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Wade thinks Heat/Knicks game Friday should have been postponed

Nov 2, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

East Coast Begins To Clean Up And Assess Damage From Hurricane Sandy Getty Images

Thursday night the NBA postponed the Nets first regular season game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn because of the damage (particularly to the subways) in New York. There are a lot of people in the city questioning if the New York Marathon should be run Sunday (it is going on).

But Friday night’s Knicks at Heat game is going on. And Dwyane Wade isn’t sure it should.

It started Friday night when Wade tweeted (now deleted): “”3 hour traffic just to get into the NY city.. C’monMan…”

That caused backlash — traffic has been a mess in and out of Manhattan because of the subway damage caused by Sandy. Wade quickly tweeted this in response:

2 be clear “Traffic tweet was meant 2 say”… We shouldn’t B hre 2 play a basketball game when theirs so many families obviously still R affected by #Sandy

At shootaround at the Garden Friday, Wade was saying the same thing. From Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel.

“I just felt there were bigger things to be concerned about than us being here to play a basketball game,” Wade said.

But having arrived, he added, “Hopefully we can give someone a different perspective.”

Wade also said he would donate his game check to relief efforts.

Often following events like the damage of Sandy, sporting events can help be something for a community to rally around. It’s a matter of timing. The NBA — headquartered in New York — thinks the city is ready. Hopefully it is.

The league and the players union have combined to give $1 million to Sandy relief efforts. That can help, too. If you want to help, NBC and NBC Sports Network will broadcast an hour-long concert tonight from a variety of artists, from 8-9 pm Eastern (or on NBC between 8-9 pm your local time). Watch and donate. Every dollar will help.

  1. takingbovadasmoney - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Riiiiight. That is what he meant……#spin

    • Distinguished Male - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      Yeah when we all know he was taking a jab at the city traffic, saying that there is a lot of it! What a douche!

      Wait…..it’s true, isn’t it? If people are so thin skinned as to get all in a huff over a guy commenting on the state of the roads…..well then I don’t know what to say.

      Maybe this: New York got hit by a HURRICANE! lololol too soon?
      *end sarcasm*

      People need to grow a pair and quit trying to find offense in every little thing people on this planet do. It’s PC gone mad, I tell you!

      • jt1138 - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        I totally agree. Some people just can’t let their personal hate go. The area was hit by a hurricane and they act like it was no big deal. I’ve lived in South Florida all my life, and I’ve been through Andrew, Wilma, and Katrina, so I know exactly what they are going through. With other teams and sports questioning whether they should play their games in the same area, Wade is right to question whether or not they should play.

      • lucky5936 - Nov 3, 2012 at 3:33 AM

        The players made it to the arena and played the game. The Giants and Steelers are playing this weekend. The roads, although not great, were clear enough to play the game. The decisions to play these games are made by people who understand the transportation system more thoroughly then Wade. That is not based on hate, but facts.

  2. reupjosh - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Knicks at Heat? I thought this game was being played in NYC…

  3. steelerfanforlife - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Wade is becoming a crotchety old man. Is his oatmeal too hot as well?!!

  4. illogic87 - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    sounds like little baby wade is afraid of a little water…

  5. tubal22 - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Suck it Dwayne. No one cares that a multi millionaire has to sit in traffic.

    Especially not New Yorkers who don’t even have power to their homes yet.

  6. BrownsTown - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    I bet Marquette alumns cringe when they see Wade speak or write. What a terrific living advertisement for a $30K/year institution of higher learning.

    Come on, Dwyane. Your children are reading your ramblings. It’s not cool to pretend to be stupid (I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt).

  7. jt1138 - Nov 2, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    To the people who are criticizing Wade:

    What have you done to help the disaster area? Because I know that Dwyane is donating his game pay ($210k) to help the relief effort, as are a number of Miami Heat players. But I bet almost all of you wouldn’t even donate $1. So shut your mouths unless you have something real to say.

    • tubal22 - Nov 2, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      I’ll believe it when I see it.

      He was trying to cover his butt when he complained about traffic. If he really does donate, good for him. But his stupid tweet was what started the whole thing.

      • jt1138 - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2012/11/02/dwyane-wade-heat-knicks-sandy-donate-paycheck/1677587/

        No, this was just an excuse for Heat haters to hate on Dwyane Wade. It’s not even one of their best attempts. And this isn’t the first time the Heat have helped with a natural disaster. When Katrina hit, they played a charity game with the Spurs to raise money. When the Haiti disaster occurred, the Heat organization donated an incredible amount of money. In fact, both players and management personally went down to help with the disaster.

      • tubal22 - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:23 PM

        Like I said, I’ll believe it when I see it. He didn’t announce it until he started getting backlash for his first tweet (that he deleted).

