Miami is Wade Country
May 12, 2011 8 Comments
He almost fooled us. The constant Tiger Woods-like flirting with triple-doubles and talk of another MVP season from the self-anointed King James was leading us to believe that he had dethroned the proclaimed King of Miami. It was the Jeter and A-Rod question all over again.
On Wednesday night, Dwyane Wade officially solidified his rightful status in the series clinching game 5 against the Boston Celtics.
I wrote in July, shortly after Lebron’s decision, that Wade was still the man in Miami. There were times during the season where it was hard to believe that. I mean, Lebron James is the best player in the world.
Then the 4th quarter happened. Lebron James couldn’t close out a game to save his life. He admitted after another disappointing loss that he wouldn’t let his team down again. Too bad for King James that it wasn’t the last time. Charles Barkley said on national TV that Dwyane Wade needed to have the ball in his hands at the end of games.
Lebron tried to step in as a leader but the damage was already done. The sentiment in Miami was D-Wade all the way and no matter what Lebron does in these playoffs that is not changing anytime soon.
Dwyane Wade has already brought a championship to the Miami Heat organization behind a Finals MVP performance. No one can take that away from him.
Both guys can tell you that there is no competition between them but every time Lebron has a great game, Wade is ready to come out with a brilliant performance the next time out. Wade might not be doing it for the fans but he isn’t going to let them forget who the sheriff in town really is.
In the first half game 5 versus the Celtics, Wade carried the Heat on his back. Lebron struggled to start the game, going 0-4 as Boston jumped out to an early 10 point lead. Wade on the other hand went into the locker room at half time with 23 points on 9 of 12 shooting, making baskets from all angles possible. Fade-aways, no lookers, you name it. In the series clincher, Wade was the one who came out firing on all cylinders.
Sure, Lebron took over in the second half with 23 points of his own while nailing a couple of 3’s in the final minutes of the game to virtually seal the deal for the Heat. He finally closed a game.
Lebron finished what Dwyane Wade started. It’s the beauty of the big 3. It’s also the reason why Lebron will always be second fiddle to Wade in the hearts of Heat fans everywhere. When the moment called for someone to step up, Dwyane Wade rose to the challenge on Wednesday.
Lebron can rack up all the MVP’s, triple-doubles and highlight reel dunks that he wants. However, all those things combined will still be overshadowed by the questions of his true character. Like a needy girlfriend, he had to have Wade. Wade never needed him.
Throughout the year, whenever the Heat were in trouble the media looked to Lebron James for a sound bite but it was Dwyane Wade who was looked to for guidance. The guidance wasn’t expected to come from a reclusive GM, an inexperienced coach, a timid thing 3 or an immature Lebron James.
It’s all different now. Times have changed, kids have grown up and there is harmony among the Heat organization. I don’t think anyone could have imagined in February that the road to an NBA championship could look so easy for the Miami Heat. In spite of everything that has happened though, Dwyane Wade has remained the constant.
On the court he may not always be the go-to-guy but I said it before and I’ll say it again. Miami will always be King Wade’s town.
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