Inexcusable. Outrageous. Yet more evidence that refs get marching orders.that's why the league suspended him? they gave refs marching orders not to throw wade out of games? im not sure i follow this logic.. im not sure it is logic.
flauge, I was reacting to the refs not whistling Wade for anything. I didn't know that the league later properly suspended Wade.Yeah, it was a little odd that this transgression happened right in front of an official, and yet no reaction in the moment. As for the one game suspension, that too is a little odd - especially given Wade's history.
The NBA kicked Dwyane Wade where it hurts, too, suspending the Heat guard for one game for “flailing his leg and making contact with the groin” of Ramon Sessions of the Bobcats on Wednesday in Charlotte.
The one game? Eh. Wade must sit out when Miami (20-6) plays Friday at Detroit (9-22). At 34, 38 and 37 minutes the last three games, the latter two in a back-to-back, the point can be made that the rest will do him good.
Except that this has become about more than the one game. Wade “getting his Rockettes on” against Sessions[ ]was so over the line and has become part of such a growing list of regrettable moments that his reputation is suffering.
Whether Wade is wounded by comments along the lines of Boston’s Rajon Rondo calling him out for “dirty plays” is not known. But Wade should care. A suspension for appearing to purposely kick an opponent in the groin for no reason other than Sessions taking a foul opens the kind of file with the NBA no one should want.
The second-best player on a team with aspirations for a title repeat will be judged from now on through a different, harsher prism. There is a precedent. Wade, for all the good he has done in a career that will lead to the Hall of Fame, also has a history that will work against him if future incidents come up.
As Brian Windhorst chronicled on ESPN.com before the suspension had been announced:
- During a game in Boston in the 2011 regular season, Wade was hit with a flagrant foul for shoving Kevin Garnett after Garnett had leveled Mike Miller with a screen.
- In the 2011 playoffs, Wade got wrapped up with Rondo while going for a loose ball. After Rondo elbowed Wade, he appeared to stick his leg out and sweep Rondo to the court. It resulted in Rondo dislocating his elbow. At the time, Wade said it was inadvertent.
- Wade broke Kobe Bryant’s nose, raking him from behind during an unusual physical play during the 2012 All-Star Game. Bryant had fouled Wade twice previously in the game.
- During a regular-season game last April in Miami, Wade threw a forearm at Chicago Bulls guard Rip Hamilton after Hamilton bumped him trying to create space on the perimeter. Wade was called for a flagrant foul.
- During the first round of the playoffs last season, Wade threw the shoe of New York Knicks guard Mike Bibby off the court after Bibby lost it getting a rebound.
- During the second round of the playoffs, Wade blindsided Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison on a fast break. Wade, who seemed to be reacting to not getting a shooting foul moments earlier, was assessed a flagrant foul.
Many could fade into the background if they were single happenings. Some, like shoving Garnett in defense of a teammate or tossing Bibby’s shoe in a strange attempt to gain a competitive advantage, can even be seen as exactly the chippy attitude a team should want from a star. In totality, though, that is a very long list.
Commissioner David Stern has made it clear that past incidents matter when the time comes to decide on disciplines, and Wade has several. Whether or not Wade cares about his image around the league, it is why he should absolutely be concerned with the reputation in the biggest offices at NBA HQ.
I'm sorry but Wade should've gotten 2-3 games for that.that's fine..even understandable. but if a kick to the groin is 3 games, what is an elbow to the back of the head causing brain injury to a player worth?
Flauge: I think what has to be taken into account, is that over the past couple of years watching many of the Heat games I have noticed that Wade seemingly often retaliates after a play in which Wade doesn't get a foul call, or a player produces a play that "embarasses" Wade somehowwe both agree here. i think the one game suspension is what wade should have gotten. you dont like wade, he is my favorite player. but yes the past couple years wade has become more of a diva. im not going to argue this. when he was young, he never complained to refs or retaliated against hard shots. he does both those things now. i wont argue he doesnt, anyone who watches the guy knows he does.
James Harden sustained a concussion from MWP elbow to the head. Concussions are brain injuries. he got 7 games. Kold thinks wade should have gotten 3 for a kick to the groin.. and a falling backwards kick.. not a good wind up kick. wade didnt even get his full money's worth.
Who sustained "brain injury"???
i dont care if Micky Arison complied the list. Including throwing a show and shoving Garnett for leveling a teammate in the list is ridiculous.
And flauge, for the record, the guy who compiled that list is none other than the Heat Index' very own Brian Winderhorst.
where we disagree is if wade is a dirty player. i dont think he is. i think this play on sessions was dirty. but i dont believe anything else he has done in his career was overly dirty. someone correct me if im wrong here, but this wade's first career suspension.. suspended for 1 game in 10 years is no where close to dirty.I think we actually agree here. I don't think he has been an overly dirty player. He's just been getting a little "cheap-shot-ty" over the past couple of seasons. The reason I don't like him that much is not because I think he is a dirty player, because I don't. I actually remember being a Dwayne Wade fan over his first 3-5 seasons. Then something happened.