The young Dwyane Wade was one of the most exciting players in the NBA. The aging D-Wade..one of the most unpredictable.
There are times he still looks like the dazzling daredevil who can make tough shots, and take tough licks. And then, there are times Wade is a turnover machine who spends too much time whining to the refs. With all due respect to Erik Spolestra, there’s only one person on the Heat who can tell him that….Pat Riley.
The Heat will NOT win an NBA title if Wade is less than himself. Teams will take Lebron out of the game (if he doesn’t take himself out). Chris Bosh is talented, but not a true 4th quarter go
to closer. Wade is…but he’s got to clean up his game. Get a better handle on his handles, and put the purity back in his jump shot. Maybe he’s being a warrior fighting through injuries, and I’m being too unsympathetic.
Or maybe he needs to buckle down, and maybe deep down he agrees. If I were a betting man, I wouldn’t bet against Wade. He’s still got the closer mentality, and certainly seems to have lost no level of desire. He just needs to re-discover those parts of his game that once made him Jordan-esque.
If the NBA miles have added up and taken that away from him, then its up to Wade to re-invent himself into a different kind of player. He’s still stronger than most guards who try to stop him..still quicker than any forward trying to check him. Dwyane Wade is still a great athlete, and by far, the Heat’s most popular player. He’ll get a pass for his past heroics….for a while.
But come money time…the Heat will need the real Dwyane Wade…to be the REAL Dwyane Wade.