I am a WITNESS
The saga had to play out this way. Destined from the 2003 NBA Draft to run head to head with LeBron. Picked 5th overall, Dwyane Wade was a rising star from the jump off. He had the slower rise to the top unlike the first pick in the draft who took the NBA by storm. Wade knew to bide his time and with a little patience and a lot of work, he would eventually get his. In just his 3rd year in the league, he did last night.
For one reason or another, I had my doubts going into the finals that a team featuring an up-and-coming star could win with a bunch of over the hill has beens. I was proven wrong. I should have seen it coming, but was too blinded to see that Wade could take the entire city of Miami and put him on his shoulders.
Anyone can say that he got all the calls, but that would only be a half truth. No doubt that he should have paid rent for all the time he spent at the line in the 6 game series, but this was something that he earned. Aside from the occaissional Shaq sighting, this series came down to Dwyane Wade's sheer drive to not lose.
I was fortunate enough to make a trip down to Miami back in March and watched him go toe-to-toe with Jason Richardson that night. Wade dropped in 42, only to be eclipsed by J-Rich's 44. How quickly I forget what the guy can do.
Fast forward to the finals and witness the coming of age of the next young superstar in the NBA. Please feel free the brush off all the comparisons to MJ...there will never be another player of his caliber in the League. D-Wade is his own man and that's just the way he likes it.
Bron-Bron has already come out and stated that with Wade drawing first blood in the rivalry that this just makes him hungrier. That is the kind of gold that David Stern hears to make him sleep better at night. The league is in good hands and I look forward to years and years of great rivalry between LeBron and Dwyane.
Wade drew first blood last night...now we wait and see what LBJ can come back with next time around.