Tag:Dwyane Wade
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:54 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 6:33 pm
 

Report: Team USA to set first roster in 2 weeks

Posted by Ben Golliver

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With the 2012 London Olympics just seven months away, Team USA is reportedly heading for its first round of roster cuts.

ESPN.com reports that USA Basketball Director Jerry Colangelo will announce a roster of 18 "candidates" to make the 2012 team in less than two weeks.
"We have so much talent right now, the pool is extraordinary," Colangelo said.

The final 12-man roster and six alternates must be submitted June 18, before the NBA Finals will be complete. But all 18 names have to be given to the U.S. Olympic Committee by the end of January to be placed in the drug program.

Colangelo said the announcement will be made by Jan. 18.

The site reports that the only player not on either the 2008 Beijing Olympics team or the 2010 Turkey World Championships team who is under consideration is Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin. Given his starpower, Griffin seems a lock, leaving 17 spots in the pool.

Eight of those are expected to go to 2008 Beijing Gold Medal-winning players: Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Deron Williams. All seem solid locks.

That least nine spots for members of the 2010 World Championship team. Six players who would seem to be locks from that roster: Tyson Chandler, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook.

That leaves three final spots in the 18-man pool contenders for the rest: Eric Gordon, Danny Granger, Andre Iguodala, Brook Lopez, Lamar Odom and Rajon Rondo.

The toughest decision at this stage will likely come in choosing a third true center in Lopez or another talented perimeter player in Granger, Iguodala or Odom. USA Basketball has been built on versatility and athleticism in the recent past but its wings are crowded with an embarrassment of riches. Love and/or Griffin could swing up from power forward to center, though, which could free up a spot for another wing in the 18-man group.

Another question is Rondo. He withdrew from selection from the 2010 team after it became clear he wasn't going to make the cut. Given the big names in front of him (Paul, Rose, Williams and likely Westbrook), what happens here? Paul and Williams both have recent injury concerns and Rondo's talent level is such that leaving him off this early would seem a risk not worth taking.

No matter how you slice it and regardless of who is left on the outside looking in, this team is stacked. Looking ahead, assuming full health from all involved, an 18-player pool and a final 12-man roster could look something like this. Cuts designated in parentheses.

PG: Paul, Rose, Williams, (Westbrook), (Rondo)
SG: Bryant, Wade, (Gordon)
SF: James, Durant, Anthony, (Gay)
PF: Bosh, Griffin, (Love)
C: Howard, Chandler, (Lopez)
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:26 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2012 7:54 pm
 

Wade, James out against Hawks

Posted by Royce Young

Update: The Heat have announced both Wade and James are both out against the Hawks Thursday night. Hope you didn't put money down. 

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters that Dwyane Wade is "unlikely" for Thursday's game against the Hawks while LeBron James is still a questionable gametime decision.

Wade is suffering from a sore foot and missed Miami's game last night against the Pacers. During that game though, LeBron rolled his ankle on a fastbreak. LeBron finished the game out fine, but the ankle swelled some and now LeBron will wait until the game starts to make an official decision.
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:03 pm
 

Report Card: Hawks fly over the Heat

Posted by Royce Young


A: Atlanta Hawks

It's easy to overlook the boring old Hawks when talking about the class of the East. But remember: That team went to the Easter semifinals and gave the Bulls a decent run. Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Al Horford -- there's talent there. And while we all may want to forget about them and talk about the Heat, Knicks and Celtics, the Hawks aren't some team to take lightly in the East. They sent a pretty clear message by outscoring Miami 33-21 in the fourth while executing halfcourt possessions and holding the Heat's big three in check.

A: Minnesota Timberwolves

Dating back to last season, the Wolves had lost 18 straight games, including their 0-3 start. But with a win over the Spurs, the Wolves have just taken two in a row. Luke Ridnour showed Ricky Rubio that the starting job isn't his yet (nine assists), Kevin Love was terrific and the Wolves handled the Spurs with pretty much no problem. Minnesota's 2-3 on the season with two really tough losses to Oklahoma City and Miami. Not far off from being 4-1.

B: Dwyane Wade's block

Sometimes Dwyane Wade does stupidly incredible things. His block on Vladamir Radmonovic was one of these such things. Why only a B? Well, it came in a losing effort and let's keep in mind, Wade denied Vladamir Radmonovic at the rim.

B: 2003

Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter turned back the clock Monday. McGrady put together a big night for the Hawks with 16 points in a win over the Heat and Carter added 14 against the Thunder for the Mavericks off the bench. The cousins were doing work on the same night for the first time in... well, a while.

C: Boston Celtics

Boston got back to .500 with a home win over the Wizards, but it wasn't easy. It took a big fourth quarter to put away Washington and the Celtics actually trailed with six minutes left. It's a win, which is what's important, but it wasn't exactly an impressive performance against an overmatched team.

D: Miami Heat

The Hawks aren't terrible. So if you want to openly mock the Heat for losing their first game, keep in mind the Hawks are a playoff team with some good players. However, Miami's offense went completely stale, the Heat never tried to run and with everything shut down in the fourth, neither LeBron nor Wade tried to go to work on the block. Which I thought was the plan, right? Miami wasn't going to go 66-0, but this was a decent wake up call.