    • cantonbound13 - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      It’s called tax deduction. Millionaires hire pr firms to handle a certain amount of their money to help them look good. Diva Wade is a douche!

      • jt1138 - Nov 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM

        Oh please, if you knew the things that Wade and his charity, Wade’s World, does for the people and city of Miami you’d realize he’s a great man. He probably does more in one season for his community than you have ever done in your life. If you really think that it’s a tax deduction, than I guess you’re really a shallow hater. Jason Kidd has also said he is donating his salary tonight to charity. Does that make him a diva and a douche? No, it makes you one.

  8. jt1138 - Nov 2, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    To the people who are criticizing Wade:

    What have you done to help the disaster area? Because I know that Dwyane is donating his game pay ($210k) to help the relief effort, as are a number of Miami Heat players. But I bet almost all of you wouldn’t even donate $1. So shut your mouths unless you have something real to say.

  9. zeedoubleyou - Nov 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    This would not be a story if a player outside of Miami had said this.

    • cantonbound13 - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      Please, Kurt looks for any reason to write about the Heat.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 - Nov 2, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    F WADE

  11. florida727 - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    I can sympathize with Wade IF he sincerely was being misunderstood (and no, I’m not a fan of his or the Heat).

    I took a seminar about effective communications once and have tried to install this in my kids’ brains (to no avail I should point out). EFFECTIVE communication is said to be made up of three parts: 40% are the words you use, 30% is the tone or inflection in your voice, and 30% is your body language. In other words, texting or emailing (or posting on blog sites I guess) by default eliminates 60% of what’s deemed “effective” communications. And people wonder why they’re “misunderstood” when they use Twitter.

  12. drewsylvania - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    I’m starting to hate Wade simply because there’s multiple “articles” about him on PBT every single damn day.

  13. marcusfitzhugh - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    First of all, if it takes 3 hours to go from JFK to MSG, big deal. He’s being PAID right? This is his JOB right? Most employers don’t want to hear jack about traffic. Fans want to hear about it even less. Besides, Wade is on a BUS –he doesn’t have to drive. He can spend his time sending incomprehensible tweets.

    Second, he acts like this is out of the ordinary. When the Heat flies in to LA on a holiday, the CRAWL from LAX to Staples takes forever. His main beef is that NY (which is usually a mini-vacation for most players) is basically shut down. He wants it rescheduled to a date when he can go shopping.

    Lastly, he donated a check – big deal. That check was going to be taxed at the Federal rate, the NY State rate, and the NY City rate – making it one of his smaller per-game checks. If he gave away ten checks he’d still have a tax bill at the end of the year. Think about it – if Wade is paid $210K per game, times 82 games, plus playoff bonus, plus endorsements – exactly what did his donation really cost him “out of pocket”? The answer is nothing. He just rearranged his tax bill and got a chance to say “look at me, I’m magnanimous”. If he was really altruistic, he would have given the money and not made a press release – like the average Joe has done.

    • jt1138 - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      He didn’t make a press release about donating money. It was just something that the Heat beat writer said he was doing. That’s not a press release. Don’t try and make it seem like you’re a good guy just because you think Wade isn’t. He’s done more in his time in the NBA than you have probably done in your entire life.

  14. rodge1 - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Agree with zeedoubleyou…. Any other player says this and you haters would agree with the player. But as soon as Wade from the Champion Miami Heat says it and you criticize…

    • cantonbound13 - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      Diva Wade has a reputation for being a whiney pu$$#!!!

      • thenmoveback - Nov 2, 2012 at 6:53 PM

        Just incase you have never noticed you are a whiny pu$$, all you do is go to miami heat articles and complain. Get a life u loser. Oh and enjoy this nba season cuz u will be complaing a lot! GO HEAT

  15. cantonbound13 - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    The Diva was inconvenienced by the traffic? That rates up there with his other tweet after 9/11. Idiots should be banned from twitter!

    • blueintown - Nov 2, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      …and PBT.com. You will be missed.

  16. Iraelite - Nov 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    I can’t belive all the Heat DWade is taking over this (No pun intended) — The guy is donating his check to the relief – I know he’s a gazillionaire, but iuts still a nice gesture. As a Knick fan – I hate the Heat, but Dwade is right – the game should be cancelled. NYC shouldn’t host a sporting/entertainment event until next week.

  17. blueintown - Nov 2, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Raymond Felton just said it should have been cancelled. Anyone want to complain about him?

  18. rockthered1286 - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    So because Wade donates to charities he’s excused from being a jerk? Not seeing the logic.

    But man… Those Heat sure played like they didn’t want to be in NYC tonight…

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