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Miami-Dwyane Wade County Now?

Realizing how valuable it is to have a quality NBA team in town, the city of Miami and the Heat organization is bringing out all the stops to try and ensure the team remains playoff-quality. At first it was the Heat organization creating a website and billboard saying “We Want Wade.” Then, they threw a surprise birthday party for pending free agent Udonis Haslem. Now, Jorge Sedano of 790 the Ticket and the Miami Herald alerts us that Miami-Dade County is considering a name change in honor of Wade.

According to Sedano, the county commission will hear a resolution from Commissioner Joe A. Martinez that will change the name of Miami-Dade County to Miami-Wade County from July 1st-July 8th which is the first week of free agency. You have to love the efforts of the county and the Miami Heat organization. Give them credit — clearly these people are working every marketing angle possible and proving to the key players that they understand their value and appreciate their talents.

Even if Dwyane Wade’s already said he’s committed to remaining with the Heat and he’s out recruiting fellow free agents, it’s always nice to be courted and feel wanted. The Miami Heat have done their part. The county’s chance is next. After that, Wade can re-sign and maybe another max contract to an All-Star will follow. Sounds like Miami is making every effort to turn their basketball team back into a title contender.

Sources:
Miami-Dade to rename county after Dwyane Wade? [The Miami Herald]
Photo Credit: We Want Wade

Dwyane Wade in LA Recruiting Chris Bosh, ‘Summit’ Taking Place?

Aside from hosting one of the teams participating in this year’s NBA Finals, Los Angeles has been a busy place on the basketball scene. On Sunday, both Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh were at Staples Center watching Game 2 between the Lakers and Celtics. Though Melo watched from a tunnel leading to the Lakers’ locker room, Bosh spent his time watching in the lower bowl. According to CBS’ Ken Berger, LeBron James was also in Los Angeles and was supposed to attend the game with Melo before deciding he didn’t want to upstage the Finals by showing up. Despite not attending Game 2, LeBron was spotted dining at BOA Steakhouse in LA with Geffen Records chairman Jimmy Iovine, helping fuel rumors that Geffen was trying to buy the Clippers and bring LeBron to Los Angeles. While that recap covers two of the big names from the blockbuster 2010 free agency pool, one player was noticeably missing. Until now.

At the same time the Miami Heat staff was busy throwing free agent Udonis Haslem a surprise birthday party to try and convince him to stay in Miami, it appears as if Dwyane Wade was busy doing some recruiting of his own. Wade was spotted dining at BOA Steakhouse on Sunset along with girlfriend Gabrielle Union, Raptors free agent to be Chris Bosh, and a few others as part of a small late-night gathering at the restaurant. Normally we wouldn’t think anything of a few All-Star NBA players getting together for dinner, but this isn’t your typical set of circumstances.

Dwyane Wade has already made it known that he planned to talk with some of his fellow star players before they all make their decisions regarding free agency. Furthermore, Wade accused the Bulls of being disloyal to their former players, likely to deter stars from signing there. The backlash regarding Wade’s comment was so bad that Commissioner David Stern had to assure reporters prior to Game 1 of the Finals that no summit would be taking place. Despite Stern’s words, it appears as if many of the top free agents have already met to discuss their plans. It’s also worth noting that Wade and Bosh share the same agent, Henry Thomas, who may have also been present at their dinner.

Siohvaughn Wade Upset Over Size of Present Dwyane Gave Gabrielle Union

I’ve made it quite clear in the past that I cannot stand frivolous lawsuits. They serve to liven the doldrums of lawyer’s and other people’s lives, and they are merely a nuisance. It’s a shame and a weakness in our legal system that we allow such suits to serve as a substitution for lazy people who should be otherwise pursuing a real job. With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s move onto the frivolous suit of the day. Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Wade have been fighting out an ugly divorce for a few years. One of the first shots fired in the case came from Siohvaughn who accused Dwyane of giving her STDs. The latest is a lawsuit from Siohvaughn who’s suing Dwyane’s current girlfriend, actress Gabrielle Union.

It alleges Union “engaged in sexual foreplay” in front of [the Wades' two sons], which “severely inflicted the Plaintiffs emotionally and mentally.” It also claims that the boys received “medium size gifts” from Dwyane Wade for Christmas last year, while Union got “the biggest gift of all.”

“Defendant has played sexually explicit roles, including roles as a seductress,” the lawsuit reads. “Defendant has apparently decided to take her role beyond the films and into the home of a married man, Dwyane Wade, in the presence of his two minor children.”

I completely understand where Siohvaughn is coming from if she feels like Dwyane is abandoning his children; professional athletes are on the road for much of the year and that makes it difficult to be an active parent. I can see where she would be concerned by Dwyane’s behavior with Gabrielle in front of the kids. I can even understand her complaint that Dwyane has caused her mental pain. The problem is all that should be addressed in their divorce and custody hearings, not a separate freaking lawsuit where she complains about present sizes. Are you kidding me? Saying that Dwyane is focusing and spending more money on his new girlfriend rather than his children is legitimate. But complaining about the size of a gift seems like the worst way to prove the point she’s trying to make. Besides, isn’t this on Dwyane, not Gabrielle? Seems like Siohvaughn is trying to grab money and become a disturbance wherever possible.

