Posted August 06, 2013

Court Vision: Dwyane Wade, sons pose for ‘We are Trayvon Martin’ magazine cover

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Dwyane Wade poses with his two sons on a magazine cover. (@DwyaneWade on Instagram)

• Heat guard Dwyane Wade and his two sons appear on the cover of the September issue of Ebony wearing hooded sweatshirts alongside a “We are Trayvon” headline. Deadspin.com notes that this isn’t the first time Wade has expressed support for Trayvon Martin, a Florida teenager who was shot to death in February. George Zimmerman, the man accused of shooting Martin, was acquitted of second-degree murder charges last month.

• In case you missed it, Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com had a piece in July about an Atlanta AAU team that donned “I Am Trayvon” t-shirts at a Las Vegas tournament.

• The NBA released its 2013-14 schedule on Tuesday. Here’s a full rundown of 50 games to circle on your calendar.

• Dan Feldman of ProBasketball Talk recaps Brandon Jennings’ eventful introductory press conference.

“We could bring the Lob City to Detroit this year,” Jennings said.

“The things that I was doing in Milwaukee, I won’t have to do here, take all the bad shots,” Jennings said. “Now, I can just actually be myself and be who I was five years ago when I was in high school, playing AAU basketball.”

• Israel Bayer, the executive director of Street Roots, offers some thoughtful commentary on Terrence Jones’ recent arrest for allegedly stomping on a homeless man.

I don’t know Terrence Jones, but I do know the streets. I know that the NBA cares about the poor, and I also know what basketball means for people on the streets. Many people without a home look to their local basketball team as a vehicle of hope. There’s not a day that passes during the regular season that people on the streets of Portland are not talking about the Trail Blazers.

Basketball transcends cultural and class lines and brings us together. We collectively root for our favorite players and/or teams, regardless of our economic circumstances. We rise and fall together as communities and sports fans, from the homeless man or woman sleeping in a doorway listening to the game on a wind-up radio to the family enjoying the action courtside.

• Pistons rookie Tony Mitchell put on a dunking show at a trading card company’s photo shoot. Hat tip: Grantland.com.

•  Andrew Unterberger of The Basketball Jones nominates Kelly Olynyk as one of the most interesting players in the Atlantic Division.

A brutally depressing Boston offseason may have been slightly redeemed, however, with the drafting — well, more so the Summer League play — of Kelly Olynyk. The Gonzaga big man seemed like a minor stretch when Danny Ainge traded with the Mavs to move up in the draft and take him with the 13th pick, but Olynyk made the selection look like a steal with his impressive exhibition play in Orlando, scoring with ease both in the post and from the perimeter, rebounding and passing well, and generally showing a ridiculous feel for the game for a not-even-rookie. Olynyk was one of the stories of the summer’s exhibition season, averaging 18 and 8 on 58 percent shooting, with the name “Dirk” even being invoked on more than one occasion. Suddenly, there was a non-ping-pong-balls-related reason to be excited about the ’14 Celtics.

• Clippers All-Star forward and big-time pitchman Blake Griffin stars in a self-deprecating new Foot Locker commercial that pokes fun at his ubiquitous presence in commercials.

• Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLA.com reports some thoughts on Griffin from Chris Paul.

“Blake is one of those guys, where his age has nothing to do with anything,” Paul said in a wide-ranging phone interview with ESPNLosAngeles.com this week. “People may say he’s a young guy, but he’s been special in this league, he’s been an All-Star. His voice carries a lot of weight and I think our team will definitely go as Blake goes.

“He’s our guy, and he’s good enough to do so.”

• Clippers forward Matt Barnes said the NBA is “so soft now,” prompting Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie to investigate.

The NBA hasn’t gotten soft. It’s gotten smarter. It’s just as physical a game, if not more, than it was in 1985, because everybody wants to play defense now, and the athletes are that much better. Because for every hard-ass Piston or Celtic team you had banging bodies, there were far more that were more than willing to let things slide. The preponderance of block/charge calls in the modern game is frustrating, but it’s also due to all the people that are blocking and charging. Those people, at least not in great numbers as is the case today, weren’t attempting this back in 1985.

