Forget Lebron, Dwyane Wade is still King of South Beach
July 19, 2010 27 Comments
Lebron James has been known as the “king” ever since he entered the NBA in 2003. 2 MVP seasons, 1 NBA finals appearance, and career averages of 27.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists for Lebron James has meant for the most part that this title has gone undisputed.
The unification of 3 of the NBA’s top 10 scorers in Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Lebron James has left some questions regarding who the alpha male is for the Miami Heat. Well, Chris Bosh really isn’t in that discussion but I felt his name deserved mentioning.
Unlike Lebron, Dwyane Wade has already won over fans in Miami with his flashy play (no pun intended), and of course, leading the Heat to an NBA championship in 2006.
Recently, Lebron James’ competitive drive has been in doubt due to his decision to flock to Miami to form a super team. Many say that his decision to join Wade and Bosh has shown that he has no desire to be the leader who takes his team to the promised land. They say that if guys like Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant were in his situation they would never have made that same choice. The best want to beat the best, not play with them.
I am one of those people who completely agree with this assessment.
This has been said so often but it was evident in the Cavs-Celtics series when Lebron flat out gave up in game 5. There is no way Kobe Bryant would ever give up on his team no matter how frustrated he was with their performance or lack thereof. Lebron’s quitting was basically saying “my teammates are garbage and I am sick and tired of doing this.” On the other hand, during the Kobe-Shaq days, Kobe Bryant was doing all he could to get rid of Shaq because he was sick and tired of hearing how good Shaq was.
Kobe Bryant wanted to be and undeniably is the man. Lebron James just wants to be one of the guys.
The fact that Dwyane Wade has already won a championship already gives him the upper-hand on Lebron. He has been to the NBA finals and is a true winner. However, since their 2006 NBA championship, the Heat have struggled to build a solid team around Dwyane Wade. If you think Mo Williams, Antawn Jamison, Shaquille O’Neal and Delonte West is a weak supporting cast then I’m not sure what Jermaine O’Neal, Carlos Arroyo, Quentin Richardson and Michael Beasley is.
With absolutely no team around him, Wade was still able to produce playoff appearances in the last two seasons.
Now obviously it wasn’t just Lebron James who decided that they were going to join forces in Miami and Dwyane Wade had a lot to do with this as well. In this case though, Dwyane Wade did not leave the only team he knows to solely win a championship. Wade is not getting any criticism for joining a super team because he is not doing it to ensure that he has at least 1 championship ring to his name when it is all said and done.
In addition to that is, to Miami Heat fans, Wade will always be considered top dog. I don’t know if there could possibly be any Miami Heat fan who has not had their heart won over by Dwyane Wade. He has already done so much for the franchise that Lebron James would have to be beyond superhuman to dethrone Dwyane Wade in Miami.
It will be apparent that all of the big 3’s numbers are going to dip to an extent next season and in the seasons to come, but I don’t see there being a big difference between Lebron’s and Wade’s numbers.
Championships may be won, and Most Valuable Player’s crowned but it will take a lot more than a title to oust the real King of South Beach.
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