MIAMI Yes, Dwyane Wade has heard what's been said about him.
Talk has been he's an old 30 and doesn't have the explosiveness he once did. It's like a recording, the way critics mention he's on track to having his lowest scoring average since his rookie year of 2003-04.
During Thursday's game on TNT between Wade's Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, analyst Charles Barkley said the guard must realize "he's starting to lose his (natural) talent, and now he has to learn how to play below the basket." Analyst Reggie Miller said Wade has "taken a step back" this season andnow is Miami's third-most important player behind LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
But Wade didn't just shrug off all this talk. He showed up at AmericanAirlines Arena about four hours before Saturday's tipoff against the Brooklyn Nets, more than an hour before his usual arrival time.
Wade hit the weight room and the practice court to get ready. The extra...