• The Suns purchased the website “beat.la” and have video highlights from their long-standing rivalry with the Lakers. Solid work.

• Dave McMenamin of ESPNLA.com reports some interesting comments from Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni about how Dwight Howard’s presence impacted Pau Gasol.

Some six months before the billboards appeared, in positioning Howard as the franchise’s future, the Lakers put Pau Gasol in the past, and often, on the bench.

“We did have a free-agent market last year we had to be aware of, and you make certain arguments based on the future,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “Whether they’re right or wrong, that’s the reality of it, and we went that way, but it was never meant to be a slight to (Gasol) or never meant to be that he was the cause of our problems.”

• Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic recounts the love story of Suns lottery pick Alex Len and his 6-foot-7 basketball-playing girlfriend.

89 comments
SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

It is pretty sad that black males do far worse in schools than Mexican-American kids that don't even speak English!

Wade should maybe educate his kids, not just teach them to blame others for everything.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Matt13 I'm still waiting for your source about how apparently 50% of murders are committed by blacks.  

mystafugee
mystafugee

Well, if there's one legacy of this trial, get ready for more and more black youth to be armed.  The lesson from the trial was Martin should have carried his own weapon.  

mystafugee
mystafugee

It's funny how conservatives are okay with racial profiling but not okay with Affirmative Action.  

Matt13
Matt13

Idiots. If Dwayne Wade couldn't play basketball, he'd most likely be in prison. His IQ is probably pushing 70. Teach your sons not to assault neighborhood watchmen. That's the lesson.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Wade also decided to take kids kids out of school.  Today they bought a gun without a serial number, punched a bus driver, smoked some weed, and stole some jewelry.

DirtyPantiesLover1
DirtyPantiesLover1

black men who are young and wear hoodies look like blood and crip gang members to me. OF COURSE i am suspicious of them. i am NOT politically correct. tell dwayne to tell his black people to stop celebrating gang membership and prison time as a rite of manhood passage. this is a black people problem with their culture that every other race despises. political correctness will NOT solve any problems. 

Joseph41
Joseph41

As a Marquette Warrior fan and graduate I am very disappointed in D-Wade. Did he actually check the facts of the case before commenting? Let's hope his kids do not turn out to be a punk like Trayvon.

PaulMorgan1
PaulMorgan1

maybe the mods should have guns, and they defend the board against offensive comments. right?? that would be ironic. 

r.currier3
r.currier3

I think Wade should stick with basketball, restricting his commentary and grandstanding to topics at his level.  Although he evidently has a lot of experience with the court system (lol), his opinion on topics outside of basketball has zero credibility.  Pure posturing ....

super_mecha
super_mecha

How typical is this, 


All the evidence proves Zimmermans side


All the false evidence proves Trayvons side


Zimmerman is acquitted

"The system is broken"   


lol

Eman,MasterOfTheUniverse
Eman,MasterOfTheUniverse

Based on the parts of the story I've heard, Zimmerman probably shouldn't have been following Martin and was being an overzealous neighborhood watchman.  If I had to guess, I'd say that some of his neighbors appreciated that aspect of him.  He messed up though.  And so did Martin.  Zimmerman shouldn't have put himself in that position in the first place, but if it became a fight and Martin threw the first punch and hadn't walked away from Zimmerman, you really can't tell when the fight will end.


Zimmerman shouldn't have been convicted of any of the crimes he was charged with, and Martin shouldn't have died for his part.  They both deserved some less extreme punishment.  No need to go "eye for an eye" on Zimmerman.  For those who think he deserved more, just know that his life is truly going to suck from this point forward, to the point that he will probably receive a fair punishment.

