Isaiah Thomas has seen his career take a historic tumble over the past year or so, and the end result was a free agent contract that is worth a mere fraction of what he once expected to be paid. But as far as one future Hall of Famer is concerned, Thomas has silenced his critics before and will do it again.
After Thomas agreed to a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal worth $2 million with the Denver Nuggets, Wade took to Twitter with some uplifting words for his former teammate.
I. Can’t. Wait. @isaiahthomas go do what you’ve done your whole life and that’s make everyone swallow their words. They can’t measure your heart cuz!
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 13, 2018
Wade and Thomas were both with the Cleveland Cavaliers for a short time last season before being traded.
Thomas looked like the steal of a lifetime after the Boston Celtics acquired him from the Phoenix Suns during the 2014-15 season, and he averaged nearly 29 points per game two seasons ago and carried the Celtics into the postseason. At one point, Thomas made some now-infamous comments about how much Boston better be prepared to pay him, and those remarks are pretty embarrassing now.
At 29, health may be Thomas’ biggest concern. A hip injury kept him out for much of last season, and it’s hard for a pure scorer like him to carve out a big role if he’s playing at less than 100 percent.
Dwyane Wade wants to own an NBA team when his playing career ends, but not just any franchise.
Wade said in a recent interview with Joel Weber of Bloomberg that he wants to be part of an ownership group that brings the SuperSonics back to Seattle.
“I definitely want to be a part of ownership in the NBA,” Wade said. “I’m not going to try to buy a team. I don’t have that kind of bread, but I definitely want to be a part of a great ownership group. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is all about players being involved in an ownership capacity. You’ve got players like Grant Hill involved in the Atlanta Hawks. Shaquille O’Neal is involved in the Sacramento Kings. It’s definitely something that I’ve talked about, some of my friends have talked about. But, first of all, I’d have to be retired. When that time comes…
“I want Seattle’s team, the Sonics, to come back. I think Seattle is a great basketball town. I would love to be a part of that. But I’m open — if you know somebody…”
One of Wade’s closest friends also has ownership ambitions after he ends his playing career. Maybe this is a project they can team up on.
- Dwyane Wade
Mike Bibby has apparently done nothing but pound protein shakes and lift weights since he retired from the NBA, and a photo of him that surfaced on social media Thursday has created quite a buzz. Of the many reactions to Bibby’s new physique, Dwyane Wade’s may have been the most entertaining.
During a playoff game in 2012, Bibby — then with the New York Knicks — lost a shoe while grabbing a rebound against the Miami Heat. Wade infamously tossed the shoe aside so it took Bibby longer to get it back. In response to seeing the photo of Bibby looking huge, Gabrielle Union couldn’t resist taking a shot at her husband.
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) June 15, 2018
Wade took it in stride.
2012: Hey Punk. Catch. 2018: Hey Sir. Excuse me you dropped your shoe https://t.co/Ij5aoHn3jK
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) June 15, 2018
We have seen plenty of awesome Twitter reactions to Bibby being jacked out of his mind, but it really seemed to hit home for D-Wade. He had better hope Bibby has forgiven him six years later.
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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade isn’t sure yet about whether he’ll play a 16th NBA season.
Wade told Fox Sports Radio’s Chris and Caron on Sunday that the Heat icon is still deciding whether or not he’ll play next year, but his preference would be to remain in Miami if he ultimately does.
Dwyane Wade tells @ChrisAndCaron that he has not made any decisions about next season, but he if does return, he'd like to play in Miami.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) June 10, 2018
Ultimately, Wade has the backing of his family if he opts to play another season. It sounds like no LeBron James reunion is in the cards, though, unless the Cavaliers superstar decides he wants to return to Miami, which seems quite unlikely.
- Dwyane Wade
Dwayne Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union found their way into the bombshell report about Bryan Colangelo’s alleged social media activity, and the NBA star and actress do not seem pleased about the way they have been portrayed.
As Ben Detrick of The Ringer uncovered, one of the five burner accounts that supposedly belongs to Colangelo responded to a tweet from Union in February 2017. Union had pointed out that Tom Brady chose not to visit the White House when Barack Obama was in office, and at the time there was a possibility the Patriots quarterback would attend the White House after Donald Trump had been elected. The person running account, which has the name “Eric jr.” and handle @AlVic40117560, responded by claiming he or she witnessed Wade and Union being “nasty” to a young fan at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
“I sat NEXT to you and [Dwyane Wade] at Beijing Olympics and saw you both being rude nasty to little kid fan,” the two tweets read. “Had to eat yr pizza. … You showed no respect to this little kid, who are you to stand on high grounds? Never looked at DW the same after that.”
Bryan Colangelo’s father Jerry, who was the managing director of USA Basketball in 2008, was in Beijing for the Olympics. The Ringer could not confirm whether or not Bryan was there also, but an excerpt from Dan Bickley’s book “Return to Gold” mentions Bryan being there. The younger Colangelo also had a role with the Olympic team at the time, as he joined USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Program Advisory Panel in 2005.
According to Union and Wade, Gabby did not travel to Beijing for the Olympics even though Wade was on the team.
Well ain't this interesting. I didnt go to the Beijing Olympics so whoever wrote the tweets created a whole rude celeb fantasy for a very specific reason, an attempt to discredit me for my tweets about athletes not wanting to go to the White House https://t.co/OozdMUziPL
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) May 30, 2018
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) May 30, 2018
The 76ers have launched an investigation into Colangelo’s alleged Twitter activity, and the GM is going to have an endless amount of explaining to do if it is determined that he is responsible for all of the accounts. He is already reportedly scrambling to address some of it, but the situation has the potential to get a lot uglier.
The Miami Heat cavalry has come for Philadelphia 76ers big Ersan Ilyasova.
Addressing reporters this weekend before the Sixers’ second-round playoff series against the Celtics, Ilyasova said that he expected a raucous crowd in Boston, unlike Miami in the first round where “the gym was half-empty.”
The Sixers know what they're in for in Boston. pic.twitter.com/h4z5GDcjRA
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 30, 2018
On Monday however, it was Heat guard Dwyane Wade’s turn to respond to Ilyasova’s criticism. Wade tweeted that Ilyasova did not know any better and that most of Heat Nation did not even know who he was in the first place.
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) April 30, 2018
Heat president Pat Riley also replied to Ilyasova’s dig during his exit interview on Monday and had this to say, per Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post.
Riley: 'I dont care what Ilyasova said' we have the greatest fans in the world, 'they sip a little more wine before the game'
— Tom D'Angelo (@tomdangelo44) April 30, 2018
In fairness, Heat fans have not exactly earned themselves the best reputation in recent years. But it’s not like the Miami Mafia was just going to let Ilyasova get away with slandering them either.
If Dwyane Wade wants to return for a 16th NBA season, he will have his wife’s support.
Gabrielle Union sent the following tweet in which she said she hoped her husband would not call it a career after losing in the playoffs on Tuesday. Her tweet also had an element of humor too.
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) April 25, 2018
Wade’s season did not start off well as he began in Cleveland and was not happy. He was traded to the Miami Heat at the deadline and thrived after returning home, having some big games even in the playoffs. Perhaps being back in Miami will make the 36-year-old feel reinvigorated and motivate him to return for another season. There has been some talk that he might want to re-sign with the Heat.