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Dwyane Wade is done talking about how old he is

Oct 8, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

Dwyade Wade AP

There were all sorts of whispers (and in some corners, some very loud talking) last season about how Dwyane Wade is getting old and starting to slip.

I’m not sure why — his points per game dropped three to 22.1, but he set up teammates more and turn the ball over less, and his PER went up. He missed a few games due to injury, but that happens. Let’s put it this way: Is a guy who averaged 22.8 points per game in the playoffs on a knee that needed surgery after the season really looking old and diminished?

None the less, people are whispering and Wade is being asked about it, but he told Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel he was done talking about it.

“You know what I’ve decided,” Wade said recently. “I’ve just decided not to comment on it any more.”

Well, except for the part where he told you how much that talk pissed off the 30-year-old, who missed 16 of 66 games due to a variety of injuries.

“Any time someone questions you, it’s going to bother you if you have any kind of competitive nature,” Wade said. “It fuels you. You want to see what you’re made of in a sense. You want to come back and not only answer the bell, but do a little bit more than expected.”

Wade’s style of play — few sacrifice their body like him — leads to him getting little nagging injuries over the course of the season. Which for the Heat means they are going to rest him more, they are not playing for February. But to suggest that means he is slowing down is a leap it would be a mistake to make. When healthy, or even close enough to get on the court, he can dominate games. Just because he chose to defer to LeBron James more last season doesn’t mean he’s fading. Make that call at your own risk.

  1. hehateme2 - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    WADE> rondo

    • jjordannba - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      Where did Rondo come from? He was in this article?

  2. cantonbound13 - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    He sounds like a grumpy old man complaining all the time to the officials.

  3. sun602 - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    If by sacrificing his body you mean doing a ninja roll to the ground in hopes of getting a foul call, I agree.

  4. cantonbound13 - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    The new flopping rule may extend his career.

  5. finsfan71 - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    You’re a one note charlie. Maybe if he stops flopping we’ll finally see the last of you on these boards. That’s all you seem to comment on. Two championships and counting, keep crying little girl.

    • letangusespertplus - Oct 8, 2012 at 8:02 PM

      well if he wasn’t featured in the FLOPPING video from the NBA you would have a point. this is why no one in todays game is considered great. you take away the integrity of the game by acting like you wear a skirt or crying when shaq makes a comment about your play. it just makes them look like coddled babies.

      btw this is the best question they came up with for d wade? ask him what it felt like to be in the flopping video, would love to hear the answer to that.

      • cantonbound13 - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

        The game has been ultra sissified. Wade wouldn’t score 10 ppg in Jordan’s era.

  6. paulhargis53 - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    hehateme is a deplorable turd.

    He’s very worried about this year’s Celtics squad, as he well should be.

    Pity him, he doesn’t know much about sports. I believe he is about 13 years old.

    If he is any older, I feel very sorry for him.

    Heat/Celtics games should be fun to watch. Barring injury, they should be playing in the ECF again.

  7. lakerluver - Oct 8, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    He’s an old 30.

  8. miamatt - Oct 8, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    One word: motivation.

    LBJ may be the world’s best player, but Wade is the member of the Heat with that F-you MJ mentaility. He’s yet to disappoint at any previous crossroad of his career, I think he’s going to be an absolute monster year.

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