F: Flip Saunders

The embattled Wizards coach didn't get to watch his team for long against the Celtics as he picked up two technicals and was ejected in the first quarter.
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:12 am
 

Dwyane Wade says 2012 his last for Team USA

By Matt Moore

Dwyane Wade has told FoxSportsFlorida.com that 2012 will be his last appearance for Team USA.
"This is my last run," Wade, 29, said in an interview with FOX Sports Florida. "No chance (Wade will return for another Olympics). No chance at all. Not a chance."
via 2012 to be Dwyane Wade's last Olympics.

Wade cites a desire to let other young players have their chance at a medal during their careers as his primary reason. Wade won a bronze medal in 2004 and a gold medal in 2008's Beijing Olympics alongside now-fellow Heat members LeBron James and Chris Bosh. It was their insistence, along with that of Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, notoriously close friends of Wade and James, that pushed Wade to come back for another season.

The lockout-affected season means that the NBA Finals will end as late as June 26th, and the Olympics begin July 27th, with Team USA training camp starting a few weeks ealier. Should the Heat's season go according to their plans, or at least as well as last year, Wade wouldn't have much time to rest his body, which is known to have injury issues. But Wade says the "unity' is what makes the experience special and will bring him back.

Team USA should be just as stacked this time around. With the Miami Big 3, Anthony, Paul, and Kobe Bryant expected to return, along with Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose, that's an absurd amount of talent right there. Competition could be as stiff this time around as it was in 2008, but expect Blake Griffin to have a good shot at making the team. Factoring in the kind of role players that usually make the team to give specific abilities (Tyson Chander's defense for example), and the 18-20 player list expected to be announced in January according to Jerry Colangelo, head of Team USA, (via FoxSportsFlorida.com) could make for some serious ego management in the roster decisions.

But having that much talent is never a problem, and Wade will be part of that pleasant conundrum.
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:34 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2011 1:08 am
 

Report Card 12.30.11: Heat escape from Wolves

Posted by Ben Golliver

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A: LeBron James to Dwyane Wade game-winning inbounds lob

The Miami Heat really, really should have lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves, which is one of those phrases that you expect never to  think, much less write. But it's true: rookie point guard Ricky Rubio's 12-point, 12-assist effort kept Minnesota in it until the very end, and a careless LeBron James turnover on a critical late possession gave Minnesota multiple chances to steal their only game against the Heat this season.

Instead, order was restored by an absolutely brilliant play design from coach Erik Spoelstra. Miami set up a sideline inbounds play out of a timeout, using James as the inbounder. Miami ran two players to the near corner to pull Minnesota's defense away from the middle of the court and then ran guard Dwyane Wade on a looping pattern using a high screen from forward Chris Bosh to free himself. James then threw the lob pass to a suddenly open Wade, who did well to catch it from behind his body and finish a lay-up smoothly in one motion, as the Timberwolves defense tried, too late, to contest his shot. Final score: Miami 103-101. Can't draw it up any better than that.


A: Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls

You'll rarely see two teams play harder than the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers did during the third quarter on Friday night, when bodies were flying all over the court on both ends. Chris Paul and Derrick Rose went tit-for-tat, blow-for-blow throughout, and DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin finished more dunks than anyone could keep track of. But the Bulls, led by Rose, remained their steady selves, down the stretch, pulling out a 114-101 win at Staples Center. Rose finished with a ridiculous 29 points on just 14 shots, adding 16 assists on top of that. Elite, elite, elite play. Paul was excellent; Rose was on a different level.

B: Boston Celtics and Paul Pierce's return

It must have felt nice for the Boston Celtics to enjoy a return to normalcy. After a dismal 0-3 start to the season in All-Star forward Paul Pierce's absence, Boston got its first win of the year by thumping the pathetic Detroit Pistons at home, 96-85. Pierce wasn't dominant, finishing with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in just 23 minutes, but the contribution was much needed. 

C: Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers remained undefeated on the season, improving to 3-0 on Friday night, but it took overtime and a gift from the Gods to make sure it happened. Indiana struggled to shoot all night, finishing just 36-for-94 from the field and a pitiful 2-for-10 from deep. The Cleveland Cavaliers, one of the league's weakest sisters, were almost exactly as terrible (34-for-88 overall and 5-for-25 from deep) but one Cavaliers miss swung this in Indiana's favor. Rookie guard Kyrie Irving made a beautiful series of moves to free himself near the rim on the final possession of regulation, staring at a point blank lay-up that would have given Cleveland a thrilling buzzer-beating victory. Instead, Irving, who finished with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, saw his attempt rim out, forced to hold his head in disbelief. The Pacers slammed the door, winning overtime 14-7, to seal the 98-91 victory. But, Indiana: you're better than all that.

D: New Orleans Hornets' bricklaying

The Phoenix Suns have had a rough start to the 2011-2012 season but they got an elixir for their ills in the New Orleans Hornets' bricklaying. Minus guard Eric Gordon, who didn't play because of a knee bruise, the Hornets starting backcourt of Jarrett Jack and Marco Belinelli combined to shoot 9-for-33. The starting frontcourt of Trevor Ariza and Carl Landry was only barely better, at 8-for-27. In fact, not a single one of the 12 Hornets who played shot 50 percent or better. The final damage: 26-for-90. Unreal.

