Maybe Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was trying to drop a hint.
After the Heat’s loss to Oklahoma City last week, Wade repeatedly talked about being a secondary player. He said he was asked mostly to play off the ball.
Apparently, coach Erik Spoelstra received the message.
Wade had one of his more active games in weeks when he scored 22 points in Saturday’s win against the New York Knicks. It was his first 20-point performance since Jan. 9, a span of nine games.
It might just be a warm-up for the main event, but young players covet spots in All-Star Weekend’s Rising Stars Challenge. The game, which features rookies and sophomores, takes place before the All-Star Game, Feb. 16.
Hopeful Detroit Pistons rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was not picked. Second-year center Andre Drummond was.