Playing the Field: Dwyane Wade erupts, ranking best third wheels
Sometimes kids get upset. Sometimes kids yell at their parents. Usually, those kids get grounded.
But when you’re making $15.5 million and are considered one of the faces of professional basketball, it’s pretty hard to send that kid to his room.
For years, we had pegged LeBron James as the Miami Heat’s designated spoiled brat. Now, we have a new contender: Dwyane Wade. D-Wade had a heated exchange with his head coach, Erik Spoelstra, Thursday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. At one point, it looked like Wade was going to cold cock Spoelstra, or roundhouse him, Shawn Michaels style.
After the game, predictably, Wade blew it off.
“I don’t even remember what y’all talking about,” Wade told reporters.
This comes on the heels of comments Wade made earlier this season, when he lobbied to be paid to play in the Olympics. And then, there’s the whole Gabrielle Union thing. There was also a report that Wade had told James that the Heat were LeBron’s team now.
Lost in all this is the fact that the Heat’s MVP isn’t Wade or James. No, it’s Chris Bosh. They are now 0-2 in these playoffs without him. Interestingly, Bosh and LeBron earn the same salary.
With that in mind, we present the three best third wheels:
1. Horace Grant: Ho-Grant was rocking the Kanye glasses before Kanye, and boy did he intimidate on the boards. He racked up 9,443 rebounds in his career, while quietly holding Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen’s jock straps on the original three-peat.
2. Robert Parish: The Chief gets lost on the championship depth chart behind Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, but it was more than his fashion sense that relegated Bill Walton to the bench. Did you know he won his fourth ring with Jordan in Chicago? We totally forgot that.
3. Neve Campbell: Yes, we’re going off the sports grid with our last pick. Campbell’s contributions to the movie “Wild Things” is off the charts. You know the scene we’re talking about. If not, Google it immediately.
As for the Heat’s dwindling championship chances, we’ll let Lance Stephenson take it away.
ESPN has a ‘no drive-by’ policy
The Worldwide Leader might be the only thing lamer than a presidential election. So naturally, ESPN felt a need to send a memo to its employees detailing what to avoid during the upcoming White House run. In it, they specifically outline that only “approved commentaries on sports-specific issues, or seeking responses from both candidates on relevant news issues, are appropriate.”
OK, so this means we won’t be subjected to Stu Scott shouting out, “Cole Hamels getting his Obama Care on,” the next time he beans Bryce Harper. Or Chris Berman announcing Mitt “Get That Dog Off My Roof” Romney.
The Hot One
By now you have seen and heard of Wayne Gretzky’s extremely attractive daughter, Paulina. If not, bookmark her on Twitter and Instagram. Trust us.
Personally, we would like to see her replace Pierre McGuire and take over his “Between the Benches” segment during the Stanley Cup playoffs. Considering she is already incredibly rich, famous and good-looking, we don’t see that happening.
Enjoy this Paulina Gretzky gallery, courtesy of Busted Coverage.