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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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Sports Video of the Day [SI Hot Clicks]
Video Credit: YouTube user whatsg

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

Prospective Teams Got Played by Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh

For the last six days, fans in New York, Chicago, Miami, Cleveland, New Jersey and other areas have been on the edge of their seats waiting for the decisions of three men — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. James has kept his silence pretty much since the Cleveland Cavaliers were knocked out of the playoffs, but Bosh and Wade have been anything but quiet.

Twitter was their medium of choice, as both used the social media to update the world regarding their free agency meetings. The duo both made comments about how choosing their new team wouldn’t be easy, but now it kind of feels like they had their minds set up on playing together a while ago.

Even on Wednesday morning Bosh wrote the following on his Twitter page: “What’s all the fuss about this morning? I woke up to a ton of emails, texts and missed calls.”

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NBA Is Milking Free Agency for Publicity

While superstars like Darko and Drew Gooden were busy agreeing to contracts on the first day of free agency, also-rans like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh have been taking their sweet time making a decision. Even though this is a momentous choice for these players and there are many factors to examine before signing with a team, I can’t help but feel like the players and the league are dragging things out on purpose. While would they do such a thing? Delaying their decisions keeps the buzz going and the free publicity rush moving. Allow me to explain.

Every day that goes by and one of the three stars of the class doesn’t announce a decision, it’s another day that the news cycle spends speculating on their futures. For someone like Chris Bosh who had to produce a used car salesman video in order to make it into the All-Star Game two years ago, you can’t buy the type of attention he’s been receiving. Don’t think this free agency period has raised his profile? Think again.

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Dwyane Wade Is Playing Head Games

It’s amazing how twitter has become such a popular medium for tracking NBA free agency. Chris Bosh had a telling tweet showing that he and Dwyane Wade were at dinner together but were missing a third amigo. Wade all but confirmed they were talking about LeBron when he said James is on a different page from them. D-Wade also has been utilizing his twitter account during free agency, only he’s been playing head games. Check out this odd tweet:

Wade is laughing to himself in the “l2ms” and clearly screwing around. So who knows little here? I think you can interpret that tweet in one of three ways. One, he’s saying what little do Heat fans know that he’s leaving. Two, he’s saying what little does the media know because he’s totally playing them and enjoying all their errant reporting. Or three, what little do the teams recruiting him know that they’re wasting their time because Wade is re-signing in Miami. I really am convinced it’s option three. From what I understand, Wade has a camera crew following him through the free agency period, so maybe this is all part of a big joke for him. Perhaps he’s using those teams for some sort of Punk’d kind of gag. Before long we’ll know our answer. In the meantime, Wade’s taking the opportunity to rack up twitter followers by the thousands.

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Dwyane Wade on Twitter