Miami is Wade Country

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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8 Responses to Miami is Wade Country

  1. tophatal says:

    Wade will always be the ‘ King of Miami ‘ ! LBJ simply has come there to further widen his exposure in term of the business opportunities that will open up for him commercially.

    Game 5 simply vindicates the moves of Riley but the chapter isn’t fully written until this team actually wins this season’s NBA title .

    tophatal ……………

  2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar realized that he needed Magic to set up things so he could close the door with the skyhook. When Bron Bron realizes that good things happen when Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr has the ball in his hands, the Heat will be virtually unbeatable in close games.

  3. Bobby Charts says:

    Great read. and so true. Wade has had an amazing year. I also think Wade is going to show LeBron how to grow up!

  4. chappy81 says:

    I think Wade was more of the reason I picked the Heat to win the East than Lebron. I really like how Wade brings it on the defensive end. He leads the team in blocks if I’m not mistaken (too lazy to look up that stat). For all the hype that Lebron gets, Wade deserves just as much.

  5. Brando says:

    We knew going into the season after The Decision had been made that LeBron was going to be the point guard to D-Wade’s finisher. It took quite some time for this to flourish and come together but I think now everybody on that Heat squad realizes that D-Wade plays every game (when healthy) like he’s in the middle of My Player Mode on NBA 2k11 and needs at least a five-by-five to fulfill a check mark.

    Congrats to Bron for beating the Celtics and proving the few of us who decided to be okay with the decision that brought the Big Two & A Half (I refuse to consider Bosh the 3) but time will tell before his heart starts trying to once again be the Alpha Dog that he clearly isn’t.

  6. freshnotions says:

    It seems like a strange time to be saying Wade is the #1 option. LeBron just closed out the last two games. Wade had a spectacular first half and may still have the hearts and minds of the Miami fans, but who did Spoelstra go to at game end? LeBron’s 3 point shooting ability gives him an advantage over D Wade in last shot scenarios. For both of them, driving to the hoop is a preferred shot, but teams with strong defense like the Celtics/Bulls are going to stop that. Bron’s perimeter game will be the difference maker late game.

    And to your point about Wade “never needing him”, that is false. Wade RECRUITED LeBron to South Beach because he couldn’t beat the Celtics either! Wade needs LeBron to do the only thing they want to do: win championships. You are correct in your analysis of Wade as the popular face of the franchise, but both players decided to share the spotlight in order to win. And I think neither player is concerned about who the King of the town, but rather which team is the King of the League.

  7. True, D-Wade doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves. It was LeBron James this, LeBron James that, and LeBron James something else this past offseason and regular season. But who closed out the games the best? That’s right, Dwyane freakin’ Wade. LBJ should know this by now.

  8. aaron says:

    LeBron did go cuckoo at the end of Game 5 there, and i think despite the numbers (combined with Wade for 14 percent or something like that on “clutch shots” this season? Kind of made that number up, but it’s low) his un-clutchness has been a little overblown. That said, i think true Heat fans have always felt that Wade is their man and LeBron, no matter what he does, is not going to wrest that away from him. Furthermore, i think Wade deserves even more credit for 1) biding his time while LeBron and even Bosh (albeit mostly negative) were receiving far more press during the season, with Bill Simmons even writing that “Wade is going to have to admit that LeBron is the better player”, 2) maintaining his killer slashing game that depends on superior athleticism despite his injuries, and 3) playing with a fire that nobody in the series, and maybe only a handful of guys in the NBA, could match.

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