Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 5/19/12

Dwyane Wade is probably lucky it wasn’t Ozzie Guillen‘s face he was getting into during Game 3 on Thursday.

Wade drew some backlash after he was seen fiercely confronting Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on the sideline during Miami’s nightmarish loss to the Pacers. Wade was ultimately separated by teammates, but Guillen says that wouldn’t have been necessary if he were in Spoelstra’s position. The Marlins manager said he would have gotten physical if Wade were one of his players.

“He can guarantee a fight … I will kick his [butt],’’ Guillen said, according to the Miami Herald. “Well, I won’t say I’ll kick his [butt]. They’ll kick my [butt] because they’re bigger than me, and I’m older. But I will take my chances. Some people have to understand our job. Some players, they think they know more baseball than you do.

“I don’t know Wade. I don’t know the coach. That’s disrespectful. Why he said it? When he said it? That’s none of my business. [But] he can guarantee a fight.”

Given Guillen’s notoriously short temper, I don’t think anybody doubts him when he says he would fight a player. But he shouldn’t sell himself so short. The way things were going for Wade in that game, Guillen probably could have lay a whooping.

Photo credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

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