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Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 at 12:04 pm  |  286 responses

DWade shoe giveaway!!!

Hey Flash fans—we’ve got a team’s worth of prizes.

by Ben OsborneUnknown

SLAM 127 is on sale everywhere (in the US at least) by now and subscription copies have gone out too…time for a-a reminder to those of you who do not have it to go get it! and b-a dope contest related to the issue.

As always, our friends at Converse (what up Paul!) have come up big in an effort to deliver DWade goodies to his real fans. Check out all that we have in store for deserving readers…

-Two signed Wade 3 shoes (right foot only; pictured below the cover). As you can see in the image, it’s got a really nice silver signature on one of Dwyane’s great shoes.

-10 pairs of Wade Slashes (any size, any of the three colorways shown in this post). As in, whoever wins will get to tell me their size and what colorway they want and Converse will send us a pair specifically for the winners.

How do you win? I wish I could make sure only owners of the issue entered, but we don’t get down like that. Technically this is a “no-purchase-necessary” giveaway (like always) and anyone on here can win. So here’s what I came up with…to me, while Kobe and LeBron have been typically amazing (don’t want to sound like I’m taking their greatness for granted, but in a way you could say their seasons were expected), Dwyane signed-wade3has been the individual story of the season. I’m not ashamed at all to say I didn’t see it coming. Yes, I know what he did in the Finals. Yes, I saw the gold-medal game. Yes, I stated vehemently that the Heat would win 45 games (in Eboy’s preview, in some Lang comments, and in NOYZ all season; shoot, Lang and I have a bet on it). Shit, I wrote one fo the first national features on Dwyane before he left Marquette, so it’s not like he hasn’t been on my radar for a long time. But still…30-5-8-2-1? At 6-4? After two straight severely shortened seasons? Leading a young, short, mediocre team to the brink of home-court advantage in the first-round of the Playoffs? Remarkable. Given all that, my question is: When did YOU see Dwyane in his current light, which is Top Three Current Players and a MVP candidate, if not favorite? At Robbins High? Marquette? Rookie year? The Finals? If you’re like me, the true answer might be like March 9 of this year! If you really saw it coming a long time ago, cool. But I’m not necassarily going to give the prizes to those who can claim the longest lead time on seeing DWade turn out like this. As always, I’m looking for creativity, passion and good reasoning.

That’s it. Just do your thing in the comment section by explaining when you knew Dwyane could be this good. In my opinion, the two signed shoes are the cooler of the prize options, so they’ll go to places 1 and 2. Places 3-12 will win their own pair of Wade Slashes (from left, the colors are white-black-red, white-blue and black-silver).

We’ll let this percolate this week and then pick winners Friday.

Thanks for playing!

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    This seems unfair.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Do I really have to enter this contest?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I think you do. I don’t know when Dwyane made “the leap” in your mind. You’re a favorite, obviously, but you gotta play like everyone else…

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    The easy answer is when he took over the Finals against the Mavs. That’s not good enough.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I was kind of joking, Ben. My bad.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    all good

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    The first hint in his NBA career is when he pushed the pretty average rookie Heat team to a playoff series win against the Hornets, especially after he sank the buzzer beater against Baron in Game 1. That was just the start though, not good enough

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    His Marquette run in his junior year was pretty hard to overlook too….but I can’t say that was the time EVERYONE took notice, not just fans of his game.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    In my mind, he started to become one of the top-3 players in the league with the work he put in at the Summer Olympics in Beijing. He was the best player on the floor for a good portion of the games, and this was among the best olympic talent since the orginal Dream Team. Wade was finally healthy, fit, focused, and basically did what he wanted to do against any and all competition.

  • kingofsota

    Wow… this is a NICE contest man… I’m gonna have to take a day or so to gather my thoughts and words before i get down to work typing out this one haha.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    E’s right. Too easy. My Wade realization moment is a two parter. Part 1? 05 playoffs, Lamar was wearing the Heat uniform, 2nd round against Indiana. In one of the coolest things i’ve ever seen a player do, Wade crossed some dude over at top of the key, jetted down the lane and rose, challenged then by a beasting JO and JAMMED the pill down dude’s throat (literally). I swear my scream could be heard by dogs blocks away, that’s how high it sounded.
    Part 2? Every single game in the ’06 eastern conf. Finals. Detroit tried guarding him with Hunter, Prince, Hamilton and Billups. And he dissected every single defensive setup like he was in the lab with some frogs! Incredible. Lemme put it this way, my man in the Nba is Dirk. No secret. And even though the ’06 finals left a sour taste in my mouth, i was quite ok with the Heat winning it all. That’s how much i enjoyed watching that basketball equivalent of a whirlwind play. One of a kind player. Just like Dirk.

  • Kaj

    When he hit the game-winner against New orleans in the 2004 playoffs. Because when he did that between the legs cross on Baron and hit that shot over Magloire, he gave us a glimpse of what he does now when he goes through a double team and dunks on a big men.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    This is my actual answer. Sorry to everyone for tying up the first part.

    Dwyane’s performance in the Beijing games was bordering on awe inspiring. Awe inspiring because no one knew or expected what he has going to bring to the table. I’m not saying it as a fan of his, but the American media and the large majority of fans from SLAM, local supporters in South Florida and on webboards on the “Worldwide Leaders” website, among others, seemed to bear out the same, shocked result. Dwyane Wa…..D-Wade, Flash, was back. Take one guy off the Olympic squad that would have given the US the largest handicap? It was Dwyane. Hands down. Try not to forget that almost every game (except Angola) had a close first period score that seemed to jump incredulously once D-Wade came off the bench. Odd huh? No, actually, not really. It was a forced move due to the perceived slight it would have been to ask Kobe to come off the bench, but anyone with a sliver of common sense knows that it should have been the Mamba as the Miracle to D-Wade’s Smokey in the tournament.

    Dwyane’s determination to silence the critics and his desire to prove himself on the world stage was motivation enough that made his “benching” each game the fuel to his fire. His athleticism was off the charts, his speed was on par with….well no one else was close in the Olympic tournament except possibly Pat Mills from Australia or Jamaican wonderman Usain Bolt and his attitude showed his swagger to have returned full force. This was great news for the fans of Miami Heat basketball. Sure they won’t be winning a title anytime soon, but Dwyane Wade has actually made the Heat a respectable foe to great teams and the not so good ones that they struggled with last season. If Lebron and Kobe are now 1a and 1b in greatest player ranking in the current NBA landscape, Dwyane has positioned himself as 1c and the incredible results he’s shown this season have to all point back to that time spent in China.

  • mumadone

    The first REAL sign of his basketball greatness to me was his tripple-double in the NCAA tournament. He became only the third player in history to do it, putting him in the same category as Magic (and Andre Miller). Not only that, he led a team deep into the tournament that consisted of teammates reminicent of the ones he has his current team. (Diener/Quinn, Merit/Haslem) Basically surrounded by role players and standing out as that one super star. We could sense that he was going to blow up once he landed in the NBA’s open style of play.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    oh and thanks to slam’s publisher’s. Got the Wade issue in the mail today in Singapore.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Eboy loves to copy me.

  • riggs

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xjgiDrpnwo <– this is exactly when i knew he was going to be great, the split second reaction he had to a man standing in his path and knowing exactly what to do to get around (let alone be “flashy” while doing it) this obstacle, defying even some seasoned vets who would’ve probably gotten hit with a charge then seeing the alley oop as soon as he sees his man running and throwing it right into the BIG Shaqtus hands, to turn that game into his favor, (which he is unequivocally great at doing) the man is MVP.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Go fu*k yourself……mine took longer to write!!!! Actually….I’m not sure if that answer’s good enough anyway. I could have wrote comments as long about all the other instances I mentioned…..but Ben’s going to only pick one from each winner….and I want to get a fair shot at a D-Wade contest since I was empty handed on a previous one.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    umm, last thing. Should we be fiending for the Slash’s when Flash himself has only worn them in the ASG and relies on his first signature shoe (gorgeous btw.) to dominate this season? Hmmm.

  • Si

    Back when I found out his name was Dwyane I started paying some attention. I was sure it was a typo…but when proved that it wasn’t it just makes me realise all the more these days how unique he is. We saw him do his thing a few years ago to lead the Heat along with Shaq to the Championship. We knew he could light it up, yet we didn’t take that much notice of him. He didn’t really have much place in most conversations floating around the names of Lebron and Kobe, even though Wade had achieved a lot more at that point than Lebron had (and still has upto this day). There were his injuries…this guy was so fragile…sure his game was stunning to watch, but that exciting style of play seemed to inevitably lead to injuries. He pours his heart out when he plays and it’s clear to see…diving for loose balls and cutting through the lane at will. He just struggled to stay healthy…so he stayed out of the conversations yet again. He rehab’ed hard and strong and they knew he’d made the tough journey back after he jumped off a 40″ box and took the impact in his stride. Then it was time for the Olympics and for him to remind us he still warrants being in that conversation again. He’d been out for a while yet he still managed to somehow become the focal point on the team and provide leadership to all. He was instrumental in the performance of the USA, the defence and tenacity with which he played showed the fire that’s always lit under him. He hustled everywhere and gave more to the team than arguably any other player. It’s around this time that I started paying the attention to him that he deserves. This season, he’s really opened my eyes and confirmed his rightful place in that conversation. He is, in my eyes, the most exciting player to watch in the league. His game is just relentless. I don’t know anyone who is a more versatile player than DWade. Sure, he has his turnovers sometimes, but his handling skills are that of an elite point guard. The way he splits the defence on the pick and roll is astounding. His play in forcing games to overtime and then winning them is incredible considering the young cast that he plays with. The answer to your question, Ben, is too late.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Speaking of which, this took me back to Scoop’s “Flashpoint” article where his “Chicago alum” were arguing over who the best to ever come out Chicago was. I miss Scoop.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    BTW, Ben…..is it just me or are the last three Slash images not showing up?

