The future of the franchise is more uncertain than ever. However, in these dark times, a beacon of hope emanates from Orlando Summer League where Miami’s young prospects hold the promise of a new era for Miami.
I was not prepared for this, not even the little bit. I had convinced myself I was, but we’re all shook. Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr., born in 1982, originally from the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, was drafted by our team on June 26th, 2003. It is now July 8, and he is no longer a member of the Miami Heat, but instead, a member of his hometown, Chicago Bulls.
We welcomed Israel Gutierrez of ESPN as our special guest to join Giancarlo Navas, Leif, and Brian Goins to discuss Dwyane Wade’s sudden departure, and why Pat Riley and the HEAT organization placed minimal effort to retain him.
How the Miami HEAT and Dwyane Wade’s messy breakup made for the unhappy ending we all knew was coming in their romantic comedy, even though we all hoped it would end with the two walking off into their happily ever on Biscayne Blvd – as eye-rolling as it sounds.
I’m not dumb enough to think #TeamPetty is dead or to claim that we should all get in line to pay adulation to the former king. But, at least for a year, myself and the other members should have one more thing in common in regards to LeBron James: Silence.
Gianni returns from his voyages in Europe with a surprise. We landed the greatest whale of all, Ethan Skolnick of The Miami Herald, as our special guest alongside Leif, Harrison Cytryn, and Brian Goins
He finally ran out of steam. The man we believed so vehemently in finally became human. Dwyane Wade’s mortality, once again, made a sudden and emphatic appearance as Miami fell to Toronto missing two of their, arguably, four best players.
Saturday provided the rare anomaly of sports feel good. Dwyane Wade & Udonis Haslem, again being great. Displaying an excellence so akin to their heydays in 2009, allowing us to relive the past in the present.
It isn’t truly the NBA playoffs until a game ends with you experiencing a mixture of queasiness, exhaustion, heart palpitations, anxiety, frustration and overwhelming jubilation. Game 1 of Heat-Raptors triggered all of these emotions for Heat fans everywhere.
In his postgame media session at TD Garden after losing in the first round to the Celtics in 2010, Wade made a vow. “This will be my last first-round exit for a while, I can tell you that.” Wade’s declaration has rung true.