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Morning Jolt: Wade relegated to playing second fiddle?

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Thursday, February 10

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Now playing second fiddle: Dwyane Wade

LeBron James' success makes for a delicate situation in Miami, where the Heat were always Dwyane Wade's team. But it's time to start to admit publicly what is becoming increasingly apparent yet remains unsaid, like a subject taboo. It is time to admit it now because the Heat has played 50 games, a fair break point to step back and take stock of what we see: LeBron James is taking over. ... [It] is inexorable, inevitable. It isn't anything at all lacking in Wade, a still-great player having another great season. That must be emphasized because this will read like blasphemy to some. It is that James is the best player in the NBA -- the best beyond all sane argument. (The Miami Herald)Comment

Palmer puts house up for sale

Carson Palmer may be taking another step toward extracting himself from Cincinnati -- the area, anyway. It seems as if the change in offensive coordinators has not lessened quarterback Carson Palmer's resolve to leave the Bengals. A representative at Comey & Shepherd Realtors Wednesday confirmed that Palmer's five-bedroom house in Indian Hill is being prepared to be put on the market. The listing is scheduled to go up early next month. Reports have indicated that Palmer would retire if he isn't traded, but Palmer has not done an interview since the Bengals lost their final game of the season, at Baltimore on Jan. 2. His Bengals contract runs through 2014. (Cincinnati Enquirer)Comment

Mets resort to giving tickets away

Despite the potential uplifting news of hiring of Sandy Alderson, the 2010-11 offseason has been a gloomy one in Queens, which has made it harder to sell tickets. After drawing nearly 600,000 fewer fans in 2010 than in the previous season, the Mets cut ticket prices by an average of 14 percent for 2011. ... On Tuesday, the Mets came out with a new lineup of season-ticket plans -- including, for the first time, free tickets. The new 5-, 11- and 17-game flex packs include tickets to opening day or one Subway Series game. Fans can choose from a slate of other games based on the opponent. Prices start at $99 per seat. Fans who sign up for one of these offers will get a bonus game thrown in. (The New York Times)Comment

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