  • riggs

    mine is awaiting moderation :(

  • http://hoops4life.com overtime

    Living in the U.K, I can’t say I’ve seen anything other than highlights of his college career and even early NBA career. There are obviously many moments that define his career so far- his finals MVP, the Olympics, the truly dominant season of 09…but in my mind there is just a simple play that made me stand up and say- whoah, this guy is separate from the rest.
    Back in 05, when Phoenix were dominating and scaring the hell out of everyone, they played Miami in a big game in late March.
    On the final play of the game, Amare took a shot at the free throw line, Wade came over…blocked the shot…and then shot from the opposite free throw line…he hit the buzzer beater and won the game: ”Let me give you 65 feet…splash!”
    This is by no means his best moment- this season has been spectacular. I really thought he was done after last year, but he has proved the NBA wrong, and that block on Amare was one of those moments where he could shout:
    ”THIS IS MY HOUSE!”

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    In 2003, when the Pistons drafted Darko, I thought they were chumps for passing on Melo. After that Hornets’ series, when he sank that shot at the buzzer with B-Diddy in his face, I thought the Nuggets were chumps for passing on Wade.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Not just you E. They aren’t showing up for me either.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    overtime: that block-splash against Amare (all in one fluid move) was beauty in motion. Nice one.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    What browser are you guys running? I’m on firefox and every image shows up for me. That stuff is a little over my head but let us know and Ryno will investigate. Good answers so far, everyone. Keep em coming! My favorite comment so far is knowing that Darksaber already got his issue in Singapore.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I was at the Amare game……when Wade made that play…..I don’t think I ever heard the AAA louder….ever. Ben/Ryne, I’m on Internet Explorer.

  • Jones

    Wade can be the 1st player in NBA history to finish the season with

    2000+ points, 500+ assists, 150+ steals, 100+ blocks.

    Also, if he finishes the season with the Scoring title, you can add that to the list.

    MVP!

    I want his shoes…

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    you are welcome Ben. Though i wish my comp. Relevant comment would have been more interesting. Oh well….

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I’m on IE as well, since i’m at work.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    really E? Even louder than the no look up & under scoop shot while falling onto Mcdyess in the ’06 playoffs? That one blew my mind!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Louder. The only time I heard it close (an for an extended period) was when they won Game 5 against the Mavs.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Wow.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    For real.

  • rob stewart

    I played for Mizzou in 2003 and we went up against both Syracuse(Melo) and Marquette(Wade). I know Syracuse won the championship that year but Wade left an impression on me that has yet to be equaled. I never saw a superstar play so hard and yet unselfish and undercontrol. He was definetly their leader. He was able to shine brightly as well as allow his teammates (Travis Diener and Steve Novak) an oppurtunity to shine as well. They beat us in OT of the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament. I wasn’t even upset that we lost. I was just amazed at D Wade’s heart.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    As all of you know. I am probly the most arrogant pr1ck on here when it comes to people talking bad about Kobe. And I never say anything good about other players … well for the most part while comparing to Kobe. But to be honest. Wade is amazing, we all know this since he has come into the league. But I did not think so highly of him until March 20th, of this year. After the Chicago game. Yet it had nothing to do with the Chicago game. It was when he went to the little boy’s house who had lost all of his limbs, due to infection. I was watching it during half time of a heat game. And it seriously gave me a hole different outlook on Wade. To have the game he did, against Chicago, and then the next morning drop supertsar status and become normal and visit one of his biggest fans, who I am sure will never forget it. It was heart wrenching, to hear the kid’s story. I felt like I was watching extreme makeover. To know Wade, took time out of his busy schedule with less then 14 games less in the season, in a playoff hunt to make one kids dream come true. That was pretty special. And the kid told him to work on his free throws which is pretty funny lol. Plus, with the cherry on top, gave him a game worn jersey to him because the kid didn’t have a jersey. It is a great story!!

  • JChau

    The story of D-Wade is simply compelling. Before the shoulder injuries, before the knee injuries, before the championship, even before the rookie-sophomore game of 2003, if you asked me who Dwyane Wade was, I would have no clue. Who was even in the Marquette team? Of course, Wade is now a superstar; achieving this status through his work ethic and resilience to be defeated. But his defining moments were definitely his rookie year leadign the Heat to the playoffs. From that point on, I knew Wade was gonna be something special, and he was gonna do things in a special fashion. People criticize him for his inability to shoot the ball, but why shoot so much when you can score at will in the paint? You knock him down seven times, he will get back up eight. He did it before, and he will continue to do it.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I believe James’s fingers are going to fall off for writing in reverence for someone other than 24.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    *looking around in dazed confusion at James’s about face*. Whaaa? much respect, player…. Shocked the hell outta me.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    I can’t see the last 3 pictures either!!

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    What did? That I wrote about Wade? lol. I do watch ALOT of basketball. And it is nice to see an injured player like Wade come back. I tore my ACL last July. And was suppose to be in places like Belgium and Lithuania this past year. But couldn’t … I just got my ACL fixed and am in rehab. Hopefully I can make a come back!! So hopefully Wade can keep it up!!! There I said it lol

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    hope rehab goes well, man. My best friend tore his achilles last summer and is back stronger than ever. (shout out to Admir from Lucerne).

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    Yeah, thanks man … first couple days were tough. But I keep my body in pretty good shape so I am ahead of the program so far. Although it has only been like … 18 days since the surgery. Hopefully be back on the court in 3 months!

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    Hopefully Eboy can win the signed shoes… and the other pair of signed shoes goes to a big Wade fan!!

  • ti-sizz

    As a Canadian basketball fan without satellite TV at the time, I did not have any idea who this Dwyane Wade fellow was when he first entered the NBA. At that time, the only names I was hearing was Lebron, Lebron, Carmelo, Lebron.. it was always a comparison between those two, in the media and in my entourage. It was only nduring the playoffs of that year that I really started to notice one Mr. Wade. He made an impression on me; just not in the right way. Not at all. You see, my idol back then was Sir Baron Davis of the Filthy Crossover Kingdom, and FINALLY after all those injuries, my man was healthy and strong enough to compete. And here we have this unknown rookie upstart eliminate him in the first round of the playoffs!! It was not specifically the fact that the Baron lost to the Heat that made me foaming mad, but the way this rookie had the arrogance, the guts to hit a game-winning floater in the lane, after crossing up the master of crossovers. Indeed, it was cruel… Alas, it was the passing of the torch, the young replacing the old. And by the time the playoffs came around in the following years, with D-Wade putting on a show every single time against the fearsome Pistons, that I saw myself pulling for him, slowly play after play. It was an underdog thing (especially with D-Wade so banged up during those playoffs) and I grew to respect this unheralded star, who had to earn his respect, earn his fans one step at a time. Yes, it was the Pistons (my original underdogs versus the Lakers) who allowed Mr. Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. the opportunity to showcase his abilities, and most importantly show ME how amazing he is. To me, Dwyane Wade is a brilliant mixture of style, grace, power, speed and quickness, really the ultimate solution. Without a doubt, Flash is back, injury-free and once again in the midst of this year’s playoffs, where he really brings his game up a notch. It is ABOUT TIME that the media and the world give this man his due, and recognize him for his greatness! (and it is great to have satellite and to be able to catch every miami heat game this season, especially those AMAAAZIING overtime thrillers, go d-wade, my mvp for this year!!)

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    While I followed Dwyane’s Marquette team in the tourney and was awed by DWade’s ferocious attacking style, clutchness and multi-facited efficiency; it was really the playoff run he put together as the leader of a young, but talented, Heat team (that included Lamar Odom and Caron Butler) that showed me an early glimpse of his potential greatness.
    Wade was unstoppable throughout the 03-04 playoffs. After leading the upstart Heat to a four seed and homecourt in the first round, he led his team to a thrilling 7 game series win over New Orleans
    getting to the cup at will, hitting game winners, just generally embracing the moment and seizing every opportunity for greatness.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Please disregard my 1:31 comment! I wasn’t finished typing/editing.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    @Star … lol disregarded!

  • Tyler

    I knew Dwyane was a special player ever since his rookie season, however, i didnt know he could be this good until the 2006 NBA Finals. The man was doing his best MJ impression. 35 points per game in the NBA Finals? Crazy. Single handedly winning 4 strait finals games? Crazy. However, I knew we were in for something insanely special when Wade shut it down last year. The thing Dwyane thrives off is the fact that he does not get the amount of credit he deserves. Once he and Pat Riley decided to shut it down last year, the talk of the league shifted to Lebron and Kobe. This is when i truly knew that this guy was going to come back with a vengeance. When I heard that Dwyane was working with the same Tim Grover MJ used to work with, i knew this guy was on a mission. From the first stories of when he asked Lebron and CP3 to come practice with him and Tim and Dwyane grabbing Chris Paul’s alley oop mid-air, i knew he was back…This summer during the olympics i just sat back and watched with an enormous smile on my face as Coach K put Dwyane on the bench. That’s the point i believe it truly hit Dwyane that after all he had done already (8th in mvp voting rookie year, winning finals, finals mvp)he had been taken for granted just becuase of injuries. Dwyane averaged the most points on the team, i believe the highest fg pct, and was easily the best defender. This was all while not even starting…As everyone started saying Dwyane’s back, Dwyane didnt give up. He went back to Miami and started working even harder to get his young teammates going on the right track. This year has been nothing short of phenomenal…The fact that he has taken all of the criticism and haters and didnt let it affect him ( a la tracy mcgrady ) is nothing short of amazing. This kid was written out by every “professional analyst” only to use that as the fuel to the fire that is this season. The numbers the guy is putting up in every category, while maintaining an outrageous fg pct is MJ like. I knew we had a special player during his rookie year, was even more excited in the finals of 06, however i knew we were going to get to see the best of this amazing player when everyone started to forget about him.

    WADES BELIEF IS STRONGER THAN YOUR DOUBT!!

  • doyouwantmore

    To me, I knew DWade was going to be around for a while during the post-game interview after making those crucial free throws in the finals and he said that when he got to the line he just told himself “I don’t miss these.”

