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PLAYERS: Dwyane Wade
TEAMS: Miami Heat
A couple weeks ago, I wrote an article about Greg Oden and the impact he could make as a healthier player (he likely won’t be anything near what he would have been).  I had suggested some possible teams that would benefit from signing Greg Oden since it was a low risk-high reward situation.  The Miami Heat was the first team I brought up, and the Miami Heat it will be. The one and only phrase that comes to mind about Miami’s signing of Greg Oden is ‘why not?’  Think about it; why on earth shouldn’t the Heat have signed a rehabilitated Greg Oden?  The 2007 first pick will make just over a million dollars in his first year of a player option.  He’ll make about $1.15 million his second year, if he exercises that player option.  In today’s NBA, it’s pretty easy for any team to sign a player to a near-minimum or substantially cheap deal. A big man in the middle, such as Oden, was exactly what Miami has been craving ever since the “big three” has come together.  Not only does this greatly benefit the Heat, but this destination could very well be a turning point in Greg Oden’s career.  Oden will not be expected to play 20-25 minutes every game.  Those expectations would be too much to ask for.  He’ll have to ween his way back into the game and start by playing about eight minutes per half.  On top of that, Miami will likely allow Oden to sit out the second game of back-to-backs. Courtesy of Being cautious is the first step for Miami and Greg Oden.  The two sides will have to work together to do everything they can to make him a healthy, effective player again.  Although Greg Oden joining the back-to-back champions is a jolly story, don’t get your hopes too high.  One could only guess if Greg Oden will be able to stay on his feet for very long.  Injury-prone players to the extent of Oden are just unpredictable so we’ll have to wait and see how this works out for Oden and the Heat. Let’s look at the hypothetical situation of Oden being able to play a comfortable 60-plus games: Like I said before, Miami hasn’t had a real starting center on this championship team.  A man with the build and skill of Greg Oden makes life a lot easier for an NBA team.  Centers like that just don’t come around too often and that is the reason the Portland Trail Blazers selected Greg Oden with the first pick in the 2007 draft. Although Oden won’t make the impact that the pre-NBA Greg Oden was expected to make, he does have the potential to be a big difference maker for this Miami Heat team.  Miami’s roster is not very young.  In fact, they are the definition of a veteran team.  Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will be a year older and slower (LeBron won’t because he’s LeBron).  Role players such as Ray Allen, Udonis Haslem, and Shane Battier are toward the end of their careers.  That’ll make Oden one of the youngest players on the team, in company with Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole. LeBron gives Miami unbelievable floor spacing and that is the reason that Miami has been the most dominant team for two years straight.  Their floor spacing couldn’t possibly be better, right?  Wrong.  Now that they have Greg Oden, their floor spacing has the potential to be even better. The thought of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh on the same team was pretty scary.  The three envisioned championships for years to come and two of them have been delivered.  With a rejuvenated Greg Oden, Pat Riley’s ultimate squad is even scarier.  With the addition of Greg Oden, Miami’s title window may have just opened for a little bit longer.   Follow me on Twitter @ZJTbasketball11

Dwyane Wade For EBONY Magazine’s “We Are Trayvon” Cover

The September issue of Ebony Magazine will be dedicated to Trayvon Martin with four different covers in his honor. One cover features NBA star Dwyane Wade and his two sons, all wearing grey Hoodies in respect to Trayvon. “We Are Trayvon” is read in bold red print. I applaud Ebony Magazine for this fantastic feature, not allowing the tragedy of  Trayvon Martin go until justice...

Dwyane Wade poses for magazine with sons dressed as Trayvon Martin

Miami Heat superstar, Dwyane Wade recently posed, with his two sons, for the cover of Ebony magazine. The three appear on the cover dressed in hooded sweatshirts and the cover reads We Are Trayvon.  A title and pose that obviously speak to the tragedy of the 17-year old (Trayvon Martin), who was shot and killed back in February. Trayvon’s shooter, George Zimmerman, was recently...

Dwyane Wade on cover of Ebony Magazine, sons wearing Trayvon Martin hoodies

The September issue of Ebony Magazine aims to honor Trayvon Martin and keep the conversation of race in America alive, according to Huffington Post. The magazine has four different covers for the issue, including one featuring Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, and his two sons. Wade’s sons Zaire and Zion are both wearing gray hoodies [...]

Dwyane Wade and his sons honor Trayvon Martin on Ebony magazine cover

If you happen to pick up September’s cover of Ebony magazine, then you might see Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade along with his two sons, Zaire and Zion. The cover features the Wade family wearing white hoodies in honor of shooting victim Trayvon Martin and the full image can be seen below:   *** Dwyane Wade honors Trayvon Martin [USA Today]

Dwyane Wade, sons honor Trayvon Martin

Ebony magazine is dedicating four separate covers of their September issue, titled “We Are Trayvon,” to Trayvon Martin – one displaying Dwyane Wade and his two sons, Zion and Zaire, wearing hoodies. The other covers feature Spike Lee and his son, Boris Kodjoe and his son, and Trayvon Martin’s family.

Wade, sons in Trayvon Martin mag tribute

Sports figures have shown their support for Trayvon Martin and his family since the teen was killed last February. Now, Miami Heat standout Dwyane Wade is continuing that effort. Wade posed with his sons for the cover of Ebony magazine's September issue, with all three Wades wearing hooded sweatshirts. The hoodies are a nod to what Martin wore the night he was killed -- a sign...

DEEP COVER: Dwyane Wade, sons honor Trayvon Martin for Ebony Magazine

Ballertainment Dwyane, Zaire and Zion Wade pay tribute to Trayvon Martin om cover of Ebony Magazine Its been several weeks since the Zimmerman verdict, a “not guilty” verdict that divided a lot of people, but awakened many more. The September issue of EBONY Magazine features four different covers, including the NBA’s Dwyane Wade and his sons, Zaire and Zion. The caption reads...

The Assist: Dwyane Wade & sons cover EBony magazine honoring Trayvon Martin

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade and his two sons, Zaire and Zion, are featured on one of four covers for the September 2013 issue of Ebony magazine. The issue is in response to the not-guilty verdict of George Zimmerman in the murder trial of Florida teen, Trayvon Martin. The issue will explore Florida’s “Stand your Ground” law and concerns around racial bias, by seeking to find...

Dwyane Wade And His Sons Pay Homage To Trayvon Martin On Ebony Cover (Photo)

When the news of the murder of Trayvon Martin first garnered nationwide attention, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat were among the first celebrities to pay their respects. The issue’s cover features Wade and sons and is one of four covers currently on newsstands. On the cover, it features the simple but poignant representation of 3 black males (Wade and sons) donned in hoodies, with...

Dwyane Wade, Spike Lee, Boris Kodjoe Pose on Cover of Ebony With Sons for ‘We Are Trayvon’ Martin Issue (Photo)

Sports figures, and especially the Miami Heat, have shown their support for Trayvon Martin and his family since the teen was killed last February. Dwyane Wade is continuing that effort. Wade posed with his sons for the cover of Ebony magazine’s September issue, with all three Wades wearing hooded sweatshirts. The hoodies are a nod to what Martin was wearing the night he was killed...
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