Dwyane Wade shaded Jimmy Butler with a funny Instagram comment posted on Saturday.
Butler is recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus on his right knee that he underwent in late February. He received an initial 4-6 week timetable and is hoping to return for the Minnesota Timberwolves before the end of the regular season.
On Saturday, Butler posted a photo on Instagram showing him rehabbing:
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Wade liked the photo on Instagram and left a funny comment. “Bro all you had was alil tear” he wrote.
Of course Wade is just messing around with Butler, as knee injuries are always serious business, though this is not as severe as say a torn ACL. And Wade knows how bad knee injuries can be considering he’s had a few knee surgeries during his career.
Don’t worry, Jimmy — nobody is questioning your toughness, even if Wade is messing with you.
Dwyane Wade can still get it done.
Wade sent the home fans happy on Tuesday night in Miami by draining a deep jumper to give the Heat a 102-101 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers with 5.9 seconds left.
Father Prime is back in his house and loving it! pic.twitter.com/JUnkhytQw6
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 28, 2018
That was enough to give the Heat the game as JJ Redick missed a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer for Philly.
Wade had a hot night shooting, going 10-for-16 with 27 points and three steals in 25 minutes in what was his best game since rejoining the Heat. Miami is now 3-3 since he joined the team.
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Dwyane Wade was one of many shipped out by the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trade deadline, and apparently his behind-the-scenes behavior wasn’t quite as good as advertised.
According to Joe Vardon of cleveland.com, Wade was the first Cavaliers player to challenge coach Tyronn Lue about the whereabouts of Kevin Love after he left the team’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 20. Wade is also described as “an instigator” in the blowout team meeting two days later in which Love was questioned by teammates.
This reportedly set in motion the effort to trade Wade, who was ultimately offered and accepted the opportunity to return to the Miami Heat.
Previously, a different Cavaliers player — who is also out the door now — was blamed for the Love fiasco. It sounds like Wade, a veteran who’s highly regarded as a good teammate, wasn’t blameless.
Dwyane Wade is often mentioned in the same breath as Kobe Bryant for his longevity and overall excellence at the 2-guard position. But Wade has no desire to imitate one notable aspect of Bryant’s career.
In an interview with ESPN’s Jorge Sedano that aired this week, the Miami Heat guard said that he does not want a big farewell tour when he retires.
“I don’t want one of those,” said Wade. “I talked to Kobe about that. He was like, ‘It was exhausting. As flattering as it was, it was very exhausting as well.’ I’m not a narcissist like that — I’m not calling Kobe a narcissist, he earned that and he needed that — But I can’t say I want a farewell tour like Kobe Bryant. That’s not who I am.
“When the time comes, I don’t even wanna talk about it yet because it’s not here yet,” the three-time champion added. “But when the time comes, I’ll announce it in my own D-Wade fashion the way that I do, and hopefully I can move on from it and live on the memories from that point on.”
Retirement may not be too far off for the 36-year-old Wade, who returned to the Heat at this year’s trade deadline and has already stated that he will not be leaving Miami again. But he is definitely not the first aging former superstar who has made clear that the Bryant exit route is not for him.
Heat fans made it clear they did not want to wait to see their beloved star in his return to Miami.
Among the flurry of activity by the Cavaliers on Thursday prior to the NBA’s trade deadline was the team trading Dwyane Wade to the Heat. The move marked the return of Wade to the franchise he began his career with and city he became synonymous with.
The Heat having a home game on Friday worked out perfectly. Wade was active, but did not start. That didn’t sit well with fans, who started a “We want Wade!” chant before the Heat scored their first points of the game.
Heat crowd loudly chanting "We Want Wade" pic.twitter.com/wwXkr0XLWD
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) February 10, 2018
Wade eventually entered the game at the 5:19 mark of the first quarter.
Wade may have been a member of the Cavaliers prior to the trade, but it’s apparent his heart was in Miami. LeBron James reportedly caught Wade checking Heat box scores.
Wade conceded that what LeBron said today is true: Wade’s heart and mind was always here in Miami. LeBron would even catch him checking Heat scores.
— Clay Ferraro (@ClayWPLG) February 9, 2018
Wade has mended the relationships that appeared to be burned prior to his departure in 2016. That could lead to the three-time champion re-signing with the Heat after this season.
Dwyane Wade has been given an opportunity to erase some of the leftover stench from the way he left the Miami Heat nearly two years ago, and his second stint with the team could end up lasting beyond the remainder of the season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers traded six players on Thursday, and Wade was one of them. While the 36-year-old’s contract is set to expire this summer, Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype reports that Wade has mended his relationship with Heat president Pat Riley and could end up re-signing with the team.
There had been a lot of tension between Dwyane Wade and Pat Riley ever since he left Miami, but league sources say the two made up at the recent funeral for Henry Thomas (Wade's agent). That set up Wade's return to the Heat and sources say he may even re-sign this summer.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 8, 2018
Wade never really wanted to leave Miami, but there came a time where he felt like he deserved to be paid market value after he repeatedly took less money to help the team sign players like LeBron James and Chris Bosh. When Riley put forth minimal effort to re-sign Wade two offseasons ago, the relationship between the two reached a boiling point.
However, as Kennedy alluded to, more recent reports have indicated that Wade has reconciled his relationships with the Heat, and his desire to return to Miami confirms that.
Wade averaged 11.2 points, 3.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game in a limited role with the Cavs. However, he can still be a productive player and may want to continue playing after the season. It would not be a surprise if he stayed in Miami to finish out his career.
Dwyane Wade’s homecoming to the Heat has the entire Miami area doing cartwheels, even the local police department.
Shortly after news broke on Thursday that the three-time NBA champion was returning to the Heat via a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Miami PD posted this perfect missing person-themed tweet to welcome him back.
— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) February 8, 2018
Of course, they are far from the only ones happy to see Wade returning to the team that drafted him back in 2003 and where he played his first 13 NBA seasons. The 12-time All-Star appears to be on track to suit up for the Heat at home on Friday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, and the image of Wade wearing Miami colors once again will certainly be a sight for sore eyes.