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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: Jun 4, 2011
Posted on: June 12, 2011 12:19 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

This has been a hard fought battle of teams. There is no such thing as race on the Dallas Mavericks, they are a true team period.
Lebron and Wade were just jabbing at the leader, that is no way wrong. The Heat have played with class through out the series.
The only thing I have seen that made me say oh no, was when the Lakers were getting blowed out by the Mavs, and JJ was sent
to the floor with a serious and dangerous foul. The reason this finals are breaking records is easy. The Heat said before the season]
they would win it. But with heart and skill Dirk, Kidd, Terry, and the great crew of Dallas, have shown that playing as a team in
this sport, is what it is all about. 

Since: Jun 4, 2011
Posted on: June 12, 2011 12:04 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

This series has been all about basketball. no race whatsoever. 

Since: Jun 4, 2011
Posted on: June 12, 2011 12:01 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

I would have to say that Dirk has had a great series offensively. If not for Jason Kidd's great defense and clutch three pointer,
the Mavs might have lost. JJ's ability to spread the floor ... makes it impossible for the heat to grasp. Terry has played great
defense, shutting down Lebron. Dirk has got to pick up the defense in the paint tonight, for the Mavs to win. He must do
this without fouling out. I said before "Terry has got to have big offense also. JJ's three pointers and jason Kidds threes open
this game up for Dirk. We need a great offensive game tonight ... like last game. But defense is the key. I am very proud of
all the Mavs for their great defense. This must continue. Control the boards.. with common sense blocking out. Then we will
see who has the last laugh.

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2011 11:55 am

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

but heres my question ok? game 6 alot at stake world champs elbows flyin bodies floppin if dallas wins who will be crying coughing sneezing and wheezing then?

Since: Jun 7, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2011 11:22 am

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Did anyone asked the rest of the Heat players what they thought of Sniffle-gate?

Since: Feb 19, 2010
Posted on: June 12, 2011 11:09 am

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

This is the kind of press that most decent folks go out of their way to avoid. To claim it was done solely for the purpose of "seeing the media blow it way out of proportion" is not much of an excuse for their behavior. The majority of fans already disliked the Heat as a whole, not simply because of their childish actions but more for what they stand for.....greed, selfishness, and sloth. Wade and James have brought this on themselves because of their immaturity and ignorance (always a deadly combination) and have tainted the whole organization. Has anyone noticed how Bosh and the others have no desire to be front and center regardless of the circumstance? Yet they too must carry the burden of their immature and ignorant teammates.

Of course the knee jerk reaction wouild be for the Mavs to limp out on the floor tonight. That whole scenario of "he's still in the dressing room," "he may be finished for the night and possibly the series as this injury gets worse as time goes by," and finally the coup 'd etat "he's coming back in the game!" all seemed so typical Dwayne Wade. The moment of his injury is in serious doubt because the replay clearly showed him getting back to his feet and walking without a limp and laughing after the "phantom" injury occured. Actually he played several more minutes before the limp kicked in. 

What you have here is a simple case of Wade and James and their overblown perception of themselves. Hopefully the Mavs can bring those 2 guys back to earth but if not then at best I think we are starting to see the true character of 2 very over-blown egos and I will be left to only hope that someday, somewhere, and someplace that their opponent will take them to the woodshed. In the meantime it would be nice for them to quit acting like a couple of circus monkeys. 

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: June 12, 2011 11:04 am

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

i agree i can't wait for the nfl finally settle the cba. i cant stand the nba.

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2011 10:58 am

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

I honestly think that there are two factions here.  There are Heat/LeBron fans, and then there are those people who cannot stand them.  There is no middle ground here.  I can't wait for the NFL to crank back up so true professionals like Peyton Manning keep their mouths shut and just play ball.  The NBA is full of whiny morons.

Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2011 10:49 am

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Don't forget about Obama and his calim that there are 57 states.   Oh, you didn't know about that?  Here is some good advice, CHANGE the channel and get some REAL information.  I reccommend Ch. 205 on DISH or 360 on DIRECTV.    &nb
sp;    You're welcome!

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2011 10:45 am

Just a diversion...

Wade & James wanted the press to interpret what they were doing as a dig on Nowitzki...and it worked to perfection. No one seems to have noticed them choking away the championship now. Brilliant diversion guys!

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