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    While I followed Dwyane’s Marquette team in the tourney and was awed by DWade’s ferocious attacking style, clutchness and multi-facited efficiency; it was really the playoff run he put together as the leader of a young, but talented, Heat team (that included Lamar Odom and Caron Butler) that showed us an early glimpse of his eventual greatness.
    Wade was absolutely unstoppable throughout the 03-04 playoffs, even though he was just a rookie. After leading the upstart Heat to a four seed and homecourt in the first round, he led his team past New Orleans, in a thrilling 7 game series, constantly getting to the cup, hitting game winners, and just generally embracing the moment and seizing every opportunity for greatness.
    In the conference semis, the precoscious rook and his team took on the top seeded Indiana Pacers. Wade truly emerged in this series, dominating with unspeakable atheleticism and sheer determination and strength of will. Although his team would fall short in the end, it was clear that Dwyane Wade was a special talent, and an even more special competitor. Hell bent on getting to the rim as often as possible, his attacking style had transcended the pro game better than almost anyone could’ve imagined. I firmly believe that this bittersweet playoff run, gave Dwyane a taste for glory, though it was soured in the end by the plodding and methodical Pacers, the D-Wade we all now know, respect and fear, was forged in those fires.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Nice work, ciolk, Tyler too, everyone really.

  • Dustin Watson

    When Wade led Marquette in the NCAA tournament that was unlike anything I had seen in a while. I remember watching the game where he recorded the triple-double and thinking to myself this guy is going to be solid (I didn’t know a lot about him because he didn’t get a lot of coverage out here in AZ) but the look I saw in his eyes during that tourney run where I knew he would do anything to beat you – not win, but BEAT you as a team and as a man, I knew he was going to be special because that was a look reserved for greatness. That was the look MJ gave every night and I saw that in DWade then, again in the Finals and again during the Olympics. DWade wants to win at all costs and that look he gets says it all.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Eboy, TAD, Darksaber, James, anyone who couldn’t see the sneakers: I played around with the photos a bit. Can you see them now?

  • Dwayne Charleston

    The question is: “When did YOU see Dwyane in his current light, which is Top Three Current Players and a MVP candidate, if not favorite?” My answer is: When I turned on my tv in March of 03 I expected to see the same teams battling it out for the Elite Eight and Final Four. I expected to see Duke, UNC, Kentucky and other famous, illustrious programs on CBS in the last weeks of March and early April. I expected to see teams get there on the backs of strong team play, great ball movement and teamwork (a la the Hinrich Kansas team). I did not expect to see teams get there on the back of one star player–whether he was an AP All-American or not. Lo and behold, that was the year of the star player. From TJ Ford at Texas to Melo at ‘Cuse, that year was the year of the STAR. While Ford reached the Final Four and Melo captured the crown, Dwyane Wade and his Marquette team captured my heart. Kansas, Cuse, Texas, and Marquette, that was the Final Four. While the first three are pereniall powerhouses (you can argue texas isn’t) Marquette isn’t. They hadn’t done anything since Al McGuire was leading them places in the 70′s. So, when I saw them making moves in their bracket, I became intrigued. “Who are these upstarts?” I asked myself. The answer was Wade. They were Wade. Now I don’t want to take away from his teammates, but his heroics were incredible. From slashing lay-ups to OT buckets, the kid was the truth. And when I heard that he had previously had academic issues and almost didn’t get to ball, I dropped a tear for him–thanking the Lord of ball for his presence. When I saw him put Marquette on his back and almost beat a loaded Kansas team, that’s when I saw Wade in this light: the light of a legend. It didn’t hurt that his rookie year he turned his game on in the playoffs, and subsequently always stepped up his game in the playoffs. I seen someone mention that Darko shouldn’t have been taken before him; that’s true. But even more so, Melo, Bosh and all them shouldn’t have went before him. Only Lebron (okay and maybe Melo based off college). So, now introducing, from Robbins, Illinois, the best player ever to come out of nowhere.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Yeah, Ryne….they’re there.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    Ryne … there!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Ryne is the man.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Ryno: i was fine, saw the pics on safari/iphone. Thanks for the info though

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Cool. I’m not sure what the deal was before. Now that you can see them, those sneaks really blow your mind, right? ;-)

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    (I’m still no fan of IE though)

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    BLOW … MY .. MIND . lol

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Well….I’m with Ben….the signed one is ridiculous.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    My opinion on signatures that players themselves don’t ball in is documented on slamonline. But the signed wade 3′s. Hawt!

  • Ross Geiger

    There’s no question, D-Wade has always been an exceptional player but he finally took his game to the elite level during the 2006 NBA Finals. Down two games to none, Wade rose to the occasion, dropping 42 in Game 3 to end the skid, 36 in Game 4 to even up the series, and he didn’t slow down in Game 5 scoring 43 pts that bringing the Heat 1 game shy of taking home the Title. Wade then dropped 36 pts. which was enough to defeat the Mavs bringin Miami the Championship Trophy. Wade became 5th youngest player to be awarded the NBA Finals MVP and this in my mind is one of the best performances by a player in the playoffs not to mention that he did this in his 1st appearance in the NBA Finals. Since then, Wade continues to elevate his game and has yet to disappoint. I’m a huge D-Wade fan because he was under the radar in the 2003 draft class due to LeBron and Melo and I love supporting players you have to fight for the recognition they very well deserve, not taking shots at LeBron or Melo but D-Wade just wasn’t given that much publicity early on in his career. I’m currently a student at Marquette University and would love to be a proud owner of a D-Wade shoe!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Converse needs a new designer. I mean, they are ok…nothing great. The signed one is the best.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Darksaber, I hear what you’re saying–players should wear their latest sneaker. That said, if Dwyane Wade signed a baseball, I’d still protect and display that thing…

  • Mvpitzki

    I really think it began in the 06 Playoffs. You see many players come in and show signs of greatness just to fade out right away. Wade hasn’t done that. In those Playoffs, Wade showed the basketball world that the road to the championship was going to be through him. He made great shot after great shot. He was very consistent in what he did. He rose to a level that made him extremely unstoppable. He dominated the Finals single handedly (with O’neal struggling) unlike LeBron (against the Spurs). He was doing all the work that kept the Heat in the series. During those Playoffs was when Wade showed that he was a leader and would only get better through time, which is really scary for other teams if you think about it. If not for all of the injuries I really think he would be the best player in the NBA (Yea, better than Kobe too!). So that’s when I think D Wade really showed he would be a GREAT player!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Sh*t….I’d be happy with a signed cover of the latest ish to put in my son’s room.

  • A D-Wade Fan!

    Jan 06 is when i first found out about wade. As a girl who had never watched a game of basketball, my dad and his friends needed someone to join in on nba 2k6. So i was like ok, ok i’ll join. The only players i knew about were kobe, shaq, and duncan (my dad’s fav. player). So im tryna find a player to play with and I see this guy named dwyane wade had around a 92 rating. So i ask my dad how good is he. He says he’s ok. So i end up choosing him. I never played the game before and all they told me to do was press x to shoot and how to move and ruun fast. So i’m running around on the game and pressing x and he’s making these crazy shots and dunks and im like this is easy! I dont remember if i won or not but it sure was fun! Later that year, june 06, i was looking for something to watch on tv and saw that the finals were on and d-wade was playing. It was game 3. So im like lets see how good this guy really is. This is the 1st ever basketball game i watched on tv. During that late fourth quarter run i was jumping around,and yelling at the T.V. I never had as much fun watching tv as i did that day and i was in awe of how wade single handedly brought his team back with all his crazy shots. So i watched all the rest of the games, and by the time the games were over i was blown away. I had stayed up late game after game just thinking about what i was watching, how much passion these guys played with. That left me yearning to watch more basketball. So i youtubed everything d wade and watched it all summer. Thats the summer i became a basketball fan. Then when the season started I watched every heat game i could. Since I live in ny, i couldnt watch all the games on tv. So i tried my best to find them online. I didnt care about the quality i just wanted to see wade play. I was in awe of how a guy could throw his body around so much, make so many crazy shots, block so many shots for his height, and play with so much passion for the game. Thats the season i knew this guy is one of the best players in the game. Then when he dislocated his shoulder I was pissed! Who was i to watch now?! when he came back he just wasnt the same. The passion was still there but his body wasnt. And the next season would be more of the same. I was disappointed. The one player that i admired just wasnt the same but i was confident that he would one day be back no matter what anybody said. I had to believe he would be back. Then the olympics came. And He was back and better than ever. I was overcome with joy watching my favorite player come back from all that adversity. The Olympics solidified that he was indeed one of the best. Some people can pick Lebron as the MVP, others Kobe, but my mvp is D wade. He does everything for his team and i mean everything. Kobe and Lebron are great, great players, but to me its looks real easy for them. Lebron just burrows through the lane and everyone moves out of the way. Kobe has an unguardable fade away jumper, all he has to do is pull up and bang. But wade looks like he works so hard for everything he gets. Hes not as tall or big as kobe or lebron, but he still puts up the same numbers and more. It never looks easy for him. 2, 3 guys surround him all the time yet he finds a way to get around them. Lebron and kobe have to many good teammates for teams to afford to double or triple team them all the time. Wade doesnt, and yet he is putting up the same or better number than both. But hey, i may just be biased. D wade got me into this game and I am eternally grateful. There’s no way I could ever turn my back on him.

  • Sir Chuck

    Dwyane’s Rookie and Sophomore years were full of moments and performances that left me in awe. Game winning buzzer beater at MSG. Punking B Diddy in game one of the playoffs while leading his team to the second round as Rookie. Killer crossovers on AK47 and E. Snow. Huge Facials on J.O. and K.G just to name two. His overall play, blocking shots with the best of them, steals, his quickness, his ability to finish with contact and explode to the rim. There was no denying he was on the path to greatness.

