And now it is official, league says Heat's Dwyane Wade suspended one game for "flailing leg" and kicking Bobcats' Sessions in groin.— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) December 28, 2012
On the play in question, it’s actually Sessions who was whistled for a foul. However, as the whistle was being blow, video evidence shows Wade's leg flailing upward toward Sessions' groin area. The Heat guard did not get called for a foul on the play and they went on to win the game, 105-92, but Wade’s actions have been the talk of the NBA ever since.
Wade is known as a scrappy player who oftentimes takes aggressiveness too far, but the NBA obviously saw this as an instance where punishment was warrented. Last season, the 30-year-old guard was whistled for a hard flagrant foul on then-Pacers guard Darren Collison, but escaped punishment from the league. He also infamously broke Kobe Bryant’s nose during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game.
Unfortunately for Miami, Wade did not escape the watchful eye of the league this time around.
Though there is no word on whether Wade will appeal the suspension, he will miss Friday’s matchup with the Pistons if he decides to forgo the appeals process. Without Wade, the Heat will have to somehow replace his 20.2 points, 4.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds per night.
Either way, there will be many who sees this as a comeuppance for Wade. He’s garnered quite the reputation over the past couple of years, and it’s apparent that the NBA thought he struck Sessions with malicious intent.