Heat guard Dwyane Wade created a stir on social media in Canada before Game 3 on Saturday when he continued shooting after the start of the Canadian national anthem, which preceded the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.
Wade said Sunday that he meant no disrespect.
Wade always likes to hit a layup or dunk and then a 15-foot bank shot from the wing before ending his pregame routine. It took him several attempts to make that bank shot Saturday, and by the time he did, the Canadian anthem had been playing for at least 20 seconds.
“I’m not a disrespectful person,” Wade said Sunday when queried by Toronto reporters. “So if anyone thinks I’ve been disrespectful to a country, they have no idea who Dwyane Wade is ….
“No disrespect from myself or [Amar’e Stoudemire, who was rebounding the ball for Wade]. If anybody feels like it was, please don’t fill up my [Twitter] time line with disrespectful comments. That’s not this guy right here. Find somebody else with that.”
Wade said he will make the necessary adjustments in Game 4 to ensure he is done shooting by the start of the Canadian anthem.
“We have to make an adjustment with our pregame routine, too, with everything starting a little earlier than we are used to,” he said. “[On Saturday], it kind of started a little later than when we were in Canada.”
The NBA, in a statement, said: "We spoke to the team and the Heat will work with its players to make sure no pregame routines interfere with either anthem going forward.”
WINSLOW ON BENCH
Justise Winslow, who was in the Heat’s rotation for the entire regular season, wasn’t used at all in Game 3. Winslow said he and coach Erik Spoelstra discussed the matter Sunday.
“This was what he thought would give us the best chance to win,” Winslow said. “I go out there and play. I don’t coach. … Whether I’m out there or not, I’m going to stay positive and stay ready.”
THIS AND THAT
▪ Though he obviously wanted to play, Goran Dragic said it wasn’t “a big deal” that he was on the bench for nearly all of the final six minutes on Saturday, with Spoelstra opting instead for Josh Richardson because he wanted a longer defender.
In a team meeting on Sunday, Spoelstra “mentioned you need to just sacrifice,” Dragic said. “He thought this was best for the team. He said at that moment, he could react differently. Of course, I want to be out there. I want to help my team. No big deal. It doesn’t affect me at all.”
▪ NBA commissioner Adam Silver, appearing on Sirius XM on Sunday, insisted there is “no dispute” between the Heat and Chris Bosh about how his situation is being handled but said he has been “monitoring it very closely.”
In a joint statement, the Heat and Bosh said Wednesday that he will miss the rest of the postseason, in the wake of strong indications that Bosh wanted to play.
“It seems like the science is clear here,” Silver said. “There is no dispute here between the player and the team and the league as to what the condition is. This is primarily a relationship matter between the Miami Heat and [Bosh]. He is a fantastic guy and a wonderful player —obviously, I feel for him that he’s out right now.”
Silver said communication among the Heat, Bosh and league has been open.
▪ Luol Deng, who averaged 19.3 points in the first round against Charlotte but just 8.7 points in this series, said it has been more difficult to cut and move without the ball against the Raptors because of their defensive approach.