Dwyane Wade is getting a pass for his poor play, bad behavior

It's fun to mock LeBron, but it's time to stop giving Dwyane Wade a pass

5/18/12 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Much like Pacers swingman Lance Stephenson throwing up the "choke" sign in the video above, I love criticizing LeBron James. Honestly, it's fun. When a guy anoints himself "king" and "the chosen one," it's fun to revel in his failures.

May 15, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the second half in game two of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Indiana Pacers of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIREThat having been said, people have been rather unfair lately in their criticism of James, while largely ignoring the fact that Dwyane Wade has been just as unimpressive, if not more so, since James came to Miami.

It all came to a head last night, when Wade missed a few shots in a row, and then came to the bench to some criticism from Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.

While I honestly don't think Spoelstra's the right man for the job, the fact is that he was 100% right in this case. Wade was playing like trash, and it's the coach's job to let him know.

Wade apparently disagreed, and got in Spoelstra's face, a cardinal sin for any athlete.

Last night, in a game that the Heat desperately needed to win to keep the Pacers from gaining momentum, Wade finished the game with only 5 points on 2-13 shooting. Add in his 5 turnovers, and there is no doubt that he deserved every harsh word that he received from his coach, or anyone else for that matter.

Dwyane Wade is a champion, yes. He was the Finals MVP back in 2005-2006, back when he had a still dominant Shaquille O'Neal by his side.

Since then, he went through 3 first round playoff exits until LeBron and Bosh joined him to form the Big 3.

Is that really all that impressive? Should he really be getting a pass, while people instead focus on LeBron?

Should we really continue extolling the virtues of a guy who has, on more than one occasion, played a bit more dirty than the occasion called for?

It's time to take a look not only at LeBron, but also at Dwyane Wade, who has consistently been given a pass up to this point, and realize that he's really no better. As a person, and as a player, he's not even on LeBron's level. It's time to treat him accordingly.
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5/18/12   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

Wade doens't get the critisizm LeBron does because, as you even said, he's not on the same level as LeBron as a player.  He's a top 5 guy in the league, but LeBron is undisputed #1.

BTW... I would say that Nike started calling LeBron 'King James' and 'The Chosen One'....

5/18/12   |   jaysinw   |   5039 respect

Wade should not be getting a pass for him not showing up last night. As for last season Wade showed up more times then James by a large margin. As you pointed out when James goes out there to make him the center piece, he will have far more criticism then Wade. Bosh is not even a super star, he is a good player, that shows up yince in awhile, he gets points but he does not take a game over. most times it is when the game is all ready in hand one way or the other. Saying Wade has been knocked out in the 1st round 3 X prior to James and bosh in Miami really has nothing to do with him getting a pass. If you really want to go there, that again would point to going after James more and giving a pass to Wade as you pointed out wade is not on the same level  as James. Also the one thing Wade does better then James is take over a game in the last 5 minutes of a game, I am  not saying James has never done it, still Wade has done it far more times then James. As for being dirty, all I think about is Jordan who was dirty and would tell people if you were not cheating then you were not trying to win.

So really if you are the league's MVP now making him a 3X MVP you will get criticized a lot more then your team mates.