Dwyane Wade is arguably among the top-10 best players in the league. He is also respected by most of the top coaches and players in the NBA but many people are not privy to his history of taking cheap shots at players, most of which have lead to serious injuries.
I know you’re probably asking yourself, what’s the whole point of writing this post unless I am among the ranks of the so called ‘Heat Haters.” Let me assure you that I am a huge fan of Dwayne Wade and the NBA as a whole. As an NBA columnist, I believe I should share this information and leave it up to you to determine your opinion after analyzing and disseminating the evidence.
CBS writer Gregg Doyel is the original source who alleged that Dwayne Wade is the dirtiest player in the NBA. In his article Way of Wade: Flopping, dirty plays for the win he wrote –
The guy’s dirty. He doesn’t just foul people — he hurts them. He hurled Rajon Rondo to the ground during the 2011 playoffs and Rondo suffered a dislocated elbow. He raked his arm down on Kobe Bryant’s face and broke his nose … during the 2012 All-Star Game. He kicked Ramon Sessions in the groin earlier this season and was suspended a game for that.
He’s dirty, man. Dirty. Dirtiest player in the NBA? I think that goes without saying. Does anybody else have a rap sheet as long as Wade’s rap sheet? Did I mention the forearm shiver to Lance Stephenson’s head yet? That was in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, and it was so bad, so dirty, that after studying it on film the NBA assessed Wade with a flagrant foul.
Check out the videos below and make form your own opinions as to whether or not Wade is the dirtiest player in the league.
May 2011: Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat : Eastern Conference Finals, Rajon Rondo dislocates elbow
Nov 2012: Rondo calls Wade a dirty player during an interview, prior to his elbow injury.
2012 NBA All-Star Game: Kobe Bryant suffers a broken nose.
This doesn’t appear to be a deliberate attempt by Wade to injure Kobe but keep in mind, the All-star game is usually a low-competitive game until the 4th quarter. Wade was assessed a flagrant foul in an All-start game which is pretty rare.