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Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  125 responses

Dwyane Wade: Miami Started ‘Trend’ for NBA Free Agents


by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

The sports world went crazy when LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami last July.

It was an unprecedented coup for the Heat’s front-office, but what was most remarkable about it, is that it was the players themselves who orchestrated much of the shocking move.

According to DWade, NBA fans — and most critically — executives shouldn’t be surprised if this has a snowball effect on other free agents.

After all, we’ve already seen hints from other stars around the NBA looking to make similar decisions.

ESPN has the quotes:

Love or hate the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade knows that he and teammates LeBron James and Chris Bosh set a trend the rest of the NBA will follow for years. “Yes, we have,” Wade said. “I don’t know whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but more guys are going to look to team up and do things like that.”

“I don’t know. I wish I could pinpoint it,” he said. “Obviously, people don’t like change. And we changed things. We changed the way things were done. People don’t like that. It takes time to get used to it. Whenever you’re the first to do something, it’s not always the best thing. But eventually later on you get to see, it wasn’t that bad. You can look at a guy like Allen Iverson when he first came in the league, tattoos, braids, all these things, it wasn’t cool. It was cool on the outside, but in the NBA world it wasn’t cool. Now you see people around the world with tattoos, braids, no matter what profession you’re in, it’s OK. But he was one of the first ones, as an athlete, to do it. And you’ve seen that he got a lot of backlash, but now it’s a cool thing to do. Anybody can get braids now, anybody can get tattoos now, and it’s not as bad. When you’re the first one to do something, it’s always the worst, but eventually it comes around.”

Free agent supertars deciding to join forces, thereby creating super-teams is precisely the kind of thing NBA team owners want to curb going forward — the ability for players to take control of their own careers, and to dramatically alter the sport’s landscape in a single summer.

The folks holding the purse strings for teams, especially in smaller markets, will fight tooth and nail during this labor war to make sure Dwyane Wade’s prediction of a free agent trend starting never gets off the ground.

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  • Danny W UK

    As opposed to Boston doing it the year before. Or Rodman going to the Bulls in the 90′s or many other free agents joining contenders over the years. Arrogant tw*t.

  • EmCee

    F**k off already Dwayne.

  • LP

    I don’t think they changed anything…they still lost at the end. Who wants to team up and LOSE??? They just showed that even with 3 allstars, with great basketball IQ, and great skill and athleticism, YOU STILL CAN LOSE…. Boston changed more than they did…to be honest. oh and i’m not a Heat/Lebron hater..

  • Sunny Side Up

    I love how Wade is stating that he and the Miami Heat started this trend, yet in interviews before the season both him and LeBron were stating that seeing what Boston did in 2007 (3 all stars banding together) inspired them to do the same thing. I mean come on now!

  • http://64dollacologne.tumblr.com/ cramzy

    come on man, yall know what he meant! Boston was put together through trades. No time in history have the 3 most coveted free agents went to the same time. He was just answering a question. Relax.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Miami is a super-team, word? So in what world is a team with mike bibby, joel anthony in the starting lineup and eric spolestra as the coach considered a “super-team”? Those 80s Celtics and Laker teams were a super team, that 83 Sixers team (Moses, Toney, Erving, Cheeks and Jones) were a super team, the 67 Sixers team (Wilt, Greer, Walker and Billy) was a super-team, the 62 Celtics team (Jones, Heinsohn, Russell, Cousy and Havlicek) was a super-team. A team that relied on 3 players to score, pass, rebound, and defend as much as MIA did can not be considered a “super-team”.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Miami is a super-team, word? So in what world is a team with mike bibby, joel anthony in the starting lineup and eric spolestra as the coach considered a “super-team”? Those 80s Celtics and Laker teams were a super team, that 83 Sixers team (Moses, Toney, Erving, Cheeks and Jones) were a super team, the 67 Sixers team (Wilt, Greer, Walker and Billy) was a super-team, the 62 Celtics team (Jones, Heinsohn, Russell, Cousy and Havlicek) was a super-team. A team that relied on 3 players to score, pass, rebound, and defend as much as MIA did can not be considered a “super-team”.

  • BAWSE

    This dude is showing how easy he is to influence. I have noticed how punkish Dwade has become over the season following big buddy Lebron. It looked like Game 6 he realized that Lebron is a choker but has forgotten it now. No ring and he is still talking. Talked big and mocked Dirk and got slapped silly.

