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Around The NBA: Wade’s Rest Will Benefit Miami In The Long-Run

At the risk of stating what you already know, LeBron James has won a championship. Seemingly overnight, he has wrapped his third MVP season up with a bow and exercised most all of his “clutch gene” demons and gone from sports culture pariah to grounded family man who still has enough of a hairline to make going to the barbershop more than a social formality, at least according to Samsung commercials. Unfortunately, the Heat’s title run has done little to improve their public image as the most easily disliked team in the league and with the championship-sized monkey off of LeBron’s back and jokes about Chris Bosh’s appearance only stretching so for nowadays, popular opinion has set it’s sights on 2006 Finals MVP, Dwayne Wade, implying that at last, “Flash” has lost a step. However, further investigation shows that maybe such claims are just kind of a low blow.

Shockingly, banging the drum at the head of this movement, is Wade’s former T-Mobile spokespartner, the recently slimmed down mound of rebound, Charles Barkley, who insists that Wade must cultivate a post game a la Kobe Bryant in order age gracefully in the NBA. While it may be true that Wade no longer has the  raw athleticism and explosion to dominate games as he one did, it’s hard to determine how much of that can be attributed to his still ailing left knee and the wear and tear of the NBA grind and how much is the result of his secession of the Miami to Heat to LeBron. Last season, Wade made it clear that he was officially the Robin to LeBron’s Batman and as a result, the notion that the big three of South Beach were competing for control of the franchise disappeared and Wade, in his reduced role, raised the Larry O’Brien trophy for the second time in his storied career.

Alas, likely the only unselfish occurrence in Miami all of last season, (except the Marlins handing over their whole squad to Toronto, but that’s neither here nor there) which earned Wade such laud and respect has been the very same mindset that has called his skills into question this season. The Heat look more mortal than they have since their initial fumbles when Wade, Bosh, and James first aligned, with an inexplicable loss to the lowly Wizards (then without Nene) and perhaps the more telling and recent loss to the Rose-less Bulls. With all of that said, by the numbers, Wade is shooting a career best 51 percent from the field in just over 33 minutes per game. In addition, Wade is shooting a career best 32 percent from three. The most telling number of all, however, is one. The Heat are first in the East as we near the halfway point of the season.

Despite their expected lofty position at the top of the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat definitely have issues to address before repeating as champs, not the least of which being improved and hungry teams in New York, Atlanta, Memphis, LA (Clippers), and familiar foes in OKC. The league has appeared to again place value in bruising a versatile front lines, an area where the Heat are incredibly deficient. Their own versatility  of placing LeBron in the post in the half court and pushing the ball through teams otherwise seems more negated than ever as other, equally athletic teams threaten to get over the hump. Without production from the 4 and 5, or at the very least the ability to stop other teams’ 4’s and 5’s. The Heat’s chances to repeat are very much in doubt.

As for Wade, he’ll likely ride his newly regimented minutes like the passenger seat of the Batmobile with LeBron at the wheel and assuming his health holds up, will have plenty of pop come April and, perhaps, June. If the Heat are ill fit to take on an NBA that’s improved around them, odds are it won’t be Wade’s fault. Until that time, Dwayne Wade will be waiting in shadows waiting for his number to be called. I’m no Heat fan by any stretch, but I’d hate to be the guy to bet against him.

Thomas Policastro

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paulman
paulman
January 24, 2013 4:21 pm

Are the 76ers still playing.. I haven’t seen any articles or Posting’s about them lately.. What happened to “JH’s” claim that they were a Top #4 Team in the Eastern Conference and were ready to step up in 2013 and compete with the
Big Boys.. It’s been awful quiet on the 76ers Front these Days.. I expect Doug Collins to be Fired after this Season…
I believe back in September/October, I stated about a 44-46 Win Season and a 7th/8th Seed at best, now fast foward a couple of months and they will be lucky to get to 40 Wins and are presently 8 games under .500 (17-25)
This Team is worse than last years team in terms of overall Talent, Heart and Coaching… Doug needs to go… (as do 8-9 Players off the Roster) .

EaglesSuck
EaglesSuck
January 24, 2013 4:24 pm

Your kidding with this article right? Is this the only PHILADELPHIA website making articles about OUTSIDE SPORTS TOPICS!!!!???

