We have all seen the overplayed Gatorade commercial of Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant suffering from night terrors of one another, but that playful take on a rivalry has come to life.
In an interview gone viral, Durant disagreed with Sports Illustrated’s top 10 NBA players. He believed that Wade did not deserve the eighth position on the list and should be replaced with Durant’s former teammate James Harden. Wade did not take Durant’s opinion so lightly, and fired back on Instagram with a photo of a note in which Wade wrote “Note to self: Make him respect your place in history.. — again…”.
Although Durant’s comments were innocent and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, Wade and the Miami Heat are the last place he should be trying to land jabs. After all, the Oklahoma City Thunder were vanquished by the Heat in the 2012 Finals and Wade has three rings to his name, including a Finals MVP.
It is also note worthy to include the numerous occasions Wade and Miami have faced criticism, only to stare the scrutiny in the eyes and strike it down. There was the 2005 Eastern Conference Finals where Wade and the Heat fell to the Detroit Pistons. The combination of “Flash” and Shaquille O’Neal was suppose to deliver a ring to South Beach.
After facing a summer of over analysis and criticism, Wade returned to carry Miami to the 2006 title.
Then there was the time when the “Big 3″ failed and lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 Finals. We all know what happened after that. An ailing Wade even answered the critics in the 2013 championship series after a forgettable performance against the Indiana Pacers.
This little player feud is not only good for the NBA, but it is also a positive for Miami. Wade has already spent the entire summer improving his health and preparing his body for the upcoming season. His subpar playoff performance was more than enough motivation to return this season better than ever. Durant’s comments are just some extra icing on the cake.
Wade will take what the OKC forward said and store it along with his three championships, and he will work harder and come back stronger. With roughly a month until the regular season, Wade will be focusing all his energy on being ready for the first tip against the Chicago Bulls and proving all the skeptics, along with Durant, wrong.