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Wade questions decision to play game; says he will donate game check

NEW YORK — Amid traffic snarls and power outages in Manhattan and devastation in other areas, Heat guard Dwyane Wade doesn't think the NBA should be playing a game on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

The Heat plays the Knicks at 8 p.m. on Friday night. Wade spoke out about the decision to play the game on Thursday with a message on Twitter. It took the Heat's team bus about three hours to travel from Newark Liberty International Airport to the team's hotel in Manhattan. On Friday morning, Wade was still surprised the league was allowing the game to be played.

"Being from Miami and knowing what a hurricane does and knowing how we have to prepare for it and just knowing how people are affected by, I just think that there were bigger things to be concerned about than us being here to play a basketball game," Wade said. "Obviously, sports are something that takes people minds away from things but I think there are bigger things that need to be done here in the city."

Wade is planning to put actions to words. According to a report by USA Today, he will donate his game check from Friday night—about 156k before taxes.

LeBron James was more receptive to playing the game, which he said would give families a brief diversion  during tough times. The game is the first major event in the city since Hurricane Sandy.

"Sports does allow people for a few hours to get away from situations that may not be so bright at the time and this may be one of those instances when we can provide that for a lot of families that here and just kind of get their mind off the devastation that hit this area this past week," James said.

Like everyone in New York, Wade was frustrated with the traffic on Thursday. Here's the tweet he posted (retweeted by Mario Chalmers) while stuck on the team bus for over three hours.

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Wade deleted his original tweet and, to avoid sounding insensitive, replaced it with these clarification.

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 Of course, Chalmers was just happy to get off the bus.

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lol @ chalmers missing the point

Haters gonna have a ball with this.

Listen, most people r making to much of this and we have to stat focused... we come to win... stay healthy and move forward.. i'm up here too.. it was crazy and sad to see nyc like this... but as americans we move forward...god bless all those who were affected... now we move forward...

I AGREE WITH DW. SMARTER THAN BLOOMBERG.

Looks like the "Heat" will donate these game to the NY KNicks as "Charity" ...

I agree, this Heat loss was a demonstration of charity, although any NYC team would have spit in our face after Andrew or Wilma! The Heat lost to a team they need to demolish. No excuses!!!

PATHETIC effort !

Not getting this blog Goodman. No timely game insights...but plenty of other blog attempts about "nothing".

FEEBLE !

Look like they had a case of bus-lag. I've been in NY since the disaster. They got another storm that could hit on election day. A lot of snow and rain will cause even more misery. The city really needed something to cheer about. I just hate that it was my team. They played well and would have given Miami's A game trouble last night.

we're ok... we move forward... nuggets tonight...

Agree with Wade & applaud his decency. Yes, life goes on. But even MLB postponed a whole buncha games amidst a pennant race for Hurricane Irene. So it's not difficult to see how Heat players may -- especially those who *know* the rivalry -- not be as "up" to beat a team/crowd still breathless after its gut-punch from Sandy.

Still, 1 gift is the limit. NO MORE charity required. Back to business ASAP, please.

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