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Dwyane Wade: NBA Finals loss still 'stings'

Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:30 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 3:53 pm
Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade says his team's NBA Finals loss still "stings." Posted by Ben Golliver.

The thrill of victory. The agony of defeat.

On Tuesday, we listened intently as Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recounted the final moments of his team's 2011 NBA title victory over the Miami Heat.

Now, we get to revel in Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade's pain thanks to the Sun-Sentinel.
"The sting is always going to be there when you lose," he said. "Obviously, it was my first time ever losing the Finals. The sting is there, no question about it. I joke with the kids. I said, 'All right, I'm going to make jokes about it. You guys are not going to ask me the question.' Because the first thing, when they ask questions, they want to know stuff. I make sure I shed some light on it in a sense-of-humor type of way, but the sting is there.
Wade went so far as to say he has avoided sports television so that he doesn't accidentally stumble upon basketball.
"I haven't watched ESPN in a long time," Wade said Wednesday morning, amid his youth basketball camp at Nova Southeastern University. "Sorry ESPN. I love the network and all. It's still hard to watch basketball. I'm used to basketball coming on any time, I'll have it tuned in."
For those who rolled their eyes when the Heat held their preseason parade and wanted to vomit when Wade and LeBron James mocked Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, Wade's description of his uncomfortable offseason is music to the ears.

For those expecting even more from the Big 3 in Miami in Year 2, these are welcome quotes too. Wade is already one of the most driven athletes in the league, but pain, properly channeled, can serve as excellent motivation.


Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 8:19 pm

Dwyane Wade: NBA Finals loss still 'stings'

The Heat can turn this all around with a more humble attitude, losing the sense of entitlement and a better work ethic. They need to say no too posing opportunities, they need to stop cherishing themselves, the chosen one needs to take a back seat to Wade in the huddles and in practice.

The Heat have enough talent to contend for many years. Can they learn from their mistakes and become better? We shall see.

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:57 pm

Dwyane Wade: NBA Finals loss still 'stings'

I love this! I'm one who was nauseated even before "The Delusion," so a Heat loss in the finals was pretty sweet to enjoy, especially after the Lakers were out. I'm definitely not a Mavs fan, even if they are a "blimp," (did you mean 'blip?'), but it was sweet to see the two teams I hate most get handled. 

Now, let's have a reality check. The Heat are far from done. I expect to see them contending for several years. But let's all hope they do it in a more humble, sportsman-like way. It will be a lot easier to see the Heat as NBA champs if they appear to be grateful and gracious.

But for now, I love this!  

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:44 pm

Dwyane Wade: NBA Finals loss still 'stings'

i see 2 more finals mvps in ur furture d wade.. dont sweat it dude.. dirk got his one and only and the mavs are just a blimp on the basketball world, youll easily win more rings in ur future

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