There's been a lot of Miami Heat news the past couple of days so let's get right to it. Unsurprisingly, Dwyane Wade was named to the All-NBA first team.
The NBA has announced that Miami HEAT guard Dwyane Wade has been named to the 2009-10 All-NBA First Team. This marks the second consecutive year that Wade has earned All-NBA First Team honors. He joins Shaquille O’Neal as the only players in franchise history to be recognized twice as a First Team All-NBA selection. It marks the fifth time in Wade’s career he has earned All-NBA honors. He was a Second Team All-NBA selection in 2004-05 and 2005-06 and a Third Team selection in 2006-07. Wade’s five All-NBA selections are tops in franchise history. Joining Wade on the All-NBA First Team are Cleveland forward LeBron James, Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant, Orlando center Dwight Howard and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. The All-NBA Teams were chosen by a panel of 122 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The media voted for All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams by position with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.Slightly more surprising, at least to those who haven't watched Wade play all year or only focus on his offensive repertoire, was his selection to the NBA All-Defensive second team.
The NBA has announced that Miami HEAT guard Dwyane Wade has been named to the 2009-10 NBA All-Defensive Second Team. This marks the third time in Wade’s career that he has earned NBA All-Defensive Team honors. The three All-Defensive Team honors are the most in HEAT franchise history. Wade previously earned Second Team honors during both the 2004-05 and 2008-09 seasons. Jermaine O’Neal was the only other HEAT player to receive any votes, garnering one First Team vote for two points. For the second straight season, Wade led all guards in the NBA in blocks while also finishing in the Top 4 in the league in steals per game. His efforts helped lead Miami to second place rankings in the league in both scoring defense (94.2 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (.439). The HEAT co-captain ranked fourth in the NBA in steals per game (1.84 spg) and 29th overall in blocks per game (1.06 bpg). His 142 total steals marked his third best single-season total and the sixth highest single-season total in franchise history. The 2009-10 season marked the sixth consecutive season in which Wade has led the HEAT in steals, also a franchise record. He recorded at least one steal in a season-high 17 games from Feb. 28-Apr. 2 and registered at least one block in a season-high eight games from Mar. 14-28. Additionally, he topped the HEAT in steals a team-high 43 times and also was Miami’s top shot blocker in 22 games this season. Wade finished the 2009-10 season with 41 multi-steal games and 22 multi-block games. His 1.06 blocks per game average marked the second straight season in which Wade registered more than one block per game, the third time in the last four seasons and the fourth time in his career. Wade became the first guard to average more than one block per game in consecutive seasons since former Boston Celtics guard Reggie Lewis accomplished the feat in the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons.Over at the Sun-Sentinel, Dave Hyde makes several great points in light of Pat Riley's comments at Monday's press conference about his preference for American players when asked why the Miami Heat has had a dearth of foreign players for the last several years.
With their past five top selections, the Heat has taken Dorell Wright (19th overall), Wayne Simien (29th), Daequan Cook (21st), Michael Beasley (2nd) and Marcus Thornton (43rd). Imagine the waiting cast today if the Heat took the very next player drafted, year after year: Jameer Nelson (20), David Lee (30), Jared Dudley (22), O.J. Mayo (3) and Chase Budinger (44th - and an 8.9 point average for Houston this year). Imagine if they just hadn't traded Thornton, who averaged 14.5 points for New Orleans as a rookie this year. So Riley has been awful in the draft. And he's compounded that problem by purposely being worse when it comes to foreign players. Simply put, he doesn't want them. "I like the homegrown product, I just do,'' he said in explaining why he has never invested seriously in a foreign player. "I feel comfortable with it. And maybe somewhere in free agency or via some trades, we may have missed somewhere along the line, but I just felt I just like the players here. "That's where I've gone. I'm not saying that we're not going to ever draft a foreign player or sign one, but it hasn't been at the top of our priority list." Again, that explains the tough situation the Heat is in. And it's ridiculous. You don't go after overseas players? No Dirk Nowitzki, Manu Ginobli, Luis Scola, Tony Parker, Pau or Marc Gasol -- the list goes on and on. This was crazy stuff for a person responsible for building a team. Riley has set aside a lot of money to buy some free agents. But it's self-defeating to close off other ways to build a roster. You wonder why the Heat has absolutely no supporting cast for whatever free agents are brought in? Riley explained why with his beliefs on the draft and foreign players.Then there was the news earlier this week that Wade's estranged (key word is "strange" right in the middle) wife Siohvaughn Wade is suing his current girlfriend Gabrielle Union for whatever it is Mrs. Wade claims his girlfriend did. The Sun-Sentinel's Ethan Skolnick examines how this messy divorce could end up affecting where Wade would choose to do battle in the court where he makes his money.
1. As far as Chicago goes, it had always been my belief that Wade would avoid that city because his wife lives there. But if he wants custody of his children, and he clearly does, it might not hurt him in court to be living for much of the year in the city where they may be most comfortable. 2. Then there’s New York. And this is one reason why Wade would think twice. The media there would not be treating his divorce (and any personal issues that follow) the same way the media here have treated him. We have largely ignored the subject, and we don’t have Page 6 sniffing around either. He can play basketball here, without the circus. In New York, the circus stays in town all 365 days.A carefully-measured response from Wade about the prospects of Riley returning as coach for the Heat. Some have called it a half-hearted response or that he's so-so about it but what's he really supposed to say while Erik Spoelstra is the coach? Former Miami Heat player Antoine Walker wants to return to the NBA, which isn't exactly "news" since we've been hearing this since he was traded from the Heat to the Minnesota Timberwolves and subsequently released. Plus, you'd assume someone who wasn't deemed worthy of his salary while playing in Puerto Rico wouldn't mind returning to the major leagues. Regardless, best of luck to Walker who has financial issues and an ex-fiance who currently enjoys flaunting herself on VH1's "Basketball Wives" and will always be welcome in the city of Miami for his help in winning the '06 championship. Just don't hold your breath on a return engagement here. Finally, a cautionary tale from Houston about what happened when two max players joined forces on the same team from the perspective of Truehoop Network's Rahat Huq and Rockets.com's Jason Friedman.