The likelihood of Dwyane Wade, noted 2006 NBA Finals Dream Crusher, ending up playing for Your Dallas Mavericks is probably slim, roughly the same longshot odds of LeBron James doing same. Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel says Wade will at least talk to the Mavs, so that’s something. For a moment, let’s pretend it actually happens.
For one thing, heretical as it is to say, Wade actually probably fills a bigger need for the Mavs than James does. He’s a shooting guard (haven’t had one of those since Mike Finley left in 2005), gets to the rim (with or without the aid of Bennett GD Salvatore), and is a proven winner. For another: I hate him with the fire of 1,000 suns. I had a chance to meet him while on a freelance assignment, and I can report that he is a nice fella, and has cute (if irritating) kids. Still: I hate him. He is a world-class flopper, treats every scrape like a gunshot wound, relies on refs and their superstar calls, and, not least, he tore the Mavs’ hearts out using all of these things four years ago. If I had three wishes, the first two would remove both his ACLs, and with the last I’d probably, I don’t know, get a grizzly bear as a pet. Haven’t gotten that far.
But if he were on the Mavericks, would I cheer for him? Heck and yes. Rob Mahoney from The Two Man Game goes deeper on the subject right … here.