After two injury plagued seasons where he only played 51 games in each, the whispers started to become louder that Dwyane Wade’s style of play wasn’t conducive to a long and prosperous NBA career. After arguably being the MVP of the Redeem Team last summer, Wade put together his best season by far. He played in a career high 79 games, led the NBA in scoring, and was 2nd in steals, 13th in assists, and incredibly 16th in blocks. Without Dwayne Wade, the Heat maybe win 20 games.
Wade may not be as good as Kobe or LeBron, but he’s pretty damn close. Just like the Cavs, the pressure is on Pat Riley and the Heat to put a squad around Wade that can compete for a championship. If not, we may see Wade leave Miami during the bedlam that will be the free agency period of 2010. Wade took part in a great interview with his hometown station ESPN Radio Chicago and delved into many topics ranging from going to one of the finals games, who’s the best player in the game today, Kobe vs. MJ, his free agency in 2010, and Derrick Rose’s picture controversy.
Was it tough for you to watch the NBA Finals?
“You know what, it’s always tough. As much as I went to some of the games, I’m the kind of person who likes to visualize things, I like to see things, so I visualize myself on the court playing in the Finals once again. I actually went to one of the games in Orlando to see the great players and the great teams. Hopefully my team will get back there one day.”
Who’s better Bryant or Jordan?
“To me growing up and watching Michael Jordan and knowing everything that he’s done for our game. Even Kobe would say you don’t want to be compared to that guy. I mean, Jordan is the best that we’ve seen in our time and a lot of people are going to see for many years to come. But Kobe Bryant is exceptionally great in his own matter. All the things he’s been through over the last seven years, for him to get his fourth ring, I think a lot of people were pulling for him to do that. Orlando, I think a lot of people were surprised they made it there but they haven’t been through nothing yet so you know this kind of team, if they would have won, there would have been a lot of teams and a lot of veterans that played in the league would have been mad about that. I think that everyone is happy that Kobe, the great player that he is, got his fourth ring.”
Who’s the best player in the NBA today?
“I believe that Kobe Bryant is still the best player in the game, his experience and his overall talent. It’s not taking away from Lebron, it’s not taking away from Carmelo, it’s not taking away from myself. Kobe has been in the game longer than the rest of us, he’s older than us, he’s smart with the game. He’s the better player.”
Shaqto Cleveland talk circulating:
“You never know what to expect out of Shaq. I think a lot of people thought in Miami at the end he didn’t havemuch left but he proved when he went to Phoenix he had a lot more left. Put him with a guy like Lebron James you don’t haveto do too much. He could cruise into the playoffs. That’s something we aren’t looking forward to in the Eastern Conference. At the same time Clevelandis trying to put someone around Lebron now to win a championship.”
What are the chances of you coming back to Chicago?
“If I could say one thing I would say that I’m blessed to be in a position where I have options. I thank god for those options. 2010, free agency only comes up once so I’m going to make sure that I think about this and do it right. Of course I love Miami, this is where I built my career at. Chicago is always the place I’m from, there’s going to be talk about that of course, but right now I’m trying to do what I can to make sure that the team that I’m on be as good as we can be. When it’s time for me to think about it, then I will do just that.”
You’re not ruling out Chicago?
“I’m not ruling out a lot of places, but I’m not really thinking about those places either. Like I said, 2010 is the year when I will sit down and open up my options and hopefully I’m still blessed and healthy to have those options and then go from there. But Miami is my number one option and I’ve made that clear. That’s where I want to be and hopefully we can get everything right here in Miami.”