It is always a pleasure to see professional athletes finding humor and entertainment in harmless, child-like acts. Sometimes it is good to see that all the fame and fortune have not gone to their heads like we too often hear. Instead of popping bottles in the club, carrying around a firearm, or getting pulled over with a bag of marijuana, Dwyane Wade found a funny, friendly way to poke fun at LeBron James and the media.
The latest fad of photo bombing has found its way to the NBA courts. After the Miami Heat defeated the Phoenix Suns Monday night, 107-92, Wade broke out not one but two cartwheels right behind James. The funny part was that James was in the middle of a post-game interview when “Flash” came flipping into view.
I love the fact that the Heat players are positive and close with one another by mixing success with fun, but you can’t help but shudder when you see Wade pull off a stunt like that. How many times have we seen a professional athlete injure themselves during a celebration or trying to goof off? Players have torn ACLs, pulled abdominal muscles and broken bones from boneheaded stunts. No offense to Wade, but his cart-wheels were boneheaded stunts.
That’s the last thing Wade or Miami need. A member of the “Big 3” injured during photo bomb attempt. Wouldn’t that be a stupendous headline to read? Not to mention Wade is still dealing with sore knees and has been in and out of action all season.
I like to see players having fun with one another, but just err on the side of caution, especially if you are a member of the “Big 3” and have a shot at a three-peat. Instead of whipping out a flip or cart-wheel, use a funny face or give James bunny ears. Those are just as entertaining as a flip but don’t carry the possibility of a season-ending injury.
For the defending champs, continue to have fun, but remember that there is a three-peat hanging in the balance and 2014 free agency looms just around the corner.