In Game 1 of their current playoff series, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade threw New York Knicks Mike Bibby's loose shoe into the stands— resembling the big kid who throws your sneakers over a telephone pole wire at the school bus stop.
Afterwards Wade said he was just kidding with his former teammate and was "always messing with Bibbs."
Today Wade remarked on the state of the Knicks' dire point guard situation and took a verbal shot at Bibby— who will be the Knicks' starter for Game 5 in Miami.
"Yeah, I know a little about Mike. I know Mike has made more shots in this series than he made all last year," Wade said with a smile. "Send that to Mike."
It sounded more like sarcasm than jest in Wade's tone when he sounded off about the Knicks-sub turned starter. Maybe he was looking for a fall guy for last season's flop in the NBA Finals.
Bibby was horrible in the Heat's playoff run last season when he was with the Big 3. While the Heat advanced to the NBA Finals, Bibby shot a minuscule .281 in 20 games, including .258 on 3-pointers during that span.
Through four games in this series, Bibby has shot a measly .313 but has hit 5-of-13 (.385) from outside the arch including a clutch 3-pointer with 1:23 left in Game 4 to give the Knicks an 84-81 lead in the Knicks win.
With Jeremy Lin, Iman Shumpert and Baron Davis sidelined with injuries, the Knicks will put whatever hopes they have of winning— literally— in the hands of Bibby— who hasn't averaged 30 minutes a game since the 2009-10 season.
"If I can get 30, 40 minutes out of Bibby," said Knicks coach Mike Woodson. "I'll play him 30, 40 minutes."
While the 33-year old Bibby is a liability on defense, one thing he can bring to the Knicks is stability and 10 years of playoff experience.
And a few words to Wade. Pick on someone your own size.