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 24, 2013 6:56 pm

**Sixers News**

Jrue Holiday has been selected to be an NBA Allstar!

My Thoughts: Showyaluv!!! Were in the allstar game 2 years in a row Philly!!! Showyaluv!!! Congrats Jrue you deserved it boy!!! Showyaluv!!!

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
January 26, 2013 11:14 am
Reply to  Jon Hart

Gift
Kyrie, Rose, Jennings, Deron and Rondo all torch Jrue

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 26, 2013 12:26 pm

No they don’t you gotta be kidding me. And what does Jrue do against them? This fanbase kills me, you look for anything to root against even your own guys. Jrue avgs 19pts and 9as. Those are some of the best among pgs. Imo hes #2 on my list of pgs with Chris Paul the obvious #1 choice. Jrue is an AllStar there is no denying that or his ability.

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
January 26, 2013 2:54 pm
Reply to  Jon Hart

Jrue is a horrible defensive player due to his lack of speed — he struggles to pass the ball to big men off pick and roll which translates to turnovers ( Jrue Holliday leads the Eastern conference( & NBA) in turnovers(4.0 turnovers a game) and is 39th in the east in assist to turnover ratio–(69th in NBA)) why does he lead the league in turnovers because he is slower than his defender

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
January 26, 2013 3:00 pm

reason # 1 to why Sixers are 8 games under .500 — they are Slow

paulman
paulman
January 28, 2013 1:16 pm

#2) They cant Rebound very well
#3) No consistent inside scoring presence and rely on Jump Shoot
#4) and having no inside game means less Free-Throw Shots to get easy,cheap points while the Clock is stopped..

Theses are all things and concerns that I and other Posters had going into the Season and have still not seen adressed halfway thru the Season..

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 26, 2013 12:35 pm

And btw Derrick Rose hasnt played basketball in about a yr, Jennings isnt an allstar nor is Deron Willams and hes playing on 1 of the best teams in the east. So your entire comment is bogus..

paulman
paulman
January 26, 2013 1:40 pm

Deron Williams is a Cancer as I Stated last Off-Season
He was at Auniversity of Illinois, in Salt Lake as well with the Nets
Lots of Talent but a need teammate and not very coachable

DCar
DCar
January 26, 2013 11:37 pm
Reply to  paulman

And he got FAT, in his head & waste-line.

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 26, 2013 7:19 pm

Jrue’s turnovers have gone down significantly from the start of the season to now. This is his first year as the starter at PG from the start of the season. This team has been coping with alot of injuries and there bench is struggling. Hes 22 years old for goodness sake. Not to disrespect you but you sound very foolish right now.. Then you say hes slow and not a good defender? Do you hear yourself right now? You must not watch the games..Hes one of the best on ball defenders in the entire league. Give me a break man. Again trying to find something to complain about, dude just got named to his first Allstar game, the youngest in Sixers history. What your saying is garbage

DCar
DCar
January 26, 2013 11:47 pm
Reply to  Jon Hart

Jon, he had 8 TO’s the other night, & 6 the game before that. He’s our best player, & I like him, but don’t only post what you want, he averages 4+ TO’s a game, & doesn’t play DF. Post ALL the facts. They are garbage, & he is the only player worth anything, on this team. The POS, dog@$$, Bynum, sucked the life out of this team, & I hope his mutt @$$, doesn’t play another game in the NBA.

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 26, 2013 8:33 pm

And as E0S talks Jrue tonight has 19 first half points 4 rebs 4 as against the Knicks. Haha #Showyahate

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 26, 2013 8:39 pm

BTW zero turnovers

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 26, 2013 8:45 pm

**Blow out alert**

Sixers up by 23 pts in the 3rd with Jrue leading the way with 25pts

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 26, 2013 8:51 pm

80-53 Sixers 2:00 mins left in the 3rd.. up by 29pts

jakedog
jakedog
January 26, 2013 9:35 pm

After the Bynum debacle i have not, will not watch this sorry ass franchise, until things once and for all change Jh, you are an idiot, too bad dcar has been emasculated or he would alo be telling you what a sorry ass low expectations fool yo are to be getting giddy over this suck ass team, get a girlfriend o evn a boyfriend , faggot

DCar
DCar
January 26, 2013 11:52 pm
Reply to  jakedog

Jake, nobody took my manhood! I’m not getting my F^#@ING blood pressure up, for these frauds on here. I’ll wind up hurting someone. So stop with your stupid comments!

