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Dwyane Wade still feeling sting of finals loss

Jul 13, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

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Dwyane Wade loves basketball. He just can’t watch it right now.

He still feels the sting of the Miami heat’s loss in the NBA finals a month ago, he told Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel.

“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.”

“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.

“But you’ve got to move on. As I said, at the end of the year, we learn from it, but life continues to go and we’ll have a lot more basketball left in our lives to play and we’ll get another crack at it.”

The Heat have steps to make — to start with they need better depth to go around the Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh. More than that, it’s about tighter defense, better offensive execution under pressure, playing like a team and not reverting to hero ball. The lessons are there. We’ll see if the Heat learn them.

  1. urodaddy07 - Jul 13, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    D-Wade I feel for you man but you guys did very well considering the short time you guys had to gel. Also it’s difficult when you have to adapt to another player who needs to have the ball. I was surprised you guys got to the finals and that was down to the potency of your individual skills. Give it another year and you guys will be a much better team, which is s scary prospect.
    My only knock on you guys is this: there is no shame in losing but sometimes we invite criticism when we forget humility, and I think there were times when members of your team went a bit beyond expressions of confidence and demonstrated arrogance.
    Good luck next year, until you meet LA in the finals of course, then I can’t root for you anymore. Go lakers, go Kobe.

  2. nonstory - Jul 13, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    He should feel it. It was his last chance to win.

  3. diablito0402 - Jul 14, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    I agree with the go kobe go lakers, as for the heat no excuses about short time to gel or what ever, plain and simple they just got they behinds handed to them period.

    • david8726 - Jul 14, 2011 at 2:29 AM

      It isn’t making an “excuse” when someone mentions that the Heat had a short time to gel. It’s just pointing out a reality.

      Not many teams win in their first year together. Things were madeharder for Miami when two of their top six players (Haslem and Miller) missed significant portions of the season, with both of them being put back into the rotation in the middle of the playoffs.

      You would expect them to have a better overall year 2, assuming that their top 6 guys stay healthy.

  4. jabberwock3 - Jul 14, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    Talk about a warped sense of entitlement. Big suck!

  5. sprest83 - Jul 14, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    He should pull the wheelchair out again since it stings so bad. Go MAVS!!!

  6. diablito0402 - Jul 15, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    The us national team had about 7 weeks to gel and won a gold metal come on people stop apologising for the heat… 3 world class athletes like that should need a few weeks to gel. They looked pretty good in the playoffs, except the finals when yalls boy checked out.

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