Dwyane Wade donates game check

Published On November 3, 2012 | By Jill Saftel

It might be most Boston fans’ initial reaction to write off most rival Miami Heat players as Jerks, but there’s no arguing Dwyane Wade made one classy move Friday. The Heat guard decided to donate his $210,000 salary for Friday’s Heat game against the New York Knicks to Hurricane Sandy relief.

According to USA Today, Wade said the Garden is one of his favorite game locations and understood there were more important things going on in new York than a basketball game.

“It’s my favorite place to play,” Wade told USA TODAY Sports. “But just knowing a lot of people here and knowing what they’ve been going through with no power, no water, no food … to me, it just seems like there’s bigger things to be concerned about than a basketball game.

“The money I make tonight can be left for a good cause,” he said. “I know a lot of people here. Knowing the things they have been through, it’s just mind-boggling. Miami is a place that is affected by hurricanes all the time so I know how the community can be impacted by it. It’s tough.”

In a world where leagues and players can’t agree on the distribution of millions in revenue, it’s refreshing to see an athlete recognize the greater good.

The NBA postponed Thursday’s Nets-Knicks opener in Brooklyn due to Hurricane Sandy but allowed Friday’s game to go on as scheduled. The Heat defeated the Celtics Tuesday, but were downed by the Knicks 104-84.

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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.