For all of you superstitious sports fans out there, the news of Dwyane Wade getting engaged to his longtime girlfriend, actress Gabrielle Union, could have possibly been one of the greatest Christmas gifts ever.
Why? Because marriages and engagements have been sort of like the Miami Heat good luck charm. After all, the summer of 2010 was about more than the creation of the Big Three. It was the beginning of ring season. The correlation started when Chris Bosh became engaged to his girlfriend Adrienne Williams. But there was a slight hiccup — the Heat’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals.
A season later, the Heatles were hoisting their first title following a summer of “I do’s” for the Bosh family and a New Year’s Eve “yes” for LeBron James. For those who believe in fate and patterns, championship no. 2 came after Udonis Haslem’s engagement. In a fanatic’s eye, three proposals ended with three Finals appearances. Forget the players’ skills — fortunate coincidences are what mattered. So I guess that’s why the Heat chose to take it up a notch.
In the quest for a three-peat, both James and Haslem tied the knot this offseason, and Wade swooped in to cap off the combination of a marriage plus proposal. That equals a championship.
In the end, the only thing missing from the unsuccessful run was a walk down the aisle. Or maybe they just weren’t good enough that year. Either way, congratulations to all of the players for taking the next step, but the likelihood of another ring will have more to do with health and the Indiana Pacers than the rocks on their fiances’ fingers.
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