Dwyane Wade has been selected to 11 All-Star teams, played in 10 All-Star games and started nine times.
So he’s not necessarily obsessed with the voting process, or whether he will be chosen — by the fans or the coaches — to play in Toronto this February.
Still, he smiled when speaking of the first official All-Star voting returns, which have him ahead of all other East guards, with more votes than the next two players — Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry — combined.
“I think my fans are mad after last year,” Wade said.
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Last season, a spirited campaign, spearheaded on social media by Canadian musicians Drake and Justin Bieber, helped Lowry surge past Wade at the end, to pair with Washington’s John Wall.
Wade was then chosen by the coaches as a reserve, though a hamstring injury prevented him from playing. Now, with the game in Toronto, Wade knows that can repeat itself. Voting ends at midnight on Jan. 18.
“It’s early,” Wade noted.
Even so, it appears that Chris Bosh will be reliant upon the coaches again to make the team and play in front of his former home fans at the Air Canada Centre. He’s currently seventh in frontcourt voting, when only three players will start; Detroit’s Andre Drummond, in the third spot, has more than 50,000 additional votes.
“I hope Hassan [Whiteside] makes it, too,” Wade said.
Whiteside is currently ninth among frontcourt players.
Former Heat coach Alvin Gentry was frequently angry with his Pelicans players Friday, particularly guard Tyreke Evans.
“We made bad decisions offensively all night long,” Gentry said.
He had to call two late timeouts to get players in the proper place.
“We draw everything up and then we duplicate it again,” Gentry said. “Then the thing that we say is does everyone understand where they are? If everyone says yes, then I expect you to get to the right spot. … That’s something we will get cleared up, those people will not be in the game.”
THIS AND THAT
▪ Heat point guard Goran Dragic, who missed Wednesday’s game against Detroit, played 40 minutes, and recorded seven points and six assists. He said neither his right thumb nor left wrist gave him that much trouble.
▪ Backup point guard Tyler Johnson has now missed seven of the past games — and half of the other one — with shoulder soreness and said he wants the shoulder to feel stronger before he returns to the rotation. But he will travel to Orlando for the Heat’s Saturday game against the Magic.
▪ Heat forward Josh McRoberts missed another game with a bruised knee and has now played in just 37 of 110 games since signing with the Heat.
▪ Heat reserve Amar’e Stoudemire, who calls himself “culturally Jewish,” wore a sweater to the game with a menorah and two dreidels.
▪ Miami is now 9-1 against the West.
Saturday: Heat at Magic
When/where: 7 p.m.; Amway Center, Orlando.
TV/radio: Sun Sports; WAXY 790, WAQI 710 (Spanish).
Series: Heat leads 58-45
Scouting report: The Magic has been one of the East’s surprise teams, with players buying into the structure of new coach Scott Skiles. Nikola Vujecic, who has given the Heat trouble, leads Orlando in points and rebounds, and might finally make an All-Star team.