like appearance. His all-out effort won over fans and players alike, and his work ethic and basketball knowledge led to his being named head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, official team of NUMB#RS cologne, and potential All-Star Kevin Love.

Rambis makes this list over fellow Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar because Rambis wins the acting tie-breaker, though Kareem in Airplane was pretty good.

NBA Goggle Club members after the jump >>

D-Wade Has A New Commercial, Too

While everybody in the sports biz is talking about LeBron’s new commercial, his sidekick — Er, wait, is Wade the sidekick in this relationship, or is it James? Maybe they’re both sidekicks to Pat Riley? — Dwyane “Don’t Call Me ‘Flash’” Wade has a new Nike/Jumpman commercial of his own.

While it probably won’t generate the discussion LeBron’s did, Wade just isn’t the polarizing figure James is, it’s still pretty cool in a Super Hero/Spy Movie kind of way. It’s also taking a serial approach, which means there’s more to come.

Considering the subject matter, I wouldn’t be surprised if the future installments have Wade dispatching foes who are wearing opposing team jerseys.

What’s Next For Miami?

Wade and Bosh

The Miami Heat roster got a lot stronger with the announcement of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh agreeing to sign with the South Beach squad, however, a quick look at the Heat roster reveals, with the inclusion of Wade and Bosh, only four players are apart of the team — Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers are the other two under contract. That leaves about 10 or so roster spots needing to be filled, and with that in mind, what’s next for the Heat? Who do they sign to compliment the Big Two?

Operating from the idea the Heat won’t be signing LeBron James, who else is out there capable of helping the Wade-Bosh two-headed monster? A quick glance indicates the Heat clearly need a shooter and another, dirty-work-style post player. A dependable point guard would be nice addition as well.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, because Bosh signed as free agent instead of relying on a sign-and-trade, the Heat have more cap space to work with.

In South Florida, A Bosh-Wade pairing leaves the Heat in excess of an additional $10 million in salary-cap space… That means if Miami Thrice is out with James, it would push the Heat toward several lesser-tier possibilities… That extra cap flexibility would mean the Heat would not have to renounce its rights to all of its 2010 free agents, possibly putting Udonis Haslem, Dorell Wright, Jermaine O’Neal and Quentin Richardson back into play for roster spots or sign-and-trade transactions.

While Haslem looks like a great fit for the Wade-Bosh monster, I’m not sure Jermaine O’Neal fits. Here are some that would, however:

Brad Miller
Ray Allen (Tony Allen, too)
Raymond Felton
Steve Blake
Jordan Famar
David Lee
Matt Barnes
Kyle Korver
Mike Miller

If the Heat retain Haslem and sign three or four players from the above list, Miami could very easily be one of the serious contenders for the NBA crown, and not just in the Eastern Conference either — regardless of where LeBron James signs. Of course, if the Heat do indeed sign James, then it probably won’t matter who they fill out the roster with.

Is This Really Necessary? (LeBron James)

LeBron Tracker

Not only is ESPN loving the hype surrounding LeBron’s impending free agency (In less than NINE HOURS!!!!), they’re also one of the biggest drivers of the Lebron-hype bus, something their “LeBron Tracker” page indicates quite nicely. Obviously, ESPN is no longer satisfied with crushing local sports reporting with the invention of their city-related pages (ESPN NY, Boston, Chicago, etc), now they are looking to determine the outcome of the NBA free agency market, or at least play a major, major role.

The LeBron Tracker page is an exercise in excessive exposure. For example, the page features an “Inside the Brain of LeBron,” complete with nifty, interactive graphics that offer such gems like: “Note to self: Call Phil Jackson as soon as the playoffs end,” complete with a mental image of Mike Brown.

This makes perfect sense because it’s clearly Mike Brown’s fault when his star player essentially quits against the Boston Celtics and the rest of his would-be lottery team has to pick up the slack.

Other sections include a free agent slot machine and images of James in both Chicago and New York jerseys. Obviously, ESPN is trying to corner the market in getting the hopes up of fans everywhere.

Here’s my question: Where’s Dwyane Wade’s page? You know, the only player out of the “top free agents” who actually won an NBA title? While it looks like Wade’s staying in Miami, if James has a his own page at ESPN, Wade certainly should as well. Another thing, does this pave the way for future big-time free agents? Tom Brady’s contract is up next year. Will he be getting a page too?

Luis Scola Doesn’t Want to be Dunked On

Look out, Luis. There’s a train called Dwyane Wade coming through. Oh, I see you got out of the way. Good for you. Too bad you can consider yourself clowned AND posterized. Such is the risk of playing in the NBA.

Seriously though, wouldn’t a foul be more prudent here instead of running away from the dunk?

Dwyane Wade Did This

That’s just rude. Poor Anderson Varejao. Dwyane, you shouldn’t treat guests in your own house that way. Varejao got the last laugh, though — well, at least LeBron and Mo Williams did as Cleveland dispatched the Miami Heat in the Heat’s house. James finished with 34 points and seven assists, while Williams finished with 25 and three.

As for Wade’s thunder dunk, does the authority of such an amazing play get diminished when your team loses?