Matt13
Matt13

@mystafugee @Matt13  

2011 Crime in the US - FBI Site - Murder Offenders - Expanded Homicide Data, Table 3 

Matt13
Matt13

@mystafugee No genius. The lesson of the trial was that one shouldn't assault the neighborhood night watchman. That was the only lesson. 

Matt13
Matt13

@mystafugee Black males between the ages of 14 and 24 are 1% of the population, but commit 27% of the murders. It isn't racial profiling. It's called common sense.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Matt13 He's a watchman, not a cop, that's why he was told by the dispatcher not to confront Martin.  BTW...what do you do for a living?  

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@DirtyPantiesLover1 

The key phrase in this post's first sentence:  "to me"


Btw, you dunce, blood and crip bangers wear their colors.  Trayvon Martin's hoodie was grey/black.  Think up a better excuse for your stupid judgement, that one just doesn't fly.

DirtyPantiesLover1
DirtyPantiesLover1

@PaulMorgan1 why don't you move to north korea where speech is censored? looks like you would do well in that fat dictator's nation.

Lightsaber
Lightsaber

@r.currier3, He really should not sure why Wade wants to bring this type of attention to himself. The man shouldn't used his children like this..

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@super_mecha

Good god, you're an idiot.  

If you weren't so illiterate, then maybe you'd have actually read enough about the trial to understand that the evidence does nothing for Zimmerman except give him a free pass specifically according to one of the stupidest laws in the country regarding confrontation, which incidentally only Florida has in effect.

Florida, the state that can't figure out how to vote properly, the same state that acquits Casey Anthony of all charges, and now the state that let's the most painfully obvious manslaughter perp in history walk because of an inept prosecution and an idiotic law.


lol

Matt13
Matt13

@Eman,MasterOfTheUniverse  

Martin died because he violently assaulted GZ. Zimmerman did nothing wrong. He was overzealous likely because his community had been victimized over and over again by black males. Overzealous is the wrong word though - he acted quite reasonably. He did nothing wrong.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Matt13 @mystafugee So by your logic whites should be puled over all the time cause they account for the majority of crimes.  

Matt13
Matt13

@mystafugee @Matt13  

You see, in America, responsible citizens take it upon themselves to protect their communities. That used to be called normal. The dispatcher has no legal or moral relevance. If the dispatcher said to jump off a bridge, should the person on the other end jump off a bridge?

 Cops are there to help you after the crime has been committed. Zimmerman, and those good citizens like him, are the only ones protecting their communities from black criminality (Black men are 6% of the population but commit approximately 50% of the murders in this country). In the past year alone, Zimmerman's community had been broken into eight times - all by black males. Zimmerman did nothing wrong. He is a model citizen. The only criminal act that was committed was Trayvon assaulting GZ.

Matt13
Matt13

@leehwgoc @super_mecha  

The evidence was quite clear that Trayvon assaulted GZ. Stand your Ground was not relevant. It was self defense. It is not 'starting a confrontation' to ask someone what they're doing in your gated community late at night. Only one criminal act was committed that night: Trayvon's assault of George Zimmerman

Eman,MasterOfTheUniverse
Eman,MasterOfTheUniverse

@leehwgoc @super_mecha What law?  If you're referring to stand your ground, it really had nothing to do with this case.  You can attack that law if you want to, and I won't necessarily disagree with you.  But as I understand it, Zimmerman's defense worked strictly within the confines of very long-standing self-defense laws.

Matt13
Matt13

@mystafugee @Matt13  

Haha. See my post below. The offender numbers are listed. Black on white crime is much higher than white on black crime. So the offender rates are worse statistically for blacks than the victim rates

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Matt13 @mystafugee Wow, you are more dense than I originally thought.  Did you even bother looking at what the number represented?  It means who was killed, not who killed them.  Alright, we're done, I already knew you were racist but now you're just exposing yourself as an idiot.  

Matt13
Matt13

@mystafugee @Matt13 No genius - that was just blacks between the ages of 14 and 24. Black males in total are 6% of the population but commit 50% of the crimes.

