“As I leave my competition, respirator style—climb the ladder to success, escalator style.“
Notorious B.I.G. “You’re Nobody”
Dwyane Wade was the best player on the floor during the 2006 NBA Finals, averaging 35 points per game.
He led an old slow and decrepit team to the promise land and secured his first NBA title—and in a flash, he was gone.
After dominating the summer Olympics, Wade was again teetering on basketball immortality, only to be abandoned by his body and his teammates. Now, healthy and armed with a supporting cast that features the steroid version of Scottie Pippen in LeBron James, expect Wade to regain his championship form.
Going back to the 2008 Olympics, Wade was the forgotten star. Forced to come off the bench, he still managed to shine brightest and when Team USA needed a lift in the gold medal game, it was Wade who responded with a game-high 27 points.
They have completely forgotten how talented the Heat’s guard is.
Injuries, custody battles, Erik Spoelstra and Michael Beasley all have slowed Wade’s team success down. Yet last year, he still gave the Celtics 33 points per game in the first round of the NBA playoffs, despite being the only scoring option the Heat presented.
His recent play should put the NBA nation on notice that he is back to form and ready to roll.
However, all we are hearing is how the Heat will fall and adding insult to injury is the buzz about Derrick Rose. Many have handed Rose the MVP trophy and crowned the Bulls as Boston’s only obstacle in reaching the NBA Finals.
Not so fast, my friend. The Bulls and Heat are only separated by two games—granted, Chicago owns the tie-breaker, but either way the Bulls have not distanced themselves from the Heat.
So the theory that Chicago is a better team has some holes in it.
Boston deserves the respect they are being garnered, but if Wade could shoot over 50 percent and give them 33-plus a night, what can he do with James by his side?
So much has been made about Miami’s struggles this year; so much has been made about the Heat’s problems closing games out and beating the NBA’s elite.
Yet, with all of these “problems” the Heat still rest at third place in the East and just three games out of first.
That has to at least make those who are paid to give their opinions wonder, right? There has been no mention of the all-star—there has been no mention of the man who took over the 2006 NBA Finals and there has been no mention of the man who brought the USA the gold medal.
He is listening, though, and with each game, Wade has gotten stronger and sharper.
First, it is the block, steal and dunk all in one play. Then there was the blowout win against the team with the NBA’s best record or the win against the Lakers.
It is the process of learning when to go hard and bang on Kendrick Perkins or when to go easy and let LeBron go for 40. All are steps in the process of conquering the next challenge.
Yes, the Heat have lost some games and at times Wade has not looked spectacular, but of late, he has been as sharp as ever.
There are 23 days left in the NBA regular season and the Miami Heat have 12 games left in their regular season.
Twelve games left for you to partake in the evolution or, better yet, the reemergence of an NBA superstar who flashed greatness before and has appeared to return to form.