During the Thursday night primetime broadcast of the NBA on TNT, the network aired an interview with Dwyane Wade during the Miami Heat – New York Knicks game. As most of you know by now, Miami thumped New York behind LeBron James‘ black mask, but that is besides the point. The point is that Wade’s interview showed, not only a sign of great maturity, but a sign of respect to James and his teammates.
When asked about his injuries and role with the Heat, he described it as riding in a car. He said that sometimes he rides in the back seat and sometimes in the passenger seat. Once in a while he will get to drive, but he is usually in the back. Wade went on to tie in Udonis Haslem and his fading role with the team, saying how quickly it all can change.
It was not easy for Wade to give up the team and organization he helped build; it wasn’t easy for him to take a pay cut and lurk in the shadows of another star, but he did. And why did he do it? Because he realized winning and championships were bigger than personal statistics and money. Wade realized a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and he took it. That’s doesn’t mean there weren’t any growing pains. After all, the “Big 3” didn’t win a championship their first year, but now Wade has settled down and sees his career coming to an end.
If you are a Heat fan, you are probably wondering how all of this is important. Well, it is important because it shows that Wade’s maturity and realization has reached another level. It means that whatever funk the defending champs were in before the All-Star break doesn’t exist anymore. Basically, Wade’s epiphany on TNT means that he and Miami are ready to make a run at a third straight title. When a player as talented and famous as Wade comes to terms with the fact the he is no longer “the man” and accepts his new role, whatever it may be, that is when a player goes from a great player to Hall-of-Fame caliber. For the Heat, they should be joyous over Wade’s words. For the rest of the league, they should all be worried because a storm is coming.
Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at ShaneRantNBA@gmail.com.