  • SikhWitIt

    What EmCee said.

  • SikhWitIt

    That analogy to A.I.’s image doesn’t apply in the least lol

  • that dude

    D Wade went on a Vince Vaughn rant right there, he went from free agency to a history on braids and tats. I know he was making a point but damn.

  • Sean B

    You haters are too much. Does Miami teaming up together really piss you off that much? Are your lives really that affected that they threw a premature championship celebration(which any team would have probably done had they pulled off such an amazing free-agent coup… let’s be real here people). I try not to comment about the Miami Heat because they’re not my team I just want to see them do well because of the obvious talent they have, but some of you guys need to get together. When they win 3 out of the next 5 NBA Championships what will you say then… “well Dallas still beat em”. Shut the hell up.

  • jake

    Hey sean, did the bulls throw a party when they had 3 of the top b50 players in league history? Nope they didn’t. That’s how a team should act, don’t celebrate over hype and speculation.

  • EJ

    @Sean B, yes.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Anyone read about Shaq’s leaked emails to a Swedish model. Certainly the Big Load!

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

    co-sign cramzy. There really isn’t anything comparable to what Miami did last year. The Bulls already had 2/3 their 3 pieces and the Rodman trade didn’t have the hype you guys pretend it did. Boston acquired their pieces via trade. I can’t wait ’til Wade states that ‘water is wet’ and watch haters go off about it.

  • http://aol QGallday

    they got real close 2that title we kno they lost…time is on my side yes it is…HEATCHEKK BOIII!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    this is amazing… ya’ll mad for no reason.. obviously boston and san antonio’s big 3′s were put together through mostly through the draft and trades(with the exception of dennis rodman) not through FREE AGENCY which is what this article is about FREE AGENCY… jesus christ danny W you’re an idiot.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    seriously… smh @ sickwitit and emcee and for the record jake i think rodmanat might have been underrated at the time and that’s why they didn’t celebrate but it’s not like this version of the heat are the only team that does that.. when shaq first came to miami they threw a parade. it’s not a big deal stop whining.. and cosign LA HUEY

  • CARTEL

    Listen, the Heat’s big 3 ain’t the 1st to do it, Boston had done it a few seasons earlier…Even the Allen Iverson trade to Denver was sorta a big deal, because they had BOTH the leagues leading scorers, at the time (A.I. and Melo) on the same team…I remember it was a big deal when Karl Malone and Gary Payton, who were still stars, joined Kobe and Shaq on the Lakers squad. If it wouldn’t have been any injuries, that team woulda got a ring!!!…Bottomline, it’s been happening, it’s nothing new….

  • SikhWitIt

    If you have an opinion contrary to the Heat lovers, you are a “hater.” Datkid and Sean B, you would make wonderful dictators.

  • SikhWitIt

    Yeah, it’s been happening, but the WAY in which it happened is what most people are taking issue with. Move on with that logic already.

  • @Deknowz

    D-Wade is becoming quite the D-bag.

  • bike

    The only ‘trend’ Miami started was that bringing in three franchise players guaranteed nothing. Remember, they were losing games left and right at the start of the season and the whole world was laughing. They did get to the finals but lost the chip. And now we have the owners wielding iron fists in the labor dispute because of what they did. So go ahead players, conspire all you want to build a super team but don’t use the Heat for a blueprint.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    -They clearly started a trend.
    -And nobody had them winning the title, most people didn’t even think they’d make the finals, so their season was a success.
    -Watch what ends up happening with Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, I guarantee they end up on the same team as atleast (1) other “superstar”

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    A team that relied on 3 players to score, pass, rebound, and defend as much as MIA did can not be considered a “super-team”.
    ________________________________________________________________________
    That sounds like the late 90’s Bulls to me.
    Weren’t they a superteam?
    Rodman/Pippen/Jordan averaged a combined 55.3 ppg, 27.9 rpg, 12.7 apg and 4.5 spg in their 72 win season.
    James/Wade/Bosh averaged a combined 70.9 ppg, 22.4 rpg, 13.5 apg and 3.9 spg last season.
    So yeah, minus the scoring difference between the two (I mean, Rodman only averaged 5.5 points per that season) it’s pretty comparable.
    I get what you’re saying though, cause the difference was, stats aside, Chicago’s role players >>>>>>> Miami’s role players.

