It seems sitting in premium seats and shouting rude comments just go hand in hand. But this year, NBA players are not letting hecklers have their way with them. The latest protest comes from an unexpected source in Dwyane Wade. While playing in Boston he had his own clever response to a heckling fan.
Make no mistake, Dwyane Wade isn’t what he used to be (and this is coming from a Miami Heat fan). The truth is, father time is catching up to the 35-year-old veteran pretty quickly. Rather than being “The Flash” he’s more-so showing FLASHes of his younger playing days. Regardless, when you speak to D. Wade, put some respect on his name! A heckling Boston fan shouted out to Wade that Avery Bradley has his number. D Wade wasted no time to respond. Ultimately, he had to remind a fan he’s got 3 rings to his name. saying:
“What’s my number, three? That’s how many rings I got.”
The quip was perfectly timed. It’s obvious, Dwyane hasn’t had the best season since leaving the Miami Heat and joining The Bulls. But when he was in his prime, he was as fun to watch as any of these all-time greats:
Air Canada, Vinsanity, Half Man Half Amazing, whatever else you want to call him, just know that Vince Carter is the best dunker in NBA history, facts only. Is 2000 Dunk Contest performance was an iconic sports moment, but his greatest dunk came that same year in the Olympics when he literally jumped over a 7'0" dude from France. Love VC, and love to see him still doing it in the league. (Source: Twitter)
Here's a hot take to dummies out there, but people who know basketball know that Dominque was a better dunker than MJ. He was robbed in the 1988 Dunk Contest because it was in Chicago and they had to give it to Jordan. But besides all of that, the Human Highlight Film was an absolute beast. He literally created the Windmill (I think) which is one of my favorite dunks. (Source: Twitter)
Clyde The Glide (another sweet nickname by the way) was an awesome ball player, and a great dunker. Did he ever win a Dunk Contest? No he did not, but he would not hesitate to dunk all up in your face if you got in his way during a game. The only bad part of his career was getting sh-t on by Jordan in the 1992 NBA Finals, but he eventually won a championship with the Rockets, so I guess it's not too bad. (Source: Twitter)
I'm a Knicks fan, but Kobe is my all time favorite player. Ruthless competitor, and I love anyone who takes 100 shots a game and is a dick to his teammates. One of his manny accolades is a Dunk Contest win back in 1997, but he could also throw down a huge dunk during a game, like he did on that b-tch Dwight Howard. (Source: Twitter)
Kemp may not have had the career that people that he was going to have, and yes he got into some legal issues off the court, but the man was awesome with the Sonics in the 90s, and was just a disgusting dunker of the basketball. I can look past your mistakes Shawn Kemp, you're good by me, bruh. (Source: Twitter)
Source: Riot Flickr
Source: Riot Flickr
With every game it’s becoming more evident that he’s “the old guy” on the squad. Though his role has changed on the team, players sometimes have to remind fans what they once were.
Kobe Bryant has done it:
Lebron James has done it:
It’s not easy transitioning from franchise player to wise veteran, especially when fans make you aware of it every game. But reminding fans about your hardware is the ultimate silencer. An NBA Championship gives you bragging rights for life.