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Wade says what Heat endured was at times “unfair”

Aug 22, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

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The Heat have become black and white — there are no shades of gray with this team. People do not really tolerate the “I don’t like how they handed last summer but that was still a good basketball team” position. Love or hate. Black and white. Evil and good.

How you react to what you read next fully depends on where you stand on the Heat.

Dwyane Wade was being interviewed on ESPN 540 in Milwaukee and was asked about the hate the Heat endured (via Sports Radio Interviews).

Obviously we went through a lot last year. It was unfair some of the stuff that we had to endure but we grew from it. That’s over with. We move on to whenever we play basketball again and we will be a different team….

“It was tough. I’ve went through tougher things because at the end of the day it’s the game of basketball. You find the joy in it and at the end of the day we had a good team.”

Wade was also asked to provide some insights on LeBron, and he said what people don’t realize is they are similar.

LeBron is one of my best friends. A lot of the things in life we have similar from an upbringing and some of our beliefs. He’s human. He makes mistakes like all of us, like every other human being, and he’s going to do a lot of great things as well. I don’t know anything that no one doesn’t know. He’s a big kid man. He’s giddy, he’s goofy, but at the end of the day he’s a great teammate. He’s one of those guys that will bring everybody on the bus coffee in the morning, he’s one of those teammates.”

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Sorry, Dwayne…when you do this:

    nothing that happens to you during the season is “unfair”. You idiots set yourselves up for the big fall and it happened. Don’t whine about people’s expectations after you guys couldn’t beat an inferior Mavericks team.

    • africanballer - Aug 23, 2011 at 6:47 AM

      I understand everyone’s attitude towards the heat, in that they brought it upon themselves and I agree with everything you just said, except calling the mavs ‘inferior’. I’m not sure about that one

    • cdmckenzie - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:13 PM

      Go Heat! The only folks bitching and whining more than anything else are all the haters of the new Miami Heat team. Shut your beaks and simply watch and enjoy the game of basketball and allow the team to come together.

  2. stinkfingers - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Are the Heat STILL whining?

  3. goforthanddie - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Has Wade become a ventriloquist dummy with leb pulling the strings? Or is leb’s vaginitis rubbing off…

  4. henryd3rd - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    I hate to admit it; but Charles Barkley was right when he said and I quote, “They just a whiny bunch and I can’t root for them.” End quote. And I might add they have the worst fans and this is from someone who lives here in South Florida

  5. rayrsatx - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Oh do now Wade is attempting to execute “damage control” for all the stupid comments & behavior exhibited by the Heat last season. Truth is, Miami got beat by a better team with a future hall of famer that did his talking on the court!

  6. izzylangfan - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    If there was any chemistry between Wade and LeBron they might have prevailed in the finals.
    Not one, Not two….I hope none.

  7. ghelton03 - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    The Heat asked for the media attention from Lebron doing a one hour show to tell everyone where he was going to play, to the entire organization putting on a celebration that made them look like they had already one a title, to numerous media blitzes to boast their greatness to the world. The when things don’t work out like they planned, it’s the medias fault and the fans are unfair. Yet, they continue to say that they don’t care if the fans like them or not. If they don’t care, why do so many people keep trying to come their defense. THEY DON’T CARE! And, neither do I. They deserved everything they got and more. They are a bunch of whiners. Their shooting motion now includes throwing up both arms and looking pathetic after every shot. I look forward to their continued failures. I am from South FL and used to be a Heat fan. I will never ever attend another Heat game.

    • muhangis - Aug 24, 2011 at 6:49 AM

      You Sir Ghelton III are a true saint from south, Fl. I thank you!

  8. dysraw1 - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    hating the heat is not new to me anyway.ive hated them ever since that big doof tried to hurt my man charlie ward.

  9. southbeachtalent - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    I can not wait untill the basketball season starts, simply can not wait.

    2 games away from the championship….

    When we do win it will be the biggest F-U ever. Actually instead of a parade I wish Mickey would erect the biggest statue in the state, one huge middle finger.

    GO HEAT!!!

  10. mornelithe - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    I wouldn’t really call it unfair at all, they weren’t alone in creating the atmosphere they found themselves in, but Wade, Wayne and Lebron all contributed to it. The League and the Media also bear some responsibility for the resentment they now enjoy (though, when aren’t the League and the Media resented), but Lebron, in particular certainly is responsible for how he, and his team are now viewed.

