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Dwyane Wade wanted 'respect' from David Stern

Posted on: October 15, 2011 2:45 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2011 2:52 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverdwyane-wade-grit

Dwyane Wade says he was simply channeling Aretha Franklin during his confrontation with David Stern.

Ken Berger of reported that the Miami Heat All-Star guard and the NBA's commissioner had a heated back-and-forth during labor negotiations in New York City two weeks ago. 
Wade took exception to commissioner David Stern's tone and gesturing -- the commissioner evidently was pointing his finger while speaking to the players -- and "stood up for himself," a person with knowledge of the meeting said. According to two people familiar with the incident, Wade warned Stern not to point his finger and made reference to not being a child.
Speaking at Marquette Madness, his alma mater's annual college basketball season kickoff event, Wade said that he was just seeking respect from Stern.

Mike Singer,'s Rapid Reporter for Marquette, has Wade's reflection on the much ballyhooed exchange of words. 
Reporter: There’s only a handful of people on the planet that would’ve told David J. Stern what you told David J. Stern.

Wade: "What’d I tell him?"

Reporter: You told him to shut it down. Don’t holla at you like that.

Wade: "It’s about negotiations. I’m a person about respect, I respect people in their positions and I look at someone to do the same for me. So when it gets to that point where I don’t feel like that, I’m a man, I’m going to say my piece."

Reporter: That Wade anger slipped out.

Wade: "Naw it’s just animated conversation. It’s not like it’s not a conversation that he’s never had before. It took on legs of its own. It was about the negotiations and you know things, were taken out of context, voices were raised a little bit but nothing that don’t go on in everyday world."
That's a typically savvy response from Wade, who avoided the obvious bait by refusing to offer a ton of specifics and making it clear that he wasn't speaking from an out of control emotional state. 

The negotiations haven't progressed significantly after that moment, so aside being a humorous sideshow, it's difficult to argue that Wade's words had any lasting impact. At this point, that confrontation is water under the bridge. 

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 5:52 pm

Dwyane Wade wanted 'respect' from David Stern

Here's the one thing the media loves to do, take something someone has said and blow it out of context. Dwayne Wade is responsible for what he says, not for what the media can or cannot understand!

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 8:31 pm

Dwyane Wade wanted 'respect' from David Stern

Dwayne Wade is a Punk !!!!!

Since: Oct 15, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 5:30 pm

Dwyane Wade wanted 'respect' from David Stern

15 or 16 million....  I just question who does that million impact more?  The Millionaire players or the Billionaire owners? People are  mad at the players over on the court or other off the court issues.  That anger seems to cloud their judgement when looking at this.  The owners are to blame for this too.  Every comment I see seems to be directed towards the players or one player is singled out.

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 4:43 pm

Dwyane Wade wanted 'respect' from David Stern

How can anyone respect the players of the NBA? You have to earn respect and acting like a bunch of overgrown babies does not get you respect. I can recall when the players had heart and played for the love of the game! Now it's about getting 16 million instead of 15 million. What a joke! I will never waste my money on NBA games again! I went to about 40 games over the last two years, had the NBA pass and played fantasy basketball. Never again!

Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2011 4:03 pm

Dwyane Wade wanted 'respect' from David Stern

Yes, the man who classlessly took down Rajon Rondo last year after Rondo poked the ball away is clearly all about "respect"

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