Friday, November 18th, 2011 at 9:40 am  |  22 responses

Dwyane Wade Remains Loyal to Michael Jordan Despite Labor War

“Money, it’s gotta be the shoes!” Or, more to the point, it’s gotta be the paycheck that comes as a result of wearing the shoes. DWade wouldn’t say anything negative about his boss at Jordan Brand, smartly keeping NBA and sneaker business separate. From the Sun-Sentinel: “[Dwyane Wade] said he would not allow the lockout get in the way of his marketing relationship with Michael Jordan, even with the Charlotte Bobcats owner taking a hard-line stance against the players during the stalled negotiations over a new collective-bargaining agreement … Amid the recent height of lockout rancor, Jordan was singled out by several of Wade’s union brethren for his uncompromising lockout stance against the players. Wade is among the leading endorsers of Jordan’s apparel. ‘I really didn’t need to get involved in all that,’ Wade said. ‘Obviously I wear a different hat than certain other guys that got involved in it. And I stay away from it. I have an obligation and I have a job to do and I’m going to do my job.’ Several players vowed to shun Jordan’s merchandise, including Paul George, Klay Thompson and, most notably, Washington Wizards guard Nick Young, who posted on his Twitter account, ‘I’m not wearing Jordans no more. Can’t believe what I just seen and heard from M.J. Elvis Done Left The Building.’ ‘That’s on Nick Young,’ Wade said. ‘That’s his moment. Obviously, that’s his own choice and decision and, you know, that’s something he’s going to have to deal with. I can’t let that affect me. I have my own things to run, my own stuff to think about what I’m doing with my own shoes. Obviously, I heard about it, because you can’t do nothing but hear about everything now, because there’s nothing else to do.’”

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  • JEr dawg

    Meh. Whatever. Obviously, he’s loyal to the company that’s paying him. I don’t agree with him, but that’s life. I won’t touch any Jordan products anymore. My retros are going up on eBay.

  • Justin

    “Paul George, Klay Thompson and, most notably, Washington Wizards guard Nick Young” LMAO! Who? I’m pretty sure the Jordan brand and Michael in particular are not going to be losing any sleep on this one. I wouldn’t want that illiterate fool endorsing my products anyway. “You can’t be wearin’ nothin’ that aint’ the Jordan shoes man. You bein’ a foo’ othawize”

  • Marcos

    They’re all sellouts; it’s only about the money. Wade is getting money from the Jordan Brand; the Jordan Brand is making money out of Wade; so they’re both cool. With the League, they’re fighting over it, so on that field they’re not cool. Standard Business Mode: On
    We are the idiots here, because when they get back we’ll get back to spending a lot of money so a bunch of millionaires and billionaires can argue on how to split it. It’s eff’d up. I hope the League tanks, the prices go way down and that they lose a lot of money, much more than they’re arguing about now.

  • AD

    he better be or he’ll be kicked of the AMAZIN NIKE COMPANAY…….#SLAVE

  • AD

    we should all ride with Nick Young……..

  • LA Huey

    Whatever. I think Wade’s saving it for the hardwood. Unfortunately for Charlotte fans, they’re in the Heat’s division.

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

    c’mon son….why would anyone be surprised by MJ making a selfish decision????

  • floe

    wow what a sellout.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    Wade: “Hey owners and players buy my shoes.”

  • Sean B

    You guys are crazy. Jordan is a businessman. Last I checked he was now an owner, not a player. Why shouldn’t he try to get the best deal for his franchise?

  • ugly_fish

    can’t bite that hand that feeds you

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He should try and get the best deal for his franchise. But a good business man will also try and make his employees happy. Not hate him. He could have kept the same stances on this lockout without being the mascot for the hardliners. He was the exact opposite when he was a player. And what he said to he owners in 2001 apply even more too him then it did too them. COnsidering Owners make more now than they did then, and the league is bigger.

  • truthteller

    The world is starting to realise what we’ve known for years, MJ is an asshole!

  • Mburb321

    So he gets tough with little old Stern but keeps quiet when it comes to Jordan? Wade is a bum, if he felt so strongly about how unfair this deal is he could of at least addressed one of the biggest hardliners, instead all he said is “yeah, i heard”..P*ssy! I would think because of his close working relationship with him he would be even more outraged.

  • kingsley

    he signs my check.

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

    Some real nice politickin’ there, Dwyane.

  • shutupallenp

    well seeing as hes not getting an nba paycheck right now, i bet those jordan checks are looking great. cant fault him for not wanting to bash his current employer

  • bike

    Former NBA players should really stay away from the owner buisness. All owners should be short, middle-aged, white, balding, jewish men that never played an organized sport in their life. It’s just a whole lot easier to hate that kind of profile.

  • stewie23

    @Jerdawg what has this got to do with puttin ur j’s on ebay? man cant have an opinion?

  • robb

    People have some trouble separating things. MJ is doing business not friends. Wade is a total pro and he understands that. Jordan WAS a player, now he’s an owner, his priorities have changed, like Michael Corleone said: “It’s not personal, It’s strictly business.”

  • louisianimal

    You either play the game, or let the game play u; an be that broke mf talkin bout he stayed true.
    -J. Cole

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Robb, refer to 11:49am… What do you say to that?