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Dwyane Wade doesn't like to see Mario West dancing!

Dwyane Wade doesn't like to see Mario West dancing! (This fine photo is courtesy of my main man Curtis Compton of the AJC)

 

MIAMI - I know what the NBA’s slogan is supposed to say.

But after two weeks of great basketball in most cases, and relentless dramatics in others, the only thing that seems to be rising from the dust right now is foolishness.

From griping on and off the floor (more on that in a minute) to tough-guy antics (from as far away as the radio perch) in almost every single series to the continued assault on the game by an army of awful game officials, the playoffs seems more like where ridiculous happens?

At a time when the NBA game should be on full display for all to see, everything else is getting in the way.

I dare anyone that’s watched any of the Bulls-Celtics series to tell me they’ve seen more intense playoff basketball anytime recently. That’s what real lovers of this game deserve to see.

But it’s not happening these days.

Good luck focusing on what should be a frantic and fantastic Game 6 tonight between the Hawks and Heat here at AmericanAirlines Arena. Good luck enjoying yet another entertaining playoff series that’s being marginalized by the news of the weird that seems to be the flavor of every day this time of year.

And in true ridiculous fashion, verbal shots are being fired across the floor before the opening tip (and no, I’m not talking about the faux furor over Josh Smith’s missed dunk at the end Game 5).

Apparently Heat star Dwyane Wade didn’t appreciate Mario West’s version of the Ray Lewis dance at the of the possession just before halftime of Game 5. He lit West up to my man Mike Wallace of the Miami Herald and the rest of the assembled media here after practice Thursday. Here’s Wade going off on our man ‘Rio:

His celebration for his one stop? What is this game coming to? One thing I go back to is something my high school coach always told me. Act like you’ve done something before. He used to hate when I used dunk and pound my chest all the time. He used to tell me to act like I’ve been there before, act like I’ve done it. Win lose or draw, you have to be classy. There are some unprofessional things that they have to take care of. On the court, you show emotion, and that’s great. But celebrating after one stop, that’s funny.

The HP (Hypocrisy Police) might point out that Wade doesn’t seem to have a problem with jumping up on the scorer’s table and pounding his own chest after hitting game-winning shots or staring Joe Johnson down after making a deep shot off the glass in Game 2 or screaming for one of his teammates take Flip Murray out on a baseline drive for a dunk late in Game 5. But you be the judge? But Wade wasn’t done. 

Dwayne Wade has a few moves of his own!

It appears Dwyane Wade has a few celebratory moves of his own!

He had more to say about not only Wade but the Celtics and Bulls, too: I don’t know what it was a sign of. I was laughing after the fact because I’ve never seen that before. Tony Allen did that the other night when he stopped Ben Gordon from hitting a shot to win the game. That’s what you do. When it’s going into halftime and you stop somebody, that’s a little different. But we’re not here to point out every little thing they do, you know. Who cares? It’s about what we do. And that’s the only thing we can control.

He said all that to point that there’s no bad blood brewing between he and ‘Rio and certainly nothing personal between these two teams (before all but instructing his teammates to stir it up):

First off, I have nothing simmering with Mario. He’s not been a factor in this series. It’s irrelevant to me. I have nothing brewing with him at all. It was one of those games, one of those playoff series. It’s just about do we have the team to come back and fight as much as they’re going to fight. Zaza Pachulia is knocking people out. It’s simple as that. I’m not telling my teammates to knock him out. But when he comes down the paint, just make sure he feels us, on offensive rebounds. We’re not the team that’s playing dirty. We’re the team that wants to play smarter and protect ourselves as well.

THE HAWKS’ CAMP IS FAR FROM INNOCENT when it comes to baiting the other side. It seems Hawks radio announcer Steve Holman has enraged the masses here in South Florida with some of his in-game rants, so much so that the folks at deadspin.com have taken a liking to him.

