As a basketball fan, I was interested to see how the collaboration of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh would pan out over the course of the 2010-11 season.
A lot of people may have been turned off by the predictions that they will win multiple championships. Plus, when LeBron said maybe three, four, five, and so on, I believe the spotlight got hotter from the mainstream media.
Early in the regular season, the Miami Heat were struggling for a little while and were hovering around .500 at the end of November. However, I thought LeBron’s shoulder bump of his coach Erik Spoelstra on national television could have seriously undermined their season.
Spoelstra should receive some credit for handling the controversy and getting his team to focus on the task of winning a championship. Additionally, the Heat had to deal with ‘Crygate’, but got through it.
There was obviously some frustration and for a few weeks the sports world was trying to determine whether LeBron James intentionally bumped his coach Spoelstra in a 106-95 loss back on November 27th to the Dallas Mavericks.
Now it appears everything is coming together for LeBron James and his Miami Heat team and it doesn’t matter who gets the spotlight or the acclaim. It is just about getting that ring this year.
Dwayne Wade, the talented, laid-back superstar is used to deferring to similarly talented teammates and was willing to sacrifice his ego to make LeBron feel comfortable along with Chris Bosh.
This selfless demeanor by Wade has worked before back in 2006 and even when Wade isn’t having his best game, he is doing other things besides scoring such as blocking Derrick Rose in the overtime period to help seal a Game 4 win over the Chicago Bulls.
Dwyane Wade looked bad on a missed dunk early in Game 4 and had been invisible for most of the game until late.
For the last few seasons, Wade had to do everything, but now he has superstar teammates to defer and it has worked.
Despite the scorn the Miami Heat has endured, this team has been able to stay focused, play together and trust each and now it is paying off with a golden opportunity to win a NBA championship.
Patrick Davis is an Atlanta Hawks’ fan, but one of his favorite basketball memories was the 1980’s Los Angeles Lakers’ teams and their historic NBA Finals’ encounters with the Boston Celtics. Plus, Dominique Wilkins and Spud Webb winning the Slam Dunk contest as well.