“I got my kids watching so I stopped myself but it was a punk play by him. He clotheslined me. I’m here to play basketball, man. If you want to do something else, then go do something else. Boxing, this is not it. I was glad I was able to stop myself in that very moment and move on from it. We’ll see next time we play.” ~ Dwyane Wade
Wade made these comments after last night’s game in specific reference to this play:
Wade has a point here. He is known for only making basketball plays, like this one:
And this one:
Now some would say these two plays by Wade are similar or perhaps worse than the play Rondo made that night. But you have to put them in context. Breaking Kobe’s nose was in an All Star game and dislocating Rondo’s elbow was during a playoff run. Physical plays and hard fouls become “basketball plays” and not “punk plays” during the playoffs and in exhibition competition. It’s an NBA bylaw.
January 27th can not get here fast enough.