DCar
DCar
January 26, 2013 11:58 pm
Reply to  DCar

BTW, how many times do I have to embarrass, Lill BRON-BRON Jon Fraud?!? He does it all by himself, with each of his idiotic, posts! Dude has NO LIFE, likes to hear himself talk, & likes to play pretend he’s an important reporter! Dude ain’t worth the aggravation! I got the Flu anyways. Feel like $#!T! F^#@ EM!

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 26, 2013 10:03 pm

Fakedog- Your a fake fan fake fake fake.. If your a real fan you watch win or lose. Your a front runner thats all you are. If you can’t cheer for this young team and can only cheer if theyre in the top 5 record wise then you shouldnt even be commenting on this article. Fake fake fake fan

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 26, 2013 10:06 pm

Sixers win 1 of the 8 game home stand. Lets go Sixers, lets get back into the playoff race and get ready for the debut of Andrew Bynum around Allstar weekend just a few short weeks away.. Showyaluv!!!

DCar
DCar
January 27, 2013 12:00 am
Reply to  Jon Hart

Here we go again! OH BOY!!!! STFU!

jakedog
jakedog
January 27, 2013 12:23 pm

Show the door to Bynum, fraud, Jh, you can waste your time on this team, not yo, Collins coaches like a tired, worn out granfather whose been babysitting too long, it’s a bad product with zero, zero chance of getting past the first round evn if they make playoffs, at least with the other three teams there’s hope, albeit slim at times, with this team, none

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 27, 2013 2:49 pm

Good news for the Sixers, Rajon Rondo is done for the year with a acl tear. This opens up the door for the Sixers to make a serious run for the 8th spot if not higher and with Bynum about to return.. #Showyaluv Sixers fans!

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 27, 2013 3:57 pm

Im hearing the Celtics may be considering trading Paul Pierce before the February 21st trade Deadline in light of the Rondo injury and the 15mil hes owed next season. The Sixers may try to jump in on that. They could use another scorer. If the Sixers got Paul Pierce and Bynum returns as planned in a few weeks, this team would be instant contenders

paulman
paulman
January 28, 2013 1:11 pm
Reply to  Jon Hart

Celts just win back to back games versus the Knicks/Heat//
With Rondo out, Paul Pierce is going nowhere as they make their Final Push for 1 more Playoff Run with Garnett/Piece .. Snap out of JH, you are starting to throw shit up on the walls again in hoping your 76er Team may make a move this Year… Face it Dweeb, the 2013 Season is Over for the 76ers..

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 27, 2013 5:58 pm

**Breaking Sixers News**

-According to a league source Andrew Bynum could return before the Allstar break!
-With Rajon Rondo being out for the year, it leaves Jrue Holiday and Kyrie Irving as the remaining PGs on the Eastern Allstar team. Who will start?

My Thoughts. Guys and Gals, Andrew Bynum could make his long awaited debut during this current 8 game home stand. WoW! How exciting thats gonna be, this is huge news as they try to climb back into playoff conversation. And my money is on Jrue Holiday being the starter in the Allstar game! ShowYaLuv!!!

paulman
paulman
January 27, 2013 6:07 pm

Celts/76ers are battling for the 8th Spot wooly-do JH
Paul Pierce is on fumes at the end of his very good Career
It does the 76ers no good in absorbing his Contract and whatever they have to give up for what a 1 & 1/2 of Basketball from him
Ooh and Bynum’s a Bust..

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 27, 2013 6:27 pm
Reply to  paulman

How can you call a Dominant center who has won multiple NBA Championships a bust? Your the bust, your the fraudman. How dare you.

paulman
paulman
January 27, 2013 6:40 pm

He’s a bust for he has ‘t played a minute for the 76ers and will most likely have another setback this week. He wants to play for the Knicks which is where he”ll be come next Season.. Knicks get rid of Amare Stoudameir and sign Bustum

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 27, 2013 7:48 pm

You have no clue what your talking about Fraudman. You dont even watch basketball. Its almost as if your wishing for something bad to happen before Bynum makes his debut. And if they begin winning with Bynum you ll jump on the bandwagon, thats why your a Fraudman Fraudfan..

