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D-Wade and Heat phoning it in

Dwyane Wade and the other Heat's other inactive players Shawn Marion, Jason Williams, Alonzo Mourning, Marcus Banks, Dorell Wright worked the phones during halftime of Wednesday night's game against the Hornets. The players were enlisted to help sell season tickets.

Here's what we saw:

  • Wade is handed the phone, with a prospective buyer who asked to speak to Alonzo Mourning. Wade's response: "Man, Zo's busy. But this is D-Wade what can I do for you?
  • A caller named Charles talked to Wade twice. But it wasn't Charles Barkley. Asked later whether it was Sir Charles, Wade said: "No, he's banned from calling my phone. He talked about us too much on the air this year."
  • Caller Charles asked Wade who he wanted the Heat to select in the draft. Wade said he couldn't say it out loud because cameramen and reporters surrounded him. Charles proceeded to name several players, only to hear, Wade respond, "No, no give me one more, No man!" Finally Wade said, "He's still in the tournament." (Apparently Wade wants fellow Chicago native and current Memphis point guard Derrick Rose on the Heat)
  • After speaking to one caller Marion pulled the phone down, and said, "He just asked me if we take food stamps for tickets."
  • Haslem looked in Zo's direction and said, "Why is he here? Ain't he retiring, man?" Zo looked like he fit in with the corporate types but don't rule him out for next season.
  • Wade made the statement of the night when said, "We can't entertain them on the court, so we've got to entertain them off the court."


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We need to get some foreign players. Take a look at the NBA top teams and the large amount of foreigners they feature. Notice the west, the better conference, has a higher concentration.

Spurs: Ginobili, Parker, Oberto
Nuggets: Kleiza, Najera, Nene
Cavaliers: Ilgauskas, Varejao, Pavlovic
Raptors: Calderon, Bargnani, Garbajosa, Delfino, Nesterovic, Brezec
Warriors: Biedrins, Pietrus, Azubuike
Lakers: Gasol, Vujacic, Turiaf, Radmanovic
Suns: Nash, Barbosa, Diaw, Giricek
Rockets: Yao, Scola, Mutombo
Jazz: Okur, Kirilenko
Hornets: Stojakovic
Mavericks: Nowitzki
Magic: Turkoglu, Arroyo
Sixers: Dalembert

The Heat's reluctance to even look outside when scouting has helped make us the joke of the league and seem light years behind all the good teams.

sign of the times...the biggest Heat story on April 2nd this year is how the Heat players sold season tickets on the phone...

9/11 was an inside job

checkout and watch the collapse videos. learn the truth.

If we get that first pick, there would be no doubt in my mind we're taking Rose, that just became more clear with Wade's endorsment of him.

How do you come up with the idea that he was referring to Rose, he could have been talking about Kevin Love.

the heat will NOT draft kevin love if they get the 1st pick thats guaranteed they will decide between Kansas forward Michael Beasley, or Memphis guard Derrick Rose. if they do draft Beasley, then UNFORTUNATELY they might have to trade Haslem and find a point guard. now if they sign derrick rose this can be the line up

4.haslem be determined !

Sarah, I'm glad your posting since IG dropped the ball a long time ago!

4.haslem be determined !

Posted by: danny | April 04, 2008 at 08:53 AM

This lineup looks promising, but I think we need a PF who has more offensiveability so Beasley would be my 1st choice. Either way if we are fortunate to get the 1st pick that would be a tough decision.
Maybe we get the 2nd pick like seattle last year, and all we have to do is pick the 1 who wasn't picked 1st.

I've been saying all year Rose should be our top pick.

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