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Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Posted on: June 11, 2011 2:50 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2011 2:56 pm
 
Posted by Matt Moore

This story is beyond idiotic. Wade did make fun of Nowitzki, Wade didn't make fun of Nowitzki, its shelf life has reached absurd levels. But no. Here we are, three days after it happened, still talking about it, still asking reporters about it, still being stunningly daft about what it means in a bigger context. There's no high horse here. Obviously trash talk is a fun concept. But this has just gotten absurd and its things like this which are overshadowing actually good basketball.

With that said, here's your obligatory update to what was said after practice Saturday about Sniffle-gate. Trust me, check our numbers or anyone else's, this is what people want to read about.

Dwyane Wade told reporters Saturday that the entire episode wasn't meant to make fun of Dirk, it started as a legitimate cough, which then turned into he and LeBron James joking about how reporters would blow it up. Which, naturally, the media did.

"I wasn't fake coughing," Wade said. "I actually did cough. And with the cameras being right there, we made a joke out of it because we knew you guys were going to blow it up. You did exactly what we knew."

I'm going to pause here and let everyone get out their "Ha! Yeah, right!" 's  and their "A likely story!"'s. I'm going to let you guffaw and shake your head (or "SMH" if you're the Twittering type). Get it all out of your system. And I'm not saying that because I think Wade's being honest. He could be. He very well could not be. But the one thing he's right about is that we, the media, and oh, yes, you the fans (don't think you're not culpable here) took this ten seconds of interaction and made it into a huge deal. We blew it up, Wade's right about that. Whether he's covering or not, it became a story, during the NBA Finals, one that is rife with quality storylines. This became the story for three days. 

The Mavericks for the most part would not take the bait before practice Saturday, with Shawn Marion saying "I hadn't even heard about it until I saw it on CNN this morning." Jason Terry said he had not seen the video and didn't care about it. Dirk Nowitzki was really the only Maverick to say anything about the whole thing.

"I just thought it was a little childish, a little ignorant," Nowitzki said. "I've been in this league for 13 years.  I've never faked an injury or an illness before.  But it happened.  It's over to me.  It's not going to add anything extra to me.  This is the NBA Finals.  If you need an extra motivation, you have a problem."  

What you have is a situation where what Wade and James did probably irked Nowitzki. It's not that it was that bad or it was anything terrible. It's not what's going to drive Nowitzki Sunday, or any of the Mavericks. It's just another example of the Heat not only knowing how to avoid media scrutiny, but swerving directly onto the tracks, then blaming other people for driving them into the train. The Heat are obviously under more scrutiny than any team in history, but it doesn't change the fact that they do something seemingly every game to keep that white hot spotlight there. Maybe it's about attention. Maybe it's about immaturity. Maybe it's just a series of unfortunate events. But every other superstar in the league manages to avoid getting in trouble 9 out of 10 times, while the Heat bat about .400. And this time, they insulted Nowitzki, intentionally or not. 

So Nowitzki jabbed back, obviously offended on a professional level, but he's not going to let it get to him. If the Mavericks close this thing out in six, it won't be because of Wade and James acting like idiots on camera. It'll be because the Mavericks have proved they're the better team and won four out of six. This Mavericks team is made up of experienced veterans. They're not caught up in trash talk, though they dish a lot of it. They want the title, they want the glory, they want to make up for 2006. This is about legacy, not the sniffles.
Comments

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 5:17 pm
 

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

i wish i could hate the heat, but im having a tough time rooting against them when deshawn stevenson is playing for the other team.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

It's nothing - just diebeasleydie feeling inferior. he even honors Beasley in German like Sideshow Bob honored Bart Simpason: The Beasley - The!



Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: June 11, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

It actually doesn't surprise me that wade and queen james would play this sort of immature game.

The fact of the matter is, Dirk is being seen as taking the spot light off of blacks in their sport, which he is, because he's better at it. Since they can't handle losing the spotlight, they're throwing around stupid insults and acting like 5 year olds, which is about the best they can manage, with having genetically low (around 75) IQ's. Basketball is seen as a black specific sport, and any time a white is actually doing better than the blacks, he gets lambasted, and usually opens up all sorts of flagrant fouls that the refs just HAPPEN to not see.


The NBA is the most racist sports league in the United States. Disband immediately. After my Mavs win the finals, of course.




Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

I prefer to look at the athlete for more than what he does on the court or field, but how he holds himself off of it when he knows the spot light is on him.  Dirk is right on the money with this one, it was a little childish and a little ignorant, and after seeing Lebron leave Cleveland the way he did ignorance is obviously a big part of who he is.  It's too bad, he could have been one of the greats both on and off the court.  I don't think anyone in Cleveland will forgive him for the way he left and when he does stupid shiz like making fun of a sick player, it just goes to show that they are right about him.  Dwayne Wade too, after how he did his wife and kids this offseason in order to be with a woman who is 10 years older than him and known for being with and marrying athletes, I think more than a little ignorant describes them both best. 



Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2011 5:01 pm
 

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Will the real Dwyane Wade please stand up?






Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Racist/Ignorant = the best way to describe diebeasleydie



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Childish/Ignorant= The best way to describe a german



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant


Everyone outside of Miami hates he Heat and everyone can see why. They're just a group of unlikeable, self-centered players. Dallas has an owner everyone hates, but is still the most beloved because Bosh and LeBron in particular are just jerks. Wade has whined and made an arse of himself as well. Everyone wants to see the Heat burn. I hope Dallas dances in Miami Sunday Night and then they take it to South Beach to rub it in.

When Dirk is MVP and Kidd finally becomes a champion, the Heat will see what a real team can do. They're just a group of very talented mercenaries.



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Everyone outside of Miami hates  the Heat and everyone can see why. They're just a group of unlikeable, self-centered players. Dallas has an owner everyone hates, but is still the most beloved because Bosh and LeBron in particular are just jerks. Wade has whined and made an arse of himself as well. Everyone wants to see the Heat burn. I hope Dallas dances in Miami Sunday Night and then they take it to South Beach to rub it in.

When Dirk is MVP and Kidd finally becomes a champion, the Heat will see what a real team can do. They're just a group of very talented mercenaries



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Everyone outside of Miami hates  he Heat and everyone can see why. They're just a group of unlikeable, self-centered players. Dallas has an owner everyone hates, but is still the most beloved because Bosh and LeBron in particular are just jerks. Wade has whined and made an arse of himself as well. Everyone wants to see the Heat burn. I hope Dallas dances in Miami Sunday Night and then they take it to South Beach to rub it in.

When Dirk is MVP and Kidd finally becomes a champion, the Heat will see what a real team can do. They're just a group of very talented mercenaries.



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Then I wont have to even concern myself with this awful sport when they lock the thugs out.  For a long time. 


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