paulman
paulman
January 27, 2013 8:28 pm

I hate the NBA , and gave stated that many times.. It doesn’t take a rocket scientists JH, to know the 76ers are a bottom half Team in the Eastern Conference and the entire NBA, would a heatlthy Bynum help,
Sure he would, but guess what, he’s not healthy and the long-term prognosis that he will ever be is not very good.. The 76ers got stuck with damaged goods again (like Jeff Ruland 25 years back and even Elton Brand missed many games when the 76ers first signed him
The 76er Franchise is a joke and they are a worst overall team than last years Team. Guard Jrue Holiday is the only starting Caliber NBA player on this Roster, the remaining 11-12 players would simply be bench/rotational players with the Top 10-12 Teams in the NBA
The real Fraud in Philly is your Boy Bynum
76ers would have better off keeping and developing Center Vucevic who is playing pretty well for Orlando and has a high ceiling and will end up getting 15-16 Pts and 8-10 Rebounds a night for the next 6-8-10 Years while Bynum is collecting his Injury Insurance $$..

daggolden
daggolden
January 28, 2013 5:37 am
Reply to  paulman

The NBA sucks. Not only has David Stern ruined the NBA with expansion he also has allowed these college players to come into the NBA early and it has ruined the college game. (I know lawyers are involved but somehow, some way I wish the NBA could make these kids stay longer). Saying all that only 3-4 teams have a realistic chance of winning a title each year and the other 28 teams are just going through the motion. Its the only sport where there really is no chance of “getting hot” and pulling off upsets. The best team usually wins which is anti-climatic.

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 28, 2013 8:51 am
Reply to  paulman

Vuc is playing on a team with low expectations and are one of the worst teams in the league. The Sixers are a different franchise with higher aspirations and expectations. You trade a Vuc for a Bynum who wouldnt?except you who always goes for the youth movement whether its the eagles flyers phillies and sixers. In your words “this team needs to be rebuilt from top to bottom”…Your the joke…If you hate the NBA why comment on it? You sound ridiculous. We ll see how much of a joke this team is when they get Bynum back in a week or 2.. Wrongman Fraudman..

paulman
paulman
January 28, 2013 9:45 am
Reply to  Jon Hart

The only one who follows the NBA that had expectations for the 76ers Team was you JH.. This Team is on the same par as Orlando..
Where did I say Vucevic had teh same game as a heatlhy Byrnum
What I said, is that Vucevick will give you close to a double-double every evening and has a lot of upside at his young age of only 22.. Meanwhile, your boy “Bumyun” has failed to lace it up for a SIngle Game and won’t be in Philly after this Season as he will bolt to the Knicks/Nets which is where he wants to play.. I bet Bumyun is out of the NBA in 2-3 Years time, while Vucevic has a nice 8-10 Year Career ahead of him…

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 28, 2013 11:01 am
Reply to  paulman

You said trading Vuc was a bad idea and that Bynum was a bust then you mentioned Vuc stats yes thats comparing the two. You doing that is silly. Yes Vuc is playing well in his second yr. Btw Bynum is just 3 yrs older than Vuc genius. Hes only 25yrs old Vuc 22.. Bynum is a NBA Champion. Vuc will never be one unless he joins a contending team. Vuc is a good role player but will never be the main option like a BYNUM who avg 18pts 12reb last yr. A healthy BYNUM is the best center in the league. And being that he has sat out half the season to heal and rest up, LookOut! He is a man on a mission with alot to prove.

paulman
paulman
January 28, 2013 11:08 am
Reply to  Jon Hart

I only thing I have said about this 76er’s Team is that Jrue Holiday is the only Caliber Starting NBA PLay on it’s Roster (True).. I also said this Years Team is worse than last Years Team (True) I also said that Collins has lost this Team and will be fired at the end of the Season (True) I said this 76ers Franchise Sucks and is more dysfunctionable than the Eagles (True) I still stand by all my Statements… I also said you are a “Dweeb” which is also True…
To be honest, the 76ers are a waste of space on this Site.