Matt13
Matt13

@mystafugee @Matt13  

Haha. I just gave you the exact site to look. Not sure why I bothered given that your IQ is probably pushing 80. 

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Matt13 @mystafugee Just stop, you're grasping at straws at this point cause you know you were called out for lying about your numbers.  I'm done, have a good evening.  

Matt13
Matt13

@mystafugee @Matt13  

A good source is typing in 'Crime in the United States 2011' directly from the FBI's Expanded Homicide Data, Table #3 and looking at 'Murder Offenders.' Blacks in total, who are about 12% of the population commit a majority of the murders according to that site. Assuming that black males and black females are about equal in number in the US and black females commit about 10% of the total black murders (ie. black males commit 90%), you're looking at close to a majority of the murders committed by just 6% of the population

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Matt13 @mystafugee you're still not providing your source.  I'm done with your garbage, you just make up stuff and pass them off as facts.  

Matt13
Matt13

@mystafugee @Matt13  

Zimmerman is the type of person that most people want as their neighbor. Black criminality is out of control. It's not that all black people are out to get white people, it's that a significant part of the black community behaves outrageously. Statistics are quite clear. All of our inner cities are like war zones because of black dysfunction

Matt13
Matt13

@mystafugee @Matt13 

 I don't assault the night watchman for 'starting an argument with me.' No. That's not normal.

A non-thug, if he were threatened would have:

1) Called the cops

2) Called his Mom/Dad

3) Started running

4) Said "Oh, you're the night watchman. My Dad lives around here. I'm just going home."

That's what a normal, non-thug would have done. You morons keep leaving out the most important part of what happened: Trayvon assaulted GZ. That's why he was shot. Because he was assaulting GZ.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Matt13 @mystafugee btw...you really are paranoid,  you should get some help.  You apparently think black people are out to get us white folks.  Zimmerman is a p-ssy, gets his @ss beat by some skinny 17 year old.  No wonder he carries a gun. 

Matt13
Matt13

@mystafugee @Matt13  

They don't teach reading comprehension at community college. I get it.

 Fact #1: Black males aged 14-24 are 1% of the population but commit 27% of the murders

Fact #2: Black males of all ages are approximately 6% of the population but commit approximately 50% of the murders

The two statements above are not mutually exclusive. Read it multiple times. It might have been something on the SAT that you were unable to take/complete

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Matt13 @mystafugee So I guess if some black guy just comes up to you and starts an argument and then ends up shooting you, you'll be okay with that, right?  

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Matt13 @mystafugee I notice your "facts" keep changing, so blacks now account for 50% of the murders?  Feel free to show me where you got that number.  

Matt13
Matt13

@Eman,MasterOfTheUniverse @Matt13  

Zimmerman did nothing wrong. There is nothing wrong with asking someone what they're doing. Martin responded to whatever Zimmerman said by physically assaulting him. That is the only confrontation. Zimmerman will not lose a wrongful death suit. The justice system works with most of our current demographics. It probably won't in 20 years.

Eman,MasterOfTheUniverse
Eman,MasterOfTheUniverse

@Matt13 @Eman,MasterOfTheUniverse Starting a physical confrontation and avoiding confrontation aren't the same thing.  Like every other issue in the world, this isn't a good vs. evil thing.  Zimmerman acted outside of his training, probably because the gun in his pocket gave him confidence, and Martin definitely overreacted.  Trial turned out as it should have and Zimmerman will probably lose a wrongful death suit.  Justice system works.

Matt13
Matt13

@Eman,MasterOfTheUniverse  

Avoid confrontation? The confrontation was that Trayvon thugged it out. Asking someone what they're doing is not 'starting a confrontation.' Had Trayvon not been a thug he would have said: "My Dad lives here and I'm going home." Then that would have been it. Or he could have said, "I'm calling the cops." And Zimmerman would have said, "Okay." And that would have been it. Zimmerman himself called the cops. He wasn't going to start a physical confrontation when the cops were on their way. That makes no sense.