Riley says criticism of Wade is unfair Print
Written by Admin   
Friday, 29 February 2008 19:29
NBA Headline News

 SEATTLE (AP) -Pat Riley doesn't think it's fair to blame Dwyane Wade for the Miami Heat's problems this season, since the All-Star guard is coming back from offseason surgeries on his left knee and left shoulder.
``He definitely is not who he is, so let's face that,'' Riley said Friday. ``As we progress, I value Dwyane so much obviously as a person and as a player. He hasn't complained. He hasn't called anybody out. He hasn't demanded to be traded. He hasn't quit on his team. He goes out there and tries to do what he can do.
``Some nights he's better than other nights, when he feels better. And, so somewhere along the way, if this thing gets further away from us, then I think it would be prudent to say, 'We've got to take care of our best asset.' But I know he's not 100 percent.''
Wade, who missed the first seven games of the season recovering from his injuries, is still averaging 24.4 points, fifth in the league. He and Shaquille O'Neal helped bring the NBA title to Miami two years ago, but O'Neal, slowed by age and injury, was traded to Phoenix two weeks ago for Shawn Marion.
The Heat were 1-8 since the trade entering their game against the SuperSonics.
``Unlike other players on other teams who become unhappy, this is his team, this is where he wants to be,'' Riley said. ``He wants us to get better quick, which I do, too, but he's done what he's had to do for this franchise this year.
``He's very frustrated by the losing and he's very frustrated by himself. I know he's frustrated by some nights when he doesn't play well.''
Wade was coming off back-to-back, sub-20 point games for the first time this season. He had 18 points Thursday against the Lakers and 15 in a victory Tuesday against Sacramento, ending an 11-game losing streak. The Heat have a 10-45 record.
TV analyst and former player Reggie Miller was critical of Wade on a national broadcast earlier this week.
``This is Dwyane's first time, double surgery, going through a tough, tough time, and people won't give him the benefit of the doubt,'' Riley said. ``He's got to be something that maybe he can't be at 25. Kobe (Bryant) learned over 10 years, 11 years in this league to get where he's at.
``My point in making these comparisons about Dwyane with other players, all of whom who have gone through these things. He's going to toughen up. He's going to become who he was again, and I think it's unfair for him to be called out like that because on nationally television he plays the best player and has a tough night.''
 

NBA Team Pages

Recent NBA Discussions

Top NBA Public Bets

#1 612 Utah Jazz 69%
#2 613 Sacramento Kings 62%
#3 602 Orlando Magic 60%
#4 604 Toronto Raptors 60%
#5 610 Houston Rockets 57%
#6 607 Miami Heat 56%
#7 618 Los Angeles Clippers 53%
#8 616 Golden State Warriors 52%
#9 605 Minnesota Timberwolves 51%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NBA Futures

NBA TEAM NBA FINALS ODDS CURRENT
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 5/2
SAN ANTONIO SPURS 4/1
CHICAGO BULLS 11/2
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 6/1
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 12/1
HOUSTON ROCKETS 16/1
DALLAS MAVERICKS 18/1
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 22/1
WASHINGTON WIZARDS 33/1
INDIANA PACERS 40/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com