Dwyane Wade takes heat for N.Y. traffic tweet in wake of Sandy

Dwyane Wade (3) of the Miami Heat walks up the court after missing a shot against the Indiana Pacers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 17, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is catching some heat on Twitter for apparently complaining about the traffic in New York City, amid the city's recovery in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which barreled down on the U.S. East Coast Monday.

New Yorkers began the daunting task of getting back to work this week. With the subway system only partially in service, people commuting throughout the five boroughs have had to wait in long lines to catch buses, walk, bike or drive -- creating severe traffic conditions.

Wade was traveling from Newark Liberty International airport to a Midtown Manhattan hotel, when he sent out a tweet that raised the ire of many on Twitter, reports CBS New York.

"3 hour traffic just to get into the NY city . . . #C'monMan," Wade reportedly tweeted Thursday. It appears that Wade later deleted the tweet and backpedaled -- sending out another tweet saying that he meant the game should have been cancelled.

"2 be clear 'Traffic tweet was meant 2 say'... We shouldn't B hre 2 play a basketball game when theirs so many families obviously still R affected by #Sandy," Wade tweeted Friday.

Wade made further comments on the matter at the Heat's morning shootaround at Madison Square Garden, CBS Sports reports.

"If we're in a car and we're in traffic for three hours, what are other people who are really affected by this, what are they doing? How are they getting around, how are they moving, et cetera?" Wade said.

"So it was just like, come on man, we shouldn't be here to play a basketball game. If anything, we should be here to do something to help the city."

However, the damage was already done. Several Twitter users responded to Wade and re-tweeted his comments.

"All those who lost their homes probably feel so sorry for you," Twitter user @meechone tweeted.

The Miami Heat is scheduled to face off against the New York Knicks Friday, on opening night at Madison Square Garden.

Read reactions to Wade's tweets on Twitter below.