Stephen A. Smith “stunned but not surprised” as Dwyane Wade leaves Heat

Stephen A. Smith is a man of many takes. (Getty Images)
Stephen A. Smith is a man of many takes. (Getty Images)

It requires verbal Jiu Jitsu to be “stunned, but not surprised” about anything, and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith is a blackbelt.

Smith jumped on SportsCenter last week to talk about Dwyane Wade leaving the Heat for Chicago, and here’s what he had to say:
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Pat Riley on Dwyane Wade leaving Miami Heat: “Bad, bad summer for us”

Pat Riley seemed devastated by Dwyane Wade's departure. (Getty Images)
Pat Riley seemed devastated by Dwyane Wade’s departure. (Getty Images)

Anyone thinking Heat president Pat Riley is coldblooded when it comes to Dwyane Wade will be shocked by how he reacted to Wade leaving for the Chicago Bulls.

After Riley and the Heat stood their ground in contract negotiations with Wade, the biggest star in franchise history held firm as well. He agreed to sign with the Bulls on Wednesday and can sign his new two-year contract immediately.
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ESPN brings on Craig Sager for NBA Finals Game 6 broadcast

Craig Sager has had several memorable moments with the Heat and now he'll broadcast his first NBA Finals game. (Getty Images)
Craig Sager has had several memorable moments with the Heat and now he’ll broadcast his first NBA Finals game. (Getty Images)

Thanks to an unusual collaboration by ESPN and TNT, longtime sideline reporter Craig Sager will cover his first NBA Finals game Thursday.

Sager, who is battling leukemia, will join ABC for one night to share Game 6 reporting duties with Doris Burke and is ecstatic about the opportunity.
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ESPN ranks Dwyane Wade as more famous than Stephen Curry

Wade landed No. 6 on ESPN's fame rankings. (Getty Images)
Wade landed No. 6 on ESPN’s fame rankings. (Getty Images)

Heat guard Dwyane Wade still has plenty of cache.

As he put up a resurgent performance on the court this year, Wade saw his popularity spike with it. He was cheered at every arena in the league, perhaps marking the warmest overall reception he’s gotten since before the Big Three.

In ESPN’s recent fame rankings, which account for salary, endorsement deals, social media and Google searches, Wade landed sixth among NBA players and No. 33 among all athletes. Here are the top 10 from the NBA:
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2016 NBA playoffs: Heat-Raptors second round TV schedule

Up next for the Heat? Kyle Lowry and the loaded Toronto Raptors. (Getty Images)
Up next for the Heat? Kyle Lowry and the loaded Toronto Raptors. (Getty Images)

With each winning a Game 7 tonight, the Heat and Raptors will meet in the playoffs for the first time ever. Here’s their second-round schedule, starting with Game 1 in Toronto on Tuesday:
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