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Wade quietly making history; NCAA again does UM no favors; Fins free agency; Marlins

FRIDAY BUZZ COLUMN

So let’s see if we have this straight: In two months, Dwyane Wade has gone from Charles Barkley claiming he was lost his “athletic ability” and “talent”; to a national web site (Bleacher Report) publishing a story asking whether he’s underrated, to quietly doing something that only two Hall of Fame guards ever accomplished.

You all know how well Wade is playing. But here’s some perspective on how historically good Wade has been:

### Largely overshadowed by Miami’s 20-game winning streak is the fact Wade is the first guard to shoot at least 50 percent and score at least 20 points in 11 games in a row since Michael Jordan in 1995-96.

### Only two shooting guards in the Hall of Fame have done in a season what Wade is on pace to do – average at least 20 points and shoot better than 52 percent. Those would be Jordan, who did it six times, and George Gervin, who did it four times (twice as a starting two-guard, twice at small forward). And the 6-4 Wade, who’s averaging 21.8 points and shooting 52.3 percent, is three inches shorter than Gervin and two inches shorter than Jordan.

Among the great shooting guards of all time, Kobe Bryant never shot higher than his 46.9 this season, Pete Maravich never higher than 44.6. Clyde Drexler’s career high was 50.6, Earl Monroe 51.7, Reggie Miller and Jerry West 51.4 each.

What’s more, in the past 30 years, a Herald study shows only three shooting guards other than Jordan have done, over a full season, what Wade is doing (at least 20 points per game while shooting at least 52 percent): Monta Ellis (2007-08), Rolando Blackman and Andrew Toney (both 1983-84).

“Five years ago, he had to shoulder the entire burden and a lot of times was put in situations where he had to take bad shots,” James Jones said. “Now he doesn’t have to take bad shots. His jump shot has gotten better, his finishes have gotten better.”

A few points to consider:

### Wade is shooting a career-high 43 percent from 16 to 23 feet (he was 37 the past two years), and 43 percent from 10 to 15 feet (he was 38 two years ago). “His mid-range game is better,” Chris Bosh said.

### He’s shooting 75 percent at the rim, compared with 66 or 67 each of the past six years.

### He’s shooting at least 50 percent on post ups (51 for 100) for the first time ever. “He has reinvented himself,” Udonis Haslem said.

### Perhaps the biggest key to Wade shooting a career high: He’s on pace to take only 86 three-pointers. He shot 278 and 206 in the previous two non-lockout seasons. (Wade is shooting only 25.8 percent on threes, but because he has taken so few compared with past years, it hasn't been very damaging to his overall shooting percentage.)

He’s shooting above 54 percent during the streak, aided by the fact he’s averaging five dunks or layups per game. Overall this season, Wade ranks behind only James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul in the NBA’s efficiency rating.

This would mark the fourth time in five years that Wade has led all shooting guards in shooting percentage – he was edged out by Wilson Chandler in 2009-10 – and he’s doing it in a year he’s averaging fewer  points than any time since his rookie season. And, by the way, he’s first among all shooting guards in blocks per game, second in steals (his 23-game streak ended Wednesday) and fourth in rebounds and assists.

“I just got to understand, for me, especially when I'm healthy, that I'm one of the best in this game," Wade said, noting he feels better than any time since 2010. "When you’re doubted, you want to, what’s the phrase, shove it up their? My role is just different, you know? When I’m not healthy, people can say things about me. But when I’m healthy, there’s not much you can say.”

CHATTER

Unfortunately for UM, former Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins - the one member of the NCAA’s 18-person infractions committee who expressed strong skepticism about using Nevin Shapiro as an NCAA source - was excluded from the committee that will hear UM’s case in mid-June.

According to a person involved in the UM case, UM’s fate will be determined by Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky, Bowling Green athletic director Greg Cristopher, Notre Dame senior deputy athletic director Melissa Conboy, law professors Eleanor Myers (Temple) and James O’Fallon (Oregon), Kansas City-based attorney John Black, Washington D.C.-based attorney Roscoe Howard and Tampa-based attorney Christopher Griffin.

