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Monday, December 6th, 2010 at 11:30 am  |  88 responses

D-Wade: ‘I hear from LeBron that I’m the Worst Finisher in the League’

According to the Three Amigos down in South Beach, tough love is what’s helping the team to gel, with the end-result being wins. From the Miami Herald: “It’s in the locker room where LeBron James can tell Dwyane Wade, with impunity, that he’s the worst finisher in the league and can’t even make a layup. It’s there where a collection of stars is becoming a constellation of cohesion. It’s in the locker room — and for the next seven days, aboard an airplane to the West — where the Heat is becoming a team. The Heat (13-8) has won four consecutive games since its players-only meeting in Dallas eight days ago. It took a series of setbacks — four losses in five games — to move this team forward. In Dallas, players opened up, reached out and didn’t hold back. Not even Wade, the team’s co-captain, was immune to criticism. ‘I think we all looked at each other and we [held] each other accountable for our games,’ Wade said. ‘I hear from LeBron all the time now that I’m the worst finisher in the league now because I can’t make a layup sometimes. But it helps me out because now I want to prove him wrong. We just stay on each other and I think that meeting kind of helped us going forward to let everyone know, ‘It’s fine, I can take it,’ and we’ve been doing it.’”

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  • TyMo

    Three cheers for team chemistry.

  • JTaylor21

    Is he right or is he right? I won’t go as far as saying he’s the worst finisher but dude has been missing some easy stuff since the start of the season. At times he has lacked the bounce of the same chap that dunked on KG and sideshow bob.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    why not just post the video of the actual press conference bit SLAM?

  • jumpman23

    Uh, whatever it gets these guys to live up to their championship potential.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Yes…..

  • Sizzle

    @The Black Rick Kamla – because the quote is being mis-used and is taken completely out of context…

  • slamfan4life

    lmao

  • unrel

    i appreciate team building.. and teammates being honest with one another.. but if you’re going to dish it to your co-captain.. you have to take it from your coach, as well..

  • k.o.

    u know what else helps? running. actual. plays.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    pretty easy to see who the leader of this team is now cough**cough**le*cough*bron**cough**cough

  • hoodsnake

    I’m surprized the LeBron haters hasn’t jumped on this one yet! Oh well…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Seems a little fake to me. In Wade’s quote, he, himself refutes the idea that he’s ACTUALLY the worst finisher in the league. Their egos are too big to actually take it to heart because they know it isn’t true. Still seems like fake cohesion to me.

  • Mo

    I feel sorry for you people who are trying to make an issue of this and are missing Wade and Bron’s joking/sarcasm on this. Lighten up.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Still hard to get excited when they’re just running over weak teams right now (a win over a HEALTHY Hawks team would barely quell my anxieties)

  • T-Money

    Fake cohesion? Please. From everything that we’ve seen and heard, these guys are like brothers. It’s been reported that they would sleep at each other’s house on the road. Of course, he’s not “actually” the worst finisher in the league, are you nuts or just slow? What it means is that they’re close enough for one of them to say to the other “step your game up, son” without egos getting in the way between them. Carlos Arroyo can’t say that to D-Wade, I don’t even know if CB can say that to D-Wade. But Bron can, and probably UD too.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com just bcuz

    you get no credit for beating up on the worst teams in the league! as i sat and watched the destruction in clev last week. i couldnt help but think….its no way in hell the heat will win a championship this year. lebron and dwade either reckless drives and kicks or iso..bosh jumpers off pick n pops! its no way that forumula gonna win a title. im not a hater just a student of basketball. i think this whole thing is a ploy. Then again what else can you do but play to it while you can? the truth will prevail by season end tho

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Another thread filled with idiocy. Good times!!!!!!!! Now we have people with basketball doctorates posting here….amazing.

  • burnt_chicken

    I wonder if Haslem just hauled off and smote Bosh with a righteous fist of fury in that meeting. Or at least slapped him.

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    ^^^ Haha. Beating 2 sub .500′s and a team missing there leading scorer, all at home, and in between blowing out Cleveland on the road. They had that players only meeting at the best possible time in the schedule hu Eboy.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • All Day

    I don’t like the Heat, but this is truly a non-story. Clearly, LeBron was joking about Wade. Winning can cure many team related issues and problems…I’m not buying the Heat turning things around until they start winning more games against the top tier NBA teams…so far, they’ve beaten Orlando…Atlanta doesn’t count, they’re pretenders!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I could give a fu&k about the wins they get now or later….at some point they’ll play every other team in the league…so they’ll be plenty of team for real criticism then. I’ll make you a deal, the Heat play 15 of their next 21 games on the road, if they finish that stretch with 5 losses or less, will you go away for a while and stick to rooting for your little bundle of talent team that you love?

