Back in 2003, Dwyane Wade was drafted fifth overall to the Miami Heat. This was arguably one of the greatest draft classes to had ever came with it featuring the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and himself. This draft also included a litany of serviceable players in David West, Chris Kaman & Kirk Hinrich. Much of the talk was centered around LeBron James & Carmelo Anthony, with which player would have the better career and who will perform better. Wade soon proved that he belonged in the conversation and even winning a championship with the Heat in the 2005-06 season by defeating the Dallas Mavericks. Wade has always been there for the Heat, even through the not so good years with the franchise. One of Wade's famous commercials was him saying, "I get knocked down eight times and I'll get up nine times." It was dedicated to how hard he played and the pain that he put in his body in by going to the basket countless times. Now, it seems as though it has taken a toll on his knees and is making people wonder if Wade's career is coming to an end.
As many people know, Wade was a big reason why James came to Miami. One of James' closest friends, they built a dynasty with Bosh that many teams and players dream about. Three all-star players taken in the top 10 of a draft playing side by side with each other, who could ask for anything more? Wade was already an accomplished player, with winning a championship, being a multiple time NBA All-Star and achieving almost every accolade that a player could possibly obtain. Together they brought over two championships in four years of being together. However, quietly we've seen Dwyane Wade not quite be himself over the past couple of years.
Whether it is Wade's knees or some other kind of injury, he has missed more and more time. He is not the same player who nickname was, "Flash," but he is still highly productive. Unfortunately, the talks will get louder then ever about Wade's health. It was quite obvious then he didn't seem to have the steps that we've all have become accustomed to, even with him missing 28 games this past season. Maybe if Wade takes half of the season off next season, then maybe he'll be ready for the long haul. Or if Wade does a cycle where he plays for three weeks then takes two weeks off. Wade might get surgery to repair his knee, maybe it needs just a little tweaking.
Whatever the case may be, it will be interesting to see what happens. James is friends with both Wade & Bosh, but it's obvious that he's closer to Wade. The ironic thing about all of this is that the very man who had an influence on bringing James in, is the very man who might have James look elsewhere, unfortunately due to health concerns.
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