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Riley to GQ on Wade’s Departure: We Insulted Him, I Insulted Him

We’d very much recommend checking out Alex Wong’s oral history of Dwyane Wade’s NBA career on GQ. Wong dives into a variety of subject, but we found particularly interesting Pat Riley’s quotes on Wade’s departure and how it could have been prevented.

When LeBron left, we shouldn’t have messed around. After four trips to the Finals and three championships, we should have simply maxed Dwyane out. We should have done that and not used Dwyane, our franchise player, as a widget on the widget board.

We insulted him. I insulted him, and you don’t do that to your guy.

I was really disappointed when he left and I blame nobody but myself for mishandling all of it.

Riley has become philosophical about what happened in both the departures of LeBron James and Wade in the years that followed. We’re left to wonder what more could’ve been done in the moment or were egos to strong?

You can read the full quote here:

Magic Johnson somehow drags Dwyane Wade into it

This has been a nutty night in the NBA, and it’s not just that Dwyane Wade nearly suffered his first significant injury of his age-37 season when he stood on a table, or that Udonis Haslem was draining jumpers again.

Anthony Davis wore this to the arena:

Jamal Crawford did this:

Dirk Nowitzki dropped some big news and then dropped 30…. on 3,012 shots. (But congrats Dirk!)

Oh yeah, and Magic Johnson quit without telling his bosses he was quitting, just eight months after luring LeBron James to start a supposed Lakers renaissance.

But that’s not the weird part.

The weird part was this…

Poor Magic.

He wanted to be in Miami.

So does everyone in Los Angeles  — they just don’t readily admit it.

Right, LeBron?

Best moments of Dwyane Wade’s Last Dance

Dwyane Wade got what he wanted. His last dance. In what turned out to be the last night that the Miami Heat were still in playoff contention. When Detroit came back to beat Memphis, the Heat were out, but Wade still had memories to provide — adding to his scoring total (30 in all) and even getting up on the table one last time in his House.

Here are some of the better moments:

Wade with Spoelstra early

 

Erik Spoelstra on Wade before the game

Wade started his last home game with the Miami Heat


Best moments during the game

 

Dwyane Wade’s dangerous farewell

Last team picture

 

The chants, the reality and the and post-game pressers

 

 

 

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Dwyane Wade’s #OneLastDance will end in Brooklyn.

The Detroit Pistons win over the Memphis Grizzlies 100-93 ends the possibility for the chance to make the postseason. This is the 3rd time in the 5 years since LeBron James left that they will miss the postseason.

It’s also just the 3rd time the Heat will miss the playoffs in a season Dwyane Wade started and finished with Miami, joining 07/08 and 14/15.

There will be a lot of hand wringing about how this happened. The Heat’s roster construction. Their disastrous home record that finishes at 19-22 after they beat the Philadelphia 76ers tonight. Their calamitous losses to the Hawks, Suns, and Bulls.

We will cover it plenty on the Five Reasons and Miami Heat Beat podcast. But April 9th, 2019 will hardly be remembered for this truly forgettable season ending.

Dwyane Wade’s Son Recreates Converse Commercial

The Miami Heat honored their departing legend Dwyane Wade in any number of incredible ways tonight. But this might have been the coolest. Wade’s son Zaire teamed with the Heat to recreate one of his most iconic commercials with Converse.

Watch the remake and the original:

 

Thank You, Dwyane Wade: From HEATnation

Dear Dwyane Wade,

While we really never wanted this moment to come, it’s time to officially say goodbye to the person HEATnation watched grow up before our eyes, the player we called our captain, and the hero this town nicknamed their county after.

There are very few legends in this community. Maybe that’s because South Floridians have a tough time opening up our hearts to sports heroes unless they are truly worthy. Dwyane Wade, YOU have been worthy of it all. From the moment you joined the Miami HEAT as a draft pick in 2003, you proved you were worthy like a flash of lightning descending on this city and creating a spark in the league. And like a flame that never burns out, you’ll always be worthy of the love, respect, celebration and admiration from the fans and the community for generations to come.  We are HEATnation, because of you. Without #3 leading the pack, there aren’t three championships parades, there’s no “Big 3” era, and there are no ring ceremonies or banners hanging from the rafters of the American Airlines Arena. You made us more than just a #BasketballTown, but a town that WINS.

But more importantly, you gave our community LYFE and lead us in fights we couldn’t win on our own. You made our town a better place with your endless philanthropy. You stood up for so many who couldn’t find the strength to do so during one of the most tragic, darkest periods of our time: gun violence. And you didn’t just care about the tragedies in our own backyard, you fought for everyone in the country because you care about them as if they were your own sons, daughters, sisters and brothers, because that is the WAY OF WADE.