### Classy move by Missouri and former UM coach Frank Haith to reach out to a few of his former players on this Hurricanes team. “Pleasant surprise,” Kenny Kadji said. “Coach Haith texted me after the Duke game and during the win streak, saying good job.”

### An associate said cornerback Darrelle Revis, the subject of trade rumors, would welcome Dolphins interest if the Jets don’t keep him and if Miami decided to pursue it. There's been no indication that Miami has any interest in trading for Revis, who's coming off a major knee injury and could be a free agent next spring.

### Davone Bess hasn’t been told if he will be jettisoned if Miami beats out the Jets and Titans for receiver Brandon Gibson, who visited Dolphins camp Thursday. But Miami has told other people that its vision -- if Gibson agrees to a contract -- would be to pair Gibson, Bess and starters Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline when it uses four-receiver packages.  [FRIDAY UPDATE: BRANDON GIBSON SIGNED WITH MIAMI THIS AFTERNOON.]

That said, the Dolphins sometimes say one thing and end up changing their mind, and Miami also likes Rishard Matthews and Armon Binns. Marlon Moore wasn’t tendered a contract offer.

### Despite the Dolphins saying publicly how much they valued them, they never made a formal offer to Sean Smith and their offer to Anthony Fasano was well below Kansas City’s, sources said.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins never made an offer to Reggie Bush but told him he could let them know when he got an offer elsewhere. Bush -- perplexed by Miami's approach -- didn't bother, and who could blame him at that point? He took Detroit's offer without going back to the Dolphins, who presumably wouldn't have matched.

### Please see The Herald's story on the home page on the Dolphins signing Dustin Keller.

### A dozen Nevada casinos, including the MGM Grand, set the Marlins' over/under for wins at 63, which would mean 99 losses. Only the Astros have a lower over/under for wins (59). Both teams have 250-to-1 odds to win the World Series. 

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Marios

FINS NEED A TACKLE AND CORNERBACKS ASAP. AT 12TH PICK DOUBT THERE WILL BE EITHER THAT IS NOT A REACH AFTER TOP CB MILLINER AND TOP 3 TACKLES GONE. I WOULD TAKE WARMACK AT GUARD ALL DAY LONG BUT FINS WILL PROBABLY REACH FOR RHODES OR TRADE UP FOR A TACKLE(OUCH). HOPE THEWY TAKE BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE REGARDLESS OF POSITION WITH 1ST PICK

 Ronnie B

I agree somewhat with Marios that I would take WARMACK All day but if the Dolphins reach for anyone. I don't reach for a rhodes but I reach for the stars meaning a game breaker like Tavon Austin. The guy never missed a practice in college and is pro-ready from day one.We need playmakers... BOOK-IT!!!!!!

Eddie

Wade's demise wasgreatly exaggerated.

CANETILLIDIE.....DH

Reggie Bush = Overrated. I'll save my comments on my dolphins until I see what's on the field together. At the the front office people are getting off of their a55e5 to finally put some work into this team.

Rabblerouser

Very good work Barry!
Fascinating stats on Wade my all time favorite Heat player. Ireland really needs to show Dolphin FA's some basic respect and allow guys to keep their dignity by tendering an offer. It's downright disrespectful not to tender Reggie Bush or Sean Smith. This is why Ireland is not very well liked. He needs to get a clue. Ireland cannot lose both Smith and Long. He better call Jake Long and promise to kiss his feet.

Jo jo

Dropsy and unreliable and terrible player Sean Smith left and Dolfans are supposed to be upset/worried?????????Are you kidding me??????????This is a GREAT and HAPPY day.His body of work overall.......S-T-U-N-K.Period.Good riddance and I could never be more sincere in saying that.Go Dolphins.Any rookie/draftee next month who s decent will be an UPGRADE......and all Dolfans KNOW this anyway..already.Was hoping so much he d leave and my wishes came true.He dragged down the DEFENSE in general.

Jo jo

An added note.I do think Reggie Bush still could have helped Miami and am still surprised he wasn t kept.Guess Fins are going with younger players,in a different direction ala Joe Philbin s MASTER PLAN.Don t know what else it could be if not that.