    You can complain all you like, but the reality is you made yourselves out to be something you clearly weren’t (yet?), made it quite far into the playoffs, and were beaten. It happens. My only suggestion is don’t let your skill on the court, get to your head. Like it most certainly did last year.

    Can Lebron’s image recover from this? Doubtful, he really made allot of people dislike him, with his campaign of ‘What should I do?’, and the highly publicized announcement. Such an over the top, self-centered, narcissistic display rarely ever results in popularity. And now that the general populace see’s who these people really are, it’s unlikely they’ll be garnering any fans outside of Miami, anytime soon.

    • david8726 - Aug 22, 2011 at 5:22 PM

      If Kobe could recover from what he did, then LeBron can easily recover from The Decision. All he has to do is win.

      • mornelithe - Aug 22, 2011 at 7:04 PM

        No, he has to win, and keep his mouth shut, at the same time. People expect a matchup like that to do well. They simply come across Rex Ryanish, when they behave in the fashion that they have. They’re professional athletes, not the next coming of . They’re paid to play ball, not run face on a continual basis (how about them making fun of Nowitzki when he was sick? Real class act there). And they spent basically the entirety of last year going back and forth between mouth-running, back-pedaling and more mouth running.

        It gets really tiring, and while I’m a fan of basketball, I’m also principled enough so that people like that turn me off completely. To the point where I won’t watch any game they’re involved in, even if they’re going up against my team. I wouldn’t want the ratings board, or the League to misconstrue my watching that channel at that moment, for me liking them. Because I don’t.

        They’ve got allot of growing up to do, imo. Hopefully, they can keep the mic out of their faces and put more into playing what they’re paid to do.

      • mornelithe - Aug 22, 2011 at 7:05 PM

        Btw, I meant Bosh, not Wayne, not sure where that came from heh.

  11. r0llinginthedeep - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    “That’s over with”

    Ehhh… Dwyane, fancy stop talking about it then, because honestly? Nobody cares about what was unfair and what wasn’t because not only does the hype (and subsequent expectations) come with the territory, but the Heat then proceeded to pile on more pressure by acting the way they did. Don’t set yourself yourself up for a fall and then complain about it when it actually happens. Just play the game.

    I don’t hate the Heat. I actually have a lot of respect for a number of the players that were on the team last year (Chris Bosh included. The man tells it like it is) and whilst I do have respect for Wade and Lebron’s playing ability, they leave much to be desired in terms of decision making (off the court at least) and general public relations.

  12. asublimeday - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Go away wade bron bron and bosh. Seriously.

  13. asublimeday - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    I can not wait untill the basketball season starts, simply can not wait.

    2 games away from the championship….

    When we do win it will be the biggest F-U ever. Actually instead of a parade I wish Mickey would erect the biggest statue in the state, one huge middle finger.

    GO HEAT!!!
    ——————–

    People don’t like you guys? I’m shocked! You’re so charming.

    • david8726 - Aug 22, 2011 at 5:20 PM

      Wait a minute – You spend an entire year bashing on the Heat, and then you’re surprised when Heat fans express their desire to give a middle finger to you?

      What exactly are you expecting form Heat nation? For them to say NOTHING in retaliation while you bash on them relentlessly all year?

      Double standards, much?

      • denverdude7 - Aug 22, 2011 at 7:14 PM

        denverdude7 – Aug 22, 2011 at 7:09 PM
        UNFAIR HUH?????

        As if losing Bron-Bron wasn’t a big enough slap in the face to Cleveland.

        Was it really necessary to wait until the very last possible moment to announce “The Decision” thereby ensuring that Cleveland couldn’t participate in free agency? And virtually guaranteeing them a sub-20 victory season?

        Then, just to add further insult, the “Three Stooges” (AKA: Bron-Bron, Wade & Bosh) have to appear on ESPN to announce the now infamous not 5, not 6, not 7 line while prancing about like fairies?

        Well Dwayne, fairness starts at home. Take a good long look in the mirror you self-centered prima donna.

      • david8726 - Aug 22, 2011 at 8:14 PM

        You sound like an emo ex girlfriend.

        It’s been year and you’re still whining about the same stuff.

        Get over it for god’s sake.

  14. david8726 - Aug 22, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    What the Heat did in the preseason was egotistical and over the top, and they deserved criticism. But the amount of criticism and intensity of criticism that this team endured all year was disproportionate to what they actually did.

