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By Tim Reynolds
MIAMI — A year ago, the Miami Heat
simply weren’t good enough. Shaquille
O’Neal knew it. Dwyane Wade knew it.
So Pat Riley fixed it.
And now, the Heat are headed to the
NBA Finals for the first time.
O’Neal had 28 points and 16 rebounds
and Wade — who spent part of his day
in a hospital battling dehydration and
flu- like symptoms — added 14 points as
the Heat ended the Detroit Pistons’ twoyear
reign as Eastern Conference champions
with an 95- 78 win yesterday.
Jason Williams, one of Riley’s prized
off- season additions, came up huge with
Wade lagging in
Game 6, scoring
21 points on 10-
for- 12 shooting.
The Heat now
await either Dallas
or Phoenix in
the Finals, which start Thursday.
The party started early. Wade walked
off with 1: 45 left, right index finger
raised before he slapped Riley’s hand.
And after the final second ticked off,
white streamers fell from the ceiling as
the Heat players waved championship
caps and T- shirts. Soon, though, O’Neal
issued an expected warning: “ We’re not
Richard Hamilton had 33 points for
Detroit, which finished the regular season
with an NBA- best 64- 18 record and
came in confident after ending Miami’s
season here a year ago in Game 7 — in
part because Wade and O’Neal were battling
Wade clearly wasn’t at his best yesterday.
O’Neal was. Hence, the difference. He
made 12 of 14 shots, making sure this
chance wouldn’t slip away.
Wade was 1- for- 6 with four points in
the first half. Didn’t matter. O’Neal and
Williams more than carried the early
scoring load, helping stake Miami to an
47- 36 lead at intermission.
O’Neal was 9- for- 11 from the field for
19 points in the opening two quarters. And
Williams — who was 13- for- 30 from the
floor in the first five games — was 5- for-
5 in the half, the last of those a pullup with
4: 14 left that gave Miami a 38- 27 lead.
And really, the outcome was never in
doubt. The Pistons were within 10 midway
through the third quarter, when
Wade — who missed the first 2 1/ 2 minutes
of the second half and remained in
the locker- room — finally started to roll.
He had 10 points in the quarter, hitting
his last four shots — including a jumper
with one second left for a 72- 53 lead, as
the sellout crowd began going delirious,
the realization that the franchise’s 18-
year- itch was about to be scratched.
Hamilton and the Pistons made one
more run, his jumper with 6: 24 left getting
Detroit within 80- 67. He made a steal
17 seconds later, but O’Neal blocked his
layup — then followed with a dunk on the
other end, as Wade pumped his fist and
Riley clapped knowingly.
— Associated Press
By Chris Cariou
A DAM WEDLAKE has the name,
but he doesn’t have the game.
The newly appointed executive
director of Basketball Manitoba chuckles
and admits he was never much of a
player of the game he grew up loving
as a gym rat at St. John’s High School,
where his dad, Bill, and uncle, Ross,
became basketball icons as students,
athletes, teachers and coaches.
While Adam’s game is basketball, his
strength within the game is off the
court not on it. He says he obviously
received the sport administrator’s
genes from his dad, Bill, the longtime
University of Winnipeg Wesmen coach
and now the U of W’s athletic director,
and not the playing ability of Bill’s
brother Ross, a former national team
member. Both are in the Manitoba Basketball
Hall of Fame.
“ They definitely planted the seed,”
Adam said of his dad and uncle. “ Sharing
that last name... people may think that
I’ve got this big thing to live up to, but I
see myself as very lucky. I think it’s a
plus to have that legacy and I’m superproud
of my dad, my uncle, my family.”
Adam has been the
architect of the massively
Winnipeg Minor Basketball
an idea brought about
nine years ago by
Mike Ruta, a Winnipeg
wouldn’t accept that
his daughter, then 10,
had no place to play
director of Basketball
Manitoba at the time,
listened. What began
in 1997 as a league
involving a few community
clubs has erupted into a citywide
circuit that had 6,000 kids playing
on 580 teams this year. Wedlake estimates
about 20,000 different players
have come and gone in the league in
its nine years.
Taking the reins of Basketball Manitoba
on June 1 is another challenge
“ The two jobs are very similar, but
the Basketball Manitoba job is definitely
a wider scope of the game,” said
Wedlake, whose replacement at the
WMBA hadn’t been named. “ It’s getting
more involved with school basketball,
coach development, referee development,
provincial team programs.”
Wedlake wants to use the growth of
the WMBA as a catalyst to help expand
the game at all levels and in every way.
He calls the WMBA the biggest revolution
ever in Winnipeg basketball.
Coaches at the junior high school and
senior high school levels report that
young players who’ve played in the
WMBA have significantly more skills
“ But I think the biggest picture Basketball
Manitoba can play is just with
the exposure of the game,” he said.
“ If you want to get your kid involved
in hockey or soccer now, what do you
do? You go to your community centre.
I want that mentality to be ingrained
into the next generation of people, that
it will be the same with basketball, too.
I want people to get their kids hooked
young and build it from there.”
Another goal, he said, is to keep athletes
involved in the game after they’ve
finished playing in high school or in
All about Adam
Family: Wife Nola, daughters Emma, 4, Mary, 2.
Favourite NBA Team: Utah Jazz.
Favourite NBA Player : Karl ( The Mailman) Malone.
Greatest Athletic Achievement: As a Grade 11 post, warming the bench beside
coach ( and uncle) Ross Wedlake and passing out the water as his Kildonan East
team won the 1990 Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association boys’ basketball
Goals for Basketball Manitoba
. Continue to develop the Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association and use it as a
model for expanding the game.
. Support the development of club teams at the youth level.
. Promote the game more effectively to the media and the general public.
. Retain more post- education athletes and direct them into senior leagues,
coaching or officiating.
. Improve Manitoba’s performance at the national level; don’t be happy with
middle of the pack.
. Keep the ‘ Manitoba’ in Basketball Manitoba — develop the game outside
. Adopt a standard set of rules and stick by them: either FIBA, NCAA or U. S.
‘ I think
can play is
PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Basketball Manitoba’s Adam Wedlake is seeking to increase the sport’s visibility and participation level.
New hoops czar no Steve Nash
in Wedlake clan
but his strength
is off the court
. chris. cariou@ freepress. mb. ca
Team’s 18- year itch
WILFREDO LEE / ASSOCIATED PRESS
Shaquille O’Neal puts up a shot over
Pistons’ Ben Wallace last night.