I’ll let you judge the for yourself whether or not Holman’s calls were out of line. It hasn’t nearly the firestorm in Atlanta that it has here, where it’s been dominating the airwaves. But I imagine it will be one of the underlying story lines from tonight’s game, particularly if the Heat wins and forces a Game 7 Sunday back in Atlanta.

PETA says lay off Spirit the Hawk!

PETA says lay off Spirit the Hawk! (This photo is another C.Compton special)

Apparently PETA WANTS A PIECE OF THE ACTION, TOO. The recent flap over Spirit The Hawk prompted this email (below) from the fine folks at PETA.

And we all know that they don’t need GPS to find their way to Atlanta since the Michael Vick story dominated the sports landscape.

PETA didn’t appreciate seeing the Hawks’ Hawk ridiculed after that unauthorized flight before Game 2.

In fact, they don’t want Spirit victimized at all, per the email they sent the other day (they also sent a different letter to Hawks’ part owner Michael Gearon Jr. expressing similar sentiment):

Good afternoon.

After learning that a live hawk used as a mascot for the Atlanta Hawks got loose in an arena, which forced a game to be temporarily stopped, PETA has sent a letter to Hawks owner Michael Gearon Jr. urging him to implement a policy to prohibit the use of live animals at Hawks games.

PETA points out that the bright lights, screaming fans, and loud noises (such as air horns, music, and amplified sound systems) that make sporting events exciting for fans can be terrifying for animals. Appearing at games can be frightening and disorienting to birds and potentially dangerous for birds and fans alike. The hawk is also subjected to the stress of transport to and from games.

“If the Hawks want to increase fan support, they don’t need cheap gimmicks—they just need to start winning games,” says PETA Director Debbie Leahy. “The only place where ‘birdies’ belong in sports is on golf courses, not at basketball games.”

Game 6 can’t get here fast enough for me. I just want to get back to basketball for a little while.

SPEAKING OF BASKETBALL, both Al Horford and Marvin Williams will watch Game 6 in suits. Neither one of the Hawks’ starters is healthy enough to play tonight.

Horford’s sprained right ankle will force him to sit while Williams remains sidelined with that sprained wrist on his shooting (right) hand.

594 comments Add your comment

Heat Check

May 1st, 2009
12:56 pm

Zaza is the dirty player in this series?? Does Wade realize that Jamal Magloire plays for the Heat?

Dan

May 1st, 2009
1:03 pm

Sekou…another great post. Thanks.

Although, Wade is such a douchebag. I am just starting to hate that guy. His act in front of the cameras were getting old to me before this series even began. And, if he thinks Mario West is going to stop playing hard just because the great D(ouchebag)-Wade is angry, he has another thing coming.

Here’s hoping that we send these clowns home for the summer, in their own arena, tonight. May Josh Smith dunk on someone’s head. May Steve Holman talk smack. And, may D(ouchebag)-Wade be exposed for the joke of a person he is..

calico

May 1st, 2009
1:04 pm

D Wade needs to relax i hope the hawks take this as a big challege to take these boys out on the road and i love Mario West and i hope they use him again on Wade since he doesnt like anybody showing emotion and D Wade needs to watch his mouth when talking about any hawk whether its the 1st man or the last man off the bench stop complaining and play ball punk. Josh we are going 2 really need you 2night so come 2 the game focused.
Lets Go Hawks!!!!

Jon

May 1st, 2009
1:10 pm

The Hawks have clearly rattled Wade on and off the court. We’re in his head. That’s good. That means we are doing our job. Now let’s finish them off tonight and let him marinate on that. Go Hawks!

cp

May 1st, 2009
1:12 pm

I cant lie I thought the Mario celebration was over the top. It is nothing wrong with getting excited but its not like it was a defensive stop to win the championship……. As far as PETA, I have no love for those clowns what so ever.

O'brien

May 1st, 2009
1:14 pm

Zaza is very physical, but he also gets hit sometimes (thats not called). Wade needs to focus on getting his players ready to play.

