He Stoops To Conquer ………………
As of late a great veracity of an argument can be made as to why the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade ought to be added into the mix of MVP candidates. The player has been putting up monumentally astounding numbers alone. And almost single handedly he’s defeated the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls in successive games.
His play in particular against the Boston Celtics could be described as being spectacular . And it can be borne out by the stats accumulated by the player on the night in his team’s success in defeating the Celtics 107-99 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Wade on the night would score 32 pts to go along with a well balanced display of on both ends of the court.
One might suggest that we can overlook Wade’s feats as he’s playing on a team that’s not necessarily viewed championship caliber material. But I’d hasten to add the way that this team is playing and given the confidence being shown by the player. They might well be a danger to any of the top contenders within the Eastern Conference at this juncture. And though the talk throughout much of the season has been the play of LeBron James , Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard. I’d say personally that we ought to broaden our horizons beyond that triumvirate. To ignore Wade at this juncture would be akin to stating that Jack Nicholson’s role of Randle Patrick Murphy in “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” wasn’t an Oscar worthy portrayal. But then again the adjudicators of this award have been known to make mistakes. And at this juncture I think that we can leave it at that. To pursue that road and to stake a claim as to the mistakes that’ve been made would take far too long to discuss the merits to anyone’s satisfaction. Suffice to say it’s a subject best left untouched.
As to Wade’s own play this season one can say that we’ve seen a rebirth of the player. He’s rejuvenated and coming off an impressive Olympic display. One can say what we’re now seeing …..” is The Flash of old “. And in no way is that meant to demean the exploits of his peers at this juncture. Each of them in their own right are having outstanding seasons. But it’d be a gross injustice if Wade were not to be considered in the voting process at this time. And I’m sure if anything that the other contenders mentioned have their own supporters and arguments are being made why their choice ought to be considered. However at the end of the day the choice won’t be made by you or I. But by those who are believed to be more insightful and with more of a keen sense as to what is being sought and warrants being the regular season league MVP. The award has been one by litany of the league’s best players over the years , some more warranted than others.
As to Wade’s own standing within the NBA . It has to be said that he is one of the elite players within the league whose bravado on the court is unquestioned. Night in , night out his game is of a consistently high level. And he tends to lead by example. One can only surmise how good the Miami Heat might be were he complemented with a group of players who possessed his passion for the game. And who also are willing to play at that heightened level.
The Miami Heat (35-29) are chasing a playoff spot under first year coach Erik Spoelstra. One might hasten to add that President and GM Pat Riley is waiting in the wings. But I sincerely doubt that he’d be willing to rain on Spoelstra’s parade. And as much as we know that Riley craves the limelight . Even he wouldn’t have the temerity to derail his young protégé’s ambitions. Would he ?
And with the standings being what they are in the Eastern Conference. The Miami Heat it can be said are sitting pretty in the fifth spot. A favorable matchup against the Atlanta Hawks would look mighty tempting were those standings to hold up at the end of regular season. But as such the games aren’t played in the minds of the fans but on the court and are played out to the end. If nothing else we know that making presumptions are not in anyone’s best interests. And the case can also be made when it comes to adjudicating the league MVP as far as the NBA is concerned.
The season is now going down into its stretch run and there are plenty of teams jockeying for positions as to a playoff berth. Some teams are not only playing for their lives but in some cases for their sheer existence. Less we forget also the professional careers of some coaches may well be on the line. As it is this season alone we’ve seen a number of coaches fed to the sharks merely for the underperformance of their teams. Or in some cases where a GM has looked to save his own job by apportioning the blame on the coach because of the lack of direction of the franchise on the field of play. But that’s to be genuinely expected in the thoroughly ruthless environment of the NBA and within any of other particular professional sporting arena. It’s not merely about the entertainment factor but also about winning. As that really is the cure for what ails a professional sport’s franchise. Some are able to do it more consistently than others. And for those who are meandering aimlessly in circles going nowhere. It can be said that you have to understand their situation.
Come what may , whatever the remainder of this season holds for a number of teams. It’s hoped that they’re all able to acquit themselves well. As for Dwyane Wade this may well be the season where can either attain the one professional accolade that the game has to offer but has been denied him. Or he can just carry on entertaining us , doing what he does best. And at the same time knowing that the greater glory when it’s all said and done is to win an NBA title. Afterall what’s a regular season MVP award when you could possibly end up winning a second NBA title , ring and perhaps the Finals’ MVP to boot ?