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Friday And-1 links: Did Wade mock Dwight Howard’s loyalty?

Mar 16, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard AP

Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT).

Was Dwyane Wade mocking Dwight Howard’s loyalty to the Magic? Kind of looks that way to me.

Rudy Gay has cleared the league concussion protocols and is set to play for Memphis on Friday against the Raptors.

Deron Williams, who missed the last three games with a calf injury, expects to play for the Nets Friday.

Here’s a good breakdown of why the Knicks will not be much better under Mike Woodson.

Stephon Marbury wants to remind you how much he hates Mike D’Antoni.

Blazers fans, I loved your deadline moves (except for not being able to dump Raymond Felton), but I don’t love this tweet from Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge: “Blazers president Larry Miller wouldn’t commit to hiring a GM and/or coach prior to the 2012 NBA Draft.”

The guy reportedly in charge in Portland, acting GM Chad Buchanan, made it clear that Mehmet Okur will not suit up for the Trail Blazers.

One Trail Blazers’ trade made a 7-year-old girl cry.

Not really a surprise, but Andrew Bogut confirms that he doesn’t really plan to play for the Warriors this season.

The Nuggets picked up Ronny Turiaf but he is the guy going to be bought out to make way for Wilson Chandler. Hope somebody picks him up for the rest of the season.

The Cavaliers are not planning to buy out Antawn Jamison.

The Bobcats are going to talk about buying out Borris Diaw in the next few days.

On a lighter note, here is Blake Griffin airballing two free throws.

T.J. Ford said his neck issues have pushed him to retire from the game, but he was still included in the Richard Jefferson/Stephen Jackson trade to make the money balance out.

Vinny Del Negro said he expects Nick Young to quickly become the starting two guard for the Clippers. Look, they’ve been closing games with Bobby Simmons on the wing lately, they can find some space for Young.

The Lakers got Christian Eyenga as part of the Ramon Sessions trade and are expected to send him down to the D-League quickly.

  1. cltjump - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    No love for (former) UNC players in this story…………

  2. dragyn44 - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Dwayne Wade comes out looking like a punk. What have the unloyal guys win down in south beach? OKC and Chi are far better than them and they were built he old fashion way.. draft and trades. MIA will never buy a title!!

    • tommy972 - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      What are you talking about? Lebron and bosh were acquired through trades. Ever hear of sign and trades?

      • raidmagic - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        Come on dude, that was for salaries only they left as free agents

    • boilerup1869 - Mar 16, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      Miami also still can’t fill the seats. Yeah, they claim to be “selling out” game after game.

      But, any casual fan can turn on a Heat home game and see how many empty seats their are in that stadium, even during the playoffs.

      That simply doesn’t happen in Chicago.

  3. heat256 - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Why? Wade’s 100% right. There is no loyalty in basketball, but here’s a bigger problem: The Salary cap and max contract limits in basketball. Look at the NFL with Mario Williams to the Bills. The Bills are a small market team that is horrible, yet they are able to offer him a $100 million contract because there isn’t a yearly max that limits the contract. Same in hockey. If you’re an NBA player, who can be a FA, and basically every team other than your current one can offer you the same contract, regardless of what their cap space is, then going to a larger market or nicer locale makes more sense. Who would pick Milwaukee or Toronto or Minnesota over Miami, NY, or LA if the money is the same? Maybe Stern should have thought of those little tweaks before basically setting the stage for another lockout in 6 years.

  4. boilerup1869 - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    I don’t like Wade or the Heat, but I agree.

    This is a big charade for Howard because he saw how badly LeBron damaged his reputation (and more importantly, his marketability) with his atrocious free agency behavior and the decision.

    He now wants to appear to be a “loyal” guy because he stuck it out in a situation that he didn’t like. But I think most sensible people see through it and realize Dwight is putting on an act to preserve what little credibility he has left. I also think he realizes how much it can hurt him financially down the road (when’s the last time you saw a LeBron commercial?) if he made such a big stink and left Orlando in such a whiny, unprofessional way.

    Who knows, maybe it’s another case (like LeBron) of being surrounded by bad handlers/managers/agents. But either way, Howard really looks like a clown in all of this.

  5. totallyuselessme - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    I’m no Heat fan, but Wade’s right. Loyalty in sports a joke, a myth and fairytale perpetuated by people who don’t know what the real world smells like.

    You wanna hear about loyalty and organizations and what they have toward players?

    Go ask Derek Fisher. He’ll tell you.

  6. reupjosh - Mar 16, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Jarrett Jack. Nice one!

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