I hope the Hawks can close out the Heat tonight, because that would go a long way towards shutting up DWade (losing 2 games on your home court), and that would allow the media to take the Hawks more seriously.

For the game tonight, Woody needs to play Mario and Solo, and I hope they bring their A game. And this is the game JJ needs to step up again (like he did in game 5). And Josh needs to keep driving to the basket, no jump shots.

loose birds in the factory

May 1st, 2009
1:22 pm

Wow, is PETA trying to get b!tch-slapped? We ARE winning games, smart ass!!

Daniel

May 1st, 2009
1:23 pm

Sekou- Thanks for another great article. You are on a roll my man. I hope you turn your attention to our hometown boys over at TNT. They need a reminder what city butters their bread.
Before this series, I was a marginal Wade fan. He is after all a great player, but he is getting overexposed. Now, I just can’t stand the dude. He is a hypocritical, whiny, punk. I hope Mario does a dance everytime he misses a shot. D-Wade’s thong is too tight.
Dang man, I figured that Horford would miss tonight, but I was hopeful that Marvin would get back in the game. I really like the guy, but he is injuring himself right out of town and a big contract. I try not to complain about player’s injuries, because hey, I don’t have any idea how bad off they really are (speedy is the exception). But Marvin, the team needs you now, if your wrist isn’t broken they PLAY!!!!!
Steve Holman is the man!!! Keep up the great work.
Finally, PETA needs a new hobby, leave the rest of the sane population alone.
Let’s Go Hawks… Let’s finish those clowns tonight

Daniel

May 1st, 2009
1:24 pm

O’Brien- I agree with you 100%

RealSquawk

May 1st, 2009
1:28 pm

Will the real D Wade please stand up! After the Boston series I thought there was no other player who could go from I respect as a basketball player to I can’t wait for you to retire or fall to obscurity list.(Paul Pierce in case you were wondering). It seems Wade is playing the Pierce with his mouth. Crying trying to pull the media more to his side. Hopefully the Hawks realize that D Wade has absolutely no respect for them despite what he says he has no respect for any of the players, cause if he did he would be more focused.

I am pretty sure tonight is going to be physical. And as long as it is physical the hawks are going to win.

Zaza dirty? H&!! no!!! Zaza just won’t take the pushing and the grabbing that heat get away with and unlike josh instead of taking it out on the refs he is going to throw it right back at you until you step off. Calm cool and then Bam!!! was that my kidney???

Mario West will lay D Wade out one good time before it is all said and done. (tonight)

South Beach Riot Police

May 1st, 2009
1:31 pm

We’ve called in reinforcements to handle the post-game atmosphere at AmericanAirlines Arena tonight.

All 100,000 of our SWAT personnel have been directed to provide consolation hugs and tissue to Miami Heat fans, and there will be an ambulance waiting to take Dwyane Wade to Miami’s Mercy Hospital in case he has “back spasms.”

All units be advised: THE HAWKS WILL SHOW NO MERCY!!!!

DFARASDFG

May 1st, 2009
1:32 pm

D-wade and PETA should go play with each other. They are both a bunch of clowns.

no id

May 1st, 2009
1:38 pm

Can we please close this out tonite so Wade can go fishing off of South Beach..I think we are all really tired of hearing his mouth..Same goes for PETA

KevinA

May 1st, 2009
1:40 pm

6 hrs. 20 min till smack down. Roll-em Hawks.

PETA Board of Directors

May 1st, 2009
1:44 pm

YOU ATLANTANS HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ANIMALS!!!!!

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!

