While James garners the attention for said achievement, we must not be fooled by which player received the media attention. It is Wade's undying will to improve and train that keeps the Heat on top.
Since entering the league in 2003, Wade has been revered as one of the hardest-working players in the NBA. Entering the league as a player known for his tendency to penetrate off of the dribble and score at will, Wade evolved into one of the most well-rounded players of his generation.
From his much-improved jump shot to his status as, arguably, the greatest shot blocking guard in NBA history, D-Wade has made a living off of his will to improve.
Such is evident in Wade's new documentary, which is presented by NOC. Upon watching the series of training videos, the world learns of Wade's commitment to his craft and the undying will to grow that has made him a future Hall of Fame selection.
Part one takes a look at his will to improve as a ball handler.
D-Wade's consistent desire to grow stronger a player is a primary factor that the Heat's current core has shown such tremendous improvement as a unit. While LeBron may have become the vocal leader of the team, Wade needs no words.
His actions speak loud enough.
Influence by Action
When an elite NBA player begins to age, there are multiple routes that can be taken.
One could be inclined to ride the coattails of their athletic ability until it begins to run out. Upon the eventual decline in such physical gifts, said player would then opt to work on the areas of their game which make success sustainable.
If you're Dwyane Wade, however, there is no need to wait.
The former Marquette Golden Eagle has been improving every day since he entered the collegiate ranks. Which is exactly why his teammates follow suit.
When you have a superstar working this hard to improve, the younger players on the roster will be influenced to do the same. The same can be said for when an elite player fails to show that very will.
Fortunately for Miami, Wade is your quintessential championship-caliber leader.
Behind the Scenes Leader
When you watch the Miami Heat perform the art of basketball, the naked eye would be inclined to believe that James was the leader of the team. While this is true to a degree, there is a layer in which we do not always witness on our television monitors.
The way that Wade leads James.
A great comparison would be the Showtime Lakers. While Magic Johnson was winning MVP awards and emerging as the leader of the Lake Show, there was one man who guided Magic from behind the scenes.
This balance of power can be found in numerous instances across the NBA, including the Boston Celtics with Rajon Rondo and the likes of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. For the Heat, meanwhile, it is Wade and James who have this unique relationship.
A relationship that keeps Miami on top of the NBA. A relationship that thrives off of Wade's impenetrable desire to grow stronger.