Dwyane Wade is back for his first full season with the Miami Heat since leaving in 2016, and now head coach Erik Spoelstra is comfortable spilling some tea about the time that Wade was away.
Before the Heat played the Chicago Bulls on Friday, Spoelstra shared a funny story from when Wade played for the Bulls during the 2016-17 season. The veteran coach said that he put a $5,000 fine on any of his Heat players who fell for a Wade pump fake, per KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he put a $5K fine on any player he fell for a Dwyane Wade pump fake when Wade played for Bulls.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) November 23, 2018
Wade was with the Heat for his first 13 NBA seasons before leaving, including eight of those with Spoelstra as his head coach. Thus, it’s reasonable to expect that the entire organization would be quite familiar with his bag of tricks.
Some NBA coaches have implemented similar kinds of fines in the past, but now that Wade is back with the Heat to finish his career, we can safely say that this story had a happy ending.
Sunday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat was supposed to be one of the last times LeBron James and Dwyane Wade shared an NBA court together, but life had other plans for Wade. Now, the close friends and former teammates have only one opportunity left.
Wade missed the Lakers’ 113-97 at Miami because he, ironically, had to be in California for the birth of his daughter. LeBron ended up scoring a season-high 51 points, but he was still very disappointed that he couldn’t do battle with Wade.
“It sucks. I can’t even lie to you guys,” James said, per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I have never lied to you guys, obviously. I mean we all know the reason why he is not here.”
The Lakers won’t make another trip to Miami this season, but the Heat will travel to the Staples Center for a rematch on Dec. 10. LeBron is crossing his fingers that the timing works out for him to face Wade one last time.
“To know that we only had two more games against each other, and one of them isn’t going to happen, it sucked a little bit,” he added. “Hopefully we are both in uniform when Miami comes to L.A. and we can finish this off the right way.”
It’s unclear how much of an impact Wade would have made for the Heat defensively, but perhaps he could have helped hold James under 50 points. That will almost certainly be the only time in LeBron’s career that he is disappointed after a convincing win in which he drops 51.
Dwyane Wade blasted the Houston Rockets on social media over their treatment of Carmelo Anthony.
The Rockets are off to a disappointing 4-7 start to the season. There are several reasons for them stumbling out of the gate. The popular theory is to blame Anthony.
Anthony is clearly not the player he used to be. That likely played a part in the reports saying that Houston is preparing to move on from the 10-time All-Star.
This news did not sit well with Wade, who took to social media to blast the Rockets, saying they aren’t addressing the “real problem.”
Trying to make my guy @carmeloanthony the fall guy huh!? Man y’all need to stop. That’s the easy way out instead of addressing what the real problem.
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 12, 2018
This isn’t the first time Wade has been vocal on Twitter in defense of a close friend. When current New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale was fired from the same job with the Memphis Grizzlies, Wade declared he needed answers.
The Rockets have had bigger issues during their first 11 games of the season other than the play of Carmelo Anthony. They lost two pieces who were important to last season’s success in Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute. Houston has also been without Chris Paul for two games and James Harden has missed three. Wade appears to have a point in thinking the optics surrounding the Carmelo Anthony report make it seem like he is the scapegoat.
Dwyane Wade presented a parting gift to an old friend who made his return to Miami as the head coach of the New York Knicks.
Wade is in his last season in the NBA, giving him one last opportunity to compete against friends he’s made over his Hall of Fame career. On Wednesday, the Knicks visited Miami for a game against the Heat. New York is coached by David Fizdale, who spent eight seasons as an assistant coach with the Heat prior to getting his first head coaching opportunity with the Memphis Grizzlies.
After Wednesday’s game, which Miami won 110-87, Wade presented Fizdale with a signed No. 3 Heat jersey.
The Knicks lose to the Heat by 22 tonight in their first blowout loss of the season. They’ve dropped four in a row after beating Atlanta in the opener. It was David Fizdale’s first game in Miami as Knicks head coach. After the game, Dwyane Wade gave Fizdale a signed jersey. pic.twitter.com/RF3mJ2K9Pk
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 25, 2018
Fizdale was popular with the players during his time in Miami, especially Wade. When he was fired by the Grizzlies, Wade and LeBron James voiced their displeasure on social media.
Dwyane Wade announced on Sunday that he will return to the Miami Heat for the upcoming season, which he says will be his last.
Wade published a nearly 10-minute-long video on YouTube in which he talked about his decision to continue his career. The title of the video is “One Last Dance…”, which seems to be the theme of his farewell season.
“It goes by fast,” Wade said of his career.
He talked about how difficult the decision has been, acknowledging “it’s been a tough summer.” He also said this was the “hardest decision” he’s ever had to make.
He said he asked himself whether he could deal with the travel, the physical pain, being away from his family. He says there comes a time when you ask yourself whether it’s time to give attention to others.
Despite all these questions and doubts, Wade decided he wanted to play for another year. He will turn 37 in January.
Wade averaged 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 22.9 minutes per game last season. He was traded midseason from Cleveland back to the Miami Heat.
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The player to whom Donovan Mitchell is most often compared is Dwyane Wade. And apparently Wade likes that comparison.
HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy promoted a story on his Twitter account Saturday that asked whether Mitchell was ready to make a leap to superstar status in the upcoming season. In his tweet, Kennedy said that Mitchell is the most recent shooting guard to dominate the way Wade did. He tagged both players in the tweet so they’d see the article.
Wade not only saw it, but he also responded, saying Mitchell is “definitely ready” to make the jump.
He’s definitely ready. https://t.co/eem1W67Dt5
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) September 15, 2018
Mitchell averaged 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game as a rookie during the regular season. He stepped up in the postseason with 24.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, helping the Jazz eliminate the Thunder before losing to the Rockets. Many see him as a future superstar and cornerstone of the Jazz franchise, for good reason. Wade does too.
Scott Frost has time for his program’s VIPs even on game day.
Frost gave a hug to Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade on the field in Lincoln prior to his debut as Nebraska’s head coach:
— Dan Corey (@DanCorey1011) September 2, 2018
Union is from Nebraska and grew up as a huge fan of the Cornhuskers football program. She and Wade often watch them play.
The team’s opener against Akron was delayed due to heavy rain at Memorial Stadium, but fans stuck around, eagerly awaiting the start of the new era.