Bobby Portis Admits He Used to Sacrifice Sleep to Watch Dwyane Wade and Team USA

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Team’s USA roster that competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics included outstanding players that easily captured an Olympic gold medal.

That team romped to eight wins, a thrilling run that led current New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis to stay up to watch their games.

There was a simple reason for the then-13-year-old Portis to watch most of those games during the early morning hours. That was because they were being played in Beijing, which was 13 hours ahead of the Little Rock, Ark. home of Portis.

However, losing sleep was a small price for Portis to pay, since it offered him the opportunity to watch the talents of players like former Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and others.

It also gave the world its first chance to see what would become the Heat’s Big 3 playing together. Both LeBron James and Chris Bosh were a part of the dominating team that won by an average of nearly 28 points. The three players then came together two years later to begin a magical four-year run in South Florida.

Wade was the leading scorer for that edition of Team USA, averaging 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.9 assists. James had similar stats, with averages of 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.4 steals. Rounding out the trio, Bosh averaged 9.1 points and 6.1 assists.

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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.