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Paul Pierce not backing down from claim he had better career than Dwyane Wade

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Paul Pierce was heavily criticized over the weekend for making the argument that he had a better NBA career than Dwyane Wade, and the Boston Celtics legend has no intention of backing down from that claim.

Pierce said during ESPN’s NBA coverage on Friday that he would “be sitting on five or six championships, easy” if he played with Hall of Famers like Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James during the prime of his career. Wade fired back on Twitter and made it clear that he disagrees, but Pierce kept up the argument on Saturday by sharing arguments in favor of his career over Wade’s.

No one is debating that Pierce had an incredible career and is a Hall of Famer, but trying to convince people of why his career was better than a fellow future Hall of Famer’s is a bad look. Even if he thinks he did more during his time in the NBA than Wade has, he should leave that for other people to debate.

We’ve already seen in the past how much Pierce loves the spotlight, and this seems to be another example of that.

Dwyane Wade’s son hits back at Paul Pierce over latest claim

Did Paul Pierce have a better NBA career than Dwyane Wade? The former Boston Celtic certainly thinks so, but the Wade family doesn’t care for that argument.

Wade’s 17-year-old son Zaire posted a pretty clear response to Pierce, noting that in 19 years, Pierce only managed one NBA title.

Wade himself had already responded to Pierce in a slightly more muted fashion, and it’s no surprise that family sticks together. For many people, it does come down to championship rings, and Wade has three of them while Pierce can only claim one.

Pierce is a Hall-of-Famer. Wade will be one when his time comes. But Pierce definitely has an ego, too, and he started the discussion. Everyone else in Wade’s corner seems intent on finishing it.

Dwyane Wade responds to Paul Pierce’s bold claim

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Dwyane Wade on Friday night responded to a bold claim from Paul Pierce.

While speaking in his role as an analyst for ESPN’s NBA coverage, Pierce said Friday that he had a better career than Wade.

Pierce’s claim was met with much derision online.

NBA player Jared Dudley laughed and suggested Pierce was on drugs.

Wade says Dudley’s response was in line with his thinking.

Pierce is a Hall of Fame player who probably deserves more respect than he receives, but he had a weak argument when Jalen Rose gave these comparisons:

However, you can always pick your stats to make the argument you want. There are other stats that make Pierce’s argument much better.

In the end, Pierce is just showing again that he’s jealous he didn’t get the farewell tour Wade received. We’ve learned how much he loves the spotlight.

Dwyane Wade will seek therapy for life after basketball

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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has four games remaining in his NBA career, and he’s already started preparing for life after basketball.

Wade admitted that he intends to speak to a therapist after he moves into retirement as he will seek to come to grips with the huge life change.

“I’ll be in therapy. Seriously,” Wade told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “I meant it, it is going to be a big change. I told my wife, I said, ‘I need to do therapy, and we need to do a little bit.’

“I was always against someone that don’t know me telling me how to live my life or giving me instructions. But I need someone to talk to about it. Because it is a big change. Even though I got a long life to live, other great things I can accomplish and do, it’s not this. So it’s going to be different.”

For now, Wade has been engaging in some sentimentality as he heads down the final stretch of his NBA career. He deserves some credit for realizing how tough life after basketball will be for him and taking steps to proactively address that.

Why TNT is not televising Dwyane Wade’s final home game with Heat

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The final days of Dwyane Wade’s NBA playing career are coming to a close, giving fans limited chances to watch him play.

The Miami Heat only have four games remaining — road games on Friday, Sunday and Wednesday, and a home game on Tuesday. Wade will be honored with a ceremony prior Tuesday’s home game in Miami against the 76ers. There was some thought that TNT would televise the game, but they are not doing so and instead will have a double-header featuring Boston-Washington and OKC-Houston.

According to The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, the reason TNT is not televising the Heat game on Tuesday is because it doesn’t work timing-wise.

The Heat-Sixers game is scheduled for 7:30 pm ET on Tuesday. Jackson says Miami wasn’t able to get the Rockets-Thunder game pushed back from its 9:30 start time, nor could the Heat game be moved to 7:00 pm due to the Wade pregame ceremony.

Sunday’s game at Toronto will be on NBATV, which will be the only one of Wade’s four remaining games to be nationally-televised.

Wizards coach offers great quote on Dwyane Wade’s retirement

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Dwyane Wade played so well on Saturday night that his performance left Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks extremely complimentary.

Wade scored 20 points on 9/16 shooting in the Miami Heat’s 113-108 win in DC. He scored 9 straight points for the Heat in the fourth quarter and was a major factor down the stretch helping the Heat win.

After the game, Brooks said Wade was too good to retire and joked that the league should fine the Heat for allowing the star to walk away.

If Wade sticks to his plan to walk away after the season, he’ll go out being remembered for his magical ways rather than for being a guy who embarrassed himself in the end. He’s still capable of playing at a high level.

Dwyane Wade returns after hurting hip on nasty fall

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Dwyane Wade returned to the Miami Heat’s 113-98 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night, which is a positive sign after he took a nasty fall earlier in the contest.

Wade went up for a layup that he missed late in the third quarter of the game. He landed hard on his right side and headed to the locker room.

The Heat assured fans that Wade would be OK by saying he would return to the game. He came back in with under six minutes remaining in the game. He went on to score four of his 10 points over the final minutes.

Wade is averaging 14.1 points per game off the bench in his final NBA season.

Chris Paul sends funny tweet about Dwyane Wade’s game-winner

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Dwyane Wade’s impressive shot at the buzzer to beat the Warriors was the talk around the NBA on Wednesday night, and even Wade’s buddy Chris Paul chimed in with a funny tweet.

Paul saw Wade’s 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Miami a 126-125 win over Golden State and told him he better not do the same thing on Thursday night.

That’s because CP3’s Rockets will host Wade’s Heat in that one. While Miami is 27-33 and 10th in the East standings, the Rockets are 36-25 and fifth in the West. Houston can’t afford many more losses while trying to secure some sort of homecourt advantage, so Wade will have to save his magic for another time.

Wade had one of his best games of the season. He put up 25 points on 10/17 shooting, including 5/8 on threes. Even at 37 and on his farewell tour, D-Wade can still bring it sometimes.

Watch: Dwyane Wade shouts out Kobe Bryant after game-winner

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Dwyane Wade didn’t take all the credit for his game-winner against the Golden State Warriors.

It was Wade to the rescue on Wednesday at the end of the game. With just over a second remaining in regulation and his team down 125-123, Wade had a three-point attempt blocked. Luckily he was able to recover and launched another attempt off of one foot. This time the shot was good with the clock hitting all zeroes while the ball was in the air to give Miami the win.

Following the game, Wade reminisced about a game-winner Kobe Bryant hit against him in Los Angeles. He then thanked Bryant for “showing him the way.”

Dwyane Wade’s Hall of Fame career is full of memorable moments. On Wednesday, he added another highlight to his career reel.

Watch: Dwyane Wade re-enacts first NBA title win in final trip to Dallas

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Dwyane Wade’s retirement tour is making for some sentimental moments as he visits arenas that were memorable to him for the last time.

One of those moments came Wednesday on Wade’s final trip to American Airlines Center in Dallas, the place where Wade won his first NBA title in 2006. Wade was the one who dribbled out the sixth and final game of the series, and he re-enacted that moment prior to Wednesday’s game.

Wade has been the recipient of some pretty cool moments at visiting arenas this season. This one, however, likely has some significant sentimental value to him.