Remember those comments Kevin Durant made to CineSport's Noah Coslov about Dwyane Wade before the start of the season? You know, the ones about how Wade's no longer a top-10 talent, displaced by KD's old running mate James Harden?
Well, even if you don't, Wade does.
In fact, he reminds himself of those words every time he takes the floor with a pair of motivational wristbands:
DWade wearing "Note To Self" wristband as motivation and reminder of Kevin Durant's comments earlier this year pic.twitter.com/IeVkqCu2TJ— Beyond The Buzzer (@BeyondTheBuzzer) January 30, 2014
The "Note to Self" line comes from the message Wade wrote to himself and later posted to Instagram (captured in the upper left-hand corner of the photo above) in response to Durant's comments.
If you like the look, or just the player, you can actually pick up one (or two or three) of the wristbands for yourself over at LyfeBrand.com. The site has red or black wristbands going for $5 a piece or a blue-and-gold All-Star edition for $7.
Any passed opportunity to commercialize something is an opportunity wasted, I guess.
"It won’t be long now before 'Show me, don’t tweet me,' is a slogan adorning wristbands, T-shirts, hoodies and coffee mugs," SI.com's Ben Golliver wrote. "That is, if such merchandise doesn’t already exist."
Do you still consider Wade a top-10 player?
The Wade-Durant beef took a backseat in the pregame buildup to the KD-LeBron James showdown during the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat matchup Wednesday. Wade was even more of an afterthought by the game's end, posting a quiet 15 points while both Durant (33 points, seven rebounds) and James (34 points) dominated the box score.
Of course, Durant's Thunder dominated the game itself, leaving AmericanAirlines Arena with a convincing 112-95 win over the two-time defending champs.
Motivational words carry some weight, but transcendent talent trumps everything. If Wade was trying to send KD a message Wednesday, it must have gotten lost in translation.
Either that, or he was confirming Durant's initial comments.
Wade might be pitching the historical angle (the Heat, remember, dispatched the Thunder in five games at the 2012 NBA Finals), but he's doing it a time when some fear his best days have been completely confined to the history books. That's not a good look.
Note to Wade—actions speak louder than wristbands.