Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 at 2:56 pm  |  11 responses

Playoff Kicksology: Dwyane Wade

Flash brings the most famous sneaker in the world back to the big stage.

by Chris O’Leary/@olearychris

He’s had a rough week in the win-loss column, but when Michael Jordan sits down and thinks about it, he should realize that 2010′s been a very successful year for him.

True, his Charlotte Bobcats were swept out of the playoffs on Monday night, but the team’s 47-win campaign and Playoff appearance marks Jordan’s most successful season as an NBA exec.

In Mike’s sneaker business, his first year working with Dwyane Wade came to an early close as well. However, Wade’s run in the Air Jordan 2010 was also a success — maybe at its most successful through the Playoffs.

When Wade jumped from Converse to Jordan Brand last summer, the potential of the pairing was through the roof. While Jordan has young and talented athletes in his stable in Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, he failed to land someone of the right superstar magnitude when it came to wearing the Air Jordan. Sure, there’s been no shortage of J’s on-court through the years, thanks to Ray Allen, Rip Hamilton, Mike Bibby, Joe Johnson and others (Juwan Howard, Eddie Jones, Mike Finley and Derek Anderson get the old-school shoutout). In teaming up with MJ, Wade changed all of that.

As disappointing as the Heat’s five-game loss to the Celtics may be to some (sorry, eboy), it was exactly what Jordan Brand needed from Wade this season. Casual fans of the League got to see one of its top superstars on a big stage, wearing multiple colorways of the Brand’s flagship joint.

Perhaps most important for JB was Wade’s play in Sunday’s Game 4 win. His 46-point, series-extending outburst was a Jordan-like performance that came in a player-exclusive version of the soon-to-be-released W3lcome Home colorway. Off the top of my head, the last Jordan-like Playoff performance that I’ve seen in a pair of J’s was back in Game 6 of the 1998 Finals.

Anyway, let’s bring it back to those multiple colorways. Below is the Playoff kicksology for one Dwyane Wade. In a way, it’s too bad that the Heat are already out (though I like these grizzled, seemingly refueled Playoff Celts). It was fun seeing some MVP talent working his magic in Jordans and it would have been fun to follow Wade’s feet for at least another series. But you know what they say: There’s always (Chris Bosh) next year.

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  • http://www.Twitter/notebooknick NotebookNick

    The yellow soled joints are my favorite. Clear cut winners.

  • $tev3

    Can you do this for other players too lease?
    I enjoyed

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Maybe it has to grow on me but, I am not a fan of the Air Jordan 2010′s.

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    niQ, I’ve warmed up to the Jordans through the season and found that watching Wade through the Playoffs has me liking the shoes more now. And yeah, Nick, the yellow soles are really nice. $tev3, I’ll revisit another player’s kicksology soon, glad you liked it.

  • PlanetAsia14

    The commercials were right: Dwyane Wade is a nightmare.

  • ENDS

    ^ And now him and his ugly a** shoe can go back to sleep

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Lol @ Ends.

  • http://www.edthesportsfan.com Ed The Sports Fan

    Great post Chris, it is a damn shame that we won’t get to see D-Wade’s shoes in the playoffs anymore, but that just means we can transfer our Jordan energy towards Ray Allen. Who in my opinion has the nicest looking assortment of J’s in the league. I think he has a Green & White for every shoe. The Bugs Bunny green & white’s are so fresh.


  • http://www.slamonline.com MooButter

    I’ll be honest, these are the first J’s I have liked in a long time.

  • RayRay20

    Ray’s PE’s >>>> the 2010′s

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/CathedralsRecords?feature=mhw4 Earl

    We all love Red/Black J’s…Reminds us of the XII’s.