Sources:
Estranged wife, children suing Wade’s girlfriend over distress [CBS Sports]

Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose’s Letter Courting LeBron and Dwyane Wade

It’s no secret that the Chicago Bulls were not very good this year. They finished just at .500 with a record of 41-41.  They made the playoffs because the NBA has broken system. And last but not least, they did get beaten by the Cleveland Cavaliers like everyone said they would (but they did put up a fight in game 5).  So, what do the Bulls need to greatly improve themselves for next season? Well, sign one of the major free agents of course — LeBron James or Dwyane Wade.

So, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah sat down and wrote to the superstars about how they would like to see one of them on the Bulls roster next year. Well they didn’t really write it — Bill Simmons did. But it highlights the real issues of the team and it’s kind of funny too.

Dear LeBron and Dwyane,

We are wired correctly. We give a crap. We want to win. We are really really good. We are warriors. We could absolutely be the second-best and third-best guys on a team that wins multiple titles. Sadly, this can’t happen without one of you. Please think about Chicago. It’s cold during the winter, but during the spring and summer, there’s no better place. It’s the No. 3 TV market. It’s the city that once had the greatest player ever. We’re firing our coach and GM this summer; if you want, you can pick the next two guys. We want to win titles. Not title … titles. By the way, Joakim wants you to know that he isn’t nearly as annoying if he’s your teammate.

Much respect,
Joakim and Derrick

Although I don’t see Wade leaving Miami or LeBron wanting to play alongside Noah, who couldn’t stop trash talking during the playoffs, the Bulls can still dream, right? They’ll be getting a new head coach this off season and they have the money to go out and get a superstar player. Anything is possible. I say bring back Jordan.

Sources:
Dwyane, LeBron and other humans [Bill Simmons/ESPN]
Rose and Noah’s Letter to LeBron and Wade [Real GM]

Dwyane Wade Arrested by the Fashion Police for this Outfit

This was the outfit Dwyane Wade wore to Miami’s post-Game 2 news conference in Boston. I guess Wade figured the look would take the focus off Miami’s hideous play on the court.

Chris Webber was saying that one of his friends called Wade’s outfit the Batman car. I couldn’t agree more. Between the bandages under the eye and the nerd look at the ’09 dunk contest, Wade has made some bold fashion statements. By bold, I mean awful. Wade should just give up the whole fashion effort thing and just let his game do the talking because there isn’t much to complain about there. Why give the haters any ammunition?

Pic via Dsportsdaily

Video: Andy Roddick and Dwyane Wade Playing HORSE, Tennis

A couple of the best athletes in the world in their respective sports got together on Saturday afternoon for a challenge. Tennis player Andy Roddick hit a few balls with Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who then showed him what’s up in the classic playground game of HORSE. The two played in Key Biscayne where Roddick had an off-day for the Sony Ericsson Open and where Wade was also off in preparation for his game Sunday against the Raptors in Miami. Wade said he hadn’t handled a tennis racket since high school. Judging by the looks of things, I would have guessed kindergarten. He also let Roddick get up H-O-R to H in the basketball session before resorting to athletic moves to win it. Check out the video of Andy Roddick and Dwyane Wade playing tennis and HORSE:

Pete Sampras was always lauded for his ability to dunk and as we can see Roddick is a pretty good athlete too. Though they get overlooked because tennis is not a contact sport, many of these players are outstanding athletes. Obviously Wade is an awesome athlete too, it’s just that tennis is much harder to pick up without much practice. Especially when you’re being asked to return Roddick’s ridiculous serve.

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Andy Roddick to play doubles for Chilean earthquake relief at Sony Ericsson Open [The Miami Herald]

Dwyane Wade Feels Like the Heat’s Being Left Behind

This NBA offseason, more than any other that I can remember, has solidified the notion that only a handful of teams are competing for the championship. For the most part, it’s the Lakers, Spurs, Nuggets, Celtics, Cavs, Magic, and everyone else who’s just playing for a 4th seed or lower. The Miami Heat are not in that group of contenders despite having one of the best players in the league in Dwyane Wade. This notion has become clear even for Wade, who when asked by Jorge Sedano on 790 the Ticket, said his team is being left behind:

There’s a lot of teams that got better but they got better real fast. But, one thing I’ve came to realize is that Miami can never count out Pat Riley, you never know what he can cook up in the lab so, we’re going to be patient and I’m not going to worry about it. I’m going to let him do his job and I’m going to do my job and my job is to come out next year and perform and lead my teammates, whoever’s on my team to as good of a season that we could have.”

Wade expounded upon that notion telling the Miami Herald that he doesn’t want to take a step backwards and that he’s looking forward to the summer of 2010 when he can opt out of his contract and become a free agent. I can understand why Riley’s taking it slowly — they’re not going to win this year and before he makes any signings he needs to see how Beasley and Chalmers develop so he can properly assess the team’s needs. I’m glad Wade recognizes that and hopefully he won’t get too frustrated losing in the first round again.

The question then becomes pretty simple: does Wade go elsewhere to form a powerhouse with another star or does a good front court player like Bosh, Boozer, or Amare come to Miami to team up with him? I think Wade should be patient for this year and give Riley a year to see what’s needed. But if he really wants to guarantee some success, he should pair up with LeBron James next offseason — they’d be darn near unstoppable.