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It’s gotta be the shoes! Wade stays loyal to Jordan brand.

Nov 18, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

NBA basketball player Wade attends a showing of the Richard Chai Spring/Summer 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week Reuters

Most NBA players idolize Michael Jordan. They grew up watching him play, they wear his shoes, they practiced dunks sticking out their tongues — they want to be like Mike.

Or did.

Jordan has been one of the hardline NBA owners who has driven us to the brink of no NBA season. Jordan is one of the guys that thought David Stern went too far with that 50/50 offer, Jordan is one of the guys who wants to break the union. That has led to Pacers swingman Danny Granger and rookie to be Klay Thompson calling Jordan a hypocrite, Stephon Marbury and Metta World Peace taking swings at Jordan, and the Wizards’ Nick Young tweeting he would never wear Jordan’s shoes again.

Dwyane Wade won’t go that far.

Wade is one of the big ambassadors — and gets big checks — from the Nike Jordan brand. And he told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel he still loves those checks Air Jordan shoes.

“I really didn’t need to get involved in all that,” Wade said. “Obviously I wear a different hat than certain other guys that got involved in it. And I stay away from it. I have an obligation and I have a job to do and I’m going to do my job….

“That’s on Nick Young,” Wade said. “That’s his moment. Obviously, that’s his own choice and decision and, you know, that’s something he’s going to have to deal with. I can’t let that affect me. I have my own things to run, my own stuff to think about what I’m doing with my own shoes.”

Translation: “I like to get paid.”

Not that there is anything wrong with that. Just own it.

  1. edmazeing1 - Nov 18, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Wade is not dumb free Jordans & getting paid!!!

  2. jimeejohnson - Nov 19, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Wade is a phony.

  3. stayhigh_247 - Nov 20, 2011 at 3:31 AM

    if getting paid to wear my own custom Jordan shoe is being phony…..sign me up! Danny Grainger has a big mouth, he’s always yapping no surprises there, Artest is crazy, no surprises there either, Klay Thompson you haven’t even played yet you really need to be quiet, you will pay for your ignorance on the court and Nick Young you sound young to make such a dumb statement. It’s business, he cant play both sides of the fence he’s an owner now and that doesn’t take anything away from a fresh pair of Jordan 3’s or some saucy 12’s, get a grip bonehead!

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