    All that being said the first moment I knew we could all consider him as one of the future all time greats came in his 3rd year. Fresh off a disappointing exit in the ECF where he and Shaq were both injured, the Heat had an extreme makeover via trades aquiring J will, Antoine Shimmy Walker, Posey and even Payton who was recruited by Shaq for one last crack at a Chip. They couldn’t have gotten off worse start. Shaq got injured against the Pacers early on and SVG unable to unite this new cast and create some sort of chemistry “stepped down” to be with his family. Alas Riley had to gel this team which he assembled into the championship caliber team it was destined to be. They went 19-9 until they got clobbered 112-76 against the Mavs. At that point of the season had failed to Beat any of the elite teams in the leagues until a Sunday afternoon game on ABC against a familiar foe.

    Feb 12th, 2006 was the moment I Knew wade was going to go down as one of the greatest . On this Sunday afternoon the heat were hosting the team which denied them their first birth in the NBA Finals and who were rolling with the best record in the League. I was at my father’s house ( I was 16 at the time) huddled next to the T.V. with my step brother as we watched both teams go back and fourth for 3 quarters. Wade was playing good but the heat were down at that point by 13 and it looked as if their attempt to finally top an elite team would not happen that afternoon. But then something happened. A switched turned on which only the MJ’s and Kobe’s could do. With around 4 and a half minutes to play Wade said enough is enough. At this point my father came into the living room to see what was going on since he heard me and my step brother freaking out. Wade scored 17 straight points for the Heat(a franchise record). Clutch jump shots, A circus flip shot and a foul by Sheed, you name it he made it. And then with the ball in his hand in the final moments he crossed over the opposite direction of a screen set by Haslem and with Prince leaning back on his heals Stuck in a J to put the Heat up by 2. My living room exploded let alone AAA arena. Mike Breen shouted “Wade puts it up…PUTS IT IN!” as phrase that still remains imprinted in my head today.
    That Fourth Quarter clutch comeback was the moment I Knew Wade was going to be one of the Greatest. He got into a MJ/Kobe like zone where whatever he threw up went in. Good players get hot but Great players get in that ‘Zone”. At the end of the game my Father(who knows zero about BBall) said wow he’s amazing!. I looked at him with a grin and said yes, yes he is….That was the moment I knew…

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Ryne: word!

  • Sir Chuck

    why do my comments always say awaiting moderation i never did anything dumb so that they need to be moderated lol

  • A D-Wade Fan!

    dang thats long… anyway been reading slam online for a while. Eboy keep reppin the heat! I enjoy reading your comments.

  • http://Hotmail.com Geo

    When the Heat chose dwade in the draft i thought that he was just gonna be a pretty good player, might make the all-star team, be a 2nd or 3rd option to someone else, and be a consistent player. I watched the ncaa tournament that year and what he did to kentucky was just sick, UK, had the sickest d-fense at the time and dwade just destroyed them. But i gotta say that the moment i knew thAT wade was gonna be an elite status top 3 player in the league was in the 2nd round of the 04 playoffs against the pacers. Although, the series only lasted 6 games, many thought, that the Heat were going to get the broom against the team with the best record, but instead, Dwade had other plans. He scored on Ron-Ron all day. But the actual moment i knew he was something special was when he jammed all over J.O., who ironically is his new teammate.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Another Heat FAN!!!!! And she’s a female…..WHAT???!!!!!! Good work too.

  • Kurti$ $tartt

    D-Wade really impressed me when he won the title and the season after. He has proved that he can lead his team to the playoffs consistently with or without a big man. When he and Shaq-Daddy were jamming all over the league that title season, they were unstoppable. But, even now, without a legit big man, he is still unstoppable. I’m not going to lie, this year was the first year i watched him a lot, but he is very impressive and he deserves the MVP in my book.

  • A D-Wade Fan!

    Thanks… well since i finally worked up the nerve to comment i might as well try and keep it up. Anyway Eboy, whats going on wit Cook??? He’s slacking big time. And luther head is such a jelly bean out there, He looks like he’s taking cooks spot.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Cook’s confidence is a little shaky….also….I think cats got on to him more than before after he won the Three Point contest. His open looks are a lot less than they used to be. I hope he can get his stroke right by the time the playoffs come around ’cause they need his shot for Dwyane’s spacing. Luther’s alright…..he play’s better D than Quinn….so he’s a step up in that area.

  • http://www.twitter.com/SeanEMitchell Homie

    I knew DWade would be good as soon as he started getting MJ type calls in the finals against Dallas. Some BS type officiating there, but the stars do get the calls. QED.

    Will I get an STD from this post?

    (I keed, I keed…)

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    O jesus … a Heat fan to hang with Eboy. We are in trouble lol.

  • FlipCyde

    Of all the NCAA tournaments I’ve seen, 2003 is the one that always pops into my head. Maybe because that was the year that made me actually pay attention to college ball. It was the year of Dwayne Wade. Yes, I misspelled his name a lot of times before then, like many people still do. That was until after witnessing his spectacular triple double against my Kentucky Wildcats. That was when I saw the greatness in him. That was when I fell in love with his game. “Who is this kid?” I thought to myself. If there was a SLAMonline back then, the comment section on the NCAA live blog would be going insane about DWade, and I mean Holly MacKenzie Post Up 400 comments insane. I called up my fellow hoophead friend and asked him if he was seeing the same thing I was seeing. We were both thinking the same thing. “Did you see that?”, I asked my friend after Duane took a spill, “Yeah man,” he replied, “he keeps falling, but he keeps getting up…” This guy is awesome. It was one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen. This MAN had the poise and confidence of a superstar. Flash forward 3 months. June 26, 2003. “With the fifth pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat select Dwyane Wade from Marquette University”. It was the beginning of an era. Dwyane Wade. I’ll never misspell his name again.

  • A D-Wade Fan!

    Lol. I’m not that much trouble… Man and i used to love those wade to cook pitches at the end of the shot clock. Those were the days. Seems like a distant memory now…

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    Naw but anybody teaming up and able to agree with Eboy … is trouble. Ecspecially for my Kobe rants!

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I’m late to this party, and the shoes are probably not in women’s sizes anyway, but what the heck–I think I realized his potential in his rookie season with the Heat. He took that team of young’uns and on-the-downside vets and took them to the playoffs. The game winner against the Charlotte Hornets and BDiddy was a “wow” moment. I loved the team up with Wade, Caron and Odom and would’ve liked to have seen how far Dwyane could have taken them. I was never down on dude, even when he wasn’t “getting up eight” and hoped that his recovery would shut everybody the fkuc up. Bejing did that, at least for those of us crazy enough to watch games at 4 in the morning. But for real, though? That game 3 of the 2006 Finals made me wet my jeans, for real. I guess then, after all this palaver, my moment of “knowing” was June 20, 2006–the day he hugged his sis and mom (and siobhann nowhere in sight, by the by) and that Finals MVP trophy. That picture has been a wallpaper on my desktop since.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    “That game 3 of the 2006 Finals made me wet my jeans, for real.” uhm….wow.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    That was 4 Co Co and Holly! :-)

  • Tyler

    Does being a D Wade Fan have anything to do with winning this contest? If so, please know that I am a 24 year old man and my bedroom looks like im a 13 year old girl and Dwyane Wade is Justin Timberlake….plus the long essay i wrote a little earlier!

    WADES BELIEF IS STRONGER THAN YOUR DOUBT!!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I hope Cheryl was home at the time.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Tyler should be disqualifed for Hannah Montana-like fan tendencies.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Kidding. I hope Cheryl was at home with SOMEONE at the time.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Ummm… Nothing comes between me and my Wade…
    How’s that, Ben!!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    LMAO!!!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    That should have been on this issues spine!

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    ^True.

  • Eric

    My moment was when I saw him get a triple double at Marquette but since that’s been picked… D-wade’s 2nd game back during the regular season on Halloween of the past year when he had 20pts 8 dimes, 4 boards,4 blocks, and 4 steals in only 26 minutes of burn. I knew that he was back and that he was going to be better and badder than his pre-injury self.

  • Tyler

    come on Eboy, i was just exaggerating…….kindaaaa!

  • J-O

    I knew dwade could be this good when he came back from injuring his shoulder. Everyone said that dwade wouldn’t be the same player he was and why would anyone argue with that most players that were suppose to be great but had injuires befall on them just never got to the potential they were meant to have (think Grant hill, T-mac, and Gilbert) well we still need to see how Gilbert will turn out but dwade took those words to his heart and he wanted to show everyone that when he came back that he wouldn’t be the same player he was before but he would be better. With being one of the main reason USA won gold this year ( the other being kobe’s last 6 mins of the game) and carrying a heat team in to the playoffs when everyone labeled them missing it with a rookie coach. That is when I knew he was going to be this good when he never quits no matter how hard it gets.

  • Ritchie

    I knew when he signed with CONVERSE!!!

  • Jason

    I knew he was going to be special when he hit the game winner against Baron back in (04? I think?). I was proven right the season after when he exploded for 24 PPG. But then came the injuries and I thought Wade’s best days were behind him… I mean, how can anyone recover from a knee and shoulder operation and still play the same fearless style that Wade does? At that point I was quite disappointed because I felt that it was Hardaway 2.0 again. Dwyane was great, but his greatness was shortlived. Then came the olympics, when he lit up other teams even though he wasn’t even in the starting 5. When he caught that alley and windmill dunked it I knew at the point that I was wrong about him not recovering fully. Wade was back and ready to dominate

  • Jason

    I knew he was going to be special when he hit the game winner against Baron back in (04? I think?). I was proven right the season after when he exploded for 24 PPG. But then came the injuries and I thought Wade’s best days were behind him… I mean, how can anyone recover from a knee and shoulder operation and still play the same fearless style that Wade does? At that point I was quite disappointed because I felt that it was Hardaway 2.0 again. Dwyane was great, but his greatness was shortlived. Then came the olympics, when he lit up other teams even though he wasn’t even in the starting 5. When he caught that alley and windmill dunked it I knew at the point that I was wrong about him not recovering fully. Wade was back and ready to dominate

  • http://www.jameyburke.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    I think it’s clear DWade has been compared with the greats since his 2006 Championship season. But the moment I realized he was a superstar was this past summer. When DWade appeared in Beijing with that bald head, and that fire in his eyes, he had arrived. This guy just went through knee AND shoulder surgery-2 serious injuries that alot of NBA’ers might never come back from. Alot of people began to doubt DWade in 07 when Riley sat him for the last 21 games of the season. Many declaring him “soft” or a “one-hit wonder”. DWade wasn’t having it. Flash had taken it to another level. The look in his eyes, the swagger, the sheer determination could not be put into words. He began to tell the world “I am one of the best..” Never had I seen a player come from almost pure deflation to total domination so quickly. The high-flying power dunks, the lock-down D, the passing-DWade had arrived-again.

