After Stern canceled the first two weeks of the regular season late Monday, Wade took to Twitter to voice his frustrations.
Wade tweeted late Monday night that the biggest victims of the lockout are those whose jobs depend on there being an NBA season. "STERN's "WORDS" 2day hurt the ppl who work at the AAA,other arena's,as well as local businesses &our fans," said Wade.
He followed that up with, "Those are the one's who are affected by STERN's "WORDS" 2day..its a Lockout-NOT a Strike."
Wade has become more outspoken regarding his frustrations as the lockout has dragged on. Two weeks ago, Wade reportedly got into a heated exchange with Stern during a closed-door NBA Players Association meeting with the commissioner, earning the respect of his fellow players.
Last weekend after the charity All-Star game he headlined with teammates LeBron James and Chris Bosh, Wade said, "This is very unfortunate, this situation, to be in when you have two sides that at the end of the day have the same goal, just two different ways of getting there."
Wade's words, "its a Lockout-NOT a Strike" were echoed by Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns. He tweeted, "Why are the owners unwilling to negotiate in good faith?"
LeBron James went with a more benign comment on the lockout, tweeting Monday night, "I wanna sincerely say sorry to all the fans! It's a sad day for all of us, especially u guys! There's no US w/o You."
He has not publicly criticized Stern, allowing Wade to take the lead on that front. This is probably a good move for James, as Wade has much more public goodwill at the moment.
And unfortunately for Stern, Wade is a better finisher than James, too.