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Dwyane Wade calls Rondo’s flagrant foul a ‘punk play’

Oct 31, 2012, 1:21 AM EDT

With 16 seconds remaining in the Heat’s opening night victory over the Celtics, Rajon Rondo grabbed Dwyane Wade around the neck on a drive, earning a flagrant foul-one call from the officials.

The play was clearly made out of frustration, and was an unnecessary one with the Heat up by 11 with so little time left and the game already in the win column for the Heat. As you might imagine, Wade didn’t appreciate the move, and even looked like he was thinking about throwing the ball at Rondo to retaliate.

Wade was able to remain composed in the moment, but had strong words for his opponent afterward, and let it be known that the play will be remembered when the two teams meet next.

From Brian Windhorst of

“I got my kids watching so I stopped myself but it was a punk play by him,” said Wade, who had a team-best 29 points in the win. “He clotheslined me.”

Wade hinted he might have a response the next time the teams play on Jan. 27 in Boston.

“I’m here to play basketball, man,” Wade said. “If you want to do something else, then go do something else. Boxing, this is not it. I was glad I was able to stop myself in that very moment and move on from it. We’ll see next time we play.”

As LeBron James said afterward in the same piece, “It wasn’t a basketball play.”

Simply put, these two teams honestly don’t like each other. And this play, along with the whole Ray Allen saga will only make the hate grow stronger as the season progresses — which will make it that much more interesting to the rest of us, and a lot of fun to watch.

  1. phx1311 - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    what about wade shoving his shoulder into jeff greens chest in the first quarter. That was a punk play but either way great game.

  2. bucsnsincity - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Wade calling that a “punk play”! Maybe you should look at your foul on Darren collison in the playoffs wade, that was a punk play!

    • passerby23 - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:21 AM

      Exactly! Coming from the guy who football shouldered Collison from behind and deserved a one-game suspension and who blatantly shoved Rip Hamilton to the ground last year. For a guy with a history of “punk plays”, he really ought to examine his own behavior. Oh my god, my kids are watching!

  3. pantsfreezone - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Typical classless Rondo. Guy will never be a leader because his immaturity level matches Andrew Bynum’s and that means he’ll always be very good, but never great.

  4. tanmarino17 - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Rondo will get a Dexter Pittman clothesline Jan.27. Put that on the 305. #HEATGANG

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Wade WOULD talk.

    • hehateme2 - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:35 AM

      Blowout! The celticks look like the red-headed stepchildren of the league. Weak effort all around for all the big talk.

      The new jets of the NBA.

      • andyhr17 - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:51 AM

        Nice copy and paste from another thread where you said this. Maybe if you post the same thing enough, it will come true.

  6. justcuz15 - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    How bout wheb he broke rondos arm a couple years ago in the playoffs
    Also, this is the best type of rivalry, when teams genuinly hate eachother and the same goes for their fanbase. This isnt a friendly compitition with the loser buying the winner a meal and laughing about it, this is mean, physical, dirty basketball.

    • southbeachtalent - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:50 AM

      broke Rondo’s arm huh?

      dirt basketball = Celtics

      Champions = Heat

      • beantownfanatic2012 - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:05 AM

        Dirty players= Heat
        Floppers= Heat
        17 titles= Celtics
        You ain’t even on the level or never will be for that matter of the Boston Celtics!
        Heat = Chumps not champs

      • southbeachtalent - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        “Heat = Chumps not champs”

        No they’re champs, the banner and the ring prove that fact.

        Rondo acting like a frustrated school girl and KG’s broken heart over Ray’s departure prove this team is bush league.

        Ray shoving it down your throats… PRICELESS!!

      • andyhr17 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:17 PM

        If this happens in the playoffs it’s shoving it down the Celtics’ throats. This is game one of many. Round 1 to the Heat.

      • southbeachtalent - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:22 PM

        only a matter of time Andy…

      • cantonbound13 - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:40 AM

        Asterisk Southbeach, asterisk!

  7. limonadamas - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Wade definitely knows a thing or two about punk plays. That’s for sure.

