Dwyane Wade thinks he’s a sneaky little bastard. What he really is is a dirty player who takes opportunities of plausible denial to deliver cheap shots to opponents.
Last night, when Lance Stephenson was in his way in transition, Wade seized the opportunity to do the “jump to avoid a guy” and deliver a deliberate elbow to Stephenson’s head. If you listen to the guys on the broadcast, the plausible deniability is obvious when even they think it was probably accidental.
It wasn’t. It was deliberate. It was meant to be an elbow. And it was meant to go to Stephenson’s head.
If Wade was REALLY trying to jump to avoid Stephenson, he’d have tucked the left arm in, turned his body, and then pushed off of Stephenson as he got even with him. That’s the fastest way to do it at that speed. And we’ve all seen Wade’s body control in mid-air, it’s a very easy thing to do.
What Wade did was put that elbow straight out… right where Stephenson’s head was.
Wade’s done this before. He was suspended for the same opportunistic cheap shot on Ramon Sessions.
“Oh.. I was just off-balance and my leg kicked out!!”
Wade’s done it before. He did it again last night. And for some mysterious reason, Wade has decided to be the cheap shot guy. He could have gone down in history as one of the best two-guards of his generation. Now he’s also got that “dirty” label. And make no mistake. He earned it.
What Wade did last night was dangerous and malicious. He was suspended for the kick to the nuts. The league had better step it up and give Wade a multiple-game suspension for this.
Enough is enough, NBA. Send Wade a message.