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Despite playing side-by-side once again with superstar guard LeBron James—making him part of the most buzzed-about team in the NBA—the Miami Heat virtuoso still puts education first, not only for himself, but his also family. “Sorry I was late,” D-Wade tells the Bottom Line Sports Show hosts Gerald Brown and Jonathan Foy upon calling in for his interview. “I had to talk to my son about school. He was slackin’. So I went over a little bit.”
The Over and Back Classic NBA podcast continues its offseason series looking at the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players in history, with a look at the career and Top 50 candidacy of Dwyane Wade.
Jason Mann, Rich Kraetsch and Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA)—host of the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast—discuss Wade's meteoric rise to superstardom, where he ranks all-time among shooting guards, his success fitting into multiple systems with the Heat, his insanely high peak and much more.
Dwyane Wade leads the NBA in fourth-quarter scoring. His team has defeated LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers twice during the regular season when the Cavs have traveled to Miami.
If there is one potential matchup that is going to make the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs interesting, it is Heat vs. Cavaliers. As the standings look now, a 2 vs. 7 matchup between the teams could take place. But Miami could still fall to No. 8 or rise to No. 6, and then the Eastern Conference first round will be a cure for insomnia.
That was only one of the topics of discussion this morning as I went on the air with Sid Rosenberg on 640-AM WFTL in Miami. We hit on Commissioner Adam Silver, the New York Knicks, the Atlanta Hawks and the tight Western Conference playoff race -- which is making folks on the Eastern seaboard nervous.
Give a listen for a quick trip around he NBA -- including a brief look back at last summer when I was the first journalist to report that LeBron James would be leaving the Miami Heat and joining the Cleveland Cavaliers.
I'll go over everything about the 2014 NBA Draft. What I thought happened at the top of the draft, were there any major reaches? Who fell too far? Which teams had the best draft and which didn't make out too hot? Also, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh opted out of their deals with Miami for the 2014-15 season. What does this mean? Will they come back with LeBron? Will one or two stay? If they all come back, what do they have to do to be able to compete with the San Antonio Spurs?
Leave it to Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade to deflect attention away from himself—and fellow teammates LeBron James and Chris Bosh—when stopping by BlogTalkRadio to promote his latest project. “I’m going to visit a school Friday to talk to our youth and try to get in their ear. We’re also doing a march and youth summit. We get a panel of successful people and sit and talk to the youth about right and about wrong—including right and wrong decisions we made ourselves,” Wade, whose Wade’s World Foundation supports community-based organizations that promote education, health and social skills for at-risk kids, tells The Bottom Line Sports Show host Gerald Brown. “It ends Sunday at my mom’s chuch, where we do a back-to-school giveaway. I don’t fly a lot of celebrities in. If people come down to support it, I love’m and I appreciate it. But it’s not about the celebrities. It’s about the people in the Chicago community.”
Dwyane Wade was awful in Game 3 for the Miami Heat. And I'm not letting him off the hook. Plus, why benching Marian Gaborik is a dumb move. And still haven't heard Albert Pujols praise his new hitting coach. Tune into "I'm Just Sayin" with Danny Picard every weekday LIVE at 9 a.m. ET, and subscribe on iTunes.
The No Look Pass Podcast continues their stops around the NBA with the Miami Heat, and the hosts attempt to untangle their mysterious up and down season. Is Dwyane Wade still the Heat's best player? Does Hassan Whiteside help or hurt their chances? How many white guys is too many white guys in your rotation?
Plus, the San Antonio Spurs continue to silently demolish the entire NBA, and it is finally time to give them their fair due.
Follow the podcast on twitter @NLPPodcast and listen to archived episodes at WRSPN.com
Dwyane Wade scored 2 points last night in a lopsided loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, only the third time that has happened to him in 973 career games. Tyler Johnson started at point guard and shot 0-for-6. The Heat shot a season-low 36.5 percent and failed to break 80 points for the second straight game. As a team, the Heat totaled 13 assists.
Was this "rock bottom," as Michael Wallace of ESPN.com wrote?
Is there any way Pat Riley can fix this mess of a team? Or has he already mortgaged too much of the future by dealing away a pair of first-rounders in last year's deal for Goran Dragic to go along with the top-10 protected pick the Heat will not have (in all likelihood) in this June's draft.
Is there anyone who will take Josh McRoberts off their hands, freeing about $6 million in cap room for next season to possibly allow them to keep both Wade and Hassan Whiteside?
So many questions. You want answers?
I did my best to provide them in this interview on 560 WQAM in Miami on the Big O Show with host and friend Orlando Alzugaray.
Quite the performance by Hassan Whiteside of the Heat in Tuesday night's loss to the Hawks: 23 points on 11-for-12 shooting, 14 rebounds and four blocks in just 31 minutes. If Dwyane Wade had not come down with a migraine, the Heat might actually be 3-1 instead of 2-2.
Folks in Miami are rightfully thrilled about the emergence last season and this season by Whiteside, but here is the bad news: Unless Miami plans to renounce its right to Dwyane Wade, there is almost zero chance they can retain him when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Whiteside is on the second year of a two-year contract, and when it expires he will become what is known as an "Early Bird" free agent -- as opposed to a "Full Bird" free agent who is coming off a contract of three years or more.
So the Heat cannot offer him a max contract, while plenty of other teams can.Mike Scotto addressed this in his list of the Top 25 Free Agents of 2016, and Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel went into further detail:
"With Whiteside to fall short of full Bird Rights due to only a two-year tenure with the team, the Heat still will have to create salary-cap space to re-sign him next summer. The only way for the Heat to go over the 2016-17 salary cap to re-sign Whiteside would be if he would sign for the average salary as part of his Early Bird Rights, a figure of less than $10 million, one expected to be far below his market value."
I passed along this information during an interview on the Big O show on AM560 in Miami today, and it hit the host -- and a bunch of listeners, I am certain, like a ton of bricks.
Give a listen and you will see what I mean.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller continues the Interview Thursday Series with your calls and emails to email@example.com. This week, it's a Daniel Bryan Theme following his retirement with special guest Homicide from Bryan's ROH days.
New Year, New Pod. Sam, Dan, and Quinten are back with scorching hotcakes, hot takes and analysis in Episode 7: Quinten wonders who would really make a trade at the deadline. Dan has bad news for Miami Heat fans and the implications of Dwyane Wade's next contract. And Sam reverses course on the winner of the Wiggins-Love deal of 2015.
Join us as we cast our #NBAVotes for the NBA All Star Game, recap the case for Draymond Green's MVP season, and forecast Kanye's "Swish". Plus Dan introduces the guys to his favorite show from the Dub-Bee, Gilmore Girls.
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