paulman
paulman
January 28, 2013 6:45 am

I agree Dag,
Kids leaving early gas damaged the College Game big time
I wish they would go back to where kids had to complete at least
2 Seasons or be age 21 before entering the NBA Draft
It would help the Players in the long run and the NBA and also the Colleges that recruit thesec kids, these 1 and done Seasons by kids is stupid and now some of smarter Coaches like Coach K are beginning to stay away from these types in offer to build chemistry and better teamwork on their Teams

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 28, 2013 9:02 am

Nikola Vucevic is not in the same breed of center as Andrew Bynum is. For fraud to actually compare the two shows how clueless he really is

Turk
Turk
January 28, 2013 9:21 am

Some players can’t play well in a big media market because of pressure example Hunter Pence!!!

paulman
paulman
January 28, 2013 9:48 am
Reply to  Turk

Agree which is why I wanted no part of CB Asmo 2 years ago..
He’s just not mentally tough enough to play in Philly (either is DRC)

jakedog
jakedog
January 28, 2013 9:23 am

Vucevic is an entirely different breed thahin Bynum because he actually works for a living instead of bowling , sporting a ridiculous moe hairdo and fleecing and fleecing the ownership

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 28, 2013 11:19 am
Reply to  jakedog

Okay Fakedog, the dude is trying to come back and make his debut yet you wanna talk about nonsense. Him bowling and his hairdo and stuff that has no relevance. Your another guy who obviously doesnt watch the sixers and wanna come on here with bs.. Fleecing the ownership? If you knew anything you’d know that this is a contract year for him so he obviously wants to play good so he can get a max deal, what a smart guy you are fakedog..

pheags88
pheags88
January 28, 2013 11:59 am

LOL so because he is a free agent next year and has a chance to get a max deal, he is justified in fleecing and outright stealing 17million from the sixers this year. Yea OK.

“I do know that I’ve never met another player in the league who likes basketball less [than Bynum].” From his former teammates..

Everybody with a brain knows this guy doesn’t give a damn about the SIxers or the fans of Philadelphia. If you think otherwise you are nothing but a clueless gullible retard.

Don’t see Derrick Rose bowling or taking pictures with strippers during the day? That dude is doing everything in his power to get back. I bet Rondo will be in the gym 24/7 as well now…those guys got something called heart.

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
January 28, 2013 12:21 pm
Reply to  pheags88

This “bum” is a two time NBA champion and was the driving force for those titles. Hows LA look without him? Noone wants to talk about that huh?! Bynum could have played months ago but the Sixers wanted him to heal up the proper way so they can have him for the long haul and yes he will be back with the Sixers next yr anchoring the center position..

pheags88
pheags88
January 28, 2013 12:03 pm

HAHA if YOU actually knew anything about the NBA you would know that Bynum could sit out all year and still get a huge deal because thats how pathetic the NBA is. Absolute BUMS get paid big money in the NBA..As long as Bynam is breathing this offseason, someone will throw a large amount of money at him.

jakedog
jakedog
January 28, 2013 12:06 pm

jhart, its the only thing I can talk about since that”s all I see, hear about, haven’t seen him on the hardwood yet, so until then its his hair, bowling, and as pheags says, strippers, he’s a fraud

pheags88
pheags88
January 28, 2013 12:38 pm

Thats delusion. You have every right to love the guy, thats your choice, I just think you are crazy. “Hows LA look without him?” Honestly, they would probably have lost even more games because they would have no Howard and no Bynam since he isn’t even trying to play this year. His own Laker teammates said the guy doesn’t give a damn. Then on top of that, Bynam actually had the audacity to call out Kobe, saying crap like Kobe stunted his growth. WHat a loser this guy is. He has only himself to blame for not reaching full potential. He is lazy and doesn’t care.

And Kobe was the driving force for those titles. Please stop the crazy talk.

DCar
DCar
January 28, 2013 2:01 pm
Reply to  pheags88

pheags, don’t waste your breath with that retarded imbecile! All you need to know about him, is his comment about Bynum being the driving force to their Championships! I guess Kobe, Gasol & Phil Jackson didn’t exist? Dude is a blithering idiot! He has the balls to come on here & call people frauds, & say that they don’t know what they’re talking about, while he’s the biggest, clueless, delusional, @$$CLOWN, on here! Thus his name, Lil BRON-BRON Jon Fraud?!? His fag nickname, he called Lebron James, last year. JACK@$$!!!!