Wade to Granger: “Are You out Here to Play Basketball or Are You Out Here to Be a Tough Guy?”
Danny Granger has picked up technical fouls in the past three games for getting in the faces of, in chronological order, LeBron, LeBron and Dwyane Wade over the following three games. The following quotes on the subject, reported by ESPN Heat beat writer Brian Windhorst, are presented without further comment.
“Whatever he’s trying, it is not working,” James said Tuesday before Game 5. “He’s said he’s not scared of LeBron, I want to let (James) know. I guess he’s doing it for his own psyche. It’s stupid.”
“I’m all for standing up for your guys, but certain things you just can’t keep doing,” Wade said. “My message to Granger was that you just can’t keep running up into people’s faces for altercations. We’re not fighting on this basketball court, so let’s not act like we’re going to fight. We can be physical and do all that, but certain things got to stop. Are you out here to play basketball or are you out here to be a tough guy?”
“Nobody is fighting on the basketball court. C’mon,” [LeBron] said. “I’m not going to fight because I mean too much to our team and I can’t afford to be suspended for a game or do something stupid to get thrown out of a playoff game.”
Game 5 is tonight at 8:00 pm EST.
UPDATE: The effervescent Tom Haberstroh, another ESPN Heat beat writer, reported the following quotes from Granger on the matter.
Granger on trash-talking: “I think there is a line and I’m tip-toeing it. That’s a product of the chip on my shoulder.”
Granger feels disrespected nationally: “3 or 4 teams that didn’t make the playoffs had more televised games than us.”
Granger on stepping to Wade after Hibbert’s foul: “Maybe it was overreaction, maybe it wasn’t. It was in the heat of the moment.”
Let’s hope the pun in the last comment was unintentional. For comedy’s sake.