Miami Heat: 7 Great Fatherhood Moments from the 2011 Season

Reservoir GodCorrespondent IIJune 19, 2011

Miami Heat: 7 Great Fatherhood Moments from the 2011 Season

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    KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 26:  Miami Heat basketball players Dwyane Wade (2nd from L with sons Zion and Zaire) and LeBron James (R) pose for photo with Kei Nishhikori (L) of Japan and Rafael Nadal of Spain prior to their match during the Sony Ericsson Open
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    Dwyane Wade was named a recipient of a 2011 Fatherhood Award™ this week, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press wrote a great feature about Wade and his sons, and the latest HEATcast ended with the bloggers discussing some of their favorite Heat memories with their fathers and children this season.

    LeBron James said when the Miami Heat recruited him last summer, one of the most important things the organization emphasized was family.

    Family and fatherhood resulted in some big moments for the Heat this season. Let’s review seven of those moments for Father’s Day using Heat fans' memories and the Win Score and Estimated Wins Produced models.

    This article will use Win Score and Estimated Wins Produced, statistical models created by Professor David Berri from the Wages of Wins Journal, to measure how much a player's box score statistics contributed to their team's efficiency differential and wins. An average player produces an estimated 0.100 wins per 48 minutes (Est.WP48), a star player produces +0.200 Est.WP48 and a superstar produces +0.300 Est.WP48. More information on these stats can be found at the following links:

    Simple Models of Player Performance
    Wins Produced vs. Win Score  
    What Wins Produced Says and What It Does Not Say
    Introducing PAWSmin — and a Defense of Box Score Statistics

Reunited and It Felt so Good

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    The biggest fatherhood moment of the season was when Dwyane Wade was awarded custody of his two sons. His sons arrived in Miami on a Friday and on Saturday Wade put together his fourth-most productive game of the season in a 33-point blowout of the Memphis Grizzlies.

    The Associated Press published Wade's following statement: "I heard the best news I could possibly hear. So I was like, 'I'm going to go out there and play free and enjoy it."'

    Wade produced an estimated 0.683 WP48 in the game from 28 points on 15 shots and nine free-throw attempts with five rebounds, nine assists, five blocks and three steals. Four of his five blocked shots came in the first quarter and three of those came in within roughly a minute of game action.

    It definitely looked like he was playing free and enjoying it.

The Prodigal Father

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    While Wade celebrated having custody of his sons against the Grizzlies, Mike Bibby showed his father, Grizzlies assistant coach Henry Bibby, how to shoot the lights out. Bibby had his most-productive game as a Heat player against his dad’s team. He produced an estimated 0.827 WP48 from 17 points on five shots and two free-throw attempts with four assists, two rebounds, one steal and no turnovers in 25.3 minutes.

    While Bibby was perfect from the floor in that game, his relationship with his dad was far from perfect. They began repairing their relationship in 2002, according to the LA Times, and now they call each other on every Father’s Day.

Flat Stanley, Big Bosh

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    Proud father LeBron James brought his son’s “Flat Stanley” of Dwyane Wade to the postgame press conference for Game 2 against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

    James and Wade had a good time after the Heat’s 94-73 win, but Chris Bosh had a great time during the victory.

    Bosh had his most-productive game of the season with an estimated 0.693 WP48 from 21 points on 13 shots and three-free throw attempts with 11 rebounds and three steals in 34.7 minutes. Most importantly, he held Elton Brand to three points on five shots with seven rebounds in 30.5 minutes.

Daddy’s Girl

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    Mike Miller’s daughter Jaelyn was born the day after he produced an estimated 0.369 WP48 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals as the Heat tied the series with the Chicago Bulls 1-1.

    There were complications with her health, and Miller was up all night at the hospital before Game 3.

    He violated the NBA’s uniform rules and wore pink shoelaces in his daughter’s honor, and Pat Riley told him he would pay the fine if it was handed down. Unfortunately, the shoelaces didn’t overcome the lack of sleep and he was the least-productive Heat player in that game with an estimated -0.564 WP48.

    Miller bounced back in Game 4 with his second-most productive game of the season. He was the most-productive Heat player with an estimated 0.730 WP48 from 12 points on five shots with nine rebounds in 26 minutes. The Heat won 101-93 in overtime. Dave Hyde reported that Miller raced to the hospital afterwards to be with his daughter.

The Powder Toss Heard ‘round the World

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    The managing editor for Hot Hot Hoops, Surya Fernandez, said one of his favorite memories as a father this season was watching his daughter imitate LeBron James’ pre-game ritual with her little brother’s baby powder. Of course, the most infamous powder toss this season came when James returned to Cleveland Dec. 2.

    It was James' 10th-most productive game of the season with an estimated 0.667 WP48 from 38 points on 25 shots and nine free throw attempts with five rebounds, eight assists and no turnovers in 30 minutes of playing time. The Heat won 118-90.

The Family That Cabbage Patches Together, Stays Together

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    Contributing writer for Hot Hot Hoops, Danny Martinez, said one of his favorite memories from this season was going to the Thunder-Heat game with his dad and watching Dwyane Wade dunk on Kendrick Perkins. Wade was below-average in that game with an estimated 0.091 WP48 from 21 points on 21 shots and nine free throw attempts with six rebounds, two assists, two turnovers and four fouls in 40.5 minutes. His sub-par performance was one of the reasons the Heat lost that game 96-85.

Kids Say the Darnedest Things When Dwyane Wade Dunks

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    Heat fan Frank Esnard was so excited by a Dwyane Wade dunk on Elton Brand that he screamed, “Taste the nuts!” His two-year-old daughter repeated it. Hot Hot Hoops Contributing Writer Raul Takahashi caught himself before he made a similar mistake watching the same dunk.

    Unlike the highlight dunk against the Thunder, this highlight came in a 111-99 Heat victory. Wade produced an estimated 0.569 WP48 from 39 points on 26 shots and 11 free throw attempts with 11 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and five blocks in 41 minutes. It was his fifth-most productive game of the season.

Happy Father’s Day Shoutouts

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    My dad preparing to play basketball with his sons.
    My dad preparing to play basketball with his sons.

    On this week’s HEATcast, I said my dad introduced me to basketball as a Lakers fan because he loved Magic Johnson, but it feels good for us both to be rooting for the same team again after nearly 20 years. My dad appreciated the shoutout but sent along a clarification that I wanted to publish here.

    In his own words: "I became a Laker fan when Wilt joined the team in 1968 (was always a Wilt fan). Magic was a nice addition to a club that was struggling to win big games, even with Kareem, the 2nd greatest center of all time. Also, I follow the Heat because of D-Wade, have always liked his heart. Not a big fan of LJ. Thanks for the shout-out, made an old fan feel good."

    Take some time today and make “an old fan feel good.”

    Props to super Heat fan Ms. Zakeya for providing most of these fatherhood memories from the Miami Heat this season.