  • http://obsessioncollection.wordpress.com grgeblck

    miami heat did by signings not by tradings, which we all have to agree was hard to convince two more well-paid players to join and share the same stage. so wade is kinda right but at the same time they lost, so right now it’s not a big deal. only when they win 3 in a row, we can say, damn they were right. until then…

  • T-Money

    The Bulls werent a super team, they were just the best team. It wasnt an all star cast.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Aw come on, Soop, nobody had them winning a title?
    Nobody (outside of Heat fans and LeBron stans) wanted them to win a title, but that doesn’t mean people weren’t picking them to win it all.
    Probably only the Lakers had more “experts” picking them to win it all than the Heat.
    And most of them thought it would be Miami/LA in the finals.
    And some had them breaking records and becoming the next dynasty from season 1.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    If “super-team” is defined by having multiple all-stars and future hall of famers (apparently the minimum has to be four or more since the Bulls had three?) than fair enough, they’re not a super-team.
    But f*ck that, they’re still a super-team to me.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Those 90s Bulls were not a super-team, they just had the best player, the best defender, best rebounder and best coach in the world. Their role players weren’t good enough to be considered a “super-team”. Put them up against the 85 Lakers, 86 Celtic or 83 Sixers and they would have a hard time beating any of those teams.

  • Red Star

    Well that all depends on the new CBA doesn’t it DWade?! Amazing how they still feel they acomplished something when they didn’t win.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    my bad matic, a lot of people did have Miami winning in the preseason, but once the season started and everybody saw they weren’t a sooper team then those expectations trickled off. Even Eboy if i remember correctly thought they were a year out. IMO they are the favorites going into next season, and will be the favorites for the foreseeable future (until OKC or LA (w/Dwight or CP) beats them) unless other “super-teams” start popping up.

  • DieselMechanic

    Wade’s right, two major stars electing to sign with the same team that already has one is a new thing. And it is terrible for the parity of the league. If every star did this we would end up with 4 or 5 superteams and 25 teams that no one would be interested in watching.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    How are the ’85 Lakers a super-team and the ’96 Bulls aren’t?
    Magic, Kareem, Worthy.
    Their role players weren’t that significantly better than the Bulls.
    Bob McAdoo was in his second to last season, no longer the outstanding player he used to be.
    While I wouldn’t DARE say Toni Kukoc was better than Bob McAdoo, Kukoc’s ’96 season as the Bulls sixth man > McAdoo’s ’85 season as Lakers sixth man.
    Byron Scott was good but not a superstar or anything.
    Michael Cooper was an outstanding defender, but it’s not like Ron Harper was a slouch defensively in his Bulls years.
    And Rodman alone would’ve absolutely destroyed them on the boards. No Laker averaged over 8 boards a game that year.

  • Ali

    So tired of Wade and Bron…STFU already….Stop talking and giving interviews, go chill with ya family bro, stop talking to the media. Everytime he talks he sound more dumb to me.

  • http://gmail.com z

    I don’t like the big 3 but dwade’s right about this. They HAVE started a trend, and that’s evidenced by the hype surrounding the knicks all year last season, it’s evidenced by ownership wanting to restrict free agent movement, and it’s logical considering that they’re all 3 (or at least bron adn dwade are) icons. Plus kudos to dwyane for drawing a parallel with the answer (the coolest player in the history of the sport–bring him back, nba! the man was a supertalent, and you don’t tell a supertalent when they can’t do “it” anymore–no one did it to MJ, no one did it to Ali, even tho they probly should’ve)

  • http://gmail.com z

    Just for the record, before i get crucified for giving dwyane props, i do think he has turned into a bit of a pompous arrogant jerk since bron joined him. Seriously, Kobe was never this hard to stomach, even when he had shaq and you didn’t, he never seemed to try and rub it in

  • Rainman

    im pretty sure Wade meant joining 3 stars off free agency tho

    Boston did it off trades

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Kareem would destroy any big on the bulls roster, Magic would eat Pip alive (remember this is not ’91 Magic that was way past his prime), Worthy’s too quick for Rodman and too strong for Kukoc, MJ would destroy Coop and BScott but it wouldn’t be a cakewalk (Coop won DPOY in 86). The Lakers bench has the edge (Cooper, McAdoo, Wilkes and Rambis) compared to the Bulls bench (Kerr, Kukoc and Wennington).
    They destroyed the same Celtic team that went on the next season to win 67 gms and many consider to be greatest team of all-time in the Finals (4-2).