  • fernandoo

    in the 2003-04 draft class the talk was about LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. but when the Heat picked a young man who led an unknown Marquette University to the final four.his name is Dwyane Wade. I knew D-WADE would be the superstar that he is now when he led the Miami Heat to the Playoffs in his rookie year and made a floater at the buzzer in one of the games against New Orleans . and in 2005-06 Wade showed the doubters that he can truly be called a champion leading Miami after 2 straight wins to four in a row. he took the 2006 nba finals mvp trophy . Wade still wasnt done proving it when he dominated in the 2008 olympics leading the USA to a gold medal. Wade is now leading the leqgue in scoring and is on his way to a 08-09 MVP award. Wade will always be my favorite player and me only being 13 i want to be like him when i grow up. Dwyane Wade has proved that with a ring, finals mvp award, gold medal, and soon to be League MVP d-wade has not only proved he is an offensive machine but he can also play lock down defense. people can finnaly see that Dwyane wade is back. like heat announcer Mike.b would say
    at guard number 3 Dwyaneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Wadeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    wade for Mvp
    written by: fernando 13 yrs old

  • Balher

    I’d got 2 say when he had dat block on Amare and the buzzer beater 2 finish it off.Hands down D-Wade is one of the most complete players in the L. Forces turnovers with his D and finish on the other side of the break.I am lucky 2 b able 2 watch dis man play.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    y would i play a contest to win a shoe that Wade doesn’t even like wearing? no offense

  • Balher

    D-Wade in my eyes was a top knocth player when he had that block on Amare and the buzzer beater to finish off the play.His defensive plays to offense is his bread and butter(Chi-Town is an example).I will admit I thought Wade was gonna slow down after last year but I’m a say I’m was dead wrong, he is even stronger than ever. Sorry D-wade 4 doubtin u. I’m just lucky 2 b able 2 this you play.

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    It warms my little heart to see all this Dwyane love after two years of nothingness from the vast majority……GROUP HUG!!!!!

  • Joe

    I write this as a heartbroken Detroit pistons fan.
    It was 2006, we finish the season with a franchise best 64 wins and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs. The previous year we suffered an unbearably painful game 7 loss in the finals, on the road, preventing us from a second title in two years. Now with homecourt, nothing could stop us.
    We took our time disposing of Cleveland, but eventually ended in the Conference Finals, just four wins away from another shot at our deserved championship.
    Game one came and it should of been an easy home win – not if Wade had anything to say about it. 25 points on 81% shooting, leading the team to a surprise game one win. Game 2 and despite the man putting up a line of 32, 7 & 5, we won a tight game 92 to 88. A tied series, we head to Miami for a crucial game three. Flash scores 35 points and leads the team to a 15 point win. A little nervousness amongst our fans, but Miami weren’t the better team; they have Shaq and a decent guard, but not enough to beat us. Still, a loss in this game would put us in a bad spot, and did need a win – not if D-Wade had anything to say about it. Another 30 point performance, with 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
    A well needed trip back home had us facing elimination, pulling out a double digit win, holding Wade to 23 points (when its considered ‘holding to 23 points,’ you know the player is something special).
    Returning to Florida, another elimation game faced us. We faced the entire season, all 74 wins, coming to an end. No matter how we tried, we couldn’t stop them. The monster had just 14 points, but it was the 10 assists that destroyed us. We went home, and Wade continued to the NBA finals.
    Up until now, I just acknowledged Wade was a star, it wasn’t until that one finals game that convinced me he was the best in the league.
    Incase you don’t know, Wade’s team was down in a two game hole, it was take action or go home. Losing to the Mavericks, Wade dominated the game. 42 points, added with 13 rebounds and most important of all, a win on route to the biggest accomplishment of all: a world Championship.
    Despite the heartake caused by Wade, I constantly watch him, envy him, but most of all, respect him. This season he’s carrying a team to the playoffs, AVERAGING 30, 5 & 7.5. He drives to the basket like no other, unstoppable, undefendable, you can’t block without fouling, can’t sag off without a deadly jumpshot being swished in your face. I’m an undersized 15 year old 2 guard, idolizing this man, watching him whenever I can, and believe me, Dwyane Wade is the 2009 MVP.

  • ti-sizz

    Eboyy, were you in the arena for those recent Heat overtime thrillers?? because those were the best games of this season no doubt

  • Dave Kamin

    Okay so this is a metaphor (like Animal Farm/ George Orwell)

    … one day I was alone at home, and my parents ordered me pizza, I wasn’t so hungry, but I still had four slices…
    … I started liking pizza so much I coundn’t stop eating it (I mean I ate everywhere…). Then I got a little fat, and I went on diet, but fail so manny times…
    … I didn’t eat for so long.. in the summer I ate lasagna… oh weat pizza…
    Now I skinny again… I’m never gonna stop eating pizza in my life.

    I = D-Wade
    Pizza for First time = Ballin with Shaq
    Fat = Injury
    Diet = Resting on bench
    Failing = Trying to fight injury
    Lasagna = Gold Medal
    Skinny me = MVP, best player, everything he is now- it had to happen sometime, no?

    Thanks for reading!

  • Dave Kamin

    *I couldn’t
    **many times
    ***oh Sweat pizza

    please just read it!! dont care ’bout the prize…

  • Bryan

    When Wade had the no-look reverse layup against the Pistons.

  • Dave Kamin

    cant beleive you didnt like the metaphor …

  • Muhammad N

    I knew Dwyane Wade could be this good when I watched my first basketball game on TV, Christmas Day 2004. Everyone was talking about the Shaq-Kobe thing, and hate to admit, so was I. Then when I watched the game, a young sophomore wearing jersey #3 caught my eye. Dwyane Wade led his team that day through overtime to a great win. I realized that this guy had potential, a nice jump shot and a lot of hustle. But most importantly I knew Wade would succeed because of his heart. He loves the game of basketball and works hard at it not for money, but because he cares about the game and what it’s worth. Wade is what he is today because he worked hard for it and he is deserving of all the awards and championships he will receive.

  • adbphilly

    To be completely honest, D-Wade did not shine that much to me in his first couple of seasons in the league. He began to catch my eye this past season. But let’s start at the 2003 draft, I was watching Lebron walk up to David Stern in his all white suit as number 1, like everybody projected him to be. Then I saw melo walk the steps up to his NBA career at 3rd going to the Nuggets. I change the channel to another station and when I return to the draft, David is slowly walking up to the podium. The Heat logos are rolling across the small tv screens behind him. The commish opens his mouth and says in his New Jersian accent “With the 5th pick in the 2003 NBA Draaft the Miami Heat select..Dwyane Wade out of Marquette University..” I’m sitting there at home like, “WHO?”. I see the camera on this kid looking down as if he was about to cry. He gets up and hugs everyone around him and quietly walks up the steps to the podium. He shakes Sterns had smiling from ear to ear. I had no clue who this kid was or what he was capable was doing. I didnt realize that at his year at Marquette, he carried his team to the Final Four, the first time in 26 years. When he entered the NBA, I only was able to watch the Heat a couple of times, when nothing else was on. What I saw was a team that was young and just a “building process” team. The young #3 kid in Cons didnt really stand out to me. Then, suddenly, the Heat began to show a little light. They made a blockbuster trade in the offseason of ’05 to get Shaq from the Lakers. The year after, ’06 season, the Heat make more noise, by getting to and winning the NBA Championship. Dwyane played spectacularly aside Shaq during the playoffs that year. I started watching Dwyane and the Heat a little bit more than usual after that season. Dwyane had 2 pretty good seasons after the Championship. But then, Shaq gets sent to the Suns last season, and Dwyane is left alone with a team that he started with when he entered the league in ’03. Shawn Marion was sent to MIA in the trade with Shaq. But Shawn always came up in trade talks so who knew what was going to happen. The Heat ended up with the worst record in the NBA last season, and Dwyane was nursing a shoulder injury. So now we get to summer of 2008. The Beijing Olympics. D-Wade is on the USA Men’s Basketball team. He tells everybody that his shoulder is fine and he is ready to get back to his old D-Wade self. I watched a couple of the USA basketball games, but it seemed like Lebron and Kobe were getting most of the limelight. USA eventually gets the Gold, and become the Redeem Team, following in the footsteps of the 93 USA team. Dwyane showed some old D-Wade during the Olympics but not much. I guess he was saving the rest for the Heats season. Dwyane enters the 08-09 season with vengeance, and he shows it. I start watching more Heat on my League Pass at night. Dwyane is just a red streak going across the screen. To me, he is more incredible than before. Dwyane queitly starts dropping 50 a night. I queitly start following him more and more. The Heat revitalize themselves, placing themselves 5th in the playoff picture. The thing I love most about Dwyane is that he carries his team on his shoulders. He is the “Father” of that team. My eyes began to get wider and wider as I frequently started seeing this man play. He is a flat out warrior who plays night in night out, with no flashy entrance, who just goes into the arena and gets the job done. November 19th, he’s droppin’ 40 against Toronto. November 28th, he has 43 against his ol’ teammate Shaq and the Suns. Most rectently, Feb. 24th, against the Pistons, he is dishing out 16 assists and still is able to rack up 31 points. The game before that against Orlando, he puts in 50. And to put an icing on the cake, March 9th, versus the Chi-town Bulls. This game probably opened up my eyes the most as to see how big of an impact Dwyane is. Dwyane is having his usual game. 17 points at half with an incredible(Kirk Hinrich in his face) halfcourt shot in his face at the buzzer before halftime. Dwyane walks off the court in his EL HEAT uni as if nothing happened. Still another half to go. Dwyane comes out and explodes into the second half. He’s making buckets from all over, picking pockets of Bulls players, ready to put this game into the books with a solid 42. I am watching in disbelief at how “Flash” is just dominating the game. Its a down to the wire type of game. Its 104-101(Bulls) with 11 sec. left in regulation. Dwyane takes it and gets off a beautiful shot behind the 3 pt line to tie things up and send the game into overtime. In the extra session Dwyane has a look on his face that says he’s determined to win this game. Its 117-117 in with 3 ticks left in ot. Whos the ball going to? That’s not even a question. Dwyane takes it for a reverse layup it rattles around the rim, but drops out. 2nd ot. Another down to the wire quarter. 3 seconds left. 127 to 127. These next 3 seconds have me sold on who Dwyane Wade really is. In these 3 seconds I see a humble man of heart, determination, love for the game. I see a future MVP of the League, a future hall of famer. I see a man of pure talent and complete dominance of the game. I see the great story of Dwyane Wade flashing before my eyes. Dwyane steals a lose ball from John Salmons, takes a glance at the clock, and without panic, calmly flicks the ball into the air at the buzzer to watch it gracefully tickle the twine of the net and score 3 for the Heat. Then pandomonium hits.Dwyane runs the court in front of a victorious crowd, yelling to anyone who could hear him “THIS IS MY HOUSE!”. Indeed watching the Arena erupt in such happiness, and seeing a quiet kid from Marquette, doing the things he did that night, I saw the true light of Dwyane Tyrone Wade. The season of 08-09 for the Dwyane Wade helped me see the true grateness of a pure talented athlete. Dwyane Wade, Flash, I hope you get MVP. You truly deserve that honor. Everybody has lebron and kobe. Uh-Uh. Youre the true winner. So I hope you recieve success for your accomplishments. And i hope I get this prize. Much love Dwyane.

