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