In Game 1 of their current playoff series, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade threw New York Knicks Mike Bibby's shoe into the stands after it had fallen off his right foot. Afterwards Wade said he was just kidding with his former teammate and was "always messing with Bibbs."
Kind of like when the local bully throws your laced sneakers over a telephone wire at the school bus stop.
Today Wade remarked on the state of the Knicks' dire point guard situation and took a verbal shot at Bibby— who will be the Knicks' starter for Game 5 in Miami.
"Yeah, I know a little about Mike. I know Mike has made more shots in this series than he made all last year," Wade said with a smile. "Send that to Mike."
It sounded more like sarcasm than jest in Wade's tone when he sounded off about the Knicks-sub turned starter. Maybe he was looking for a fall guy for last season's flop in the NBA Finals.
Bibby was horrible in the Heat's playoff run last season when he was with the Heat. While the team advanced to the NBA Finals, Bibby shot a minuscule .281 in 20 games, including .258 on 3-pointers during that span.
Through four games in this series, Bibby has shot a measly .313 but has hit 5-of-13 (.385) from outside the arch including a clutch 3-pointer with 1:23 left in Game 4 to give the Knicks an 84-81 lead. The Knicks won that game.
With Jeremy Lin, Iman Shumpert and Baron Davis sidelined with injuries, the Knicks will put whatever hopes they have of winning literally in the hands of Bibby— who hasn't averaged 30 minutes a game since the 2009-10 season.
"If I can get 30, 40 minutes out of Bibby," said Knicks coach Mike Woodson. "I'll play him 30, 40 minutes."
While the 33-year old Bibby is a liability on defense, one thing he can bring to the Knicks is stability and 10 years of playoff experience.
And a few words to Wade. Pick on someone your own size.