Making sense of Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade's cold war - Hoopsvibe
If you don't have a great relationship with your best player, you're never Barkley : "Dwyane Wade was the one that was man on that team.". Shaquille O'Neal has an incredible NBA career, but you can't look at his legacy without considering his feuds with Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade. Barkley told Shaq, "I didn't have Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant and Shaq get heated in a back-and-forth on coach-player relationships.
Against heavily favored, top-ranked and top-seeded Kentucky WildcatsWade recorded a triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. Marquette finished the season ranked No.
Wade's strong tournament play resulted in increased visibility in the national media and, consequently, a high draft projection. On February 3,almost four years after Wade played in his final collegiate game, Marquette retired his jersey at halftime of a game against Providence. Although Marquette requires student-athletes to graduate prior to receiving jersey retirement honors, the University made a special exception for Wade based on his accomplishments since leaving Marquette.
Three days later she saw Dwyane play basketball for the first time in five years. Dwyane had 26 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists.
Selected 5th overall in the NBA draft by the Miami HeatWade quickly emerged as a productive player on a youthful Miami Heat team and averaged Wade is one of only four Marquette University players to be drafted in the first round; his is the highest draft selection in school history. In the end, however, Wade's successful rookie season was somewhat overshadowed by the success of fellow rookies Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James.
Wade did earn unanimous selection to the NBA All-Rookie Team and also finished third in rookie of the year voting behind James and Anthony. The Heat won the series 4—3 and advanced to the second round to face the top-seeded and best record team in the NBA, the Indiana Pacers, in a very entertaining series that almost pushed the win Pacers to the edge, though Miami would eventually lose the series in six games.
He became the fourth rookie since the shot clock era began to lead his team in scoring and assist average in the postseason. The following season, Miami improved by 17 games, from a 42—40 record in the —04 season to an Eastern Conference-best 59—23 record in the —05 season. He scored 14 points in 24 minutes of play. Wade scored 42 and 36 points in Games 2 and 3 respectively despite playing with sinusitis, the flu, and a knee strain. He also suffered a strained rib muscle in Game 5 of the Conference Finals that prevented him from playing in the series' sixth game  and limited him in the seventh.
The Heat lost the series in the seventh game despite leading three games to two after the fifth game and holding a lead with three minutes remaining in Game 7. In the All-Star GameWade made the game-winning put-back off of the Philadelphia 76ers ' Allen Iverson 's missed shot, to lead the East to a — victory over the West.
His performance in games three, four, and five, in which he scored 42, 36, and 43 points,   respectively, helped bring the Heat back from a 0—2 deficit to lead the series 3—2. In Game 3 Wade tied his career playoff high with 42 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds. After undergoing months of rehabilitation on his left knee and helping the U.
Olympic team win a gold medal at the Olympicsin which he led the team in scoring, Wade returned to the starting lineup at the start of the —09 season. On November 1, in just his third game of the —10 season Wade recorded his 10,th career point in a 95—87 win against the Chicago Bulls. LeBron James himself described the dunk as "great, probably top 10 all-time". He left the game with 8 points in 8 minutes of play, ending his personal and also Heat's franchise record streak of consecutive games with at least 10 points.
It was his first Player of the Month award of the season and 5th of his career. Wade recorded six 30 points games and had six double-doubles in the month, including a season-high 14 assists in an overtime win against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 4. During the off-season, Miami-Dade County commissioners voted unanimously to rename the county "Miami-Wade County" for one week from July 1—7, in Wade's honor and to try and convince Wade to stay in Miami and sign with the Heat.
For the season, Wade averaged On March 10,Wade made the game-winning shot against the Indiana Pacersgiving the Heat a 93—91 overtime win. Wade finished the season averaging In the playoffs, the Heat defeated the New York Knicks in 5 games in the first round, then defeated the Indiana Pacers in 6 games in the second round. Wade heated up in Game 6 of the second round, recording 41 points and 10 rebounds.
The Heat became the first team in NBA history to win a championship after trailing in three different playoff series. Before the start of the —13 NBA seasonWade underwent surgery due to a left knee injury. He missed the Summer Olympics. Miami won the game 94— The following day, Wade was suspended by the NBA for one game.
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In the playoffs, injuries limited Wade to a career-low scoring average of After the teams split the first two games in Miami, the Spurs blew out the Heat in game 3 to take a 2—1 series lead. In game 4, Wade scored 32 points on 56 percent shooting to go with 6 steals as the Heat defeated the Spurs — The Spurs would bounce back in game 5 despite Wade's 25 points and 10 assists.
Wade scored 14 points in Miami's overtime win in game 6, followed by 23 points and 10 rebounds in game 7 as the Heat clinched their second straight championship and Wade's third title. Wade averaged 19 points per game and posted a career-high 54 percent field goal percentage, and had notable games in victories against elite teams such as a point outing against the Pacers on November 7 and 29 points against the Los Angeles Clippers on December In the playoffs, the team increased Wade's minutes per game, noted by a point performance in the closing game of Miami's second-round victory over the Brooklyn Nets and a point outing in a crucial game 2 road victory against Indiana in the Eastern Finals.
However, they would lose in five games. Post-Big Three era —16 Wade making a lay-up for the Heat in I've been knowing him for 13 years so I expect no different. Everything happened the way it was supposed to happen, everything happens for a reason, so I'm fine.
How did it get here? Wade and the Heat had different priorities headed into last summer as the Heat wanted to make a run at free agent Kevin Durant while keeping young center Hassan Whiteside in the fold.
Keeping that salary-cap space open for two max deals meant Wade had to twist in the wind a bit while the Heat tried to reload for a run at former mate LeBron James in the East. I understand this business just as good as anybody.
But it's a way, someone like me, a way you communicate what you're trying to do, and how you're gonna do it and what it looks like for me. I understand y'all have a job to do, and I have a job to do as well.
Making sense of Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade’s cold war
But I had to look out for myself and put myself in a situation that I wanted to be in, if things didn't work out the way I wanted them to work out and they didn't. I didn't want to be in Miami and enjoy the success and not have UD there. Wade became a Chicago villain for spurning the Bulls but won two more championships in addition to winning Finals MVP in as a year old.
No, I've always wanted as a player what I was worth. Contentious negotiations followed when Wade opted out from the deal he signed in to try to help the Heat retain James, only to see James return to Cleveland after the season. And then it became a situation with me from that standpoint and I wasn't happy with it. I wanted multiple years, they wanted to be players in free agency, I understand that. I was never put in that position, and I wasn't the first option.
When I went into free agency, I knew it was gonna be different.
I just felt it. That's why I did my best to communicate with the powers that be. And I told them what I was gonna do. As in not Riley, the man who saw the sacrifices Wade made to get players to Miami and try to keep them together.
One offer was presented with love and respect, while the other was tinged with resentment. Making the decision to choose Chicago meant putting himself first, and he was asked if that was difficult.
It's tough to make a decision when you know you get a couple days to make this decision and it's not gonna be the most popular decision because of X, Y and Z. It's about doing what I want to do at this moment.