  • http://gmail.com z

    just gotta say i appreciate jtaylors appreciation for the old school

  • MLK4Life

    2 superstars and a star have to get on the same team just to get to the Finals and get beat by a superstar and a bunch of good role players. Is that the trend??? Dirk started a new trend…You don’t need two other perennial All-Stars on your team to win a championship.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    sickwitit …just accept that you’re wrong and a whiner.. go play somewhere. at least z can face facts.. although personally i disagree… it’s hard to outdouchebag kobe

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    JTaylor – 91 Magic was a year removed from an MVP season he was only 31 and in his 11th season. He was not “way past his prime” he averaged 19PPG 12.5APG and 7.0RPG in 91 – holy hell please try and know what your talking about.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    see i see the bulls as a superteam.. but to me any team with 3 or more hall of famers/3 hall of famers plus a hall of fame coach is a superteam… now not all super teams are created equal tho. I say 96 bulls >85 lakers..

  • Kent

    It doesnt matter how the team comes together. Free Agents, Trade, Drafts. Who the F cares? People using that as a reason to hate of the Heat. Time changes. Era to Era. People say Jordan, Magic, Bird wouldnt have done it. THEY DIDNT HAVE TO. THEY Already had their Superteam especially Magic and Bird. Celtics and the Lakers were the only teams in the NBA Finals in the 80s. Chicago wanted to trade scottie pippen and jordan didnt want that to happen. But if it did, do u think Jordan would have wanted to stay n Chicago? Hell no. He would ve left just like LEbron did. Real Talk

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    NBK, since when does being 31 equal a player’s prime? Maybe I shouldn’t have said “way past his prime” but dude wasn’t moving like he used to in the past. Go back and watch the 91 Finals and you’ll see him having a hard time driving past Pip/MJ and struggling to finish around the rim. Magic wasn’t a superior athlete to begin with, so the slightest decline in his athleticism was easy to see. Why do you think the lakers became more a half-court team after outgunning and outrunning opponents the past decade.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Kobe’s in his prime now and he’s 33.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Dirk’s in his prime and he’s 33

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Jordan was in his prime in his final Bulls season. Averaged 28.7 a game. He was 34.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Wilt at 34?
    24 and 24 per.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Was MJ in his prime or close to it when he won the MVP in ’97 at the age of 34? Was Malone anywhere near his prime when he won the 98 MVP at the age of 35? Was Kareem in his prime when he won the 79 MVP at the age of 32?
    No, No , No. Just because a player wins a MVP after his 30s doesn’t mean that the guy was in his prime. When you’re an all-time great, you tend to possess the same qualities and skills deep into your 30s.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Being 31-plus does not mean being past your prime, is what I’m getting at.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Their age doesn’t have any barring on their prime, its how they play the game. Would you say Steve Nash’s prime was when he was 27? or 35? exactly. — And Magic was playing at his career averages at 31, actually was higher in APG by over (1.3) APG so he was still in his prime. Maybe the end of it, but his prime none-the-less. — And the Lakers became more of a half-court team because they lost the majority of their athletes (Byron Scott and James Worthy were the only players left from the Showtime Lakers) and their shot-blocking, outlet starting center had retired (you try and run with AC Green, Sam Perkins, Vlade Divac, and Terry Teagle). You go back and watch that series, notice how Magic absolutely dominated the Bulls and Michale Jordan in game 1 when he put up a triple double (19Points, 10Rebounds, 11Assists) on 5 shots. Your underrating Scottie Pippen defensively is the moral of he story here.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    and you need to realize that a players prime only pertains to how effectively they are playing the sport, not how old they are, or how high they can jump, or how fast they can run.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    So if MJ was in his prime at 34, what stage was he in at age 23 avg. 37ppg? His God-stage? Or Wilt what stage was he in at age 25 avg. 50/25? His alien-stage? Come on son, stop it.

