For those who forget, it was Charles Barkley, much to the delight of partners Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith, who had alluded to Wade's supporting cast as a group of Titos, a reference to Tito Jackson's role alongside Michael Jackson with the Jackson Five.

Second-year forward Michael Beasley not only chose to fire back at Barkley, but proceeded to then lapse into a protracted slump.

"He can say what he wants," Beasley said Wednesday. "He can call me a Tito, call me New Edition, he can call me whatever else. I kind of let that upset me, which messed my game up a little bit. My little slump was a little longer than expected.

"I don't care. I'm playing. I'm going to play. He can call me Tito, he can call me SpongeBob. He can call me whatever he wants."

Beasley and Barkley may never come face to face Thursday night, but Erik Spoelstra and Barkley will, with the Hall of Fame forward scheduled to handle the in-game interview with the Heat coach.
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