  • Mo

    It’s not about “who” the Heat are beating right now. The improvement has come in the “way” they are playing as a team that was rarely there before even when they beat the bad teams.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    cosign LAHuey, Wiz, Cavs, Pistons and Johnsonless Hawks?! G T F O H

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Do we really need a report every few games on their locker room situation? Who cares? Let them play already…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    You know who they are playing in this stretch, I have Utah, LA & Denver beating them. The rest of the games are should wins for this roster.
    I ‘hate’ on the constant over analysis and spin put on the Heat, as well as every game that they win being some sort of ‘middle finger to the haters’, whoever they beat. Their going to be a very good to great team the next 3-4 years, its the premature dynasty talks (that Bron himself discussed) that are annoying.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    How ’bout them Blazers!

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    Not the way they are playing right now!

  • JTaylor21

    They can beat both Utah and Denver because we all know that denver always beats themselves vs good teams and Millisap is not going all T-Mac on them again (I think) and LA has lost almost every game they have played against good teams so far, so it won’t be a stretch for the heat to beat them in LA.

  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    They can, but personally I don’t think they will. Its tough to win in Utah and Denver. Do you think they are going to win 21 straight?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    No.

  • Mike from Spain

    Co-sign Shadiestben at 2:16

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Ted, you cant comment and then zzzzzzzzz. The zs speak for themselves.

  • Cizzo

    Miami is still trash! Just in case somebody was wondering if there was a Heat hater out there…. really don’t hate Heat, I just know that they’re not a good team… and never wil be one……

  • Cizzo

    Lebron being tough on someone? The same dude that will burst into tears if he’s critisized constructively.. Evey since the Loss to Orlando a few years back Bron has displayed a lot B E O T C H like characteristic… I can’t ride with them cats, they are a suspect ass crew of South beach party goers……..

  • T-Money

    At least it’s clear that you don’t hate the Heat.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Their offense is starting to look a little better but my concern has always been on their rotations and their defense. Joel looks much better coming off the bench than starting. I like that Wade’s been more aggressive in the passing lanes. To their credit, while it’s been slower than I would’ve like to see, they’ve been making progress since opening tip.

  • T-Money

    And I wouldn’t be surprised if D-Wade (and Spo in that 30-minute meeting) told Bron that he pounds the ball too much. Notice how D-Wade and Bron only bring the ball up when they get the rebound now. Also, Bron has been playing off the ball a lot in the half court offense, catching the ball on the wing at the free throw line extended or the mid-post area à la Melo. Nice.

  • T-Money

    Ultimately, I think Z and Arroyo fall out of the rotation and become situational player. Chalmers, Wade, James, Bosh, Dampier with Miller, Anthony, Jones and Z (Haslem when he gets back).

  • MUBWAR

    Heat haters can choke themselves. Who disagrees?

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    finally someone had to say it. Dwade is trash, he makes chris quinn looks like an all-star on a fast break. even Kwame Brown is a better finisher than wade.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    “It’s been reported that they would sleep at each other’s house on the road”…can a brother get a 6-hour pause on that one?

  • bogoyme

    @ Anton: LOL at sleep at each other’s house!!! Crazy, so is it gonna be Dwade next to Gloria J right now after Dwest???

  • http://hibachisabas.blogspot.com/ Toni Kukoc

    EBoy’s year to shine

  • http://sdfklfds.com Jukai

    While I need to see their cohesion during tight game situations against good teams, this is very promising. They seem to be having fun again.

  • T-Money

    “i’m fresher than ya’ll, so i don’t have to pause.” -hov

  • Kadavour

    is it me, or does the progression of this season’s Miami Heat story seem scripted?

  • KING

    The Wade bashers can’t even do a quarter of what he does. So SHUT DA F*ck up

  • http://slamonline.com kobehater

    d wade has been off on those circus shots. plus KOBE SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • EJ

    I hope that people won’t be saying that Lebron doesn’t have any help this year.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Oh, sorry Tarzan didn’t know that rule.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • http://www.slamonline.com Michael Whyte

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ alright

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz……
    (times infinity)

  • ai come back

    ^^hehe they should have a like option here …………likeZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ(times infinity)

  • The Philosopher

    LONG… LIVE… THE KING.

  • Jackie Moon

    Eboy : 2009-10 Lakers Fans::  
    2010-11 Heat Haters: Eboy

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    I could do the zzzzzzzzz like I used to, but lang said no mas. So I will just laugh at you biters

  • ab40

    wow 17 6 and 6 for lebron in 38 minutes? vs a bad milwaulkee team. That used to be a 40 8 and 9 line vs a team like that. That’s the biggest shame of miami. Wade is starting to regress that is obvious, bosh is a puff and lebron can finaly be what he wants to be.. a lazy spectator on the court

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    I thought that what was helping the team to win was having 80% of the early season being played at home, and against bad teams.

