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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: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 7:38 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Dirk is outplaying everyone on the court when it counts..... and it's not even close.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2011 7:24 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

did you hear wade explain cough gate?  I was actually coughing. People cough all the time.  Dirk is not the only one who can cough.  I saw the cameras so I played it up because I knew you would blow it out of proportion.

Just flat out lied and insulted any thinking person on this planet.  Just apologize and move on but do not lie abut what you were doing

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 7:08 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Nowitzki is definitely out performing Lebron; can't same the same about Wade.

You will point to Dirk's offensive numbers but his defense thus far does not come close to Wade's output.

They are both special players but certainly Lebron is playing the part of a fool (laughing it up while sucking down the stretch).

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 7:06 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Michael Jordan did the same thing (divorced over infidelity among other things)

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 7:05 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Matt Moore, while you are at it, let's talk about Freeman-Gate.  Nobody irks a sports fan like Mike Freeman can.

Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2011 6:54 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Does anybody know that D-wade got divorced because he was sleeping with any and ever girl that would smile at him?? He gave his wife The STD to prove it. Give me a break Jharryheat..he had the money to buy his kids in court...That is how the legal system works. I just sit back and watch this league get more foolish by the minute. GO MAVS..Lebron Go grab a towel in the fourth..your of no help anyway..PUNK

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2011 6:40 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

I don't think these guys are rcist but they are definitely ignorant. These two fools doing that and saying, oh we were just messing with the media is stupid all to itself. The fact that these two, including James, were talking about a man who has out performed them, after the Heat got beat, about how he was faking sick. These two dudes are becoming the two biggest idiots in sports, I don't think Dwayne Wade wants to carry that title but like your mother probably said before, "If you keep hanging out with idiots, you're going to become one yourself." Lebron is the dumbest guy in sports. Listen to this man talk, how can they say they were messing with the media, talking about Nowitski. So they do that, and play it off as something else, jesus. These guys are horrible. Eating with metal utensils without poking themselves is an accomplishment for these two. When they lose to Dallas, everyone is going to enjoy watching these two fools make excuses. It's going to be bliss. I truly think they will blame each other and this punk team will fall apart.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 6:35 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

They have shown what they are.  We knew who they are.  A couple of thugs who happen to be good at playing a game, but when it gets down to it are really just two nigs with no class.  

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 6:31 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Write it off as boys acting like boys. Ignorant is good word. It's amazing that James and Wade manage to eat with metal utensils.

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: June 11, 2011 6:00 pm

Dirk calls Sniffle-gate childish, ignorant

Duane Wade and Lebron James are what they are... a couple of racist punk thug millionaires who simply don't like the white people. Most especially one in particular in Dirk Nowitzki who has clearly shown them up thus far.

Chiledipper where is this race issue coming from? Have you ever spoken with Wade or Lebron or heard them say anything that would lead you to believe they hate white people? You and Sithmaster are reaching and there's nothing there to grab. Do yourselves a favor and give the race thing a rest!

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