Jo jo

An added note.I do think Reggie Bush still could have helped Miami and am still surprised he wasn t kept.Guess Fins are going with younger players,in a different direction ala Joe Philbin s MASTER PLAN.Don t know what else it could be if not that.

green

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaab--commissioner--sec-to-announce-launch-of-tv-network-in-mid-april-180504054.html

"SEC to announce launch of TV network in mid-April"

NEAR BIRTH EXPERIENCE

green

http://acctourney.theacc.com/matchCenters/affiliates/264

It's ALL about #TheU.
What TV channel is #ACCTournament semifinal on Sat.?
-- ‏@laurirose

ESPN/MY 33/The CW West Palm

SEMI-SWEET

Reality Bites

Wade is a monster and Mr Heat personified.
So far the Fins are making good moves, but we do need a pair of corners. Still should take another WR or TE in the draft as well as a safety.
Canes need to stop whining and take what's coming to them, they deserve all of it.
March Madness is here, great time of the year.

Sizzurp

"...UM’s fate will be determined by Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky..."

FIU is now part of Conference USA.

OWNED!!!

AnonymousCane

Anybody who spoke unfavorably about the NCAA using Mini-Me would never be part of the committee that will determine the U's fate on sanctions. What would anyone expect out of this dysfunctional organization? Cremmins was a voice of reason and was going against the powers that be and the criminal, dictator, unethical in chief Emmert. Emmert would never approve of anyone going against his power and agenda. Emmert in any other corporate setting would have been history long ago with such a scandal happening on his watch.

One can only hope that the rest of this committee sees the corruption, the unethical practice and the hypocrisy of this investigation. If not SUE THE BASTARDS!

FIU in a revamped Sunbelt conference now called Conference USA will never own the U in any way. Not athletically,academically or in any other way than to graduate students from that glorified high school F orever I nferior to the U. Owned, lol,lol, lol lol!!!

green

FIU is now part of Conference USA.
OWNED!!!

Posted by: Sizzurp (Quijote) | 03/16/2013 at 04:14 AM

a cowardly, oxyMORONic f-i-u-don't-matter fan assumes various aliases to conceal obsession ...

LOOK WHO'S (S)TALKING

green

FIU is now part of Conference USA.
OWNED!!!

Posted by: Sizzurp (Quijote) | 03/16/2013 at 04:14 AM

get it through your thick head ...
not our peer ...
not our rival ...
in fact, f-i-u-don't-matter ...
no matter how often you click the recommend icon -- since removed -- or cry your beady eyes out in an orchestrated effort to game the herald ...

CRY ME A RIVER

green

#ACC commish John Swofford just told me the league takes over Big East's 7 p.m. time slot next season on ESPN's Big Monday.
-- david teel

MONDAY MONDAY SO GOOD TO ME

green

Swofford also said #ACC will keep Sunday night game on ESPNU, giving league a basketball presence every day except Friday.
-- david teel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMxkMy9JvXI

Sunday, Monday, Happy Days.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Happy Days.
Thursday Happy Day.
Saturday, What a day,
Groovin' all week with U.

DAYTRIPPER YEAH

green

#ACC commish John Swofford on basketball tournament's NC roots: "I don’t see our schools walking away from that."

But Swofford said mutual interest in periodic #ACC tournaments in NYC. "We should look at New York. I think we’d be remiss if we didn’t."

More Swofford on NYC: "It would be pricier. But it’s also the media center of the world and an exciting city to be in."

"I suspect a lot of people would enjoy periodically visiting New York City for this quality of basketball tournament."
-- david teel

HUSTLE & BUSTLE

green

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/terps/tracking-the-terps/bal-big-ten-travel-subsidy-to-maryland-is-worth-20-million-to-30-million-20130315,0,1971654.story

B1G will provide Maryland $20M-$30M travel subsidy for joining league
-- brett mcmurphy

Makes you wonder just how close Penn State was to bolting.

When the truth comes out in the trial that Penn State was in serious talks with the ACC and that the B1G was able to scuttle the deal because of classified information provided by Maryland the exit fee might be well above $53M.
-- XLance

enjoy downtown des moines in the dead of winter ...
you couldn't pay me enough ...

BRRR

jmike

Marios, have you heard that there is something called a draft, and a second FA period in June. When many other players are cut.

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