    LeBron, Bosh, and Wade are all good citizens, good ambassadors for the game, and good teammates. Yet they were demonized. We’ve seen players in this league who have committed serious crimes like domestic violence and drug charges get criticized far less.

    Like I said, I’m not excusing the pre-season celebration. It *was* over the top. But an entire year worth of intense criticism is just silly. What they did wasn’t *that* bad.

  15. mogogo1 - Aug 22, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    LeBron is one of Wade’s best friends…but he doesn’t know anything about him that everybody else doesn’t know? Uh, okay, whatever you say Dwayne. Don’t these guys ever think before they speak?

    • david8726 - Aug 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM

      I’m sure that you’ve never said something that doesn’t make sense in your whole life.

      • mogogo1 - Aug 22, 2011 at 6:48 PM

        Look, Wade has been on record in the past as saying that he and LeBron aren’t exactly buddy-buddy. There’s nothing wrong with that. But to come out and pretend they are super-tight, only to undermine that in the next sentence just makes him look silly. The disease of the modern ballplayer is talking just to be talking. It never helps them, it only makes them look dumber and more self-involved. What was Wade hoping to get out of these comments? Sympathy that the vast hype that he helped create caused a few problems for him and the Heat?

  16. insertrandomletters - Aug 22, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    LeBron creates a media circus and makes himself look like an ass, and when the public reacts adversely to his actions, it’s all of a sudden unfair?

  17. gatorfan1 - Aug 22, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    It’s amazing that after all this time they still don’t get it. Their pride and ego will not allow them to admit THEY handled everything wrong and bear the responsibility for their image outside of Miami. The fact that most players in NBA wanted to see them lose is more significant. Right now the NBA has an image of thugs; and even they couldn’t stand what LeBron & Wade tried to do! Buy a championship. It’s been 8 years now for LeBron mot winning a championship and the noose is becoming tighter around the neck.

    You really believe he’ll ever deliver in a 4th quarter of a game that means anything. G

    • asuthyo - Aug 22, 2011 at 9:51 PM

      I didn’t realize that all the 4th quarters he delivered in up to the finals weren’t important games. What people still fail to recognize is that without Lebron the Heat wouldn’t have beaten the Bulls, or maybe even the Celtics.

  18. gatorfan1 - Aug 22, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Good Luck. First rule of sports. Don’t make fun at the expense of another team. Just like they danced around at the end of the 3rd game. From that point forward the Mavericks kicked their arse. If you think LeBron will ever be Bird, Magic, Jordan or Koby…that ship of fame passed long ago.

    And for those Miami fans that run their mouth’s; the country’s middle finger already was raised to YOU after your team’s choke job!!!

  19. imjustsayin2626 - Aug 22, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    I see it this way…start the year off in fireworks, go down in them the same way in the end. You know what they say about karma right?

    For professional athletes to whine about anything is beyond my comprehension. Seriously? You get paid insane amounts of money, more than 90% of those in the USA will ever earn in their lifetimes, to play a game. Cry me am effin river. Most guys would give both nutz to play ball in any professional sport, and thats just to play. Too bad the honor of the game is gone. Now it’s simply all about me, myself, and I.

    From the words of the a great Bud Light commercial, “There is no I in Team…There ain’t no we either”.

    Just sayin….

  20. denverdude7 - Aug 22, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    UNFAIR HUH?????

    As if losing Bron-Bron wasn’t a big enough slap in the face to Cleveland.

    Was it really necessary to wait until the very last possible moment to announce “The Decision” thereby ensuring that Cleveland couldn’t participate in free agency? And virtually guaranteeing them a sub-20 victory season?

    Then, just to add further insult, the “Three Stooges” (AKA: Bron-Bron, Wade & Bosh) have to appear on ESPN to announce the now infamous not 5, not 6, not 7 line while prancing about like fairies?

    Well Dwayne, fairness starts at home. Take a good long look in the mirror you self-centered prima donna.

    • david8726 - Aug 22, 2011 at 8:15 PM

      You sound like an emo ex girlfriend.

      It’s been a year since all of that happened, and you’re still crying about it on internet blogs.

      Get over it.

  21. alltimeballa - Aug 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    It never ceases to amaze me how some people ask if the Heat are still whining when D Wade was asked a question about how His team was treated. How should he have responded? When the NBA gets past this lockout, they owe Lebron MONEY. He almost single-handedly brought veiwership to levels unknown because of how much everyone hated him. I wonder who the real whiners are, The Heat, who get paid to entertain us or the people who pay money to go hate on them. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, that is just my take on it. You are free to disagree.