  8. eventhorizon04 - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    Let’s see –
    1. The hard Kevin Garnett pick on Mike Miller that gave him a concussion in 2010,

    2. The Wade-Rondo tangle-up that led to Rondo’s arm being dislocated 2 years ago,
    the no-call on Wade hitting Rondo in the face in overtime during the ECF last year,

    3. The Heat ending the Celtics post-season run in 2010 in 5 games,

    4. Pierce taunting LeBron after hitting a dagger-3 last year in game 4 of the ECF last year by claiming that unlike LeBron, “[Pierce] has the balls to take that shot”,

    5. LeBron “assassinating” (to use Bill Simmons’ phrasing) the Celtics in Boston in game 6 of the ECF last year,

    6. Rondo accusing the Heat of “crying to the referees”

    7. The Miami Big 3 finishing off the Celtics last year in the fourth quarter of game 7, the last game of the Boston Big 3

    8. Ray Allen ditching the Celtics for the Heat due to his feud with Rondo and anger at being on the trading block,

    10. Jason Terry joining the Celtics after playing a huge role in the Heat’s defeat in the 2011 Finals

    11. KG talking smack to everyone but Ray Allen (who gets ignored).

    12. “Chippy” fouls committed by both sides in a regular season game to start 2012, including a flagrant called against Rondo on Wade after the game was basically done

    Yep, these guys don’t like each other.

    At all.

  9. progress2011 - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Rondo is a little weasel lookin PONK !

    He’s that little sneaky kid in school that talked smack, as long as all the teachers were there to prevent a butt whoopin….then ran home from school !

    No doubt, that’s where he got his foot speed from….all those days, running home from school !

    Still a little PONK…..with a BROKE jumper !

    • moseskkim - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:20 AM

      His jumper may look ugly but I’ll take his 20-7-13 allll day.

      • progress2011 - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:22 AM


        You can take whateva you like. Rondo is a stat sheet stuffer.

        His stats look good on paper…but as you saw last year, that BROKE jumper makes him “Self Checked ” in the playoffs!

        In the playoffs, the defense can sag off of him and cover the paint better, which makes it impossible for him to use his one move to the basket….the fake behind the back play.

        So, all the other teams….Including Miami, are glad you settle for Rondo’s stat sheet.

      • letangusespertplus - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:44 AM

        ^^ didnt he put up 40+ in the playoffs? sounds like self checked to me.

      • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:08 AM

        Lol rondo scored 40+ in the playoffs ONCE!! OH yeah didn’t they still lose that game??! Haha this one game means nothing!! Lol let him stuff stat sheet all day long as heat win!!!

  10. bleed4philly - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    Celtics lose, Lakers lose, great opening night to the basketball season!

  11. letangusespertplus - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:46 AM

    ” We’ll see next time we play.”

    Wade is so very threatening. He’ll probably try to flop in a fight to. Already crying for fouls in the first game. Pathetic.

    • humanvue - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      Rondo was just crying for fouls before that. That’s why he got frustrated and wrapped Wade up from behind.

      • minnesota32 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

        and got T’d up

  12. 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    Dominate the Jets on Sunday, dominate the Celtics on Tuesday. I’d say its been a good week for our teams down here.

    • hehateme2 - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:37 AM

      looks like that clown paulhargis is in hiding….. typical.

      • letangusespertplus - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:47 AM

        he probably has leg cramps

      • southbeachtalent - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:23 PM

        They’re licking their wounds..

  13. isujames - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    punk play by a p*ssy.

  14. bhester1906 - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    Why do they call this a rivalry? Crltics can’t beat the heat!

    • andyhr17 - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t their series go to 7 games last year? Don’t the teams hate each other? Before the Heat knocked the Celtics out the last two years wasn’t it the Celtics knocking the Heat out? That’s why it’s a rivalry.

      Oh, that’s right. Heat fans don’t have any knowledge of that since they became fans of the team a few years ago.

  15. skids003 - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    They all punks.

  16. bhester1906 - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:16 AM


  17. senorpapino - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Let’s count Wade’s punk plays…

    1. Blindside of Darren Collison in the playoffs
    2. Shoves Rip Hamilton to the ground
    3. Breaks Kobe’s nose in the All-Star game
    4. Throws Rondo down and dislocates his elbow
    5. Mocks Dirk for being sick

    All in the past two years

    • andyhr17 - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      What are you doing? you’re not allowed to speak like that about the Heat around here. You’ll get run over by a bandwagon!

