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LeBron James and Dwyane Wade Have Struggled in the Clutch, Stats Confirm

The Miami Heat have two of the best closers in the game today in Dwyane Wade and LeBron James yet they struggle to maintain late leads and close out games.  This is counterintuitive considering how great both LeBron and Dwyane have been throughout their careers in the “clutch.” Their struggles have played out in front of millions and they need to correct this if they ever want to win the NBA Championship.

The 4th quarter collapse to the Orlando Magic Thursday night summed up Miami’s struggles this season. The Heat was up as much as 24 points in the 3rd quarter but they allowed a 22-7 run to the Magic. From that point, you could see the train wreck developing in slow-motion. Miami carried a 9-point lead into the 4th but you could see the twist at the end developing. This game was building up to be a culmination of Miami’s season long struggles. You knew that at one point, LeBron was going to get a chance to take a game winning or saving shot and that he was going to come up short.

And it played out exactly like that.

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LeBron James Dunks on Dwyane Wade (Video)

Don’t worry, that headline isn’t a typo nor is it the product of a play that happened in years past. LeBron James dropped 41 points on the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night. Two of them hit Dwyane Wade square in the face. Check out the video of LeBron dunking on Dwyane Wade:

I guess the guy really is an a-hole.  LeBron already intentionally bumped his own coach earlier this year, now he’s dunking on his own teammates? That’s definitely a new low.  Thanks to talkhoops for the video.

Dwyane Wade Jokes that Phil Jackson Would Like to Coach Miami Heat

During an interview that aired on ESPN Thursday, Dwyane Wade joked that Lakers coach Phil Jackson wants to coach the Miami Heat. Wade was responding to a question from reporter Rachel Nichols about why Phil Jackson talks so much about the Heat when he jokingly replied. My answer to Nichols would have been because he’s asked about them frequently, as is anyone associated with the NBA. Wade’s response was much more attention-grabbing.

Wade joked “I think he wants to coach the Heat when he gets done with the Lakers.” Wade had a smile on his face and was laughing when he said it, but he said “he can’t coach us,” pointing out that the team already has a coach.

While there’s no implication that this would ever happen or that Phil has interest in the situation, I do believe there is truth in everything that is said. Given Phil’s reputation for solely coaching teams stacked with talent (e.g. Michael Jordan’s Bulls, Kobe and Shaq’s Lakers, Kobe and Pau’s Lakers), he’s one of the first names that would arise as a coach who could take on the project of coaching Miami’s team. Adding to Wade’s speculation is the understanding that Jackson will be retiring after the year, which has been a question for several years.

The Heat are doing fine with Erik Spoelstra, and it’s highly unlikely Pat Riley would ever hire one of his biggest rivals. If anything, this just goes to show that everyone knows Phil Jackson’s MO; he only coaches talented teams.

Dwyane Wade Thinks Knicks Only Wanted LeBron James, Not Him

It seems like forever ago that LeBron James was going through free agency and visiting with the Nets, Knicks, Bulls, Cavs, and Heat. All along it feels like a plan was agreed upon for the King to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, but they all still went on free agent visits. That includes Wade, who has been a lifelong Miami player.

Wade actually said on Friday ahead of the Heat-Knicks game in New York that he feels like the Knicks never wanted him in free agency. “I don’t think they ever really wanted me here, anyway” Wade said. If Wade was merely a supplemental player in New York’s mind then that was the Knicks’ loss. Either that, or maybe they felt Dwyane was only using them for an interview and leverage with the Heat so they didn’t give their full push.

Whatever the reason, we sure know it was a mistake by the Knicks. People, including our own Danny Lee, have ridiculed the Heat because of their struggles to start the year. I’ve maintained confidence in them and it seems to be rewarded; the Heat have won 11 in a row, 10 of which have been by a wide margin. Even though both star players’ numbers seem to be down, they appear to be finally meshing. New York’s loss certainly was Miami’s gain. Tell me the fans at the Garden Friday night don’t realize that.

Dwyane Wade Ditching Flash Nickname

I never thought many people referred to Dwyane Wade as “Flash” even when he was teaming up with Shaq, who gave him the nickname. Over the past few years, it felt like fewer and fewer people called him that. Regardless, Dwyane Wade has announced that he doesn’t want to be referred to by the “Flash” nickname anymore. He explained his decision leading up to the start of the season.

“It’s not me no more,” Wade said. “I’m just going in a different direction. I’ve just been thinking about it a lot, and I just want people to respect me for who I am, and not a character….. I’m moving on. I’m getting older and I’m moving into a different phase of my life.”

Well Dwyane, I never really thought people looked at you as a character anyway, so that’s not exactly something about which you should have worried. Most people respect you as a player and view you as one of the best players in the game. Plus, nicknames are given, not requested. How did that whole thing work out for They Call Me Earl Smith and Adam Jones?

Dwyane Wade Goes Undercover for Gatorade and Dick’s as Gordon the Nerd

If it looks like Dwyane Wade and sounds like Dwyane Wade then it has to be Dwyane Wade, right? Of course, unless you don’t recognize him. D-Wade went undercover to sell Gatorade at a Dick’s Sporting Goods store that appeared to be in the Chicago area. Guess most of the customers weren’t NBA fans because they seemed to be pretty clueless. Check out this video of Dwyane Wade undercover via SI Hot Clicks:

Either they edited out the parts where Wade was recognized or those customers don’t know their superstars for supposed sports fans. Pretty funny video.

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Heat Throw Three Kings Intro Party

The Miami Heat threw an introduction party for their new star players on Friday night, dubbing the event a celebration of their “Three Kings.” Dwyane Wade literally took center stage, with Chris Bosh and LeBron James flanking him on the wings. As of now, it’s clear that Wade is the core of Miami’s team as the only incumbent member, but we’ll see how long that lasts. The party was nothing short of a rock concert and was quite the spectacle. It was even more attention-grabbing than when Tom Izzo rode in on a motorcycle for midnight madness. You have to see this video of the Miami Heat’s Three Kings introduction party:

The players were treated like royalty and were handed keys to the city. LeBron said they were gunning for not one, two, three, four, five, or six, but seven — SEVEN! — championships. He also is so confident in the star’s abilities he said Pat Riley can join them on the wings and they’d still win. The difference between the Celtics of 2008 and how this team appears is attitude; Boston’s stars were willing to share the ball and spotlight while these guys are cocky and acting like they’ve already won just by signing a piece of paper. The Lakers, Celtics, and Magic will probably remind them it’s not that easy.

Video Credit: YouTube user Jimbroni27