A relaxed and engaging Dwyane Wade spoke on a few issues on an appearance a little while ago on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC. Some highlights:
### On Game 6 of the Finals: "We were only down five with 20 seconds left. That’s what we do. We practice that all day."
### On free agency next summer: “There’s a lot of media probably watching this in Miami, so I can’t give them nothing.” (Wade said earlier this summer that he wants to stay with the Heat beyond next summer and is optimistic the Big Three will stay together.)
### On the possibility of a three-peat: “We hope. We're trying to get like the Lakers and Bulls. It’s going to be tough."
### On LeBron James’ wedding last weekend: “It’s a beautiful, beautiful wedding. Without giving away details, we had an unebelievable time. And I can’t tell you guys nothing else.” He said no phones were allowed and “no phones nowadays is unbelievable. You go nowhere without your phones.”
### On his relationship with actress Gabrielle Union: “I’m going to tell you something personal. Celebrity relationships is very hard. This was a big year for us in our relationship from the standpoint of she was shooting her show… I was dealing with my injuries, trying to win a championship. We kind of took a step back. We supported each other, but we took a step back for a little while. At the end of the day, we came back together and said, ‘Listen, we want to continue this. We want to try to continue to get better each day. She’s been with me and I’ve been with her all summer long. We’re going strong now.”
### On his vacation with his sons this summer to Turks and Caicos: “I’m a punk when it comes to anything in the water. My kids say, "Let’s go parasailing.' I say, 'In my Heat contract, it says,'.... I want to be a cool dad, but also I want my kids to respect the rules [I] lay down. I've got good kids."
Wade also discussed his new line of socks and his charity Fashion Show next week in Miami.
CANES, FINS, HEAT NOTES
### Twice this week, Al Golden has expressed serious concern that the Hurricanes “have six scholarship receivers” – actually seven, counting injured Rashawn Scott, who Golden expects back before or after the Oct. 17 North Carolina game.
“That’s a scary number,” Golden said. “Most have 11, 12. We badly need to add receivers.”
Of those seven, Allen Hurns is a senior; Phillip Dorsett and Scott juniors; Herb Waters and Malcolm Lewis sophomores, Stacy Coley a freshman and D'Mauri Jones a redshirt freshman. UM could always move Corn Elder to slot receiver in a pinch, but coaches like his development at cornerback.
What’s clear is this: Adding at least a couple more receivers is a priority in the remaining months of recruiting.
Three that UM remains firmly in the mix for: four-star Johnnie Dixon of Dwyer in West Palm Beach (rated 16th among receivers nationally, by rivals.com), Raleigh-N.C. based Braxton Berrios (rated 39th but gaining momentum) and South Dade’s Tyre Brady (a three-star prospect who has generated some buzz).
Berrios, who projects as a high-caliber slot receiver, told me today: “I’m deciding in 3ish weeks. So really figuring things out right now. But just know Miami will be in the mix ‘til the end, for sure.”
Berrios, who visited UM a couple of weeks ago, has many offers, including from Oregon, South Carolina, Clemson and Virginia Tech.
Dixon’s coach, Jack Daniels, told me earlier this month that UM is a slight favorite, but that Alabama is close behind. And Dixon reportedly was impressed by Arkansas during his visit last weekend.
Brady, a former Kentucky oral commitment, told Canesport.com that “there’s a great chance I’ll wind up a Cane.” But he’s also strongly considering USC, Mississippi and Mississippi State.
UM has three oral commitments who project as potential receivers: Carol City’s Trayone Gray (who has been playing quarterback), Norcross, Ga.’s Christopher Herndon (who also can play tight end or H-back) and Lantana’s Darrell Langham. All are three-star prospects, with Langham probably the most polished of the three. Herndon has 10 catches for 175 yards in three games, Langham 5 for 115 in two.
UM also continues to recruit Miami Northwestern’s JoJo Robinson, rivals.com’s No. 50 receiver and an FSU oral commitment.
UM has heavily recruited Palm Beach Cardinal Newman four-star receiver Travis Rudolph, but he said recently that Miami isn't in his top five.
UM remains uncertain whether elite receiver prospect Derrick Griffin will be admitted eventually, though football and basketball coaches remain hopeful he will clear academic hurdles.
### Good to see Jon Gruden give a shout-out to Dolphins linebacker Philip Wheeler at halftime of the Monday night game this week. Wheeler has been highly active through two weeks, and his sack to squash the Colts’ final drive was obviously one of the biggest plays in the game.
But also keep this in mind: Wheeler has allowed 9 of the 10 passes thrown against him to be completed (for 84 yards) after allowing 54 of 64 to be completed against him as a member of the Raiders last season.
Wheeler and SEVERAL others must do better work against Tony Gonzalez on Sunday and Jimmy Graham the following Monday than they have against tight ends the first two weeks of the season. Reshad Jones also must be more of a factor with tight ends; all three passes thrown against him have been completed, for 29 yards.
### The Dolphins are going week to week with Paul Soliai, whose injured knee will need time. How soon he returns depends on how quickly he heals, but associates remain insistent that it doesn’t threaten his season.
### Vaughn Martin, who played 484 snaps for San Diego last season, has logged only seven through two games but likely will play more in Soliai’s absence, as the primarily backup tackle behind Jared Odrick and Randy Starks.
Asked if he expected to play more when he signed here as a free agent, he said: “My only concern regarding playing time is to make my reps as impactful as possible. It’s a long season. Don’t count reps. Make reps count.”
### Practice squad receiver Brian Tyms said “there’s a lot more of the offense” that the Dolphins haven’t shown yet. And UM offensive coordinator James Coley made the same point about his offense this week.
### One lesson that everyone should take from the past month: Timetables for recovery from a sports hernia surgery can vary widely, and discomfort can linger for a while.
Dolphins cornerback Jamar Taylor had his surgery in May and still isn’t deemed healthy enough to play in a regular-season game, even though he practiced at the start of training camp. And UM safety Deon Bush, who had surgery in June, said this week that he continues to experience discomfort.
Taylor, who has had some setbacks, said this week he’s feeling a lot better and insists he will play this season. The Saints game is the newest target.
### With the Falcons boasting one of the league’s most dangerous passing games, this is not a good week for five Dolphins defensive backs to be nursing injuries: Dimitri Patterson, Chris Clemons, Jimmy Wilson, Taylor and Will Davis.
### Though the Heat liked what it saw of undrafted Marquette guard Vander Blue the past couple weeks, Yahoo reports that he signed today with Philadelphia, which gave him a partial guarantee. Blue, who helped oust UM from the NCAA Tournament, has said Dwyane Wade is like a big brother to him.