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Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh Wish LeBron Happy Birthday, Think He’s Older Than 27

LeBron James turned 27 years old Friday, or at least that’s what we’ve been led to believe. If you think that LeBron — a true physical specimen and absolute manchild — is older than 27, you’re not alone. His teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh both feel the same way.

The players wished LeBron a happy birthday on FOX Sports North, and each man made a joke of LeBron’s age. Here’s the video:

Many people have wondered when LeBron will finally shave his head to get rid of his frequently mocked hairline, but we’re wondering when someone will offer him enough money to get a transplant.

Thanks to Eye on Basketball for sharing the video.

NBA Officials Explain Why Dwyane Wade Did Not Travel on Winning Shot (Video)

Dwyane Wade nailed the winning shot to beat the Bobcats 96-95 Wednesday night. Rob Mahoney at Hardwood Paroxysm put together a well illustrated video showing that Wade traveled on his final shot.

The NBA took notice of Mahoney’s video and created an NBA Officials Twitter account to respond to the supposed missed call. Their first and only tweet linked to a brief explanation of why no travel was called.

“The Dwyane Wade basket shown in the below video is a legal basketball move. Wade gathered the ball with his right foot on the floor: his first step is when both feet touch the floor simultaneously and his second is when he steps forward with his right foot.”

I’ve seen some blatant travels in the NBA, but Wade’s play didn’t look like one to me. Mahoney’s video does a great job explaining what makes it a travel, and the difference between his opinion and the league’s is what was considered the first step.

I honestly believe the NBA rule book is so vague and expansive that they could have defended the decision had the referee called it traveling.

Thanks to Deadspin for sharing the info.

Dwyane Wade Does the Cam Newton Superman Move After Hitting Winning Shot

The Heat beat the Bobcats 96-95 Wednesday night in an exciting, back-and-forth game. Dwyane Wade hit the winning shot off the glass to give the Heat the lead after Gerald Henderson had made a three moments earlier. Because his team was playing in Charlotte, home of the Carolina Panthers, Wade did the Cam Newton Superman celebration after making his bank shot. Cam was also sitting courtside for the game. That’s some serious respect when Dwyane Wade is doing your move, though we can’t be sure if Cam was talking trash, making that a taunt (UPDATE: Wade wrote on Twitter that it was out of respect).

Here’s a video of the shot:

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LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Mario Chalmers Go Double Alley-Oop (Video)

If that headline makes no sense to you, we completely understand. That’s because it is being used to describe a play that I can’t ever really remember seeing. The Miami Heat began their 2011-2012 campaign in a big way on Christmas Day by smoking the defending champion Mavericks in an NBA Finals rematch.  Since it was Christmas, even LeBron James found himself in a giving mood.  Instead of throwing down an alley-oop when he received a perfect pass from Mario Chalmers, LeBron tipped the ball to Dwyane Wade who slammed it home.  It was pretty much a double alley-oop.  Check out this video that LBS contributor Alan Hull called our attention to:

If you notice the score, you’ll see that the Heat were cruising the entire game.  LeBron said he wants to get back to having fun this year instead of being the villain, and Miami certainly looked like a relaxed bunch on Sunday.  Like them or not, the Heat are a team that reached the NBA Finals in their first season together and became extremely dangerous as the season progressed last year.  If healthy, I think they’re easily the best team in the NBA this season.

Dwyane Wade Says Competitive Balance in NBA is ‘Pie in the Sky’ Ideal

If star players still want to team up in the best cities and play for the top franchises, then what exactly did the NBA lockout accomplish? Heat guard Dwyane Wade is wondering the same thing.

“Yeah, no. I don’t see it helping right now,” Wade said when asked about the lockout Monday. “Maybe in a few years we will look back and say it did.”

Wade told reporters competitive balance was a “pie in the sky” ideal. He says that playing in some cities is more attractive than others.

“We knew [competitive balance] was impossible, especially when you’ve got players willing to take less money to be happy,” Wade said.

Wade was likely talking about guys like Shane Battier, who signed for less money to play with the Heat. I actually disagree with Wade. The Cavs were one of the best teams in the NBA when they had LeBron. The Magic have been to the Finals with Dwight. Oklahoma City is one of the best teams in the West. All those teams became successful building through the draft.

If you draft well, you have a chance as a small-market team. The real problem is that the NBA allows teams to spend above the salary cap, which generally favors the teams in big cities.

via I am a GM

Dwyane Wade: Heat Didn’t Win Because We Were Trying to Win to Spite People

Ever since the Miami Heat failed to defeat the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals back in June, we have heard a variety of excuses as to why they could not get the job done.  Most of them can be chalked up to whining.  Chris Bosh said people only took shots at the Heat because it was the cool thing to do while Dwyane Wade blatantly stated that some of the criticism Miami had to deal with was unfair.  Until now, we have heard very few theories that actually make sense.

As I Am a GM pointed out, Wade made some interesting comments about the 2010-2011 Miami Heat on Mike Krzyzewski’s Sirius XM radio show on Wednesday.  Shockingly, what he said did not come off as whiny and was actually useful.

“We wanted to win to spite people (last season),” Wade said during the interview. “I believe that’s the reason we didn’t win a championship.”

Bingo.  For some teams, being the villain can work wonders.  The whole “we’re gonna win just to shut you up” attitude can help a team come together and succeed, but it can also become a distraction.  The Heat were likely too concerned with wanting to silence their critics and not concerned enough with actually doing what they needed to do to win games, and that ultimately cost them their focus.  As long as LeBron James is in town, people will always hate the Heat.  The sooner they start wanting to win for themselves and stop wanting to piss people off with success, the sooner they can accomplish their ultimate goal.

Dwyane Wade Paints His Toenails Black. No, Not Once – Always.

Anyone who follows sports closely knows that athletes do some weird stuff. In a certain sense, they are their own breed of people. Professional athletes are superstitious and needy. Many of them do creepy things that they think will help with their game and don’t care what people think about it.  Whether it means shaving all your body hair or wearing a thong to snap a stretch of poor play, we have seen it all.  Dwyane Wade can now be added to the list of weirdness.

In fact, D-Wade’s little secret is patricularly strange because it seems like more of a hobby than a superstition.  Check out this snippet from Wade’s recent interview with GQ Magazine that I Am a GM passed along.

“Three years ago I was like, ‘Man, I kind of want to paint my toenails black,’ ” Wade tells me. We’re on-set at a Manhattan photo studio right now his feet are covered by striped Paul Smith socks and size 14 Jordans. “At first I thought, ‘Nah, I can’t do that. They’re going to kill me.’ But eventually I decided to try it.” He went to Miami’s Mondrian hotel and asked a shocked pedicurist to give him the Marilyn Manson treatment. “Later I was on vacation in the Bahamas with LeBron,” Wade says, laughing, “and when he saw my toes he was like, ‘Something is seriously wrong with you.’ But eventually Bron was like, ‘You know what? You’re crazy, but that’s just you.’ When I first got into the league, I tried to fit in. Now I don’t care.”

So D-Wade just enjoys having his toenails painted.  Whatever floats your boat I guess.  On a side not, I wonder if it was just him and LeBron on that vacation to the Bahamas and no other family members or friends.  If so, things just got even weirder.