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