  • MLK4Life

    Whoa, MJ had superteams? Don’t think so. Besides Scottie (who was a bench player who turned himself into a Hall of Famer) and Dennis Rodman for the last three titles, who else could be classified as being a great player? Luc Longley and Ron Harper? Horace Grant? Bill Cartwright? People simply don’t understand what the word “hater” means. It’s overused way too much. Stating facts is not hating. If one dislikes the Heat, they may have good reasons to do so. Good reasons would include the TV show LeBron had, the concert they gave, the way LeBron spoke about winning 7 championships easily yet after game one of the regular season he says “Rome wasn’t built in one day.” Just a few months prior to that, his exact words were “Once we get on the court, it’s going to be easy.” Those are valid reasons to dislike the team. That’s not hate at all. At the end of the day, it’s just basketball. These guys are just basketball players. Not that important or that serious. It’s a fun game. So I could care less about how these teams are formed or how these guys are personally. We don’t know them. But I can fully understand someone disliking the Heat if it’s for solid reasons. Objectively speaking, I can clearly see that D-Wade’s tone has changed since LeBron joined his team.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    You mean their best statistical seasons? They were in their best individual stage, maybe their “individual” prime.
    Would you want Jordan at 23 or Jordan at 34?
    I mean if I wanted a highlight tape the answer would be easy,
    if I wanted a whole season worth of just production the answer would be pretty easy too.

    But if I wanted a Championship? I think its pretty clear who the right choice is as well
    Michael Jordan at 34.

    So what’s your definition of prime, statistics, or championships?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    No, it’s when they are at their ultimate best, both physically and skill-wise. Magic was not at his ultimate best at age 31, sorry he wasn’t. He still was able to put up those numbers because he had the same skills he had at 25 plus his understanding of the game was more advanced. The same thing with MJ during the second Bulls 3peat. He couldn’t jump as high or blow past defenders like he could at 26/27 but his brain and skill-set had improved to the point that he could dominate regardless.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Yes and if you have played basketball in your life you would know that being smarter is better then jumping higher.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Stop acting like MJ had the same talent around him at 23 as he did at 34, stop. Guarantee you that if 23yr old MJ had Pip, Rodman and PJax, the bulls would have won more games than in 96. Remember that MJ dropped 63 on BOS and his team still lost!!!
    Winning championships or putting up the best stats has nothing to do with determining when a player was in his prime. You have to figure out (watch game footage) when a guy had the complete package; physically, mentally and skill-wise.
    To each its own. If you believe that a guy’s prime has to involve winning chips, that’s on you. I’m not going to belittle you for thinking differently.

  • bike

    I have always heard that, as a general rule, nba players hit their prime at 27 or 28 and it’s based upon physical peak. After 30, a body’s ability to perform at peak physical ability for professional basketball begins to diminish. The rate at which it diminishes will vary of course but the pounding on ligiments, muscles, etc. eventually takes its toll. It does not mean a player can’t still perform at a very high level well into their 30′s and of course they have over 10 years experience by that time.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The only reasons Magic Johnson retired was because he had HIV, he was still the best PG on planet earth at the time. His retirement has really cast a shadow over the end of his career, when he was just as productive, with half the talent around him. – And lets point out a few other things about player that are, in your definition, “past their prime”
    - Hakeem won his only 2 titles at – 31 and 32
    - Kobe won his 2 post Shaq titles at – 30 and 31
    - Dirk won his only title at – 32
    - Shaq won his last tile at – 32
    - Steve Nash won all of his 2 MVP Awards after 31
    - Karl Malone won all of his 2 MVP Awards after 31
    - Michael Jordan won 3 Titles after 31, and 2 MVP’s
    - Wilt at 31 averaged 24.6PPG 23.4RPG & 8.6APG

    31 seems like an ok age for players “past their prime” to me.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    in 96 the Bulls won 72 games. go to sleep if you think selfish ass 23 year old Michael Jordan would have led a team to 72 wins. eww this conversation is over.

  • bull22

    wade is an idiot, this has been done before (not with their type of chic drama) the last being boston and among many others.. wade must live in sheltered little world or just plain stupid ,lol what a laugher. i guess when you dont win a title you must have to say other things to make any type of news.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Good. I don’t have to continue arguing with a sensitive feline. I already have enough of that at home.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    sensitive would be throwing out a back handed insult when someone reacts to you being an idiot.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Cry me a river.

  • vtrobot

    d. wade is totally right. that was the first time two self-entitled superstar d-bags teamed up with a feminine praying mantis-type and didn’t win anything. and they felt it was important enough to record it all for reality TV. history has been made. is this year’s pre-season championship party coming up soon?

