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Dwyane Wade News
Trans. Nov 2 4:26 ET (Nov 2 4:26 ET ) NEW YORK, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade joined the chorus of people criticizing why some sports events were taking place in New York following the devastation caused by superstorm Sandy. Speaking to reporters before Friday night's National Basketball Association clash against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Wade said the game should have been postponed. "I just felt that (there were) bigger things to be concerned about than us being here to play a basketball game," he told reporters. "Obviously, sports ... ...
The Scoop:"I'm still finding my way with this team and this offense," Wade said. "Right now, with our offense, most of the guys are on the perimeter, so if I just attack, then I'm not just going to be able to do that all game. I'm not 20 years old, where I'm going to throw my body in there all the time." No, he certainly is not 20-years-old anymore, and coming off of a season in which he only suited up for 54 games, Wade makes for a very risky selection come draft day.
The Scoop:Coach Erik Spoelstra isn't expected to rest Wade too much this season, but his knees are going to make him a risky asset in fantasy leagues. While he did lose some weight on the paleo diet, he will likely need his days off on occasion.
Dwyane Wade hit just 4-of-12 shots, but drained a couple 3-pointers and finished Tuesday's loss with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
The Scoop:He says he's going to shoot more 3-pointers this season and it happened tonight. Our broken record says that if he can stay healthy and play in 65-70 games, he's going to be a draft-day steal.
The Scoop:It's been five seasons since Flash averaged more than one three-pointer per game and his career 28.9 shooting percentage from downtown underlines that fact. While the addition of a three-point shot to his game would be an unexpected bonus for fantasy owners, Wade's health is more of a concern after missing 28 games last season. Wade can still be a very productive fantasy asset, but owners need to be aware of the risk their assuming by drafting the 32-year-old.
The Scoop:Miami's personnel lends itself to a small-ball attack, and it will be interesting to see how often they use Deng or Granger to backup Josh McRoberts (toe) during the regular season. Spo is still experimenting with lineups and Granger is destined for a reserve role, so this doesn't impact his season outlook.
Dwyane Wade scored 12 points and added 7 assists against the Cavaliers on Saturday.
The Scoop:Apart from the 4-of-10 line from the field, Wade actually had a pretty decent game. Wade has publicly said that he wants to play in every game this season, but we don't really see that happening. However, if his knees hold up, he could be a great risk/reward pick in the middle rounds if you are feeling lucky.
Dwyane Wade played 20 minutes and finished with 11 points, two assists, two steals and a block on 5-of-10 shooting on Tuesday.
The Scoop:He's now 2-for-2 in preseason games played and says he doesn't want to be on a maintenance/health program this season. Wade is still not the most trustworthy player around, but with LeBron James in Cleveland and the Heat once again Wade's team, he's going to be a fantasy beasts if he can somehow make it through 70 games or so. If there is a 'poster boy' for risk vs. reward players this season, Wade is the guy.
The Scoop:Interestingly, he previously said this past offseason that he didn't work on his shooting from beyond the arc. Wade is a career 28.9 percent shooter from deep, so he's probably not going to take many unless he's wide open. Although, he did shoot 37.5 percent on his 1.2 attempts per game in the 2013-14 postseason. Fantasy owners shouldn't expecting him to make more than 0.5 per game.
There is no way to console a team that just lost LeBron James. The best player of his generation served the Miami Heat in countless ways, contributing in various areas of need while simultaneously serving as the focal point of everything the team did at both ends. He could score, pass, rebound, defend inside or outside, and delay questions about the continued viability of the Big Three for as long as his performances spurred his team to victory. James didn't do enough to defeat the San Antonio Spurs last June, but falling to a squad with so many options highlighted just how reliant Miami had become on his greatness. As the Cleveland Cavaliers learned in 2010, living without LeBron can be a difficult experience. So it's something of a minor miracle that the Heat appear to be in relatively decent shape heading into 2014-15. Two members of the Big Three have returned, with Dwyane Wade making a lower rate of $31 million over two years and Chris Bosh back on a five-year, $118 million mega-deal . Neither deal looks like particularly sound business in a vacuum — Wade looked over the hill in the postseason despite purposefully sitting out games throughout the season and Bosh will be paid a massive salary when he's 35. For at least one year, though, they give the Heat hope of retaining its relevance. Wade is not close to the player he once was, but he isn't a total disaster and could regain some form now that he is back to being the unquestioned face of the franchise. Meanwhile, Bosh can return to his pre-Miami status as a franchise's top producer, a role he should be able to fill effectively. He averaged at least 22 points and 10 rebounds three times in his final four seasons in Toronto, and he's arguably added more facets to his game in his four years in Miami. Bringing back Wade and Bosh (or really just the latter) also afforded the Heat enough cachet on the market to woo Luol Deng as a replacement for James on the wing, where he figures to defend many top scorers and contribute reasonable production on offense. There's some question as to what Deng has left after years of being overworked by Tom Thibodeau and mismanaged by the Chicago Bulls' medical staff , but he's still an asset on a veteran team with two clearly superior scorers. The best way of praising the post-LeBron Heat is fairly backhanded — more than anything, they appear to be a functional basketball team. Wade and Bosh are well-respected multiple-time All-Stars who know how to play together, Deng is a very good secondary player, role players such as Udonis Haslem, Mario Chalmers, Chris Andersen, and rookie point guard Shabazz Napier seem to know what they're supposed to contribute, etc. Plus, head coach Erik Spoelstra has transitioned from a wunderkind handed the most immediately impressive free-agent haul in NBA history to a two-time champion with a deserved reputation for putting his team in a good position to succeed. The Heat are no longer championship contenders. However, their likely appearance in the postseason ensures that the franchise will not fall into obscurity any time soon, which is its own sort of success in today's NBA. The team is obviously worse, but the brand will survive. It remains to be seen how long it will be until they can leverage that image into another title. 2013-14 season in 140 characters or less: Yes one, yes two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven ... Did the summer help at all? Well, no, obviously not, but Pat Riley did save face. Bringing back Wade at the non-max and Bosh at all allowed the Heat to present themselves as something not entirely terrible, which in turn led to the addition of Deng, the retention of the Birdman, and a decent feeling surrounding the franchise that definitely didn't exist for the Cavs when they faced their own King-less future. Also, while trading up to draft Napier as a way of pleasing James now looks very silly, the Heat did get a promising young guard with a history of coming up big in crunch time. Again, it's not like the Heat reloaded and return as world-beaters, but they succeeded in maintaining a base level of confidence that will allow them to make moves of relevance in future seasons. That's meaningful in itself.
The Scoop: None.
Oct 3 12:20 ET
News (various sources)
Heat beat Spurs 111-108 in overtime (The Associated Press) (2 Days Ago | courtesy: The Associated Press) SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Rookie Shabazz Napier had 25 points, including four free throws in the final minute, and Miami held on for a 111-108 overtime victory over San Antonio on Saturday night in the teams' first meeting since the Spurs routed the Heat in the NBA Finals. More...