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Wade says Heat embraced the dark side, but it cost them

Nov 3, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

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Every good story of a hero rising up — say, Dirk Nowitzki — needs a villain to make it work.

Last season, the Miami Heat were everyone’s villains. How the entire thing went down — from LeBron’s televised decision to the pep rally — turned a lot of fans off. There was both distaste for the team’s perceived arrogance and a sense that the Heat was destined for a title and it was not fair.

The Heat were hated, and Dwyane Wade said the team embraced that to a fault in an interview on Mike Krzyzewski’s radio show, as reported by the Sun Times.

In an interview with Mike Krzyzewski on the Duke coach’s show on SiriusXM Radio, Wade says “we wanted to win to spite people” last season, the first where he had LeBron James and Chris Bosh as teammates.

Wade continued, “I believe that’s the reason we didn’t win a championship.”

Maybe that had something to do with it. I think it had more to do with a lack of defensive presence in the paint and steady point guard play, but to each his own.

By the way, Coach K and Wade are tight after the 2008 Olympics, where they bonded on the way to a Gold medal. They will be reunited in that drive next summer, you can bet Wade makes the USA squad for London.

  1. thetooloftools - Nov 3, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Attention Mr. Wade. It’s a little late to be contrite. The owners don’t want to hear any of your crap. You made some very wealthy owners extremely angry and they are in now way going to forgive and forget and move on. Now that you see the damage your actions has caused, you don’t like the pressure your getting from other players who have finally woken up to the damage your actions has caused. “There was both distaste for the team’s perceived arrogance and a sense that the Heat was destined for a title and it was not fair.”
    What the hell about this is PERCEIVED?

    You have lost your mind if you don’t think you all went out of the way to rub this in people’s faces and now the owners are making you pay the price.
    Go pound sand.
    Own it !

    • dgforreal - Nov 3, 2011 at 1:09 PM

      Will go down as some of the lamest **** I ever witnessed.

    • southbeachtalent - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:41 PM

      Making them pay the price?? How? by not playing? I assure you they (Wade, Bosh, James) can retire right now if they wanted too. It’s the rookies, free agents and the like that suffer. The Heat will be back and the inevitable will happen.

      And like I have stated a thousand times, that pep rally was meant for Heat fans, it was not nationally televised. The video was leaked. In the end it’s all about LeBron joining the Heat. It’s the Cleveland fans that obviously invested too much emotionally. This is a sport, he is an athlete, his interests are whats important to him. Can’t blame him I am the same.

  2. berbes - Nov 3, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Wade continued, “I believe that’s the reason we didn’t win a championship.”

    no, the reason you didn’t win is that you were the second best team on the court. the hatred from america was just a reaction to you & your ‘buddies’ NOT tipping the waitresses in the VIP sections of large, miami nightclubs…asshead.

  3. vikesfansteve - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Well Wade you didn’t win. Unless you count flopping as a victory.

  4. stlsteelerfan - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    If my spite helped cause them to not win, I’m glad I did my part!

    PS: I’m a 34 year old who never played a day of pro basketball in my life, and I have as many rings as LeBron “Anti-Clutch” James :)

  5. florida727 - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    “we wanted to win to spite people” – Dwayne Wade
    “and people spited you so that you’d LOSE” – me

    No offense, stlsteelerfan”, but do you also have LeBum’s bank balance? He’ll get his ring, eventually, but it won’t be because of him. It’ll almost be despite him being on the team. Suspect outside shot, very one-dimensional player. Except for the occasional spectacular blocked shot, he’s really a defensive liability. The book on stopping LeBum has already been published and distributed. Obviously you have to have the personnel to pull it off, but all the other elite teams in the league know how to take him out of the game when they need to… and they have the people to do it. And as Kurt points out, they’re a ‘donut’ team, they have a hole in the middle. Bosh is a 3 or a 4, not a center.

    • asuthyo - Nov 3, 2011 at 4:32 PM

      Wow. I understand why people hate Lebron and Wade so much but can you seriously think that Lebron is a defensive liability?
      You obviously have zero basketball knowledge. If you want to see Lebron defensively watch how he completely shuts down Derrick Rose at the end of their games with Chicago.
      And as the poster below says, Bosh isn’t even close to a 3, nor was he asked to play center for a majority of the season, that was Joel Anthony’s position, at least for most of the playoffs. So maybe instead of throwing out your hatred, you should attempt to throw out logical statements and then people might take you more seriously.

  6. jcarne9014 - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    The reasons you did not win were…as berbes states above, you were CLEARLY the second best team on the floor, and…LeBron was a complete no show. He looked like a deer in the headlights.

  7. giablommi - Nov 3, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    So “Dwyane”: did you intentionally legsweep and take down Rajon Rondo and turn his elbow backwards to spite people as well?

    …scumbag.

  8. goforthanddie - Nov 3, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Yeah, blame everything but your failure on the court. Looks like leb has rubbed off on Wade.

    • ghelton03 - Nov 3, 2011 at 4:33 PM

      I agree. I am from FL and used to like Wade and was a Heat fan. But Wade has become too much like LeBum in his arrogance and whining to the ref’s. I actually stopped liking the Heat when they started tanking seasons before they got LeBum. So I really hate them now that they have the Bum and Wade is becoming just like him.

  9. asublimeday - Nov 3, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Hope they institute a hard cap and screw this team out of bosh

  10. asublimeday - Nov 3, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    No offense, stlsteelerfan”, but do you also have LeBum’s bank balance? He’ll get his ring, eventually, but it won’t be because of him. It’ll almost be despite him being on the team. Suspect outside shot, very one-dimensional player. Except for the occasional spectacular blocked shot, he’s really a defensive liability. The book on stopping LeBum has already been published and distributed. Obviously you have to have the personnel to pull it off, but all the other elite teams in the league know how to take him out of the game when they need to… and they have the people to do it. And as Kurt points out, they’re a ‘donut’ team, they have a hole in the middle. Bosh is a 3 or a 4, not a center.
    ———————-
    Bosh doesn’t have anything remotely resembling the outside shot for a “3” ie a SF. He would also have circles run around him by true 3’s like Luol deng and Paul pierce.

    Thanks for playing, though.

  11. ghelton03 - Nov 3, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    You poor pathetic posters. LeBum and DeWhine are still millionaires even after stinking up the arena in the playoffs. Hey, but that wasn’t their fault. It was because they were focused on sticking to the fans (and they make no apologies about that either). Had nothing to do with a better team on the side of the court. But that’s okay, they don’t care what you think anyway. Guess it’s carma.

  12. eazye76 - Nov 3, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Come on Wade, I think Dirk and Chandler had a little more to do with you guys not winning than this “dark side” stuff.

  13. jhproofer - Nov 3, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    “Last season, the Miami Heat were everyone’s villains.” What do you mean “Last season?” You mean someone actually thinks they are heroes now?

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