Sunday, July 30, 2006

Put him in the Hall of Fame already

Dwyane Wade's good, fine, but why are writers so obsessed with this guy? It's like some magical force is drawing them towards every single action he performs and then forcing these writers to glorify him in their articles. Enough is enough. Especially since the articles suck.

"Wade May Lead Team USA." Ira Winderman. July 30, 2006.

That title sound familiar? Hmm...

It doesn't look like Dwyane's world is going to stop spinning anytime soon.


Fresh off his Most Valuable Player performance in the NBA Finals, Dwyane Wade offered such a compelling effort at USA Basketball's just-completed tryout camp that coach Mike Krzyzewski isn't sure he hasn't found his captain.

Grand. Now please proceed to tell me more about this certainly highly capable individual who must indeed have performed some daring exploits to be described by you with such high esteem.

Asked if a player had emerged as "the natural leader" of the eclectic group, the Duke coach last week singled out the Heat guard, as he concluded the first session of national team training.

Aha, so LeBron isn't natural. I suspected it all along. Let's prepare the Grand Jury right away.

"If there's one guy who everyone looks up to, because of his most recent accomplishment, it's Dwyane Wade," Krzyzewski said.

If they already look up to him for his "most recent accomplishment," why talk about his "compelling effort" at tryout camp?

With commitment the byword of the newly structured national team, Krzyzewski marveled at how Wade arrived in Las Vegas with a splint but without excuses.

Ira, you make it sound as if Wade just suffered several compound fractures on his hand, a thigh contusion, a mild concussion, and two torn ligaments, and is still playing. Sadly, that is far from the truth. Wade, on his "injury": " It's just a little bruise, so I'm just trying to take caution.''

"I was talking to Bruce Bowen and all of a sudden I see [Wade] walking out and I thought, `Oh, this isn't good,'" Krzyzewski said. "He had his MRI on his wrist and everything was fine, but the trainer said he couldn't move his hand real well and probably wouldn't be able to play.

Oh no! Somebody do something! He might get hurt!

"And the next morning he's at every drill. Every drill."

drill? As in every? Whoa.

Wade is younger than eight of the 14 other finalists who will reconvene Monday in Las Vegas for another camp, depart Friday for an Asian tour and then continue on to the World Championships in Japan. But at 24, he's developed a following.

Yes, with this article you certainly attest to that.

"He defines leadership by example," Krzyzewski said.

Ah, but of course. He's natural, remember?

Krzyzewski said with a deep roster he will rotate starters and limit minutes, but one gets the sense Wade will get his share of playing time.

Yes, one certainly does, does one not? I mean, without Wade's leadership, how far can Team USA even dream of going?

For a U.S. squad needing a gold to avoid next summer's Olympic qualifications, that's good; for the Heat, which begins camp less a month after the Sept. 3 conclusion of the World Championships, it could mean a fatigued team leader at the start of the season.

But perhaps he shall once again arrive "with a splint and no excuses." And maybe, just maybe, he'll participate in every drill. And I mean every. After all, this is no mere mortal we're talking about, it's Dwyane Wade.