This post was written by Chris Fedor of WKNR in Cleveland. Dwyane Wade is one of my favorite players in the NBA to watch. Every time he takes the court I try to tune in because he has the capability of doing something every night that makes you say wow. Whether it’s a 50 point barrage, a highlight reel play or a buzzer beating shot, Dwyane Wade is worth the price of admission. Since his arrival in Miami in 2003, he has elevated his game to the “elite” status, has captured an NBA Finals MVP trophy and helped bring a title to South Beach.
This is Wade’s final season in Miami before he hits free agency in the much talked about summer of 2010. This past offseason was also the final offseason for Miami to try and add to their roster to make a run at a championship. Miami didn’t really add much. Instead they are hoping that some of the younger players develop and continue to get better and better. That’s a huge risk to take with free agency on the horizon for the face of your franchise.
Dwyane Wade joined 790 The Ticket in Miami to talk about the summer of 2010, the statements he made earlier this summer about the Heat not making moves and what the expectations are for the team this season.
On the summer of 2010:
“Well it’s been three years now that we’ve been talking about the summer of 2010. You think about what people are going to have to write about after the summer of 2010. It comes up all the time and I think as one of the players in that summer, if we get to that summer, its exciting for the world, it’s exciting for everyone to talk about, but at the end of the day, nothing might not happen. (Editor’s note: Grammar isn’t Dwayne Wade’s strong suit) It’s the unknown which is exciting for everyone. Just to be a part of that, we try to have fun with it every so often.”
On whether he talks with other players about the summer of 2010:
“We have to talk about it because it’s a big topic. Certain guys you want to know what they’re thinking and they’re not going to tip their hats. Certain guys might tell you a little bit of where their head is. Myself, LeBron and Chris as well, in the Olympics, we had conversations about it just thinking about the possibility of having the opportunity to control your own destiny in different things. That’s what a lot of professional athletes don’t get nowadays. We’re kind of happy that all of us signed the deal to be put in a position where you can make the call on this one for once and it’s a great thing to do. At the same time, like I said nothing just might not happen, everyone might just stay put.”
On the statements that he made about the team not getting better in the offseason:
“It’s something that I’ve addressed with some of my teammates and its something that before the season starts I will address with all my teammates as well. I was probably the one that had the microphone in his face, but just like them, they want to be better every year. They want to make sure we’re doing the right things to get better. Everyone wants to get to the point where they’re a championship contender. We’ve got a lot of guys in here that have not won a championship before, so they may not understand exactly what it takes. I’ve been there before so I know it takes more. It takes adding. That’s exactly what it takes. It takes adding and adding and adding until you get to the right formula. That’s what it’s all about. It can be taken the wrong way, but if it’s taken the right way, it’s taken as D wants to win and we need to get ourselves in gear to do that. All of us, myself included, we’ve got to get ourselves into gear to make sure that we can do that.”
On what the team is capable of in 2009:
“This team is capable of anything. We don’t know yet. That’s the good thing about it because we don’t know the growth yet. We don’t know what Jermaine O’Neal has planned in his mind and in his heart. We don’t know what Quentin Richardson is thinking and now has been written off so many times. What Dorrell Wright is thinking. We just don’t know personally what a lot of guys mentally are thinking until they got on the court, until we get into training camp and see how guys really respond to being doubted the way we are. There’s going to be some people that are going to project us to maybe not even make the playoffs because of certain teams’ offseason moves, but you just don’t know.”