MAC-TOWN

May 1st, 2009
1:45 pm

ay guys I hate to say this……….but when you combine the fact that the hawks have been a rollercoaster up and down team all year…with the fact that miami is

1) in a hole
2) says they feel they got “dissed” and are gonna feed of it
3) has a player like WADE in particular who is gonna feed off of it
4) have already GUARANTEED that they WILL win this game
5) at home
and that Atlanta doesnt exactly HAVE to win this game

Doesn’t this just feel like the typical recipe where the hawks come out the gate kinda lackin energy, not in the game all the way on D and Offense…..and let an emotional, fired up, backs against the wall Miami team build up a big lead…and only decide to play hard in the middle or latter of the 3rd quarter when the lead is already too tremendous to really catch up.

I PRAY that doesnt happen…but all the ingredients just seem to be there for this type of game.

If we can go ahead and finish miami off tonight, that would say alot to me about the direction this team is going in.

However if we play like I think MIGHT happen, even if we win game 7 it’ll still seem like the same ol roller coaster hawks to me.

PETA Board of Directors

May 1st, 2009
1:45 pm

Allow me to introduce our new spokesperson: DWYANE WADE!!!

He’s a real SIPERSTAR!! HE’S IN COMMERCIALS!!!!

PETA Board of Directors

May 1st, 2009
1:46 pm

That’s SUPERSTAR, you ANIMAL HATERS!!!

Rick Ross

May 1st, 2009
1:47 pm

BAWSE!!!! predicts the heat will pull this one out for the M-I-YAYO!!!

MAC-TOWN

May 1st, 2009
1:50 pm

Wade needs to see a specialist. He really has a psychological disorder when it comes to getitng fouled. I bet when he gets pulled over for speeding by the cops or in an argument with a girlfriend or something, he looks over his shoulder for a ref.

wxwax

May 1st, 2009
1:50 pm

Sekou, why does all this stuff bother you?

It’s great! It’s the passion of the playoffs. It’s all part of the show. Sit back and enjoy it, laugh at it, have fun with it. It’s entertaining!

kirkinga

May 1st, 2009
1:53 pm

Both our starting forwards are out? We’re on the road? Facing a team that is in a must-win situation?

I don’t like our chances.

Bibby and JJ are going to need to combine for at least 50 points if the Hawks are going to have a chance to win. The defense is going to have to be stifling and they can’t turnover the ball. In short, they must play near flawless and unselfish ball tonight.

Get well soon Marvin and Al, Sunday comes pretty quickly.

Go Hawks!!

KevinA

May 1st, 2009
1:58 pm

I think the Hawks will be pumped. To much trash talk has washed beneath the bridge. Thank Mario and Josh. They know how to motivate. lol In the grand scheme if Flip, JJ and Bibby are cooking like last game- we win. If they go 15/45 we lose. Josh and ZaZa will take it to them.

JM

May 1st, 2009
2:04 pm

I guess PETA would rather have the bird sitting in a cage at the zoo all day. He has job and it offers some varietty to his probably boring day. Spirit didn’t seemed scared when he got loose in Game 2. PETA needs to get a life.

Big Al will be a loss but I hope the Hawks can still pull it off. Woody should start Solo to keep Zaza as the force of the bench. Lets go HAWKS!

nola hawk fan

May 1st, 2009
2:17 pm

Sekou – did I read that Solo gets the start of Zaza now? I know they like to bring Z’s energy of the bench, but he has been so effective, I would start him.

Daniel – great post about Marvin. I mean, cmon man. Rub some dirt on it and let’s go.

And I could not agree with the collective comments about Wade more… maybe its losing to the “lowly hawks” that brings this out in superstars (see P.Pierce too). But Wade has really been a teenage girl this series.

