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Dwyane Wade buys stake in Jazz, plans to take hands-on role

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade is the latest former professional athlete to purchase a stake in an NBA team, and he is planning to treat it like more than just a passive investment.

Wade told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday that he has purchased a stake in the Utah Jazz, joining majority owner Ryan Smith. Wade said he has been inspired by other former NBA players who have joined ownership groups like Michael Jordan with the Charlotte Hornets, Shaquille O’Neal with the Sacramento Kings and Grant Hill with the Atlanta Hawks.

“If this partnership is going to be anything like my relationship is with Ryan, there are going to be a lot of things that I’ll want to be involved in,” Wade said.

“… Unfortunately, people in my community don’t get this opportunity, and I do not take it lightly to have this opportunity. To make real change, this is where you have to be — at the top — and Ryan knows that. I’m thankful for him, and I know too that I bring a lot to this partnership outside of just my basketball knowledge and skills.”

Wade said he considers Smith a “mentor” and became friends with him shortly after Wade retired in 2019. Smith purchased the Jazz for $1.66 billion in October and proposed the idea of Wade joining the ownership group. It’s unclear what size stake Wade has, though the NBA has a bylaw stating ownership stakes can be no less than 1 percent.

Many will wonder why Wade didn’t try to join the Heat’s ownership group, as he spent the majority of his career there and won three NBA titles in Miami. Wade addressed that.

“The respect I that I have for that organization will not go anywhere, the love that I have for the [Heat] fans — that goes nowhere,” Wade said. “But this is about the next phase of my life as an investor, a businessman, an entrepreneur. For me, this is an opportunity to grow.”

Wade’s announcement comes just days after MLB legend Alex Rodriguez bought a stake in the Minnesota Timberwolves. One T-Wolves rookie hilariously had no idea who A-Rod was (video here), but we don’t think Wade will have that issue in Utah.

Video: Dwyane Wade catches Shaq sleeping backstage

Shaquille O'Neal

Dwyane Wade caught his TNT crewmate Shaquille O’Neal sleeping on Tuesday.

Wade and Shaq are two of the analysts during TNT’s NBA coverage on Tuesday nights. Wade posted two videos on Instagram that showed Shaq appearing to take a nap backstage. Shaq seemed to have an astronaut-like powered air purifying respirator helmet on backstage.

Shaq appears to be trying to protect himself from COVID-19 even while sleeping. Luckily for TNT he was awake enough to provide commentary when they were on air. He gave some love to Devin Booker, who was originally left off the All-Star team.

Dwyane Wade answers million dollar question about NBA Finals

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade has answered the million dollar question regarding the NBA Finals.

The Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday to advance to the NBA Finals. They will meet the Los Angeles Lakers, putting two teams that missed the playoffs last year against each other.

Wade spent 15 of his 17 NBA seasons playing for the Heat. But one of his best friends, LeBron James, plays for the Lakers.

So who is Wade rooting for? Magic Johnson asked that question, and Wade answered. He says either way he will be happy with the outcome, but he is going pulling for the Heat.

That’s how it should be.

Wade is revered as a franchise icon and continues to have deep ties to the organization, its owners, members, and players. It would be odd for him to choose James over all of that.

But like he said, there will still be something to celebrate either way, and maybe a reason to do some trolling too.

Dwyane Wade roasted over quality of his new tattoo

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade went most of his life and NBA career ink-free, but he has since embraced tattoos and gotten quite a few. He is even being roasted for the quality of his most recent piece.

Wade shared a photo on his Instagram account Thursday of a new tattoo on his forearm. The tattoo portrays Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech that was delivered in 1963.

The sentiment behind commemorating the famous speech is admirable, but Wade’s followers were not impressed by the quality of the tattoo.

For Wade’s sake, let’s hope the tattoo is a work in progress. Last year, the former Miami Heat star got a tattoo of his logo on his knee. That one at least looked better.

Dwyane Wade trolls LeBron James over bubble outfit

LeBron James

Dwyane Wade could not help but respond to LeBron James’ supposed “Miami Drip.”

The Los Angeles Lakers star James showed up before Monday’s bubble game against the Denver Nuggets in an interesting open-chested fit.

Wade, James’ former Miami Heat teammate and good friend, was guesting on Monday’s NBA pregame show on TNT and poked fun at James’ outfit by showing up to the studio wearing one of his own. The retired star even put on some baby oil to suggest that James had done the same.

Both Wade and James, who won two championships in their four seasons together in Miami, have definitely made some unique fashion statements over their many years in the spotlight. Now we will have to wait and see if another of their old teammates decides to get in on the fun too.

Dwyane Wade tries to clarify support for Nick Cannon amid firing for anti-Semitic content

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade tried to do some clarifying through his Twitter account Wednesday after previously expressing support for Nick Cannon, who was fired over anti-Semitic messages.

