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Miami players talk about Wade’s hard All-Star Game foul on Kobe

Feb 28, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT


During Sunday’s All-Star game, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade delivered a hard foul on Kobe Bryant that resulted in Bryant breaking his nose. Today, the Heat’s “Big Three” all talked about the foul and the resulting injury. Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel says that Wade has apologized to Bryant for injuring him, but does say he intentionally “took the foul”:

Dwyane Wade said he was sorry. To Kobe Bryant. So as far as the Miami Heat guard is concerned, it’s case closed when it comes to his hard foul that broke the nose of the Los Angeles Lakers guard in Sunday’sNBA All-Star Game.

“I sent him a message, with my apologies. Unfortunate that happened to him, but that’s all I could do,” Wade said following Tuesday’s practice at AmericanAirlines Arena, the first time he has commented on the incident since Sunday. “He knows it’s no ill intent on me to do that. Did I take a foul? Yes, I took a foul. So, talk about me for taking a foul. But I never wanted that kind of outcome.”

LeBron James made the astute observation that Kobe Bryant never needs extra motivation when it comes to basketball, especially when he’s playing against the Heat:

LeBron James says not to overstate any added motivation for Kobe Bryant going into Sun

day’s Heat-Lakers game: “Kobe doesn’t need extra motivation. He motivates himself. He’s always prepared to play, especially when we go against him.”

Chris Bosh, meanwhile, said that the foul will add some “spice” to the already-anticipated matchup:

Chris Bosh on what Dwyane Wade’s swipe at Kobe Bryant does for Sunday’s Heat-Lakers game: “It was already spicy enough. It’ll be fun. It’ll be something to play on the reels over and over before the game.People like that. They like to tune in. So I’m sure it will be pumped up a lot.”

It’s true that Bryant never needs extra motivation, especially when facing the Heat: after the Lakers lost in Miami last regular season, Bryant infamously stayed in the gym taking jump shots for quite a while after the game was over. Still, it will be interesting to see what effect Wade’s foul will have on what was already a highly anticipated contest on Sunday.

  1. canehouse - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    I hope we.can finally put this to rest.

    • edweird0 - Feb 28, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      Knowing this site, there’ll probably be 2-3 more.

  2. keyshawn22 - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Good for Wade. I hope he knocks his ass down again on Sunday

  3. kinggw - Feb 28, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    I swear if its somehow related to the Miami Heat or Lebron, the media refuses to let it die. This is such a non-story. First and foremost it wasnt a hard foul. Wade tried to prevent Bryant for going up for an easy two by grabbing his shoulders. In the process he grazed his face. The media is acting like Wade gave Kobe a forearm shiver. If you want to see a real hard foul, watch Laimbeer, Salley and Rodman in action as part of the Bad Boys.

  4. pkswally024 - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    This basketball section is garbage. As a newer fan, this does absolutely nothing to keep me interested with this sport. All tmz garbage.

  5. mlhlite - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Kobe is a gamer, he’ll put his nose to grindstone and let his game do the real talking, when he’s cleared that is. LBJ said he heard it fracture, just thought that was funny

  6. africanballer - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    you don’t have to be an expert to know that kobe and his boys will get beat on sunday, lakers are going thru alot issues that is affecting them on the court.

  7. cantonbound13 - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    Wade is the dirtiest plaer in the NBA. Lat year he breaks Rondo’s arm & now Kobe in a meaningless game.

    • southbeachtalent - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      Wasn’t meaningless when LeBron passed the ball and it resulted in a turn over. Can’t have it both ways buddy.

  8. gmsingh - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    The Three Stooges–Wade, James, and Bosh–will never acheive Kobe’s accomplishments in the ASG, regular season, or playoffs, so this is their way to have “fun”. Maybe David Stern will get the message when the entire NBA fandom recognizes them as the low rent thugs that they are and the hype for the Heat will finally get flushed down the toilet where it belongs.

    • southbeachtalent - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Low rent thugs?

      You are beyond dumb. Want to stop the hype? Stop reading and commenting on anything Heat related. Read articles that pertain to your embarrassment of a team. Good Day…

      GO HEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. trimaster1 - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    The foul was a hard foul, but looking at it, I don’t think Wade was trying to break Kobe’s nose OR give him a concussion. It’s not like he took a swung at his nose or hit elbowed him in the head. Hard foul, YES, but an attempt to kock him out? No.

    • southbeachtalent - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      You seem to have perspective.

      You want to hear something ridiculous? Bynum was commenting on how bad a foul it was. Yes Bynum, the same douche bag that tried to take out Barea last year as they were getting pummeled by the Mavs. What a clown.

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