Let’s go hawks….”Finish him”

jg

May 1st, 2009
2:19 pm

real nervous about tonite especially without the boss! i just hope we can somehow keep this one close until the fourth quarter and see if the heat can handle that type of pressure. it will surely take a monumental effort to do this however–we simply have to have some shots go in early on–can’t let them get out to a big lead and if they do–we certainly can’t let them have easy layups and dunks!!!

play tough and don’t get embarrassed–and just maybe the heat fold late. if wade has some trouble scoring–the heat won’t get 80…but if he’s hot we’ll probably be back in atlanta on sunday.

going back to the referees in this series and for the entire playoffs for that matter–can someone please explain to me how violet palmer is working an nba playoff game. i thought the league based these games on merit and there is no way she has the credentials to work a playoff game! i’ve watched her do regular season games and she’s brutal–not because she;s a woman–she’s just not well respected by the players, out of position and let’s the emotions of the game make calls for her…if she works another game the rest of the way–i hope it’s not with us!!!!

go hawks and fight tonight–i’m really sick of the heat! i’ve never liked wade and i’ve always thought magloire was a thug.

jg
chattanooga hawks

GA Hicks

May 1st, 2009
2:19 pm

Man, you people in Georgia have some serious emotional issues. How can you boo someone when they get hurt. Bunch of hicks!

bigdave

May 1st, 2009
2:21 pm

i feel good that we will dead these guys tonight… and move on to another over the top whiner…

i say this because it looks as if the Hawks have figured the Heat out.. they have blown Mia out 2 games straight.. given they switched uni’s with Orlando they can credit 2 wins to lights out shooting. now they are inferior to us and its quite obvious. if we stick to what we have been doing the past 2 games we should be fine.

as far as D Wade… he’s now officially a sucka who flops and relies on officiating for offense.. keep running larger defenders at him Woody… force other players to make a play off the dribble. they’ll keep melting the shot clock. getting bad looks, and missing shots…

RickNole

May 1st, 2009
2:22 pm

I agree with Mac-Town on this one (btw, what high school did you go to?) This game is a recipie for losing. Although if the Hawks bring A game they can win!!

Ariose

May 1st, 2009
2:23 pm

Soooo, when Wade drives to the hoop and gets fouled and held by JJ and then screams get tha F’ck off me!Thats not unprofessional?

Even without two starters, we should crush them…..

theman

May 1st, 2009
2:24 pm

To HELL with PETA, let’s everyone eat as much meat as they plaese and if one of their little mutts end up in the street were it doesn’t belong, just run it’s ass over and keep going P.S I hate f…ing dogs and most cat’s. Why don’t we try caring for some people for a change. Freaking beastiality participants(Typical PETA Member)

Gov Sonny

May 1st, 2009
2:24 pm

Well if PETA is ticked off about Spirit let’s hope they don’t find out about our other mascot. You know, the steroid-induced Hawk that’s like 6 feet tall and has a fat head. That bird is so freakin’ big, it looks like a grown man in a costume. Heaven forbid that PETA gets wind of that distortion of nature. GO HAWKS!

gusman354

May 1st, 2009
2:24 pm

HEY PIGEONS DON,T GET MAD BECAUSE D-WADE IS A SUPERSTAR AND YOUR BEST PLAYER MISS A DUNK OH SORRY J-SMOOVE IS NOT,EVERYBODY IN USA NOT LIVING IN ATLANTA HATE THAT THUG YOU GUYS CALL J-SMOOVE

Ariose

May 1st, 2009
2:25 pm

F#$%^ck PETA!! We win games B!#$%ch!!!!! Get your damn facts straight!!!!

Ariose

May 1st, 2009
2:26 pm

I hope we put Mario on Wade for the whole first half….

Langston

May 1st, 2009
2:26 pm

I think Marvin is makign the right decision. It’s his shooting hand. I doubt many of you have tried to shoot a basketball with a bad shooting hand. If he can’t help the team he’s a liability. He will be ready for game 7. Better that than coming back too early and hurting the team (ala Josh from 3)

brent a.

May 1st, 2009
2:27 pm

I think the Hawks might benefit from going to a Game 7. It gives Horford and Williams more time to heal, and to hopefully be ready, sooner, for the Cleveland series.

