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Dwyane Wade feels the heat for shooting baskets during O Canada

Canadian basketball fans put aside their legendary politeness for a few minutes Wednesday evening to let Dwyane Wade know how they really feel about him not standing on guard during O Canada last weekend.

Wade violated an NBA rule stating players should 'line up in a dignified posture' during anthems

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was roundly criticized by Canadians for shooting baskets during the Canadian national anthem last Saturday in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) (Alan Diaz/Associated Press)

Canadian basketball fans in Toronto put aside their legendary politeness for a few minutes Wednesday evening to let Dwyane Wade know how they really feel about him not standing on guard during O Canada last weekend.

The star shooting guard for the Miami Heat was greeted with a chorus of boos from Raptors fans during player introductions at the Air Canada Centre before Game 5 of their best-of-seven playoff series, which is tied 2-2

Just minutes earlier, Wade had stood at attention for both the US and Canadian anthems, but that didn't seem to cut any ice with many fans. He was roundly booed early in the game every time he touched the ball.

The controversy started last Saturday when Wade continued to shoot warm-up baskets while the rest of his teammates stood for the Canadian national anthem before Game 3 in Miami.

In the video below, you can see Wade shoot at least three jumpers — missing all three — as a young girl began singing O Canada.

Dwyane Wade - I'm not a disrespectful person

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The Heat shooting guard spoke to the media about shooting baskets during O Canada in Game 3 vs Toronto

"It's something that I do before every game that I prepare for, and I've been doing it my whole career," Wade told CNN. "So I understand whatever is said from that standpoint, but I'm not a disrespectful person. So if anybody thinks I'm being disrespectful towards a country, then they have no idea of who Dwyane Wade is."

Wade apologized for his actions and said he expected fans at the ACC to be "amazing." 

"I'm a visiting player. I'm coming out here to do my job," he said after the shootaround Wednesday. "I expect to come out here and for it to be an amazing crowd like they always have here at home. I have a job to do -- to play basketball and try to lead my teammates."

What Wade did last Saturday was against National Basketball Association rules.

The NBA rule book states that "players, coaches and trainers are to stand and line up in a dignified posture along the sidelines or on the foul line during the playing of the National Anthem."

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