  • http://www.ballislife.com/profiles/blogs/kobetop10moments nbk

    You want me to add to the river you already started or to create my own? Im under 31 so I have a prime amount of tears to shed….

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    You guys are cute. I honestly think there is no cap on “Prime”. Dudes can be past their 35th B-Day and straight ballin’ so you can’t look at age. Actually it’s the other way around for me. I don’t think an athlete can reach his prime till about 24. Can they ball out of their minds? ya, but as far as the mental aspects of the game. You don’t get that till around 25+.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I could but I discriminatory towards men with female tendencies.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    that sentence didn’t make sense in any way. your response “i could” was awkward, and discriminatory doesn’t make sense after the word I. I JTaylor, I caveman, I sex with women that look a lot like men. see, it doesn’t work.

  • Heals

    Damn this squad doesn’t miss a beat off he court, it just keeps coming, and coming, and coming. I’d swear they have a sixth sense that can tell when they aren’t being talked about, too which they have the uncanny ability to respond immediately…

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    nbk is winning this round.
    Sorry, JT.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Well, that’s what females do. Try to win every argument.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Y’all are making my Friday more entertaining.
    Please continue.

  • http://www.ballislife.com/profiles/blogs/kobetop10moments nbk

    Females actually try and win at everything. Me and Michael Jordan have matching vaginas.

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

    This back and forth is funny. What was this orignally about?
    @LakeShow, I agree that you can’t say Age X to Y is when a player’s in their prime. Their prime is when he’s reached an optimum combo of his skills and smarts. Could be 20, 30, or 40.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    MJ has everything. What has your vagina gotten you? Box of tampons, a juwanna mann dvd and your picture on a std clinic’s wall?

  • http://www.ballislife.com/profiles/blogs/kobetop10moments nbk

    Jtaylor said Magic Johsnon in 1991 was “way past his prime” – that was the start of our argument.

  • http://www.ballislife.com/profiles/blogs/kobetop10moments nbk

    I own a home at 24, a victory in this argument. Oh anD i’m pretty good at scrabble

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    F*ck you, nbk!

  • http://www.ballislife.com/profiles/blogs/kobetop10moments nbk

    I sold my Juwanna Man dvd for a copy of the complete first season of Yo! MTV Raps

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Lol. Their tied now Enig^^

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    “Today, August 26th, 2011, a date which will live in infamy. The male species was suddenly and deliberately attacked by a man suffering from a sever case of b*tcha**ness.”

  • http://dskjfl.com Jukai

    What trend did they start? There hasn’t been another season. This may never happen again. A “trend” only starts when other people do it. I have not said this yet, but I’m beginning to join the “Wade really needs to stfu” crowd.

  • hillbilly

    In other news, Al Gore started the internet. Billy Joel, however, did NOT start the fire. More at eleven.

  • http://dskjfl.com Jukai

    Oh jesus, I just read the comments now… let’s have a moment of silence for the braincells I lost while doing it…

  • http://slamonline Brion

    Havent dropped in on the Slam crowd for a while, good to see nothing has changed.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I think they’re both losing, LakeShow.

  • HAMMER

    2day’s Layup Lines should have been Aaliyah’s “Back and forth”, instead of yesterday, judging by what im seeing going on here….Magic may been past his prime n ’91, but Pip hadn’t even reached his prime yet in ’91. So I disagree Magic “would have eaten him alive”.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I like how almost everyday someone drops in too say “haven’t looked in here for a little bit, looks like nothing has changed” — like a comment section is ever going to evolve into something more then a discussion that more often then not includes an almost pointless argument coupled with even more pointless insults. its all for fun, nobody goes home at night and cries about their life in the slamily…… i hope

  • http://www.opposingviews.com/i/nba-breakdown-cba-talk-revenue-sharing-salary-caps-and-lockouts Allenp

    Usually your prime is considered years 28-32. Those numbers can change if you came straight out of high school.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    everyone who is interested in the lockout should reace the maurice evans interview on SI – especially the few of us who are on the side of the owners.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    read* and i’ll try and learn how to spell

  • http://firespo.com KING

    he is saying that they were the first ones to have it in their hands

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Late like your period.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Huh?

