Dwyane Wade was born in Chicago and is close friends with Jets receiver Brandon Marshall. And Chris Bosh, a Texas native, loves the Dallas Cowboys. But they appreciate good football, and they’ve noticed what the guys practicing over Davie have been doing over the last couple weeks. “They’ve been looking good. Good for them,” Wade said Monday after practice of the Dolphins. “Their last two performances have been great. We were in here and saw the first quarter [of Sunday’s blowout win over the Texans]. That was ballgame. They looked great.
“It’s a passion of mine. I’d definitely love to own a team hopefully one of these years towards the end of my career,” Durant said. “So I follow it a lot.” Which team? “My first priority would be the Washington Redskins, even if it was just a small percentage,” Durant said. “I just want to get involved. Growing up five minutes away from the stadium and always being a fan, I have a Redskins tattoo on my forearm. So I feel part of the team so much, so to be an owner and all the way entrenched with the team would be cool.”
Veteran NBA front office executives we’ve spoken to recently are bewildered at the way NFL commissioner Roger Goodell handled the ball-pressure issue with Tom Brady and the Patriots. And it looked even worse to them in contrast to the NBA. Said one exec: “I can’t believe this became an actual ‘incident.’ I’m sure Adam (Silver, the current commissioner) would handle it right, but I know what (former commissioner) David (Stern) would have done. As soon as there was a question or complaint raised by another team, David would have been on the phone (to the accused club) saying, ‘Here’s what I’m being told. If this is going on, it stops now.’ That’s it. Over and done.”
Known for his allegiance to his hometown Chicago Bears, Wade showed up Sunday at MetLife Stadium for the Jets’ opener against the Cleveland Browns, posing for a pre-game photo alongside former Bears (and Dolphins) receiver Brandon Marshall.
Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell had a special guest on the sidelines Sunday for the season opener against the San Diego Chargers — Chris Paul. The Los Angeles Clippers point guard was hanging out on the Lions sideline before Sunday’s game. Caldwell and Paul have a relationship, in part, due to their mutual connections at Wake Forest, where Paul starred as a point guard and Caldwell was once the head football coach.