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How Dwyane Wade Is Destroying LeBron James' Legacy

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 05:  (L-R) Dwyane Wade #3 and LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat stand on court against the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 5, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJune 7, 2012

Back in 2010 when LeBron James told the world that he was taking his talents to South Beach, many people at the time proclaimed his legacy ruined.

Fast-forward two years and LBJ doesn't have to worry about ruining his legacy because Dwyane Wade is doing a good enough job of destroying it for him.

On the court, the 30-year-old Wade's body is starting to betray him. He's had about five different injuries this year and is showing signs of possibly starting to slow down and maybe lose a step. When Wade loses the athleticism that makes him special, what does he have left to fall back on?

He's not a great shooter, especially lately.

Of course, he has his moments, but with the way Wade has struggled from the floor at times in the postseason, he's essentially turned the Big Three into the Amazing One.

Miami won't win a championship that way, and who will take the blame?

Not Wade, especially given his popularity. Instead the finger will be pointed at LeBron, even though he's been the best player on the floor in every playoff game for the Heat.

With Wade not performing at a near MVP- level, the pressure mounts on LeBron to do even more, and that's not good for him, given his overall lack of success in pressure situations.

Wade is supposed to be the closer for the Heat.

While LBJ gets criticized for attempting only four shots during the final 8:10 of Game 5, Wade went 2-of-6 to finish that game.

LeBron gets the finger pointed at him for not hitting big shots down the stretch, but Wade's had more than his share of chances to make shots with the clock winding down and he's failed.

He missed a chance in a loss to the Knicks. He missed a layup that could have put the Pacers away. He missed an open look from behind the arc to beat the Celtics.

As much as it's easy to criticize LeBron, Wade is doing his part to help people pile on.

Since LeBron has come to town, this Dynamic Duo has failed to accomplish anything.

They were put together to win championships. Period.

Anything less and it's a failed season.

If the Heat lose this series to the Celtics, the critics will come after LeBron. He's the best player in the NBA, and he can't win a championship even paired with an eight-time all-star in Wade and a seven-time all-star in Chris Bosh.

LBJ's legacy gets tarnished a little more every season because of it.

Yet, he only has one man to thank for that, and it's his partner in crime, Mr. Dwyane Wade.

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