  • http://www.hibahi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    When did Wade really arrive? That is easy for me to answer because it hit so close to home. On December 12th, 2008 Dwayne Wade really, really showed me he was back. I was never a doubter, hell after the Olympics i was bangin the drum and rattling the saber in arguments saying Wade is BETTER than Lebron or Kobe. But that is just because i hate the ‘hyped!cksuckas’ as i call them. But Wade made December 12th, 2008 go down as a day that shall forever live in infamy for me. The Heat were playing the Bobcats. The Bobcats were up for most of the game. Silly me thought we had it all in the bag. I thought this game would springboard us to pass Miami in the division. Then he happened. Dwayne Wade decided it was time for him to ‘happen’. He went on a run by himself, and on top of it all, he took the one man who symbolizes the Bobcats, a man who has been with the team since its conception (Emeka!!) and embarrassed him. It was a dunk so furious, i secretly considered becoming a Heat fan, something i will never admit again. After that, i knew 2 things. 1. We were not winning that game 2. Wade had officially arrived in my book. Although my ‘book’ is nothing more than lewd photographs, Wade is now in it, and it is because of December 12th 2008.

  • Daniel

    I am a die-hard University of Louisville fan, so I remember the CUSA days of Louisville-Marquette. That’s when I first saw DWADE. Even though, at the time I was pulling for Reece Gaines and Louisville, I had to give my respect to Dwyane. He showed more and more sparks of greatness each other game the teams played. Then, in his senior year came the moment I most remember about his college days, the beat-down of Kentucky. He had a triple-double in that game with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. As a UofL fan, I naturally enjoyed this beat-down. Then he got to the NBA and got better and better each year. After that, he became the Finals MVP in 2006 when the Heat beat the Mavs. The thing about that year was that Wade could not shine in full glory because of his partner, Shaq. He did everything he could to carry his team and played excellently, yet he didn’t have all of the limelight and glory. With Shaq now gone and himself healthy, Wade has a chance to show what he can do as an individual leader of a team. (Besides J. O’Neal, who had better days at Indiana even, and Dwyane there are no glory-attracting superstars on the Heat.) Dwyane has patiently awaited his time of greatness, and is exploiting it now to be the best he can, namely one of the front-runners for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Apart from Cheryl, i think Eboy’s also getting that wetpants feeling from all this Flasheppreciation going on here.( was wondering when da ladies would start weighing in, Cheryl did not dissapoint.)

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    BET said “lewd”. Love it.

  • orteezy

    when he blocked amare and shot it 3/4 of the court and made it at the buzzer…i’m sure many ppl know what i’m talking about. more killer instinct than lebron.

  • RJ

    ‘Twas in the Year of Our Lord 2006 on the 13th Day of the 6th Month that I truly became aware of the greatness of Sir Dwyane Tyrone Wade II. It was not as if I had been unaware or ignorant of the immensity of his talent before this blessed occasion, but it was on this particular day that my hopeful suspicions were so suddenly confirmed. My mind and eyes became stimulated with unearthly stimuli that had evaded me since June 14th, 1998. Over the course of 4 legendary contests I watched in awe as the prodigy of South Florida, with the aid of his hefty squire, soundly defeated the wretched yellow-haired German from Texas. I gazed teary-eyed, weeping uncontrollably as the athletic fledgling clutched the golden prize that he had almost single-handedly battled to capture. Although the Miami based hero had appeared to be possessed by the spirit of another legendary King of the Hardwood, I now realize that the vacant throne of His Airness has been filled by the most worthy of heirs.

  • Jesus

    When I truly knew he was THE man, was not long ago…(now I know it wasnt during the era with Shaq) it was in January 3rd,2009 in American Airlines Arena against New Jersey Nets. When I saw the true dominance of the game he had: those dunks, those steals, those passes, and that hell of an a encouraging attitude when he knows that he is in a team that without him would be so bad that the coach wouldnt even wanna see there games. Thats a Jordan-kind-of spirit, never giving up and becoming legendary. He is a guy about team first and also a really great person. About the Shaq and DWade duo, in my opinion the best duo in Heat history, that way that they played was just beutiful. I grew up watching the Heat and seeing them come that way in 05-06 season was just unvelivible. DWade will always be no matter what my favorite all-time player

  • Pic

    Penny Hardaway.

    During Dwyane Wade’s first two years in the L, this name kept poppin up in my head. As a Heat fan, I was worried. I didn’t want another young star that’ll tease me with his talent but not become The Man we all thought he would be. I was impressed, but I wasn’t satisfied.

    Lead a young team to the playoffs as the rookie floor leader? Wow. But Penny did that.
    Named to the All Star team on his second year? Great. But Penny did that.
    The shoe commercials. The enviable position as the bright young guard that the Big Fella took under his wing. The highlights. It was getting all too familiar.

    Then the injuries came. Strained rib in the 06 ECF versus the Pistons. Bruised hip in the 06 1st Round versus the Bulls. I was scared this star was going to crash just like Penny did.

    Down 0-2 to a Texas team in the Finals with Shaq unable to do it on his own, I thought it was going to follow the old script from 95. Bring out the brooms, my nightmare was coming true. He IS Penny Hardaway 3000.

    But down 13 with 6 minutes left in Game 3, Wade became The Man. With Shaq struggling, Wade took over, scoring 15 of his 42 in the 4th, and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, almost singlehandedly bringing the Heat back in the series. (I say almost coz I see you GP!) He won’t look back.

    He attacked and attacked and attacked. He took the Big Fella on his shoulders and got him a ring. Series over. Finals MVP.

    He wasn’t going to be another Penny Hardaway.

    He was going to be The Man.

  • julian q

    i knew he was gonna have a huge year after his injury last year. No way a guy that good could just get a season ending injury and not follow it up. He was always good but never was sucessfull without a complementary player. When marion wasn’t performing he still kept the heat a contender. Hands- Down he should be the MVP. I was always skeptical with him not being able to win without a big guy but he has been an animal without an overpowering guy. He is a machine that does what his team needs to win and will play through pain whenever he needs to, and he isn’t a kobe where he thinks he is better than the team

  • http://bielasiakville.blogspot.com/ Jesse Bielasiak

    For me, it was that playoff run with Marquette his final year under Tom Crean. I’m pretty young, so I don’t have the clearest memory of that. But, I remember him cutting and slashing his way through opposing defenses on the way to the Final Four… He put up an amazing performance against overall #1 Kentucky (who I hate as an Indiana guy), with a triple double to get the Eagles to the Final Four. That was when I really realized he was going to be a special player.

  • Kurtis Startt

    D-Wade really impressed me when he won the title and the season after. He has proved that he can lead his team to the playoffs consistently with or without a big man. When he and Shaq-Daddy were jamming all over the league that title season, they were unstoppable. But, even now, without a legit big man, he is still unstoppable. I’m not going to lie, this year was the first year i watched him a lot, but he is very impressive and he deserves the MVP in my book.

  • Nate

    Have to accept that D Wade was a real leader who brought Miami to the Champion in 2006. After that, he got injury at his shoulder and seemed to me Miami had been weak since then. Especially last season, 15-67. BUT!!! D Wade is so hot this season and take his team up to the 5th in the eastern conference with the record 38-32 so far. And he’ll be in Playoffs for sure. According to how much he can improve not only himself, but also his team, he gotta be the MVP this season!!!

  • george lewis

    Finally!! a chance to be heard there are not many players I can say I personally love to see play the game and Dwyane Wade is one (the only other is M J)need I say more D-Wade is the closet thing to Michael Jordan ever!!!and being from Detroit you have no idea what I’ve been through cheering for M J and now D-Wade, now that being said the moment I saw the greatness of Wade coming was the 2005 season leading up to finals with the Pistons in which they were suppose to be the best team on the planet,best starting 5 ever,best defensive team,couldn’t be beat in 7 game series,and I had to hear how “LAUGH” Tayshun Prince was going to shut D-Wade down,but I had the pleasure of sitting at my mom’s house(the meeting place for the games)with a house full of Piston fans and watch D-Wade toasted the Pistons and how they didn’t even want to talk about basketball,they had nothing to say.And being up 3 games to 2 had Wade not have gotten hurt we would have won game 6, but I still got my revenge the following year although Dallas gave us a scare I was truly never worried and when they(the Piston fans)was hating big!!!time I never waviered.But even if they would have lost to Dallas they were champions in my eyes when they took the Pistons down.Dwayne Wade goes hard every play and that’s on offense or defense but I know that’s the only way to play the game if you’re out there go hard!!! there is no one single player on the planet more important to the success of his team,just watch how he blocks a shot get the rebound start the break and get the assist “Pure Wade” last but not least I have a suggestion for a new D-WADE commerial show Wade in different saying all I do is rebound,block shots,shoot the j,dunk on you,make an assist get the steal,set the pick,lead the break show him chilling and say after that I’am done.