Cannon, an actor/rapper/entertainer, was fired on Wednesday by Viacom for comments on his podcast “Cannon’s Class” on YouTube in which he agreed with rapper Richard Griffin. Griffin was fired from Public Enemy in 1989 for saying Jews were “wicked”. In the interview with Cannon, Griffin said he is hated now for speaking the “truth”. Cannon said Griffin was “speaking facts.”

After the matter was brought to light, Cannon said he had no hate intended when he said those things.

He later addressed the situation in a lengthy Facebook post.

Wade, a 13-time NBA All-Star who retired after the 2018-2019 season, sent a tweet to Cannon on Wednesday saying, “We are with you. Keep leading!”

Wade deleted the tweet after some backlash. He tried to clarify that he was not supporting what Cannon said, but Cannon’s attempt to claim ownership of TV show “Wild ’N Out.”

Wade then mentioned the anti-Semitic content in a followup tweet.

Dwyane Wade trolls Jayson Tatum over new haircut

Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum has been complimented for years now as having arguably the best hairline in the NBA, but the Boston Celtics star is rocking a new look in advance of the resumption of the season. Let’s just say the feedback has not been overwhelmingly positive.

Tatum let his hair grow out after the NBA season was postponed, and the 22-year-old is now rocking some serious curls. Dwyane Wade was among the many who commented on Tatum’s hairstyle.

It didn’t stop there, but at least Tatum has a sense of humor about it. The former Duke star tweeted on Saturday about how people are trolling him. You can see some of the most popular responses below:

Tatum’s hairline has been a topic of discussion on multiple occasions — usually when his peers are talking about how much they envy it. It doesn’t seem like his new look is going to draw the same praise. At least it’s nowhere near as bad as Shaq’s hairline was after he lost a bet to D-Wade.

Dwyane Wade looking forward to renewed Jimmy Butler-TJ Warren beef in Orlando

Jimmy Butler

The brouhaha between Jimmy Butler and TJ Warren seems like it happened years ago, but fortunately we could be getting a second helping in Orlando.

As part of the NBA’s seeding game schedule release for the planned restart of play in late July, it was revealed that the Miami Heat would play the Indiana Pacers twice in one week, bringing Butler and Warren back together. Retired Heat star Dwyane Wade took to Twitter Saturday to express his excitement.

In case you forgot, Butler and Warren got into an altercation when they last met in January, resulting in Warren being ejected. After the game, Butler called Warren “soft” and “trash,” saying that Warren could not guard him.

Wade, Butler’s close friend, former Chicago Bulls teammate, and successor as the star player of the Heat, will obviously be rooting for Butler in Round 2. The rest of us will be able to watch the beef unfold for ourselves as well when Miami and Indiana have their scheduled meetings on Aug. 10 and 14.

Dwyane Wade wants to clear air with Aaron Gordon over Dunk Contest?

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade was involved in one of the more infamous controversies in Slam Dunk Contest history during this year’s competition, and now he might be trying to hash things out with the man that he allegedly wronged.

Speaking Sunday during an Instagram Live broadcast on the official NBA channel, the retired 13-time All-Star said that he was trying to get Orlando Magic star Aaron Gordon on the platform to discuss the Dunk Contest.

In a saga that has since launched a thousand memes, Gordon narrowly lost the competition to Wade’s former Miami Heat teammate Derrick Jones Jr despite putting on one of the most impressive performances of all-time. Wade was a judge and notoriously gave Gordon a “9” on his final dunk but a “10” to that of Jones Jr. Other judges admitted that the plan was to end it in a tie but agreed that someone messed up with the scoring.

Gordon said after the contest that he felt like he should have “two trophies,” referencing his other dubious loss to Zach LaVine in the 2016 competition. Now this may be his opportunity to air out his grievances with Wade.

Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade joke about why CP3 never joined Miami Heat

Chris Paul

Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade got together for a chat on Instagram Friday, and a funny story emerged during their talk.

The two players, who are part of the NBA’s exclusive “Banana Boat” crew, talked about what got in the way of CP3 joining the Miami Heat. Both players agreed that one of the impediments had to do with their jersey numbers.

Chris Paul wears number three and is known as “CP3.” Wade doesn’t quite have the same attachment to his number where it’s part of his nickname/brand, but that has been his number as well, save for his season in Cleveland when he wore No. 9.

Paul recalled that when they were talking about teaming up, the jersey number issue was a hangup. He was expecting Wade to offer the number, but that never came.

“Why would I do that?” Wade answered, rhetorically. “That was my team. I couldn’t give up number three. It was going to get retired there one day. I knew I couldn’t do that. … CP didn’t come to Miami because we couldn’t come to agreement on the number.”

It’s unclear what year this might have been, but things worked out well enough for Wade when it came to playing with his friends. He was joined by LeBron James and Chris Bosh in 2010, and they combined to win two NBA championships on the Heat.

Don’t think those numbers are a big deal? Some players pay big bucks to teammates to get their desired number.