To this stage, Wade’s performance has been closer this season to Duncan than Bryant, Wednesday notwithstanding, with the Heat’s performance in the standings closer to the Spurs than the Lakers. “So if you afford Dwyane Wade that,” Webber said of an ongoing support system, “I don’t care how old he is. He is going to get to the free-throw line. He’s going to knock down the shot off of a pump fake, and the Euro-step and is going to walk into a three.”
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade paid tribute to slain teenager Laquan McDonald on his shoes Friday night. McDonald, 17, was shot 16 times by a police officer in Chicago in October of last year. Dashboard-camera footage of the shooting was released to the public last week. Wade grew up in Robbins, Ill., a suburb on the south side of Chicago. He paid tribute to McDonald by writing his name on his shoes for the Heat’s game against the New York Knicks.
There is no more mystery about him, no more surprise. That is over. The NBA now knows exactly what he is and should be terrified of him. Whiteside had a forgettable game offensively in Friday’s win at New York, but grabbed 14 rebounds and swatted six shots. Four of those blocks came in the second half, when Miami took control of the game. “They come,” Whiteside said of his blocked shots. “I see an opportunity and I take it. That’s what I’m out there to do.” He now has 72 blocks. No one else in the league has more than 45.