MIAMI — Dwyane Wade’s pregame routine has sparked a bit of an international incident.
The Miami star has been the subject of some outrage after video showed him taking a few extra warm-up shots as the Canadian national anthem was being performed before Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Toronto on Saturday.
Wade tends to not line up for the pregame anthem ceremony without making his last shot, usually a bank shot from the left wing — even when only “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played.
Wade said Sunday: “I’m not a disrespectful person. So if anybody thinks I’m being disrespectful to a country, then they don’t know who Dwyane Wade is.”
Wade says he’ll adjust his pregame ritual for Game 4 of the series Monday night.