    Who here can really say that this Heat team is going to be hard to stop after having one yearto work out the kinks? I wouldn’t bet against them because of my personal feeling….smart money doesn’t bet with emotion. Don’t let your hate cost you.

    • mogogo1 - Aug 22, 2011 at 7:32 PM

      How should he have responded? Well, Bosh made some very intelligent comments the other day, so he could have patterned his remarks on those. Of the Big 3, only Bosh seems to have any sense of humility and perspective.

      Wade could have said something along the lines of: “There was so much hype and we helped create that to a large degree which made us lightning rods for all sorts of negative attention. We probably should have spent a bit more time just playing ball and less time talking about partying on South Beach. I’m going to make a point out of letting my game tell the story next season and I’m going to encourage LeBron to do the same.”

      I guarantee you if he’d said something like that these comments would be a lot friendlier. It’s not the questions they are asked…it’s how they choose to respond to them.

  22. asublimeday - Aug 22, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    You sound like an emo ex girlfriend.

    It’s been a year since all of that happened, and you’re still crying about it on internet blogs.

    Get over it.
    ——————-
    Says the guy holding such a grudge that he wants to erect a middle finger statue.

    Heat nation brings it on themselves. Their fans emulate their players: they whine about the world being against them, refusing to recognize that they only have their insufferable attitudes to blame for everybody rolling their eyes every time a fan/player speaks.

    You are the laughingstock of the NBA.

    Your entitled attitude of assuming you’ll get several championships ignores the fact that youre going to struggle to even reach the finals again. The east is beastly.

    • david8726 - Aug 23, 2011 at 12:27 AM

      I don’t think you know what a “grudge” is. A grudge is when you are still bitter and angry over something that happened long ago. A Cleveland fan who is still posting angry messages about the Decision and LeBron leaving is holding a grudge.

      The Heat and their fans are being actively attacked every day on blogs by people like you, though. That isn’t in the past – it’s a current event, therefore Heat fans are understandably annoyed by it.

      Like I said in a previous post – The Heat players displayed a lot of ego in the preseason last year and deserved their share of criticism. But the AMOUNT of criticism and the INTENSITY of it has been over the top. Being annoyed by that is perfectly justified.

      Anyhow, I don’t really give a crap if you think we’re the laughing stock of the NBA. You can say whatever you want – It doesn’t change the fact that my team was the second best team in the NBA last year Being better than 29 out of 30 teams in the league means that you had a truly awesome season.

      Myself and the other Heat fans I know had a ton of fun last season, and we’ll continue to have fun in future seasons regardless of what people like you say.

      And when and if we do win the championship, yes, we will all give you the middle finger. You will deserve it, too.

  23. mtygringo - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    How can someone say “at the end of the day” three times in two paragraphs and be taken seriously??? At least he wasn’t speaking in the third person…

  24. asublimeday - Aug 23, 2011 at 2:03 AM

    Well I’m sure it will be vindicating for you; I mean, you’ve been a heat fan since the year they won the championship.

    Which still gives you 4 years of seniority on most Heat fans.

    • southbeachtalent - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:56 AM

      Are you keeping track of our fanhood? Wow. So you know exactly the day we became Heat fans? Where am I in your calendar of fandom for the Miami Heat? Dumb ass.

      Yes we will tell the whole nation F U when we win it. And we will, make no doubt about it. Maybe the biggest F U ever. I would love for Wade, James and Bosh to just run around the arena (hopefully away) and just hold their middle fingers up in the air (Brian Cox style).

      I just wish these guys would stop being so nice and polite to the media. What they should do is embrace all this hate and become monsters, give wrestling-style interviews. That’s what I would love. For them to be over the top and just piss on the media. What’s there to lose? Fans, players (as admitted by a few scrubs) and the media hate them. Actually the media loves them ($$$).

      So for all you losers relentlessly bashing the Heat, have at it. Keep in mind we can bash too, we aren’t going to sit around while you morons take shots at our team. This team in its first year together was 2 games away from erecting the middle finger trophy.

      How did your team do? Are they so sorry and irrelevant that you have to hate on the Heat? Apparently.

  25. 1fitz1 - Aug 23, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Finally someone says something bout it. And he right to they r the best team they just need a year or two to form. Let’s go heat keep y’all heads up

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