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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.

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:35 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

None of this will matter, cause after tomorrow nights game. Lebitch and the other 2 phonies wont have anymore hardware then they dd to start the year.  Wade has one, none w/o shaq. Enough said. He aint the shit either

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:18 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Taht video reminded me of Beavis and Butthead....Dirk had the sniffles uh huh huh huh huh......Yo Duh-Wayne, you said sniffle eh heh heh heh heh heh heh.....Shut up LeBoob or I'll smack you uh huh huh huh huh........Uh Duh-Wayne the media is uh uh uh heh uh gonna blow this up eh heh heh heh heh heh......That's cool LeBoob, blow it up uh huh huh huh blow  it up huh huh huh huh.

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:18 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Current events are often upsetting enough by themselves; but more and more these days I find my anger directed at the reporters and editors/producers who feel entitled (or even obligated) to embellish stories to interest more readers/viewers/listeners.  If there isn't enough drama in reality for those entrusted with reporting on it, then let the news teams drink, take drugs after submitting their stories to make their experience more interesting.

I happen to like a championship series in almost any sport, whether it's a nail-biter or a blowout.  Weaving soap opera story lines into the Heat-Mavericks series is unnecessary.  Can we leave the audience manipulation tactics to tabloids, propaganda rags, and television talk shows where that BS belongs?

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:17 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

emmitt sucks - If you didn't read the article, then you shouldn't comment on it. Fair?

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:11 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Matt Moore, you're an idiot. It's the pot calling the kettle black. I forgot all about it already and thanks to you, we're all reading about this all over again.
so youre doing the same as the heat. blaming everyone else and not yourself. 

or did someone hold a gun to your head and MAKE you read this story? 

.....if you didn't write this stupid article, I wouldn't be wasting my time commenting on it.
are you serious???  do u blame Ronald when you buy a burger too?  

hey, @aliens509... i need $10,000.  are you gonna say "damn, if he hadent asked for $10,000 i wouldnt be sending it to him"? 

Free will, dude....

anyway, i dont like dallas - GO LAKERS, lol - , but my disdain for miami (LeBum specifically) is so high, i really hope they can finish this off tomorrow..

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:09 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Sniffle gate.....the media definitly enjoyed blowing this up....and i hope the Heat loose but the press has to come up with reasons to get paid....losers

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:07 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Media coverage of sports has gotten so out of control that it's not even worth the time reading anymore. Most sportswriters are nothing more than paparazzi, maybe even worse. It's like they really think fans want to read all this garbage when it has nothing to do with the game at all, and all it does is rile people up, sometimes dangerously. Whatever happened to the days when you would just look at the box scores and standings and maybe just read the local paper's take on your favorite team? Sometimes I really miss the simplicity of those times.

Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:07 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Sorry, wrong is Wheelchair Wade...

Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:05 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Wade is the guy who needed a wheelchair for a shoulder injury...

Pot, meet Kettle 

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2011 3:49 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

We all know the media hangs on every word or sound.  The media, once again, making something about nothing.  I can't believe a cough, purposefully or not, matters.  The trash talking that happens during games is much worse than a "cough".  Think about how desparate the media must be for a cough to reach epidemic levels?  I also can't believe Dirk took the bait just like the media hoped he would to keep this thing going.  Elite players just wouldn't comment.  Instead he would get his payback on the court.  Come on Dirk, start acting like a champion and you'll be one. 

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