Playing for your country isn’t enough for some NBA players. FoxSports.com is reporting future Hall of Famers Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade want to be paid to play in the Olympics in London this summer.
According to Allen, “Everybody says, ‘Play for your country.’ But [N.B.A. players are] commodities, your businesses. You think about it, you do camps in the summer, you have various opportunities to make money. When you go overseas and play basketball, you lose those opportunities, what you may make… If I’m an accountant and I get outsourced by my firm, I’m going to make some money somewhere else.”
Apparently making $18 million a season isn’t enough for the Miami Heat super star. Wade told ESPN: “It’s a lot of things you do for the Olympics — a lot of jerseys you sell. We play the whole summer. I do think guys should be compensated. Just like I think college players should be compensated as well.”
Wade and Allen have both been apart of Olympic gold medal teams in 2008 and 2004 respectivley. But in 2004, in the midst of player rifts and lack of enthusiasm Team USA finished a disappointing third becoming the first U.S. men’s basketball team with NBA players to lose an Olympic game. It was reported Wade along with Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Carlos Boozer made a pact to win gold, earning the nickname redeem team. But apparently, green is better than gold.
It look likes Dwyane Wade has gotten over the NBA Finals loss with the help of George Clooney’s ex. Wade and model-actress Elisabetta Canalis were spotted at the Dsquared2 fashion show in Italy. The couple sat front row in matching denim attire. Despite Wade’s longtime girlfriend Gabrielle Union, PerezHilton reported that Wade and Canalis were very flirty with eachother.
It’s a good thing Wade is used to rebounding, Canalis and boyfriend George Clooney broke up after two years of dating this week. A statement was released by US Weekly saying: “We are not together anymore…It’s very difficult and very personal and we hope everyone can respect our privacy.”
The Miami Heat are facing their most important game in history tonight and are asking fans to cheer and not to leave early. The Heat are down 3-2 to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals and have called in the sixth man to help. In the email sent out to season ticket holders, the Heat tell fans to wear “white and comfortable shoes because “you need to be standing from the opening tip ’til the final buzzer”. Earlier this season, the Heat made a promo video telling fans how to “Fan Up,” after receiving criticism for fans not showing up on time. During the Eastern Conference finals, Charles Barkely called the Heat the worst fans in sports.
Dirk Nowitzki is regarded as one of the nicest guys in the NBA. He even once famously autographed a LeBron jersey on Punk’d. But Nowitzki was not so nice after LeBron and Dwyane Wade mocked the NBA superstar for having a fever before Game 4 of the NBA finals. Nowitzki battled a sinus infection and a 101 fever, and the following day LeBron and Wade fake coughed after their team shoot around.
Nowitzki commented on the incident after Saturday’s practice, “I just thought it was a little childish, a little ignorant. I’ve been in this league for 13 years. I’ve never faked an injury or illness.”
Sick or not, Nowitzki is averaging 27 points in the NBA Finals, and his Dallas Mavericks have a 3-2 lead over the Miami Heat.
“It happened. It’s over to me,” Nowtizki said. “It’s not going to add anything extra to me. This is the NBA Finals. If you need an extra motivation at this time of year then you have a problem. We’re one win away from my dream, what I’ve worked on for half of my life.”
When asked about the alleged cough, Wade said, “I actually did cough, and with the cameras being right there, we made a joke out of it because we knew you guys were going to blow it up. You did exactly what we knew.”
Despite the controversy, Wade is claiming his and LeBron’s innocence, “We never said Dirk’s name. I think he’s not the only one in the world who can get sick or have a cough. We just had fun with the cameras being right in our face about the blowup of the incident, and it held to be true. You blew it up.”