Dwyane Wade Would Love The Kobe Bryant Longevity

By Richard Nurse
Dwyane Wade
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You know that a guy is feeling good when he’s dunking on players who admire him — sorry Victor Oladipo — and doing cartwheels through LeBron James’ postgame interviews. Not to mention you barely miss (9-of-13) and your double-doubles come with six rebounds and 12 assists as was the case for Dwyane Wade in the last two outings.

I think the kids refer to those as King James games. Either way it’s a sign of what the team can continue to look like when their alpha males are clicking. Which brings to mind how the summer of 2014’s free agency will affect D-Wade’s legacy.

Now normally he’s “trying to be one of the best shooting guards of all-time,” as he told ESPN’s Michael Wallace. Meaning, on any given night Wade is looking to be just as good if not better than Kobe Bryant — not like Bryant.

Except for in this case. Bryant’s two-year, $48 million extension puts him in the rarefied air of one player spending his entire career with one franchise. That’s 20 years as a Los Angeles Laker.

“It’s great for a guy like [Bryant],” Wade said via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “It doesn’t happen for everyone. But Kobe will always be forever looked at as a Laker…

That’s something that I strived for, was to hopefully become one of those guys,” he admitted. “It’s not many… but I would love to be one of those.”

While we have to wait and see what free agency holds, Wade will now-and-forever be a Miami Heat lifer — at least in the eyes of the fans.

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