Ira Winderman

Winderman: Wade’s move to Li-Ning good for marketplace

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Left unclear by Dwyane Wade’s move from Jordan Brand to Chinese brand Li-Ning is whether he had opted for innovation or simply was not offered what he believed to be a commensurate deal.But that’s not the point.The point is this:When the Miami Heat, still arguably the NBA’s most high-profile team, take the court to start [more]

Winderman: After lockout, preseason games look pretty good

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How much do we miss the game? This much: We’re actually looking forward to the start of the preseason.Yes, in this space a week ago we said the process is too long, that it shortchanges players who spend the month working without pay (with the NBA calling to remind that 50 percent of revenue generated [more]

Winderman: Time for shorter NBA training camps

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The list of players who will miss the start of training camp is significant, everyone from Chris Paul to Al Harrington to possibly Dwyane Wade. Each, though, could be back for the start of the regular season.Which either means the offseason is too short or camp is too long.Yet here we are, on the verge [more]

Winderman: The NBA is too nice. We need some real rivalries.

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Dwight Howard somehow now is friends with Stan Van Gundy and hopes to eventually be remembered fondly in Orlando.LeBron James returned to Cleveland last season saying he would not rule out perhaps one day again playing for the Cavaliers.Ray Allen took out a full-page ad in Boston to remind Celtics fans how much he cherishes [more]

Winderman: Juwan Howard, other name players could fade away from NBA

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The fadeaway long has been an NBA fact of life.While the stars hold press conferences to announce enough is enough, their fame to keep them in the spotlight (and possibly part of broadcast teams) long after their playing days — something we soon might get from Ben Wallace — for the majority of those with [more]