Let me preface this statement by saying that I will never forget what I was doing on September 11th 2001 when I got word about the falling of the Twin Towers. I was¬†in the midst of my Junior year at Hampton University.
On this particular morning, I was driving to a friend’s house.¬† Ironically, my friend lived right next to Langley Air Force base in Hampton, Va (well as close as you can actually get to the base).¬† We watched the coverage non-stop and sat there in disbelief.
With all that being said, I understand how sensitive of a subject 9/11 actually is.¬† However, all the commotion over Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade’s comments that included a reference to 9-11 are ridiculous.¬† The man was simply saying that his team will have a target on their back all season.¬† That’s all. “We’re going to be wearing a bull’s-eye,” Wade said, according to AOL FanHouse. “But that’s what you play for.”
“We enjoy the bull’s-eye. Plus, there’s going to be times when we lose two, three games in a row, and it seems like the world has crashed down. You all are going to make it seem like the World Trade is coming down again, but it’s not going to be anything but a couple of basketball games.”
Ok, so maybe he could have used another tragedy in the history of our country.¬† Maybe it’s still “too soon” to talk about that day. I get that. But the reaction that a lot of people are having make it seem as if Wade made a comment disrespecting the families whose lives were changed that day.
All the guy is saying is that the media will act as if a life changing tragedy just occurred. Actually, all he is saying is the media will overreact if they lose a few games just like they are overreacting now about his meaningless comments. ¬† Again, let me make it clear, I totally understand why Sept.11th is a sensitive topic. And I would totally agree with those people who have a problem with Wade’s comments if I felt he had some ill motives behind them.
However, these comments were hardly intended to be taken the way that they have been by some.¬† What stinks even more is that the comments are overshadowing his Summer Groove Charity basketball game. According to the charities’ website (thesummergroove.com), “the Groove has raised more than $7 million for local South Florida programs and initiatives supported by Alonzo Mourning (former teammate of Wade) Charities and Wade‚Äôs World Foundation.”
So instead of commending the man for the work he has done for the community, we are spending time ripping the man for comments that are being taken out of context. ¬† Look, let‚Äôs be real, Wade knew that the move he made with LeBron James and Chris Bosh would keep “The Big Three” in the spotlight.
The “Three Amigos” understand that the entire NBA is coming for them despite the L.A. Lakers actually being the defending champions. But I doubt he knew they were signing up for this type of backlash. ¬† What’s funny is I think these type of attacks from the media will only make the “Miami Thrice” work harder to accomplish what they set out to do.
Nevertheless, we can already tell that the stuff coming out of South Beach will make an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm look mundane. So I guess it’s safe to say the 2010-11 NBA season will be pretty, pretty, pretty good.