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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.

Dwyane Wade Says Some of What Heat Had to Endure Was ‘Unfair’

As expected, the Miami Heat were the most hated team in the universe this past NBA season.  To their credit, the Heat came two wins away from the ultimate form of silencing the critics.  As the season progressed it appeared as though Miami was embracing the role of the villain.  Dwyane Wade openly stated that his team would not stop celebrating big plays while LeBron James somehow believed karma was out to get the Cavs.

Despite having clearly warmed up to the concept of being the bad guy, D-Wade says a lot of what the Heat had to endure throughout the season was “unfair.”  What he means by that, I have no idea.  However he did say it when ESPN 540 host Steve “The Homer” True asked him about his comments that everyone could be happy now that the Heat lost.  Our friends over at I Am a GM shared the transcript with us via Sports Radio Interviews.

“At that point it was me,” Wade said. “It was unfair some of the stuff that we had to endure but we grew from it. That’s over with. We move on to whenever we play basketball again and we will be a different team.”

You can listen to the audio here. Unfortunately we don’t know what Wade meant because Homer missed a huge follow-up opportunity.  He should have never let D-Wade say what the Heat had to go through was “unfair” without asking him what he means by that.  Was it unfair that Dirk can still beat the Heat when he’s sick as a dog? Yeah, I guess you could argue that.

Assessing the 2010-11 Miami Heat Roster and Where they go from Here

Some view Miami’s loss in the NBA Finals as a monumental failure. And if you only watched the last five games of the series, you’d have no reason to believe otherwise. But honestly, how many of us thought Miami would come closer to a title than the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers this year?

That’s the world we live in today, one where the dissected pieces are dissected once more before being arranged into 140 character tweets and sent out to all who will listen, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In this new world, information is so readily available yet moving at such a high rate of speed that many times we forget what we were thinking just a minute ago let alone at the start of the NBA season; we’re in a society of short memories.

Miami wasn’t supposed to get here, despite their pre-season victory parade and all of the shenanigans that we observed under LRMR’s big top circus act. This team was a year away. It was the general consensus coming into the season and it held true until the Celtics stumbled and the Lakers seemed gassed against the Mavs. And even when the playoffs began, many fans and pundits favored Chicago, San Antonio and LA over Miami. And that’s okay, because Miami had many flaws that could only be sealed if LeBron became the best player, ever.

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LeBron and Dwyane Wade Mock Dirk Nowitzki for Being Sick (Video)

It would be tough to find someone who doesn’t respect Dirk Nowitzki for scoring 21 points for the Mavericks — 10 in the fourth quarter — during a Game 4 victory against the Heat despite a fever that allegedly reached 101 degrees.  Or would it?  Perhaps we have to look no further than the Miami locker room, where Dwyane Wade and LeBron James appeared to have a little fun at Dirk’s expense after their team’s shootaround on Thursday.  Here is the video of LeBron and D-Wade making fun of Dirk’s sickness courtesy of CBSSports.com:

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Dwyane Wade: Miami Heat Won’t Stop Celebrating After Great Plays

The Miami Heat got Thunder’d by the Dallas Mavericks in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Much like Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals where Oklahoma City was up by 15 with five minutes to play and lost 112-105 in overtime, the Heat also blew a 15-point lead. Miami was up 88-73 after Dwyane Wade’s corner three pointer but ended up losing 95-93. His celebrated in front of the Mavericks bench apparently irked Dallas. Here’s a video of the play courtesy of Eye on Basketball:

Two Mavericks players said that the celebration by Wade ticked them off and inspired their 22-5 run to close the game. Tyson Chandler said Wade’s antics “angered a lot of [the Mavericks]” because it happened right in front of their bench.

Jason Terry said, “Right at that moment, it was a turning point in the game. Obviously we come out of that timeout and we don’t score, then we’re pretty much dead … I specifically looked at Dirk and said, ‘There’s no way we’re going out like this.'”

Alright, so we know from Dallas’ perspective that the three-pointer and celebration bothered them, but what about from Miami’s side? Was Wade’s reaction any different from his typical behavior? Did the Heat celebrate after that three like the game was over?

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Your Guide to Picking a Team in the NBA Finals: Miami Heat or Dallas Mavericks

Tuesday marks the beginning of one of the most anticipated NBA Finals matchups in recent memory. Miami vs. Dallas. The Heatles vs Dirk and The Boys. Pat Riley vs Mark Cuban. The Rematch Series (even though it’s really not much of a rematch considering how much the teams have changed since 2006).

Rarely are championship contenders as easily differentiated as the Heat and the Mavericks. They are complete opposites. Like tofu and steak.

Yes, the Lakers and Celtics had the whole bitter rivalry thing going on last season. But at their core they were more similar than they were different: two talented, versatile teams filled with veterans. Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom against Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo. Pretty even, right?

The same can’t be said for Miami and Dallas. They are different in almost every discernible way, from the way their talent is distributed to the styles of their offenses to their general world views.

This makes it difficult to pick a favorite in this series (personally, I’m going with Dallas in 6) but easy to choose a team to root for. If you’re not from Miami or Dallas and have yet to decide on a rooting interest, here’s your guide to picking a side:

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