The Miami Heat has won five games in a row and Dion Waiters is playing like Michael Jordan (if he had an elite 3-point shot), all the while two iconic superstars who used to suit up in red and black are publicly eviscerating their young teammates.
First Dwyane Wade went off last night after a 119-114 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, via the Chicago Tribune, questioning his team’s effort.
“Everyone don’t care enough,’’ Wade told reporters, just getting started…
“I don’t know what happened. I don’t know how you fix it,” Wade told reporters. “It just doesn’t mean enough for guys around here to want to win ball games. It pisses me off.”
“If you don’t come in this (expletive) pissed off after you lose any game, something is wrong,” Butler said. “I want to play with guys who care, guys who play hard, who want to do well for this organization, who want to do whatever it takes to win.’’
Meanwhile, Wade is having the most inefficient season of his career, posting a career-low 50.7 True Shooting Percentage.
He also continues to drag butt on defense, as we grew more accustomed to in Miami as he got older.
— Michael O'Brien (@mycobrian) January 26, 2017
Over in “The Land,” we have an ESPN report surfacing this morning from Brian Windhorst saying Cavs owner Dan Gilbert got pissed over LeBron’s recent criticism of the team’s roster construction and spending.
The comments angered Gilbert, sources said, because James appeared to imply it was an organizational choice whether to improve or not. This was seen by some as a reference to further spending.
The Cavs have a league-leading $129 million payroll.. James was also bitching about his teammates, targeting the younger developmental players on the back of the roster.
“No disrespect to DeAndre and to Kay, you think we can rely on them to help us win a playoff game right now?” James said. “And it’s no disrespect to them. But it’s like, it’s not fair to them.”
The best player on the planet publicly doubting his young teammates is not helpful to their mental state and it’s a terrible look for the team, which has lost six of their last eight games. That type of criticism should be handled privately.
Dan Gilbert may be scummy but the Cavs have spent more than any NBA team over the last three seasons, and are paying for it in luxury tax. This included overpaying Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith so they didn’t lose assets of value for nothing. They also added a dynamic shooter by trading for Kyle Korver.
In the words of Stugotz, both James and Wade should be ashamed of themselves.
LeBron needs to shut up and stop worrying about his desolate championship-defending roster with three All-Stars. Wade has to realize this shit show in Chicago is what he signed up for and he’s not exactly helping their cause.
This kind of diva behavior counterproductive to a team’s culture would NOT fly in Miami.