  • newtonauguste

    I’ve been a fan of D. wade since his rookie year and im blessed to have witnessed so many of wade’s magical moments, watching dwyane wade play is like listening to sweet harmony music. Just when you think this guy is done, he find ways to outdo himself. My point is, every time i watch this guy play he always plays like it’s his last game. he’s always wonderful and amazing in the playoffs, he went off the charts in beijing.
    but one moment and one game i will never forget is the March 9th game against the chicago bulls. dwyane wade stole the ball from salmons and hit a runner game winner. that exact moment displayed everything dwyane wade has been during throughtout his career and this season for the miami heat organization, which is defending and winning games for the miami heat franchise. dwyane wade is a very special player for those who watches all of his games. just like there will never be another jordan, there will never be another Dwyane Wade.

  • http://www.eric32woodyard.wordpress.com Eric Woodyard

    True greatness is measured by the athlete’s love for the sport! Dwyane Wade has always shown me that he had the potential to be great ever since his famous “hard body” move on B-Diddy during his rookie season in the first round of the playoffs. But everything clicked to me when D-Wade wrote his love letter to the game of basketball. In this letter, Wade was candid about his love to the sport and how it impacted his life and that was when I really became mindful of his basketball prowess. Only the truly great athletes speak of their love in such a candid way and act on it by working hard to improve at the game even when they are dogged by the public during an injured season.

    This letter changed my opinion of him (…not that I ever thought of him in a bad way anyway). My respect grew for the man hailing from Robbins, Illinois.

    Listen to this letter and it will change yours too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mBUxLxbjvI

    P.S. I was the first to show Wade the new cover of the SLAM too so that’s another reason why I deserve the kicks.

  • Adam Lagan

    I am from New Zealand and Dwyane became my favourite player during his second year in the L, when I saw the rare few Heat games on TV down here. NBA games played on Thursday and Saturday afternoons only over here, and a little more often during the playoffs. I would watch sportcenter almost every night, and soon noticed how he was quickly dominating the highlight reels. But I believed he could be this great during the Finals against the Mavs. At the time I was still in highschool and as the games were played live at 2pm due to time difference, I’d get home as soon as I could to catch the second half. I watched all 6 games. I saw them lose to the ‘superior’ team the opening 2 games. I heard the critics denounce the heat. But I believed. Then I witnessed as DWade was strong enough to carry Shaq on his back, as well as a few old vets riding his momentum to a ring. I witnessed him take over the 4th quarters, drive, pull up, bank. Money. Drive, hesitate. And 1. The Mavs couldnt handle his flyness, he became the hero and the side kick. Dirk didn’t choke, DWade strangled him. That is when I believed he could become this great. Because he was this great.

  • Jose

    I saw Dwyane Wade as he is now back in the ’06 playoffs and in the finals.I knew nothing really about basketball and had just begun to learn about the game and its talented players. I heard about the kobe’s and lebron’s but I saw Dwyane and knew he was as great as those other guys. The detriot-miami series was my introduction to the 6-4 guard. i had heard about his victories. Taking miami(with injury) past chicago and new jersey. I was in awe of his talent. His speed,quickness,handles,acrobatics and toughness. I was amazed that a person could be dealt these great abilities. I knew right then that i would become a miami fan. The finals… What can be said that hasn’t been said already when talking about wade’s finals performance. The world saw that dallas had won the first two games and started to give them the trophhy already. Wade didn’t believe the doubters though.He didn’t think their time was up. It was at that moment that Dwyane was known as “flash” to the world. This man now monster took over the finals with his scoring efforts.42,36,43,36. Some of the things he did.. words can’t describe.you have to see it. But he wanted the chip more and didn’t hesitate to show he once game 3 arrived. He was the best player in the world at that moment to me. No kobe,No Lebron, Just Flash.
    His resurgance from his injury plauged seasons brings joy to me as to all heat fans. We all are reminded of his performances from ’06 when we see him play today.Who doesn’t? and although this year’s team may not get another chip, it is great to know that Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. is at his prime once again. Now you can say I saw Dwyane Wade as he is now back in the ’06 playoffs and in the finals.I knew nothing really about basketball and had just begun to learn about the game and its talented players. I heard about the kobe’s and lebron’s but I saw Dwyane and knew he was as great as those other guys. The detriot-miami series was my introduction to the 6-4 guard. i had heard about his victories. Taking miami(with injury) past chicago and new jersey. I was in awe of his talent. His speed,quickness,handles,acrobatics and toughness. I was amazed that a person could be dealt these great abilities. I knew right then that i would become a miami fan. The finals… What can be said that hasn’t been said already when talking about wade’s finals performance. The world saw that dallas had won the first two games and started to give them the trophhy already. Wade didn’t believe the doubters though.He didn’t think their time was up. It was at that moment that Dwyane was known as “flash” to the world. This man now monster took over the finals with his scoring efforts.42,36,43,36. Some of the things he did.. words can’t describe.you have to see it. But he wanted the chip more and didn’t hesitate to show he once game 3 arrived. He was the best player in the world at that moment to me. No kobe,No Lebron, Just Flash.
    His resurgance from his injury plauged seasons brings joy to me as to all heat fans. We all are reminded of his performances from ’06 when we see him play today.Who doesn’t? and although this year’s team may not get another chip, it is great to know that Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. is at his prime once again.I know i didn’t know him in high school or in marquettte or some of his career. That doesn’t mean i’m not as much a fan of his as any other person. I honestly have never seen him less of what he is now. I’ve always known him as one of the greatest superstars in the League. He changed my life for the better and i can’t thank him enough for that. All i can say is “You are the best player in the world to me Flash.” and nothing is going to change that.

  • Luis

    Ever since his rookie year Wade has shown signs that he can be good, but he’s exceeded everyone’s expectations. First by leading his team, as a rookie, to almost winning a second round series vs Indiana.

    His second year he almost made it to the Finals, but unfortunatley he went down in Game 5 and missed Game 6. He came back for Game 7, but they lost.

    Next year was the most impressive individual performance in Finals history. That’s when I knew he’d go down as one of the best all-time. To play really good is one thing, but to bring a team down, and they were DOWN, to win 4 games in a row on the biggest stage of them all is out of this world, but then again this is Wade’s world.

    The last two years people wrote him off due to injuries. He was starting to be compared to Penny Hardaway and Grant Hill. Nobody thought he’d be the same, except me. I always knew he’d find the strength to get back to good health. Even unhealthy Wade is one of the elite players in the league. I knew it was just a matter of time when we’d see the Flash back to his old ways, and his time is now.

  • Luis

    BTW I’m a subscriber and a die hard Heat fan (no not just Flash fan, Heat fan. Wade or no Wade the Heat will always be my team) I definatley got this magazine =]

  • https://twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    For me, Dwyane solidified his current status as he took over game 3 of the 2006 Finals. Though it can be easy to assess a player’s coming out party, Wade’s current resurgence is more complex. When was he truly back? That question is much more difficult. The answer for me stems back to when a new, rejuvenated Wade entered the 2008 Olympics. Pieces of the puzzle began to be assembled: the falling alley-oop pass, the windmill dunk against Canada which seemed to stop time for a second, the dagger 3 pointer against Spain as Wade nods to the bench. During the latter play, I couldn’t help but stand up and give a long, hard fistbump in the air at work, where my sanity was questioned for weeks afterwards. Wade is back, and he brought his swagger.
    Comparing him to LeBron and Kobe that summer, Wade somehow managed to be the team’s leading scorer while playing a full 6 minutes less than both players while shooting a blazing 67% from the field. He was runner-up in the steals category as well, just one shy of tying LeBron. In regards to Kobe, would his 4th quarter clutch shots in the gold medal game exist without Dwyane pouring in 24 points to keep Team USA in the game? Wade managed all of these accomplishments in China while coming off the bench.
    After the Olympics, however, it was doubt which seemed to wash up on the shores of Miami during training camp. The Heat are too young. The Heat are inexperienced. Somehow, they forgot to mention that the Heat have Dwyane Wade. At the start of the season, I mentioned that if Wade somehow managed to drag his soldiers into the 8th seed, he should be at least the runner-up MVP. A few months and a full 4 seeds better, Wade was doing just that.
    While the beginning of the season seemed to focus more on Laker and Celtic drama and comparisons, as the season progressed, Wade began to demand attention with game winners, incredible assists, and a newly found sense of defense. Already a champion and a veteran on his team, Wade appreciates every game and takes no opponent for granted.
    In today’s league of lightning-fast success and superstars, Wade seems to transcend discussion and embody play. He could have asked for his teammates to be traded (like LeBron did during trade deadline 2008), or even himself to be traded (like Kobe did in 2007). What did Dwyane do? Pick up a Spalding and play the game with a ferocity and passion that has not been seen since the 2006 Finals.
    It’s easy to say when he started getting recognized, but Wade doesn’t demand recognition; he demands respect.
    His nickname of “Flash” is more fitting now than ever, as it is not completely clear just how fast Dwyane went from declared injury-prone to All-Star.
    I think we were all fools to doubt Wade’s impact this season. As Dwyane knows, belief is stronger than doubt.

  • http://n/a dennizyo

    Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr.
    the true character of a champion when the heat was 0-2 in 2006 NBA finals, he carried his team scoring 42, 36, and 43 points, in games 3,4,and 5 and lastly scoring 36 in game 6 as the heat captured the NBA finals, since then WADE has become an elite all-star.

