Dwayne Wade and his Heat teammates (who have the best pressure defense in the NBA) shut down Jeremy Lin and the Knicks last night. You could see this one coming a mile away. Lin getting a ton of praise and competitive players like Wade and LeBron quietly vowing that it would not happen in THEIR house.
I would have loved it if Lin had succeeded against the Heat, but that was not realistic. What happened last night was the next best thing. Here are the first words out of Wade's mouth following the game:
"First of all he deserves all of the credit that he's been given. We knew that it would be a tough task guarding him in the high pick and roll. Our point guards did a great job. He's a good player, but we put a lot of pressure on him and it was a success."
What a class thing to say. And a pretty accurate assessment of things as well. But the strange thing is that so many NBA players and commentators (e.g. Jayson what's his name) have only negative things to say about Lin and his recent success.
That comment is just one of many things that sets Wade apart from most of his colleagues in the NBA. He is not only a great player but a class guy. Stafon Diggs, if he ever wants to be a real pro, should take note.