Thursday afternoon at the shoot-around before game five of the NBA Finals in Dallas Miami Heat forward LeBron James and guard Dwyane Wade showed exactly how little class they both have as they made fun of Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki because he was suffering from a sinus infection. The joke backfired on the pair of punks as Wade ended up injuring his hip and the Heat lost game five 112-103 to trail in the series for the first time. Saturday “ESPN.com” caught up with Nowitzki and asked him his thoughts on the matter. The All-Star replied “I just thought it was a little childish, a little ignorant. I’ve been in this league for 13 years. I’ve never faked an injury or illness. It’s over to me. It’s not going to add anything extra to me. This is the NBA Finals. If you need extra motivation, you have a problem. So we’re one win away from my dream, what I’ve worked for half of my life. This is all I’m really worried about. This is all I’m focusing on.”
That attitude plus the fact that Dirk is scoring 27.0 points per game in the matchup has won him the respect of NBA observers across the Planet. Meanwhile the two dopes that started the “Cough-Gate” controversy are truly trying to distance themselves as far away from the incident as they possibly can.
Wade said to reporters “I actually did cough. And with the cameras being right there, we made a joke out of it because we knew you guys were going to blow it up. You did exactly what we knew. We never said Dirk’s name. I think he’s not the only one in the world who can get sick or have a cough. We just had fun with the cameras being right in our face about the blowup of the incident, and it held to be true. You blew it up.”
Nothing fries this veteran reporter’s bacon more than when athletes mess up and then try to turn it around and put the blame on the media, as if we were the instigators! Wade is not even enough of an adult to take responsibility for his actions.
As for his partner in crime that paragon of leadership and virtue; James told reporters he had nothing to say on the matter. The former NBA MVP replied “I’m not feeding into that. If you guys want to feed into everything that not only myself or D-Wade or the Miami Heat do, I think that’s a non-issue. There’s bigger issues in this series than that.”
The Heat have been disliked since last summer by a large portion of NBA fans in this country. If anyone other than Heat fans are supporting them at this point I would be highly surprised!