Gilbert Arenas accumulated numerous great stories from his time playing in the NBA, and in one episode on his No Chill Podcast, he talked about when he and the Wizards got swept by Miami Heat in 2005. The Miami Heat were a championships caliber team with Shaquille O’Neal and young Dwyane Wade on their squad leading the way.
In that series specifically, Arenas was talking trash about Wade when news reporters asked him about the matchup with the Miami Heat. Arenas, in his fashion, said Wade was a bust that couldn’t make a shot, which resulted in a sweep by Miami. Wade, on the other hand, took it personally and delivered his best game that series in the fourth game when he dropped 42 points on Larry Hughes.
“The D-Wade thing, he bust…well he didn’t bust my ass, he busts Larry Hughes ass cuz of me and what I said. It was one of those things where they were asking about the Heat. I said, “Man ain’t nobody worried about the Heat, Dwyane Wade. He can’t shoot, just do what they did in the Olympics just sit in there and he can’t shoot anything right.”
According to Arenas, he never saw someone so focused as Wade that series showing off his entire offensive repertoire. He was fascinated by every move Wade did in game four and said Hughes, who was mostly in charge of guarding Wade, was upset after the game. Hughes knew Arenas was talking trash to Wade, which resulted in Wade going straight at the Wizards defense.
“I’ve never seen someone that doesn’t look angry, playing angry, with no words, whooping ass!!! Every spin move looked amazing, up and under…I’ve never seen someone dominate without actually shooting it…he didn’t shoot a jump shot and gave us 40. It was a quick 40. So we’re back in the locker room and Larry Hughes never really says anything, he says, “A…..Shut the fuck up.” I said I plan on it. I’m done with all that calling players out cuz uh….he fucked you up.”