Following the 2006 NBA Finals, things grew icy between Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade.
Cuban resented Wade for what was perceived as preferential treatment from the refs in Miami’s championship triumph, but evidently, time heals all wounds.
He may not like the Heat, but Cuban says he’s let go of his grudge for D-Wade.
Per the Dallas Morning News:
“Not anymore,” Cuban said when asked if he dislikes Wade. “At the beginning, I did because I think he thought he was entitled to everything that happened in that (2006) series. But it’s been eight years. I mean, I take a little bit of joy in games where he doesn’t go to the free throw line. But I like D-Wade now. He’s a guy who does a lot of good things off the court and I have to respect that.
“But if you’d have asked me eight years ago, it would have been a different answer. There was a time I did a commercial and he was there. He walked out of the room so I wouldn’t see him. I walked out a different door so I wouldn’t have to talk to him.”
“I give him credit off the court,” he said. “He’s gone from flash to being a good representative of the NBA. I respect that. He seems to be more about family and community. He went through some off-the-court hardships, I guess. But yeah, I have a lot of respect for him now. I think he and LeBron [James] helped each other grow up. I don’t hold a lot of animosity at all.”