  • http://slam war eagle

    D wade is a better finsher than Lebron.
    and maybe Lebron needs to remeber who has a ring and
    who dosen’t.

  • War Eagle Hunter

    Maybe D Wade needs to peep that ASU Eddie House is the man when it comes to rings in Miami & that explains alot. Also who did better last year with a bunch of scrubs (Cavs) & who the MVP is & PLEASE EVERYBODY . STOP BITIN TARZANs Style ! He’s THE Champ when it comes to Stephen Hawkins keyboard skills. :-) Swing from Deez BeeHatch !

  • Miguel

    I belive that lebron is wrong about Dwade, even though i like lebron james, but still, i think they both should just have a game.

  • Demigod

    Miguel you were retarded 5 months ago & are probably more retarded now. it’s ok. it happens

  • C-leezy

    Everyone that’s hanging from Lebron’s nuts.. How do it taste? Seriously there’s a lot of ppl swinging by his nuts.. Am I a hater? Nah.. I Lebron just isnt the king of shiit.. He’s a very good player & stat hog but thats it.. He is the worst biggest hype in the NBA.. EVER!!!!!!

  • http://www.lebronjames.com/ Lebron

    I was being sarcastic but it got him going, and to add to that mvp of game three now were 2-1 up!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Rutton

    A lot of hate was up in here.

  • Dan

    please trade bosh for howard

  • Mack

    nice foreshadowing :) from a happy mavs fan

  • Chris

    Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? LeBron has no room to talk. D Wade has something that LeBron doesn’t have. A ring. So LeBron needs to shut up and take some advice. Stop displaying yourself in front of the media, and actually win something. You can talk about being the best, but you’re not the best, even though you have potential to be.

  • BOB

    LeBron THINKS HE IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE NBA GIVE ME A BREAK
    ,IT TAKES TEAM WORK THIS IS DWADE TEAM ALL LeBron WANTS TO DO IS SHOT 3 PTS
    SHOT WHERE IS HE GOING NEXT TO WHAT TEAM IF HE CAN’T WON IT IN 2012
    HE IS RICH MAYBE HE WILL BUY A NBA RING . HE CAN’T ERRAND IT.

  • Randall

    Its funny that Lebron said that. He may think that D Wade is the worst finisher in the leauge but at least he knows how to finish games. Where were you Lebron? Game 5 when Dwayne went out. That was his time, but he showed us his true colors

  • http://www.slam.com.au jOSH jAMISON

    oi KOBEHATER you suck old lollipops yes u herd me old lollipops and old lollipops r bad veryyyyyyyyyyyyy bad!!!!!!!!!!!! i like water

  • vefrer

    lebron should be talking he choked so bad in the finals and before that.

  • alebaba

    At this point, we all know that Lebron shouldn’t be commenting on anyone’s ability to close. The audacity of this kid is ridiculous.

  • hater

    lebron shouldn’t be talking about finishing. Fourth Quarter anyone?

  • golakeshow

    Lebron james is a mother f#@king b@#ch. Dwade is one of the best fu@king finishers in the damn league. Lebron can go f@#k wth Bill Russell

  • golakeshow

    ps. Kevin garnett sucks dwight howard’s dick

  • I’m Smarter Than BOB

    @BOB
    Learn some proper English grammar! Hahahahaha! LeBron is the best hands down.

  • LDub20

    ^^^^^^lmfao!!!!! thats a trip. I read that mess and was like “what in the blue hell is he tryna say”??

  • Dhughes

    Lebron being kiling this whole season you gotta be some kind of irregular dumb ass to think that he hasn’t Chris Bosh has been playing well to

  • Kemba roscoe

    Dwyane should of responded with ok then your the most overated player u travel all the time and that wasnt a joke you travel ALL the time and you cant shoot the game winner like the kobes jordans millers and durants like true stars can oh and i have a ring so lechoke what where you saying about me again

  • http://Roadrunner Kush

    Now I think this is great but you guys should look back at the championship you lost only because you would not pass the ball Dallis was very please to see that you guys did not change your game believe it or not you gave them that championship because it look like you both was trying to be the MVP we all know how ganster you are on the court but you were trying to do it by yourself.

  • Joe Black

    According to the Heat coach, the locker room is where the three amigos go to cry teardrops when things don’t go their way.

  • UDamnFools

    Joe Black is the fan of some team that won’t matter come June.

  • lebrons#1fan

    If I was as good as Lebron I wouldn’t let some coach push me around either. Shaq is old and washed up anyway noone wants to here his crap.

  • Pistol Pete

    I would not go as far to say Wade is the worst finisher; I will say that he makes some critical mistakes in crunch time (miss free throws, un-forced errors and turn overs). For Lebron, I would wish that you would post up more in the fourth quarter especially in crunch time (I know you can dominate most small forwards in the league). I am really hoping for this championship this year guys continue to put team first.

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