  • chingy

    You guys make work pass by a lot faster. I think the point is, for prime years, in GENERAL, its around late 20s early 30s. But again, its in general. Some (ie. Nash, Dirk) have their primes later. Or in my case, earlier (when I was 17! lol)

  • BE.water

    I JTaylor, I caveman, I sex with women that look a lot like men.

    hahahahahahahahahaha. that was comedy.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Oh, and case you were wondering, Soop, my 4 PM comment is cause I’m 27 and still renting. LOL

  • http://www.ballislife.com/profiles/blogs/kobetop10moments nbk

    Lol i deserved it, i sounded like a pompous douche.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    It’s all good. I ain’t hating. I love to see young Whap-a-Saurases get paid.

  • http://www.ballislife.com/profiles/blogs/kobetop10moments nbk

    Appreciate it man.

  • riggs

    really dwyane? so when you said and i quote “we looked at boston and thought why we couldn’t do that” you were just talking out of your ass?

  • unrel

    yankees been doing this ish for years..

  • NotDrunkEnough

    Damn it Wade shut up already. You’re becoming more and more like your friend-lover Lebron.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Is the NBK -vs- JT21 debate PAST IT’S PRIME?….

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    nah yo i was in tears at that caveman crack

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Hold up, Malone won MVP in 97, not Jordan. And i would take Jordan at 34 anyday over Jordan at 23

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    lmaoo @ dacre…. nah but in general i think prime equals physical best+mentally best. i have no idea when that would be for jordan tho

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    whoa mlk4life.. you act like the bulls didn’t also have one of the greatest coaches ever in phil jackson and an excellent european player in toni kucok… don’t act like the bulls only had a few good players smmfh and for the record i can’t understand why you’re butthurt… what wade said is factually correct.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Hold up. Malone won tha MVP in 97, not Jordan. N i would take Jordan at 34 over Jordan at 23 anyday

  • brandon

    love how if anything says anything about the miami heat there ends up being 100 plus comments. The Heat take so much criticizm. BUT ITS SO FUNN TO MAKE FUN OF THE HEAT’

  • phamp44

    @Sunnyside Up, you’re an idiot, hes saying they changed the trend for FREE AGENTS. Boston had to trade players for Garnett and Ray Allen. Dennis Rodman was also TRADED to the bulls. What the Owners are trying to do is stop franchise players from leaving to bigger markets as soon as they become free agents leaving the team compromised in terms of roster strength. If the players wanted trades however, they’d be able to get money and draft picks as well as other players to make up for the loss.
    However, i dont see how it is anyone’s business to say where anyone is allowed or not allowed to go. all players should have damn free will to go where they please, it is their life.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Slamonline, where the Heat happens…then feelings get hurt.
    Know what? I just checked the final rosters for the Eurobasket tournament starting next week: incredible.
    Spain added Ibaka! talk about the rich getting richer
    Dirk and Kaman are back for GER
    Turkey has an Nba frontcourt (though they’ve been bad in preparation games)
    France, jesus France. If Roddy and TP play, easily the fastest backcourt, then Mahinmi, Noah, Diaw? Good enough, non?
    Greece is winning everything convincingly in preparation competition
    THIS.IS.GONNA.BE.AWESOME!
    Hope Slam has a budget to send someone to Lithuania for this (Matt Lawyue, where art thou?)

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Even Italy added their best player of the moment, Bargnani.
    wooohooo, this is gonna be fun.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Dwyane Wade: Miami Started ‘Trend’ for NBA Free Agents to team with other good players to become PUNKS.

  • http://dskjfl.com Jukai

    ^^
    Just want to remind everyone the Ultimate Laker Fan forgot Gary Payton was on the Lakers in 2004. Throwing that out there. Continue with your day.

  • Luis

    You guys are retarded. He’s saying the trend is free agents signing together. The Boston Big 3 was formed with trades. Quit talkin mess if you don’t know.

  • http://slamonline.com Neitel

    wade read the lastest SLAM masterpiece when they interviwed allen iverson…read it…you’ll see what im talking about…plus wade might be wrong..super teams were started by the celtics, 1996 bulls..not them, but they did awaken that monster however…

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    LONG… LIVE… THE KING.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    SOME GOOFY SHTT IN HERE. ALSO, NBK DOES SUCK FOR OWNING A HOUSE.

  • BostonBaller

    Who was the 1st to wear their pants so low they could barely walk without holding up their pants? Who decided that they wanted to wear them even lower? Sometimes the 1st is the worst and it stays bad…lol

    The Lakers tried it by getting Malone & GP to join forces with their already dynamic team..

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