I know, they could lose a game 7 at home, and you don’t throw Game 6 and extend a series just to help get ready for a 2nd round series you haven’t even reached yet; however, with such a quick turnaround, it might help to be at home Sunday, hopefully finishing off Miami, as opposed to being in Cleveland, with a dwindled roster, playing in what has been the toughest place for a road team to win all year.

gusman354

May 1st, 2009
2:28 pm

WHO IS THIS MARIO? NEVER HEAR OF HIM OH SORRY HE PLAY FOR THE PIOGEONS THAT,S
WHY

gusman354

May 1st, 2009
2:32 pm

SO YOUR SUPERMARIO IS GONA STOP WADE NOW HAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAAAAAAAAAAAA

Wes

May 1st, 2009
2:38 pm

Mario is a class act and the hardest working guy in the NBA. As for being unprofessional, lets see who is more immature (pouting, crying to the refs) tonight, Wade or Mario.

I MUS.WRITE

May 1st, 2009
2:39 pm

Itz going down tonight……… When animals attack- Mario is a pitbull on D, Woodson needs to let the dawg off his chain. Wade is jus pissed becuz Mario is all over him- Stop cry’n panzy this is playoff Basketball. I would have Mario in his grill all dam night jus to get under his skin and hopefully throw him off his game……….

Y isnt mad at JJ and Flip after two monster dunks……. “Josh disrespected us with his dunk attempt” Stop cryn -What a lil Bee-ach

MiltonDawg

May 1st, 2009
2:39 pm

Hawks need to come out banging, shut down Wade. They know that his back in bothering him still and has a sore head. Might be tough w/o Williams/Horford. Hopefully the bench can handle this. Looking forward to the game. PETA IS SCUM!!!

Volman

May 1st, 2009
2:40 pm

Gusman, I’m surprised your high school lets you get on the computers during the day.

bigdave

May 1st, 2009
2:40 pm

i hope josh does a f-in 360 tonight dammit…

all these jokers have made a name for themselves.. he’s trying to get a commercial ya know… i know you know “Dewaaaaaaayne Waade” (Holmans voice)

D Wade: Aw, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God. God. Oh, I’m hurt. Oh, my neck, my back, my neck and my back. Oh, I want $150,000, but we can settle out of court right now for twenty bucks.

JJ: Man, get your punk ass up. It ain’t even wet over here. Damn.

Eric

May 1st, 2009
2:41 pm

Did Wade not see O’Neal’s retaliation foul where he tried to rip Pachulia’s head off!! Wade, you are only going to incite Pachulia and West to come right back at you in this game. The Hawks are the better team and it is going to be an all out war. But D-Wade, while you’re a great player, you aren’t as great when the officials don’t have your back. Leave the Heat in Miami, Hawks!

bigdave

May 1st, 2009
2:42 pm

o yea… F PETA… get over yourselves…

FREE MIKE VICK…!!!

I MUS.WRITE

May 1st, 2009
2:43 pm

Gusman354 is D.Wades Boy Toy………HAHAHAHA Maybe u dont know who Mario is but u will….

Melvin

May 1st, 2009
2:45 pm

Sekou, great blog.

Imus, where you been???

This Hawks team/players have came too far to be tentative or scared of playoffs basketball. Miami haven’t been getting it done on the floor so now they are moving to scare tactics. I’m not buying into their pregame hype. The pressure is on them. We have a game on Sunday regardless. Our Hawks will be ready tonite. Its the Heat team that are fighting for their lives…. Let’s Go Hawks….

Damn, PETA….
Free Spirit. Let the Bird Fly….

PETA Board of Directors

May 1st, 2009
2:51 pm

Animal lovers like us can appreciate how well D Wade plays POSSUM!!

What a drama queen!!!

doc

May 1st, 2009
2:52 pm

come on kirk, now dont be negative!

our chances are greta. it is time to put d wade out of his self proclaimed misery. if there is a god, please! now where do i go for communion tonight for a prayer meeting?

good stuff sekou, didnt know you were a political writer. hope it is writing an obit page later.