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Monday, October 8th, 2012 at 11:00 am  |  22 responses

Dwyane Wade Fueled By Critics Saying He is in Decline


Dwyane Wade says that he will no longer address questions about his age, health or alleged slippages in his game. However, Wade will use the criticisms as motivation going forward. From the Sun-Sentinel: “Any time someone questions you, it’s going to bother you if you have any kind of competitive nature,’ Wade said. ‘It fuels you. You want to see what you’re made of in a sense. You want to come back and not only answer the bell, but do a little bit more than expected.’ [...] ‘He was not healthy last year,’ said Erik Spoelstra, who used ‘a young 30′ to describe Wade. ‘The most important thing for any player in this league is your health. What’s sad is [Wade being old] was the story line instead of being the ultimate competitor. That is the amazing story. He helped lead us to a championship. The story about him being old is exaggerated and absurd to us.’ [...] Wade calls the talk, ‘just speculation, man.’ … ‘I’m not really worried about it, I’m going forward,’ Wade said. ‘If anyone asks me anything about that, I’m not answering. I don’t want to talk about it. We can talk about all that when I get done playing basketball. Right now, I’m one of the best players in the league, and I come in every year and try to work as hard as I can to try to stay there.’ … ‘At the end of the day, everyone looks at points,’ Wade said. ‘That’s what they look at. No one said anything about how my defense has been as good as it’s been. No one said anything about how efficient I was last year. I shot 49.7 percent from the field, so that means I hit half the shots I took. People don’t look at that. I can’t worry myself with that. The only thing I can do is, whatever role I have to play, is play it.’”

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  • Ugh

    [Player] uses [magazine/website] criticising his play as motivation, thanks them.

  • Ugh

    [Player] uses [magazine/website] criticising his play as motivation, thanks them.

  • the Jewel

    he was seen sporting his new walking cane in the parking lot of the practice facility, a sturdy, bamboo beauty imported from Cambodia. there is still no word on whether or not the Jordan Brand will attempt to sponsor the new glamorous accessory. Bill Walton, meanwhile, is smiling from a tantra prayer rug somewhere in San Francisco.

  • the Jewel

    he was seen sporting his new walking cane in the parking lot of the practice facility, a sturdy, bamboo beauty imported from Cambodia. there is still no word on whether or not the Jordan Brand will attempt to sponsor the new glamorous accessory. Bill Walton, meanwhile, is smiling from a tantra prayer rug somewhere in San Francisco.

  • Redd

    Idk I don’t think he can last too much longer.

  • Redd

    Idk I don’t think he can last too much longer.

  • Daniel Mcwhite

    D Wade all round game is on display. The thing that impress me the most is his shot bloaking ability. He block shots better than alot of big men

  • Daniel Mcwhite

    D Wade all round game is on display. The thing that impress me the most is his shot bloaking ability. He block shots better than alot of big men

  • spit hot fiyah

    that’s for explaining math to us wade

  • spit hot fiyah

    that’s for explaining math to us wade

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Still a 25, 5 and 6 guy if he played on any other team. Best SG in basketball.

  • the king

    wade is goin 2 stop lebron from geting the MVP in a good way they are going 2 go off this season

  • Your Dad

    Wade already landed a new deal and parted ways with Jordan brand. He was also spotted dunking and playing “viciously” as reported by observers just the other day. Don’t let wade’s calm demenar fool you, cause just like Spo said, wade is a young 30 and he’s just getting started. This man handles injuries better than anyone in the league, expect a MVP type season from wade this year as he aims to disappoint his doubters.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    Hope he gots some more good years ahead of him

  • B

    How quickly people forget the guy can still dominate a game with absurd skill and athleticism. Most recent example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwcZIH2FJHg&feature=related

  • roscoe

    don’t doubt dwade… one of the league’s best competitors & pride to boot.

  • The Seed

    Anytime you suppose to be a top 10 player in the NBA and your teammate can get a MVP award with you on the team, you are in decline. Truth Hurts!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Bishop.SeanMagicJuan Sean MagicJuan

    That argument makes no sense.

  • GetReal

    really? handles injuries better than Kobe? better than Rondo? sure.

  • black pinoy

    he still is a premier player. he going to play like this for 2 more years (max) then we will see him decline. the decline would be slow and gradual (similar to kobe)..

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    You know that happened to Kobe right? Pippen too.

  • pposse

    this spells trouble for the league! wade and lebron duo with the bostrich will be a very interesting 82 game regular season. I want to say right now that they are going to take 65+ games this year. Plus Wade gets to play a full year without having to worry about the other kid from Chicago (D Rose) busting his ankles and ruining his reputation due to his own injuries

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