Wade visits Crean, helps guide Heat’s game 4 turnaround

With two off days between Thursday’s game three loss to the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals and game four on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade ventured a hour south to Bloomington on Friday afternoon to visit with Tom Crean.

Crean coached Wade for two seasons at Marquette and in 2002-2003, the Golden Eagles reached the Final Four for the first time since 1977.

Wade was a first team All-American in the Final Four season and went on to become the 5th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft.

Following a performance of 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists that helped push Miami past the Pacers 101-93, the Heat guard talked about the trip to Indiana and the importance of his time with Crean.

“I really spent time with a mentor of mine, a father figure and had a long day and long hours of just conversation, just talking about a lot of things,” Wade told reporters. “So it was great for me to just get away and kind of get that energy that I needed from him.”

Wade, who shot just 2-of-13 from the field in Thursday’s 94-75 loss to the Pacers, said that Crean had film prepared for the two to watch together on Friday.

“They’ve got a great team up there (at Indiana), so he had film for me of my missed shots and my made shots so I can see it, so I can see both,” Wade said with a smile.

It was the eight time NBA All-Star’s first trip to Bloomington.

“First time there, great place, really nice campus,” he said.

Here’s postgame video of Wade, where he talks about his time at IU and with Crean:

(Photo credit: Rob Louthain on Twitter)

  • millzy32

    My TWO favorite NBA teams are the Pacers and whoever is playing the Heat.  I can’t stand what LBJ did to Cleveland and Wade was a big part of that so I’m not really thrilled with him either.  BUT.  Wade played for CTC and him showing up at IU is a cool thing for IU and just this once I think I can put my dislike aside and be happy that he showed up at IU.

    Coach Crean please don’t talk to Wade again until this series is over.

    Go Pacers

  • millzy32

    I know it sounds silly but it’s spelled DWYANE.  His mother inadvertently misspelled his name after birth and he stuck with it.

  • HoosierTrav

    Me either. I’ve always been a pacers fan but my two favorite nba players are Lebron James and Eric Gordon. I really want Lebron to win his first ship so people can quit with the unfair hate. On the other hand, the pacers are signaling their return to contending in the east. Wade’s visit should be used as a recruiting tool. Why not? Potential recruits notice these things. I love that CTC had this effect on an nba superstar in a pivotal playoff game. I’m particularly impressed with CTC having video prepared for wade upon arrival. Lol. Coaching never stops. It goes without saying but I think it’s safe to say the program is in safe hands at the moment.

  • Marysnews

    I am a Marquette alum who loves IU,  I was extremely happy when Tom Crean came to IU.  Our family are also fans of Dwyane Wade and believe he is a pretty good role model for young athletes.  I am from Indy, so do like the Pacers as well.  Here’s what I think about the DW visit with CTC:  You wouldn’t be much of a mentor if someone who trusts you asks for a visit and advice and all you say is “well, since you’re playing a popular team around here, I can’t do my usual for you, because people might not like it, but come on down and we’ll talk.”
    No.  That would be a trust-buster and a negative message to recruits.

  • Marysnews

    I am a Marquette alum who loves IU,  I was extremely happy when Tom Crean came to IU.  Our family are also fans of Dwyane Wade and believe he is a pretty good role model for young athletes.  I am from Indy, so do like the Pacers as well.  Here’s what I think about the DW visit with CTC:  You wouldn’t be much of a mentor if someone who trusts you asks for a visit and advice and all you say is “well, since you’re playing a popular team around here, I can’t do my usual for you, because people might not like it, but come on down and we’ll talk.”
    No.  That would be a trust-buster and a negative message to recruits.

  • Marysnews

    I am a Marquette alum who loves IU,  I was extremely happy when Tom Crean came to IU.  Our family are also fans of Dwyane Wade and believe he is a pretty good role model for young athletes.  I am from Indy, so do like the Pacers as well.  Here’s what I think about the DW visit with CTC:  You wouldn’t be much of a mentor if someone who trusts you asks for a visit and advice and all you say is “well, since you’re playing a popular team around here, I can’t do my usual for you, because people might not like it, but come on down and we’ll talk.”
    No.  That would be a trust-buster and a negative message to recruits.

  • CB

    Wade is a good guy, despite his hit on Collison, which was out of character. He doesn’t owe IU anything but has been really friendly towards the school. I like that Crean continues his relationships and cares about his players, and that they respect him enough to seek his advice. I am a Pacers fan and it sucks that he turned it up after the visit. But he is one of the stars of the NBA, he wasn’t going to stink the whole series. And Crean doesn’t owe the Pacers anything, and shouldn’t be expected to not help a former player because he is playing the local pro team. If you have a problem with that, you are looking at it from a selfish perspective.

  • Vanstamps

    Wade has a great coach on his side. Crean has one of the best NBA PLAYERS on his side. Great story for both players. Great relationship continued.

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