Why LeBron James Will Watch Dwyane Wade Win the 2010-11 MVP

Daniel LockeContributor IJuly 16, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 14:  Dwayne Wade #3 of the Eastern Conference celebrates with the trophy after being named the MVP of the NBA All-Star Game, part of 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend at Cowboys Stadium on February 14, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference 141-139 in regulation.  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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Dwyane Wade is setting the stage for himself to win the 2010-11 regular season MVP award with his vocal defense of new teammate LeBron James from accusations that James "quit" during the playoffs the last two years.

The psychology of the team is already set and he is their leader. While pundits wonder who will emerge as the leader, who will have the most points, and who will get the ball in crunch time, the "3Heat" already know the answer: Dwyane Wade.

What is so unusual is that Wade will be the leader of the team despite not being the best player, and the MVP award almost always goes to the best player on the team.

As an NBA fan, I readily admit LeBron is the best player in the NBA despite living in California and rooting for the Lakers. However, LeBron has admitted in interviews that he doesn't have the "killer mentality" of a Kobe or more importantly, a Michael Jordan.

The problem was, we wouldn't admit to ourselves that LeBron isn't an insecure alpha dog who has to make all his teammates submit to his will and vision. Even with LeBron telling us point blank that he's not like that, we wouldn't admit it. How could someone THAT good not be so driven as to isolate himself, belittle his own teammates, fight with everyone, and eventually win championships?

He'll never be caught on video ordering his GM, like Kobe was caught talking about Andrew Bynum, to "ship his ass out" .

But he'll also never push, prod, goad, and fight his own teammates into position to win a championship.

Which brings me to Dwyane Wade.

If anyone watched the 2006 Finals where he single-handedly destroyed the Dallas Mavericks, they know that Dwyane Wade will rise (or sink) to any level to win. He will drive the lane over and over, come as close to travelling as possible, and push, grab, and hold literally anything to win. The entire state of Texas forever hates him.

Now that LeBron is tucked safely under Dwyane Wade's protective and muscular arm, he can continue to play the beautiful game of basketball we mortals can only dream of. But when it comes time for the speech to rally his team back from a 2-0 deficit in the playoffs, he will be listening and Wade will be furiously barking at his team like a Marine captain in the middle of a war.

Leadership in physical, team-driven sports like basketball and football is usually shown by whoever is the best player. Coaches don't usually promote team captains based on leadership; that honor is usually reserved for the two best players.  

Wade has the ring with the 2006 Heat and most importantly the NBA Finals MVP. No one should discount the weight that very special award holds amongst NBA players. After all, more people have league MVP awards than NBA Finals MVP awards. It's a more exclusive club.

Dwyane Wade will be the leading scorer and captain on the team with the best record, the team unlike any from my generation has ever seen. LeBron will have the highlights, but Mr. Wade will have the awards. And if they are fortunate enough to win it all, then it will be Wade who will hoist the Bill Russell, with a literal and metaphorical assist from LeBron.