Dwyane Wade Got A Chuckle After Being Told The Heat Over-Celebrated After Beating The Celtics, Feels ‘Happy’ For LeBron JamesMay 16, 2011 – 7:00 am by Steven Cuce
Much of the talk after the Miami Heat’s series clinching win in game of five of the Eastern Conference semifinals centered around LeBron James over-celebrating just a little too much when the horn sounded. Did someone have to remind the Heat, specifically “King James”, that his team is only half way to paradise? I highly doubt that conversation took place between Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Wade though understands the emotions running through the mind of James after finally beating the Celtics in the playoffs, not to mention validating some of the shenanigans that he pulled off in the highly scrutinized and criticized summer of 2010 when ‘The Decision’ was made.
The Heat understand they have their work cut out for them in the Eastern Conference Finals, but they’re also playing with a chip on their shoulder, mainly due to the fact they get intense scrutiny no matter what they do. Miami can only point the finger at themselves for the reason this occurred after holding a pre-season firework show to celebrate the signings of Wade, James and Chris Bosh. They will always be public enemy number one in moments of celebration and defeat.
Dwyane Wade joined 790 the Ticket in Miami on The Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz to discuss the press attacking the Heat for over-celebrating after their series clinching win over the Celtics in game five, what he made of the LeBron James’s apology to the fans in Cleveland following the win, if he even thinks about the perception of LeBron and the team following monumental moments like last week’s series win over Boston, LeBron calling him at 3:30 a.m. before game five to go to the gym, and the Chicago Bulls being a bigger challenge than the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. (Editor’s note: This interview took place on Friday before game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but I felt there was enough interesting information to run the interview this morning)
What did you make of the the story that you guys over celebrated after the game five series clinching win over Boston Celtics?
“Like you said I’m a little numb to it. We come to expect that something else will be said other then our play and how well we played in the series. It’s funny. We get a chuckle out of it and we move on.”
What did you make of LeBron James apology after game five of the Celtics series?
“I didn’t know what he was going to say. When he said it that was the first time. He really doesn’t talk about it much or bring it up much. That was the first time I really heard him talk about it to that point. I thought it was very sincere. Obviously I know I’d be around him, so I know how he feels about things in a sense. I thought it was very sincere and I’m glad he got it off his chest if it’s something that he wanted to say for awhile. I think now we can hopefully move on and play the next round, which is most important. I’m sure it’ll come up again.”
Did you feel better for LeBron James after the game five win over the Celtics or yourself?
“First of all I felt good for this team because we know we put in a lot of work. This whole team has taken a lot of criticism from game one October 26th when we lost by eight points in Boston. There’s a lot of things that have been said. Obviously I didn’t get to see at the time because I was on the floor, but LeBron showed a lot of emotions when he took the knee down and I know a lot of emotions came over him, so once I got a chance to see that and hear what he said it meant to him. I knew it wasn’t about just beating the Boston Celtics. It had to with everything that has happened this summer, everything that has happened throughout the year and etc. I was happy for him. I would be more happy for him if we win eight more games.”
Did LeBron James really call you at 3:30 a.m. before game five to go to the gym because he couldn’t sleep?
“There are so many stories out there. Just know he was up very late or early and I was up very late or early. There’s going to be a lot of different stories coming out that we both couldn’t sleep. We couldn’t sleep that’s all. It was a big game. I didn’t sleep before game four. I couldn’t get any sleep and the same thing happened before game five. I didn’t get any sleep. He didn’t get any sleep.”
Is Chicago a bigger challenge than Boston?
“First of all I’m not going to agree with you on calling Boston all of those things. Boston was an unbelievable team, a championship team, obviously we played well to beat them. Now we move on. Chicago no question about it, they are in the Eastern Conference Finals for a reason. They were a number one seed for a reason. They have home court advantage for a reason. They are a tough opponent. They present a lot of challenges, not from a stand point of that they have three Derrick Rose’s, but they have everyone that plays their position. They play their roles to a ‘T,’ meaning those guys are going to stay consistent as possible, so they are never going to have too many breakdowns. We understand that this team is very consistent and to beat them you have to play as close as flawless as possible because if you make a mistake and you’re not in tune to one possession they are going to make you pay for it. Boston helped us a lot with that because Boston was the same way if you made a mistake they made you pay for it. We’ll come into this series knowing that.”
Listen to Dwyane Wade on 790 the Ticket in Miami (Interview begins at the 30:00 minute mark in the podcast)