Once again, the NBA held the top of the Wednesday cable ratings. In first place was ESPN’s broadcast of the Golden State Warriors squaring off against the Portland Trail Blazers, which culminated in a 0.6 rating in adults 18-49. This was dead even with the top game from last week, in which the San Antonio Spurs played the Warriors. In second place, the Houston Rockets battled the Minnesota Timberwolves for a 0.5, which was also a match for the second place game (Wizards vs. Bucks) from last week.

Dwyane Wade has been cool under pressure, taking game-winning shots throughout his 16-year career. He’s delivered on the NBA’s biggest stage, with three championships and a Finals MVP award. He’s performed in front of the world during the Olympics. But when he stood behind a black curtain alongside fellow NBA stars LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony before their social call to action at the 2016 ESPYS, Wade had butterflies.
“I was a little nervous,” Wade told The Undefeated recently. “When we walked on the stage we talked about, ‘This moment right here is going be a moment that is going to be big,’ ” Wade continued. “ ‘And it’s going to mean a lot, maybe more than we all know right now with this team.’ “We wanted to deliver a message and talk to our fellow athletes that were in the crowd, and obviously everyone watching it around the world, about what we were dealing with in this world. And not being afraid to speak on it as four well-known black athletes that’s involved in their communities, well-known in the NBA and well-known around the world. Facewise, I thought that was important, and we all did, so I’m glad we did that together.”
Longtime Heat teammate Udonis Haslem believes Wade started having a strong social activist voice in 2010 when fellow All-Stars James and Chris Bosh joined him in Miami. Wade said his voice arrived when he understood who he was as a black man. “It comes with age, comes with maturity, comes with understanding your position,” Wade said. “I’m very aware of life, of all the people around. I’m very aware of myself, so I’m going to speak on what I believe on. It’s my belief, and I’ve been gifted this platform to be able to do that. And I know a lot of people who haven’t been given, who probably never will be, so I think I just take advantage of that.”