Take away The Decision, take away the preseason rally, take away the mocking of Dirk Nowitzki during last year’s finals. Take away everything we’ve grown to hate about the Miami Heat, and it’s still tough to root for a player like this:
What Rajon Rondo said during halftime of Game 4 is spot on, and Lower The Rim commends him for it. The Heat play the refs more than they play the game, and if they wind up winning the championship it will be a black eye for the league.
Let’s face it, neither player has ever made you feel warm and fuzzy inside, but Dwyane Wade has long hidden in the shadow cast by Lebron James‘ recent collosal unlikability, and it might be time now to hold Wade’s feet to the flame, because we at Lower The Rim have noticed the Heat veteran acting increasingly douchey over the past few seasons on a number of fronts:
– He’s made a habit of grinning smugly after missing big shots, and he’s missed quite a few this year. And when he does happen to do something good on the court–to marginal degrees–he can’t help but strike the above pose.
– He spends more time on the floor than on his feet, and if he’s not on the floor he’s screaming bloody murder at the rim.
– He routinely withholds praise from teams that have managed to challenge or beat the Heat.
– He doesn’t respect authority, or at least his coach, as we’ve recently seen–although we have to say that Spoelstra’s spinelessness contributed to that perception. If Deron Williams had ever tough talked Jerry Sloan like that, Sloan would have curb stomped him as part of the halftime show.
In short, Wade has become a camera loving flop artist who struggles to pay compliments to those who outplay him, and in the right situation might actually headbutt his comparatively tiny and reserved coach into a comatose state. Wouldn’t you agree? Vote below. And if you’re having trouble making your decision, use the compilation of punk plays beneath the poll as a guideline.