This season hasn't gone the way Dwyane Wade would have liked. Following an unbelievable season, which witnessed the Heat fall one game short of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, Wade probably didn't expect to be sitting on the playoff borderline come the All-Star break.
Perhaps more annoying is the fact that the doubters have returned so shortly after being silenced by Wade's 2008-2009 regular season campaign, which in any other year would have translated to a Regular Season MVP.
Let's get things straight.
Numbers of 26.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, and 6.5 APG are not shabby in any way, but after capturing the 2009 scoring title and averaging career highs in assists, steals, blocks, field goal percentage, and three-point shooting, the fans were expecting more.
That's the problem with exceeding expectations and putting on dominant displays. Instead of realizing greatness, fans become accustomed to what the achievements are, and anything inferior to this in the future is viewed as "weaker," or "worse."
While it is true that Wade hasn't replicated his regular season performance from last year to this point, his All-Star Game MVP performance proved he is still one of the three best players in the league, period.
Wade's 28 points, 11 assists, and five steals showed, despite him not being considered a legitimate contender for the MVP Award this season, and regardless of his team's weaknesses holding him back, he is still the man, and is still at the top of his game.
Maybe fate had it planned that Wade needed this award to keep his morale high despite the struggles of the regular season so far. Maybe it's a prompt for fans not to forget how truly great Wade is.
Whatever the cause, the result is self-explanatory.
Wade is still dominant, transcendent and inexplicably one of the very best in the game.