    • niko808 - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      HAHAHAHA!. Thanks for reminding me, great work D-Wade

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      Glad to know you watch d-wade so closely. :-) say what you want be he is a two time champ. I guess it pays to be dirty? lol

  18. infectorman - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Wade is a female dog

    • cantonbound13 - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      Wade use to be liked & respected. The last couple of years all he does is complain & flop. He’s such a little bi#ch!

      • southbeachtalent - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:16 PM

        Still liked and respected… By those that matter.

  19. paulhargis53 - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:43 AM


    You think I’m Casper after 1 loss? That’s cute. When Garnett gets 8 shots, they aren’t going to win the game.
    It’s 1 of 82- played in Miami, on a night they got their rings. Defense looked out of sync and that’s to be expected with so many new moving parts.
    Hats off to Miami on the win, but Wade crying about hard fouls is just to precious. He’s just become so hateable, he wasn’t like this when he came into the league.
    It’s a long season Heat fans, its only 1 game.

  20. cantonbound13 - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Wade is the king of dirty, “punk” plays. Remember how he dislocated Rondo’s elbow?

  21. miamatt - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    It was a punk play, but what do you expect from Rondo, a jackwagon who learned how to be classy from KG.

    I love the chipiness, though, these two teams clearly don’t like each other. If Rondo isn’t careful Haslem is gonna throw him into the stands and take whatever suspension comes. Ask Charlie Ward how Miami handles punks who get too big for their britches.

  22. joshm5683 - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Wade is a punk and I’ve liked him less and less since he won the title in 06. I actually did not find the play where he dislocated Rondo’s elbow to be dirty, both players were falling if I recall correctly as I think Wade was trying to prevent Rondo for getting around him? The play last night from Rondo was a punk play and Wade rightfully called it a punk play.

    I don’t find any of Wade’s plays really dirty, but he flops and whines with the best of them. Everytime he scores he glares because he thinks he got fouled and everytime he misses a shot he glares and argues that he got fouled and doesn’t get back to the other end. I remember a play last year hes back peddaling during a fast break by the other team and still yelling at the ref instead of trying to play D. Also whenever he does go down he just stays there like someone shot him and then waits to see if anyone is watching then stands back up.

  23. metitometin - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    I call the Heat a punk team for the way they colluded together illegally to play together. Lebron basically dogged it his last few years in Cleveland, and was already colluding with Wade and Bosh 2 years before he left town to play together with his buddies because he obviously can’t win a championship on his own or carry a team like Kobe. He needs help from his buddies. I don’t know if there’s ever been a more egotistical, unlikable player in the history of sports then Lebron, and I will refuse to watch any Heat games until he is out of the league.

    • southbeachtalent - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      waaahhhhhh wahhhhh your team’s better than mine wahhhhh wahhhhh

      • cantonbound13 - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        Wahhhh, nobody likes us, wahhhh

    • zeedoubleyou - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      Kobe has carried exactly two teams to titles by my count, which is only one more than LeBron. Have we forgotten so soon that Kobe was clearly #2 to 3x Finals MVP Shaq for his first three titles?

      Also, Kobe played with a sub-par supporting cast in 06-07 and went 42-40 in his freaking prime! LeBron carried the 2006 Cavs to the finals with a roster just as bad.

      • guyaneserj - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        zeedoubleyou don’t argue with idiots, they’ll beat u hands down with experience. It’s one thin hating a player for whatever reason, but just 2 plainly lie.. that’s another story! I don’t like Kobe at all.. but geeze.. I will never deny he’s got game! These FOOLS who throw out erroneous statements about LBJ, ignore them.. cause it’s those same fools.. who wld love him on their team. Plsu, Kobe did it on his own? REALLY? So no Shaq for the 1st 3, and no Gasol and 2 an extent Bynum in da others right? OK…that right there show’s a distinct lack of BBal knowledge! ignore da fool!

  24. southbeachtalent - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Rondo and Garnett are the definition of class-less. But this isn’t news to anyone who has been watching. It always brings me joy seeing them pout at the end of a game. It’s like watching the reaction of a 12 year being told they need to go to sleep.

    I thought Doc was better than this.

  25. mauldawg - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    D Wade ranks right up there with the all time punks.He can dish it out but cant take it.As a team I could care less about the Heat.As players DW is a punk.

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