So how does this town, this city, this league thank you for all you’ve done on and off the court? Nothing seems to suffice! But here’s a shot:

 

Thank you for the years you devoted to our team. For the thousands of hours of blood, sweat and tears you poured into your craft. For giving us your soul and lifting us up when we needed it most. Thank you for representing our team 13 times in the NBA All-Star game and for being one of the most respected members of our community. Thank you for playing with all your heart as you represented our team on your jersey and for giving all of your heart as a citizen to the place we all call home.

Thank you for literally putting all of HEATnation on your shoulders and for embracing South Florida.

You gave us your all, always. Time. Effort. Energy. Gave up money to make our team better. Played through pain to bring us the glory of a championship. Spent your days off fighting to make the world a better place. You’ve been our family and we’ve been yours. And FAMILY IS FOREVER!

HEATnation may wish for another year to watch your greatness in the house that you helped build, watch you drop back for another pull away three, and scream as you hop on top of the scorer’s table one more time, but there is so much more to the Dwyane Wade L3GACY than the years you’ve spent wowing us as an athlete.

As the the final buzzer rings on your prolific career, we know you’re just getting started. We hope wherever this retirement takes you, you are always reminded of the pride, love and admiration we have for you. And we know the drive, dedication, commitment, passion and love you brought to the sport that made you a household name, will continue to burn brighter than ever as you get ready to begin the first quarter of another game in this thing called life.

It’s been our pleasure to live by the thrill you provided night after night to HEATnation, and South Florida will never forget what you’ve done for us. Your place in history among our intimate club will always remain at the top…because of who you’ve been to us on and off the court. We can’t wait for you to be brought to your feet the way you repeatedly brought us up on ours. The stats may one day get surpassed, but your legacy and impact are forever irreplaceable.

We thank you, we celebrate you and respect you for being as much of a champ off the court, as you are on it …for being our brother and friend…for being knocked down 7 times but getting up 8!

 

The key is forever under the mat,

 

Every HEATlifer, member of HEATnation, fans of the game and all of South Florida.

 

Genna Revitz, a Miami media veteran, is the latest addition to Miami Heat Beat. 

What did Dwyane Wade mean to you? Everything

The day started with a simple question.

What has Dwyane Wade meant to you?

Here were some of the best responses:

Those aren’t tears! That’s beer! (Budweiser & D-Wade)

Today’s a difficult day for Heat fans. Dwyane Wade is playing his last game at AmericanAirlines Arena. And the emotions are running high. But my goodness both Wade and Budweiser just turned the emotion up to 11.

An incredibly well told story on the vast swaths of people Dwyane has impacted, from those closest to those furthest away. Tonight’s about much more than his playing career, and this video captured it perfectly.

¿Se acabó la Cultura del Miami Heat?

El Miami Heat anunció el despido de Rodney McGruder tras la derrota ante los Toronto Raptors.

¿Sorprendidos? Muchos de los que seguimos al equipo sí..

¿Porqué en este preciso momento?

El famoso tope salarial era la principal razón de esta extraña movida, y algunos analistas de Five Reasons asomaron la posibilidad de que este fuera un golpe letal a lo que se le llama la “cultura” del Miami Heat.

A falta de dos juegos solamente para que termine la carrera de Dwyane Wade con el Miami Heat (a menos que pase algo improbable), se asoma la posibilidad de que ese concepto, que ha sido clave en la manera de construir esta franquicia en los últimos años, se deje en el abandono.

¿Fue el despido de Rodney McGruder la clara señal de que el equipo va en otra dirección?

¿Quién mejor que él para personificar lo que en escencia es la cultura del Miami Heat?

Ese fue el tema principal del episodio 29 de Cinco Razones Podcast, en la víspera del último juego de Wade en el American Airlines Arena:

Good morning. Paul Pierce is fake news.

Paul Pierce and the rest of the late 2000s, early 2010s Boston Celtics have always had an inflated sense of self.

They won one championship together, but you’d think it was 12. They felt they owned Ray Allen, like, literally. They believed they were in LeBron James’ head, right until he dropped 45 on them in their building of blowhards when the Celtics might have ended the Heat’s Big Three right there and then.

But Pierce, oh, Pierce. He’s really big market Alex English and slightly lower budget Carmelo Anthony, but somehow he’s always been the biggest blowhard of the bunch; at least Kevin Garnett was actually a top-3 player at one point. And last night, on ESPN’s pre-game show, he couldn’t help putting himself ahead of Dwyane Wade in terms of career accomplishments.

And Twitter had its way.

A few highlights of, um, Truth…..

 

 

 

And, finally, Wade speaks the real truth…