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Wade apologizes to Barkov after accidental knee to head

Panthers forward took shot while sitting courtside at Miami Heat game Sunday

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Aleksander Barkov learned a valuable lesson Sunday. When you sit courtside at an NBA game beware of flying basketball players.

The Florida Panthers star forward took a knee to the head from guard Dwyane Wade at the Miami Heat-Utah Jazz game Sunday, and Wade was big enough to apologize, even though one probably wasn't necessary.

Tweet from @DwyaneWade: @Barkovsasha95 are we still good after that love tap to the head last night? Sorry bud. I had a flashback haha.

Wade went flying into the stands to save a loose ball under the Heat basket, but could not quite hurdle the 6-foot-3 Barkov. Barkov mercifully got his hands up, receiving only a glancing blow from the 16-year pro.

Tweet from @MiamiHEAT: Season 16. @DwyaneWade head first into #WadeCounty!(🎥 @firstteam101) pic.twitter.com/kmhBkGtZnF

Lesson learned for Barkov, who plans to be more prepared the next time he takes in a Heat game from the good seats.

Tweet from @Barkovsasha95: ���I���m all good, thanks for checking 😂. Now I know that next time I sit court side I need to wear my gear��� pic.twitter.com/kH21NNqjHZ

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