F: Chris Bosh's ridiculous pass

Oh, Chris Bosh. Just when you were starting to look invincible and slightly more likeable you had to pull us back in. The following blooper brings plenty of unintentional comedy. Bosh, working near the three-point line, hesitates to pass the ball to center Joel Anthony, who decides to move away and set a pick for a teammate. With Anthony's head turned, Bosh decides to fire a pass to him, which richochets hard off his back and out of bounds. Bosh doubles down on the hilarity by giving Anthony a death stare, pointing at his own eyes as if to say, "Watch for the pass." Sorry, man. That one was on you.

Here's the video.



E for Effort: Minnesota Timberwolves

Just like the Charlotte Bobcats earlier this week, The young, frisky Timberwolves watched an excellent shot at upsetting the Heat slip between their fingers at the last possible moment thanks to miracle work by Dwyane Wade. Now 0-3 after suffering varying degrees of heartbreak throughout the first week of the season, Minnesota now possesses what it hasn't in previous seasons: its dignity. A respect level is beginning to develop around the league, thanks largely to the hype building around Rubio, and these close encounters will surely turn into nailbiting upsets before too long.
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:50 pm
 

Wade's birthday message to LeBron: You're bald

Posted by Ben Golliver

Happy birthday, LeBron James. You look old and you're balding.

That was the message from the other two members of the Miami Heat's Big 3, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, when James turned 27-years-old on Friday. The pair passed on those birthday wishes to James during a halftime feature aired on Fox Sports North during Miami's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"Happy birthday," Bosh deadpanned. "Shout out. To LeBron. Nah, happy birthday man. I know you look 37 but you're turning 27, good for you, man."

"Happy 27th birthday to you brother," Wade said, flashing his trademark smile. "Glad I could share this moment with you. I don't think you're 27 but that's what you tell us so we're going to roll with it."

Wade then continued to take a shot at James' receding hairline, pointing to his own forehead for effect.

"Been around to see you grow from an 18-year-old kid that had a line-up to a 27 year old man that don't have one," Wade said. "I'm looking forward to seeing it come back soon. Happy birthday brother."

With friends and teammates like these, who needs bloggers? Here's the birthday message video from Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to LeBron James via YouTube user 07rcmp.


Posted on: December 29, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 7:22 pm
 

Wade: Superman act was 'respect' for Cam Newton

Posted by Ben Golliver

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Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade hit a game-winner against the Bobcats on Wednesday night, and he wasted no time sending a message to Charlotte's most prominent professional athlete, Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton.

After banking in a leaner in the closing seconds to give Miami its 96-95 winning margin, Wade turned to Newton, who was seated courtside, and emulated the quarterback's patented "Superman" celebration. Wade and All-Star forward LeBron James both mimicked ripping open their suits to reveal the Superman outfit, just as Newton does when celebrating touchdowns, while staring right at the 2011 NFL Draft's No. 1 pick.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Wade says he was not mocking Newton but was instead simply tipping his cap to the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback out of Auburn.
"That was a show of respect to him," Wade said. "Not showing nobody up."

"First of all, the guy is huge," Wade said of Newton. "... I've seen him play a lot. He's entertaining. He had one of the best rookie years of any player to ever play the game."
This seems plausible. Wade and James are both noted NFL fans. Wade, a Chicago native, roots for the Bears; James cheers for the Dallas Cowboys. Star athletes across sports are part of an elite fraternity and this can certainly be read as an homage to Newton's greatness.

But the play, the celebration and, really, the start to Miami's season combine to send a greater message. Not just to Newton but to all basketball observers. These guys look eager to create their own lasting, memorable, trend-setting greatness this year.

Hat tip: HoopsHype.com

Image via YouTube
Posted on: December 29, 2011 10:59 am
Edited on: December 29, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Video: Did Wade travel on game-winner?

By Matt Moore and Ben Golliver.

The Heat narrowly squeaked by a surprisingly feisty Charlote Bobcats team Wednesday night 96-95. In the course of that game, the Heat were cost two points on account of a missed goaltending call that went against them where LeBron dunked on Gerald Henderson's head, and the ball bounced back out though the net. So that was weird. But Dwyane Wade hit a jump stop floater to win the game. Over at Hardwood Paroxysm, Rob Mahoney examines whether or not Wade traveled on the final possession. Turns out ... it looks an awful lot like he did.

Update: The NBA issued a statement on Thursday, validating the legality of Wade's bucket.

"The Dwyane Wade basket shown in the below video is a legal basketball move," the statement read. "Wade gathered the ball with his right foot on the floor: his first step is when both feet touch the floor simultaneously and his second is when he steps forward with his right foot."



Dos this even out with the goaltending call? We're not sure, but it's an interesing video nonetheless. Take a look.

(Note: Matt Moore, the author of this post, is the editor of Hardwood Paroxysm.)
 
 
 
 
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