Gabrielle Union thinks, criticizes like a man

Who wouldn't want Gabrielle Union, the beautiful star of the hit movie "Think Like A Man," cheering courtside for them during a basketball game?

Dwyane Wade, apparently.

Union said on "Conan" last week that Wade, her boyfriend of nearly three years, found her courtside distracting. He asked her to move a few rows back at Miami Heat games.

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Gabrielle Union was an athlete and fan long before her relationship with Dwyane Wade began.

Union laughed it off and compared her attitude at games to that of legendary, fiery, vocal coach Bobby Knight. She heckles referees and opposing players. She also lets Wade know when his game is lacking with a "brick" or "air-ball" chant.

"I feel like, who's gonna tell him if not me," Union told Conan O'Brien on his late-night show.

When I first heard Wade sentenced his lady to the rafters, I wasn't sure what to think. Therefore, I conducted a huge scientific survey of the American male population to see what they thought of his actions.

In other words, I asked my guy friends on Twitter what they thought.

Most of the survey subjects agreed with Wade's decision and chastised Union for deriding her man.

That way of thinking deserves a "boo" and a "hiss."

Union is simply doing what her hit movie says to do: She's thinking like a man and acting like a lady.

Isn't that what the fellas want?

I always hear men saying they want a beautiful woman who loves sports. Wade has every man's dream and more in Union and doesn't know what to do with it.

"I played sports year round: basketball, soccer, softball and I ran track year round, from the time I was, like, 6, 7," Union told ESPN Playbook. "I think [my sports knowledge] comes from a first-hand account of being an athlete and of loving sports."

As a sports-savvy woman, who said she was a 93 percent free-throw shooter in high school, Union knows what she's talking about when it comes to hoops.

Wade ranks 20th in free-throws made and is toward the bottom of the league in 3-point percentage, so Union could be on point with her criticism. She's simply doing what a significant other is supposed to do -- challenging her man to be his best.

Men crack jokes and ridicule each other's game all the time. Union is just being one of the guys, and I'm sure that's partially why Wade fell in love with her. He shouldn't expect her to change when she enters the arena.

When it comes to acting like a lady, there's nothing unladylike about Union's aggressive cheering. Ladylike doesn't mean being seen and not heard. If anything, it means causing a scene and blazing trails because that's what women in sports have been doing for decades.

Union acts like some real women I know: Nancy Lieberman, Cheryl Miller, Billie Jean King and Lisa Leslie. She's strong, outspoken and fabulous. Would Wade rather her lie to him and sit there and look pretty? Wade should feel lucky to have scored the NBA's most beautiful heckler in Union.

As for the fellas, let this be a lesson to all of you wanting a woman who loves sports. We are opinionated and sometimes turn into Coach Knight during games.

Either love us or buy us box seats, but don't put our love in the nosebleeds.

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