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Dwyane Wade named co-captain, wants new nickname

Posted on: October 25, 2010 12:56 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:03 pm
 
The Miami Heat have named Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem captains. Wade helped keep Haslem in Miami and has decided he wants a new nickname. Posted by Ben Golliver

With their season opening tomorrow night in Boston, it's a whirlwind day for a whirlwind Miami Heat team.  The biggest news? The best professional basketball player in the world, LeBron James, won't even be a captain on his own team.  Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel reports on Twitter that the honor will go to guard Dwyane Wade and forward Udonis Haslem. 
Winderman quotes Haslem as saying that "all voices will be heard" and that "LeBron James is one of the best leaders I've been around." I read this as good news for all parties involved. If James decides to quit on his team during the playoffs again, he'll have to answer to a championship-ring owning star and a bruising power forward. The relationship between Wade and Haslem is much deeper than simply co-captains, though. As Dan Le Betard of the Miami Herald reports, Wade was instrumental in pitching James and fellow free agent signing Chris Bosh on the idea of taking less money to ensure that Haslem, who was himself a free agent, would stay in Miami.
Wade called Bosh and asked him to cut $15 million off his salary for Haslem. Wade called James and asked him to do the same. Bosh and James barely knew Haslem. Just a few short conversations here and there. But Wade told them this team needed someone hungry and gritty and unselfish like Haslem, and promised to cut $17 million out of his own contract to make it happen, too. ``They said `I'm in' without hesitating,'' Wade said Sunday.
Now that's leadership. The moves allowed the formation of the strongest roster in recent NBA history and opened up a new chapter in Miami Heat basketball. This fact hasn't escaped Wade, who says he wants a new nickname to go along with the new era.  Winderman writes that "Flash" will no longer cut it... 
Shaq bestowed the nickname on Wade shortly after O’Neal’s 2004 South Florida arrival. Wade took the moniker and ran with it. Superman and Flash it was. Since then, the two have grown apart, O’Neal lamenting Wade as “Wonder Boy” in the Heat locker room after Wade began to receive the greater amount of attention during the final days of their Heat collaboration.
OK, cool, whatever. Wade is the rare athlete that transcends blog snark. He has a ring, got LeBron James to sacrifice for the greater good, hooked up his buddy Udonis in a big-time way and is poised to co-captain a team that should make a serious run at 70 wins if it takes things seriously.  I give up. He can have whatever nickname he wants.
Comments

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:30 am
 

Dwyane Wade named co-captain, wants new nickname

How about D-Gay....I think it fits perfectly for a one and done champion. The chump is still paying refs for the ring bought in '06.




Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:34 am
 

Dwyane Wade named co-captain, wants new nickname

Soft....that's a good nickname.



Since: May 25, 2010
Posted on: October 25, 2010 6:45 pm
 

Dwyane Wade named co-captain, wants new nickname

how about STD?




Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2010 6:36 pm
 

Dwyane Wade named co-captain, wants new nickname

This is stupid shit little kids have nicknames or how about self absorbed peice of crap and his queer little buddies.




Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2010 6:34 pm
 

Dwyane Wade named co-captain, wants new nickname

D- STUPID



Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2010 6:10 pm
 

Dwyane Wade's new nickname

Duane, Duane, Duane, how many times do you have to see it before you learn...you NEVER ask someone else to give you a nickname!   
I propose "D- (for Duane) + Ouch (for his propensity to get hurt)."  What do you think of "D-ouch?  



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2010 5:41 pm
 

Dwyane Wade named co-captain, wants new nickname

How a bout we just keep calling you a pussy like you are?



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2010 4:56 pm
 

Dwyane Wade named co-captain, wants new nickname

"DWade Phillips- all the talent in the world on paper, and wont be able to put it together on the field "

Bahaha.  I like Dallas, but man... that was good.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2010 4:23 pm
 

Dwyane Wade named co-captain, wants new nickname

i pissed-off 2 of the 6 total minami heat fans there out there on the planet. Oh and the 2 more that signed up to front-run, so they can telle veryone there are heat fans. So i pissed off 2 of the 8 miami heat fans in the world.
Good thing u have a sense of humor ? U never date much do you (lanceito44)?   loser



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2010 4:11 pm
 

Dwyane Wade named co-captain, wants new nickname

No team is winning 70 games this year.  Sports writers should know better than to speculate a team together in its first year under a young unproven head coach in Erik Spoelstra will take a shot at the Bulls record from the winniest season in league history.  Frankly, the Bulls were a better team.  With two superstars in Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, incredible talent at forward with Toni Kukoc and Dennis Rodman, a defensive specialist in Ron Harper, the added perimeter roles of Steve Kerr and Jud Buechler, and the tough post work of undersized Luc Longley and Bill Wennington, the Bulls had one of the most perfect balances of talent and role players on offense and defense that you will ever see.  The Heat have the chance to do a lot of great things this season, but don't expect them to win 70 games, or more, anytime soon.



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