topic by ghostridah - 02-11-2013, 10:28 AM
Dwyane Wade is fine with all of this.
Really, he is.
Wade played in the spotlight for seven seasons, but things have changed. The attention has diminished now that he's paired with a teammate who is playing like a superhero.
And apparently LeBron James' super power is making his future Hall of Fame teammates look like mortals. Although Wade completed his best five-game stretch of the season, it was just a footnote to all the gushing of James' recent play.
"I'm not looking for headlines, but I've been playing all right," Wade said. "He (James) can have all the headlines. It's cool."
James is playing so well that Wade's week went all but ignored. He averaged 24.8 points, six rebounds, 5.8 a.ssists and three steals during the Heat's five-game winning streak. While the media was constantly updating James' field goals numbers on Twitter, Wade was quietly shooting 51 percent.
"He's been making so much history, so I'm glad I can be in a little bit with him," Wade said.
It was expected for Wade to fall to the back-page when James signed with the Heat in 2010. No one expected it to go this far. James has won every Eastern Conference Player of the Month award this season while Wade has yet to win the weekly honor. His current numbers are better than the most recent winner, Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson, but Wade is guaranteed to finish behind James in this week's voting.
"You can't do anything about attention," center Chris Bosh said. "People are going to put their attention where they want to. You can't really combat that. You can't f!ght it. It's a waste of time. Only so many dudes can get the highlights."
Bosh should know that. He's been labeled as the third All-Star since they became teammates. With Wade, it's a bit different. He won a championship, an NBA Finals MVP trophy and became a top-five player without James.
Yet know he spends most of his interviews talking about how James played.
"We know what Dwyane is capable of," Bosh said. "You play within the rhythm of the game and things work out.
They worked out to perfection in the Heat's 107-97 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena. Wade finished with 30 points and a team-high five a.ssists. It was also the second time in a week he and James topped the 30-point mark in the same game.
"It's a good groove to be in," Wade said. "We're just both being aggressive, attacking. We're not doing it in a selfish way at all … We're doing it within our offense."
Wade's game went almost forgotten because of James becoming the first player in franchise history with five straight 30-point games and continuing his video game-like field goal percentage. It was Wade who scored nine consecutive points to hold off the surging Lakers while James was getting a breather in the fourth quarter. In all, he scored 16 fourth-quarter points and still had enough energy to defend Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.
"He was tireless," Spoelstra said. "I planned on getting him out for a couple minutes in the fourth quarter but he was playing with so much energy on both ends of the court … That's what makes him special, LeBron special, Chris special. That's why we wanted all three of those guys to set the tone for our franchise because they're true two-way players."
Wade has slowly made the transition from primary player to being just one of James' teammates. Last year it was him accepting James as the No. 1 scoring option. Now, he understands he no longer is the headliner.
And he's fine with it.
"We're a team," Wade said. "(James) deserves it. I'm just going to continue to try to get better behind the scenes and understand that no matter what, if I'm playing the way that I can play, we're a very, very tough team. So I'm going to continue to try to do that."