    He became the fifth youngest player in NBA history to capture NBA Finals MVP honors and recorded the third highest scoring average by a player in his first NBA Finals with 34.7 points per game

    Most of all he has the heart of a true champion by sharing jis blessings to the less unfortunate people..

  • serevei

    meh first heard of him after buying nba live 05 as ima from australia and dont receive nbl broadcast let alone nba… but anyway i probably didnt realise he was such a great player sure he won a championship but i assumed that was mostly shaqs doing, till all the talk began on the site with the whole debate thing between him, kobe and lebron… i saw him in the olympics but he didnt look that special to me so basically i first recognised how “great” he is until probably around 4 weeks ago
    thanks anyways

  • MC Pats

    When he scored 42 and 36 in Games 2 & 3 in the 2005 Eastern Conference Finals while playing with sinusitus, the flu and a knee strain. To be that sick and sore and still score over 35 is mad. thats when i knew he was great.

  • knights_9

    I’m from Australia so the first time i saw DWade was on the PS2 playing NBA Live. But when we finally started to see 2 NBA games a week and I saw him play I realised how great he was. The fact he had no respect for his body and would charge into 7 footers, get slammed into the ground and still make the bucket, that amazed me, then he would shake it go to the line and drop that too. His play in the Olympics showed that he was back. He was focused, the injury wasn’t even on his mind. And this season his defense has really shown me that he’s great, a 6’4 guy getting a couple blocks game well that speaks for itself. He’s always been able to score but this season his D has gone to a whole other level. So I’ve known he’s great for a while but the more I see him the more greatness I see from him. And I’d like to think he hasn’t peaked in his greatness quite yet.

  • Ozrock

    When Shaq christened him Flash, always been a center so I tended to concentrate on the big men but when shaq talks I and the rest of the world usually listen, so got on the the D-wade train and followed it through. He’s now the only non big man jersey I rock regularly and I do get some strange looks down in Australia but what the hey

  • Dwade213

    The first time i saw Dwyane Wade I was a twelve year watching the NCAA touney in 2002 and Im watching this team I never Heard of The Golden Eagles so as I watch the I see this little skinny dude they call Wade and since then i was hooked.The passion with witch he played,The futuristic way he drove to the basket,march 8th 2002 is when i relized greatness,2006 greatness Fullfilled 2009 Greatness Revisited,This is Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr, Walking Greatness,Statline Assasin

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    Man, I just knew

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    I knew when this contest got so flooded with the longest comments i’ve ever seen on this website. Over 1 shoe that doesn’t even fit!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Hisham, what about the 10 pairs of shoes that are guaranteed to fit? Great stuff so far, everyone. Keep em coming and we’ll pick the winners Friday…

  • Young Chris MP3

    When he got his game right and led, as a rookie (and along with Lamar Odom), a 0-10 Miami Heat team that had missed the playoffs the year before to the post-season AND THEN went off in the first round, I knew dude was gonna be good. When Shaq came and D-Wade’s injury (moreso than Diesel’s) was the reason Miami failed to get to the Finals in year 1 of the Superman/Flash collaboration, it was no question.

  • Young Chris MP3

    size 11.5, black/red

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    You tell him Ben. And goodness, there are a bunch of Aussies (did i write that correctly, hope so?) who check Slamonline. Down under, represent. (still crossing fingers, praying for divine intervention to send him wade’s kicks)

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Wow, there are a ton of Australians here today, Slam gets mad recognition down under it seems. Nice.

  • cj

    when he averaged over 65% from the field during the summer

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    wow tons of australian/new zealand Ball fans in this post. Wade rules down under (pun intended)

  • Brian

    His steals-come-dunks in the NCAA tourney. Still his go-to move

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I’d like to see this type of support throughout an entire season….not just for a contest….just saying.

  • Kyle Aguilar

    I personally never heard of Dwyane Wade until his performance against then number one seeded Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament. That Kentucky team was a team considered by many to win the whole tournament and here comes Dwyane and he tears them up. That is when I started to learn about him and then SLAM’s article on him I think before the 2003 NBA draft helped me get to know his history a little better. I learned how he struggled with his grades early on and wasn’t eligible to play when he got to Marquette, but then got them straight and was able to shine. As a Miami Heat fan since Timmy Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning (I’ve lived in Miami all my life; I’m 19) I really wanted LeBron in the ’03 draft, but after seeing Dwyane his rookie season with us, he forced all Heat fans to love him and greatly appreciate his play. He stunned and amazed us all and took that ’03 team to the second round of the playoffs and gave a fight to those great Indiana Pacers, who had the league’s best record at the time. The highlight of that season was the dunk he had on Jermaine O’Neal. Since then he has solidified his spot as my favorite player of all time and I know he will continue to give us highlights for years to come. He’s a one-man wrecking team who somehow finds a way to get his other teammates to step-up and be even better. I mean what else does he need to do to get the MVP award this year? He’s averaging more points than LeBron and Kobe, while giving out at least 7 assists around 2 steals per game and a block here and there, not to mention rebounds. He does it all period. He even shoots the three ball when he needs it. Yes LeBron and Kobe are amazing, but those teams are surrounded with talent. Wade is taking this ’08-’09 Heat team in the playoffs with a rookie point-guard in Chalmers, Udonis Haslem who works hard as hell but let’s face it is no Dirk, Michael Beasley off the bench who has great games and then bad ones, Cook who will be great in the future but is still learning and Jermaine O’Neal who is good, but not great like he used to be, along with other small role players. Dwyane is the most valuable player because without him the Heat are a 15 win team and with him reach the playoffs and beat teams with much more talent. He makes everyone around him greater, just ask Damon Jones, Jason Kapono and Deaquan Cook. Bottom line is he is the greatest all-around guard in the NBA, sorry Kobe. He shoots well, drives well, is smart on the court, and makes plays that secure wins on both ends of the court. Just look at the highlights from last Sunday’s Pistons-Heat game in Detroit to see how great he is defensively. He is the greatest right now and will be for a while.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Today. Because I just realized with one more blocked shot, Dwyane Wade will become the first NBA player listed at 6’4″ or shorter to block at least 100 shots in a season since the league began tracking them in 1973-74. Are you kidding me?!?! I’m going to talk like he already got the block because I’m sure he will, but that in itself is a herculean feat, and also lends credit to the amount of fear this man has in his heart….ZERO. The fact that play after play on offense or defense and tries to fill major voids that his team is lacking in shows his basketball savvy, his willingness to put his body on the line repeatedly, things like that separate the good players from Hall of Fame players. I read an article about where Wade was asked why he wanted to try and help the team with blocks since he was a small guy (by NBA standards), Wade’s reply: “I understood our team wasn’t big, but I knew I always had pretty good timing and athletic ability. So I said, ‘Why not try?’” How many people know people that are hella raw but only play when they wanna play? Or only contribute in the basic statistics (Points, Rebounds)? No wonder why the guy in my fantasy league that has Wade is in 1st place. Damn. There is no more hype, no more can he, can’t he talk, the boy can ball. And to think, the Lakers didn’t want him when they traded Shaq because they had questions about his jumpshot…wow. I can’t wait to see what havoc he wreaks in the playoffs.

  • A-Fresh

    Listen, Im not going to give you all his damn stats and all his accomplishments because we dont live in bangladesh and we all know them alright. All im going to say is I knew wade was going to be good when on Draft day melo and bron bron were getting most of the exposure and you could tell wade was pretty pissed and i saw the fire in his eyes and i just knew the kid was gunna be a star. Especially after they showed his college clips on that cheesy draft day program with Dick Baveta talking non stop with his ever so familiar voice. I actually thought he was going to be the next steve francis. Turns out he didn’t become a trash talking anger management patient who couldn’t be without his boyfriend Cat Mobley.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    ًWho is this Duane Wade?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    Oh, oh. The actor in those Charles Barkley commercials. I know him.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    I knew he arrived when I saw him appear on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. I don’t know what movie he was promoting, but he was very engaging and polite. I’m sure he’ll win an Emmy one day.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    P.S.
    I ALSO played for Mizzou in 2003. Well, actually, that’s not entirely factual. I actually just watched the games on TV. In fact, I didn’t even watched the games on TV. To be completely honest, when I saw that a college team had “Mizzou” written on their jerseys on Sportscenter, I thought: “Wow…why does Michael Tillery have his own NCAA team?!”

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    *…didn’t even WATCH…

    That was a typo, people. I’m not Eboy; I know my grammar.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    One Arabian Dum Dum.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    But you have to admit I’m funny, right?

    P.S.
    Are you a Jersey Shore D-Bag?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Nah…..only in the summers of ’84 to ’88 did that apply.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    What I want to know is this…
    If team success is always going to count for something, why do people consider Wade an MVP “contender”? Don’t get me wrong, Wade has been playing as well as anyone, just brilliant. But you KNOW, and I mean %100 KNOW that he won’t get the MVP award when his team is clinging to the 5 seed in the East. Especially not when Cleveland have the best record in the NBA. Sorry people, but there’s only one contestant in the MVP race: LeBron Hussein James.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    Kobe isn’t an MVP contender either.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Well, let’s see…..there could be the (so far)23+ improvement on last year’s record (team oriented figure)……leading the league in scoring…2nd in the league in steals…most 4th quarter points…most game winning baskets in the L….about to break the record for most blocks for a guy his size…8th in the league in assists (first non-point guard in the mix, 2 spots higher than Hussein James), top 20 in blocks (only guard near that limit). I could continue, if you’d like.

  • http://www.hotmail.com Geo

    the moment has to be when dwade jammed all over J.0. in the 04 playoffs

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    Oh, you don’t need to continue, Eboy. I’m not arguing that Dwyane isn’t having an mvp-TYPE season. He is. He’s playing like an MVP, no doubt. But we all know… YOU know… that he has no chance in Hades of getting that Podolff. I mean, I’d LOVE to see him win, but he just won’t. You know that, right? You know Bron’s got it in the bag, right? (I wish he didn’t, btw, but truth is truth). Hence, from a strictly literal standpoint, Wade is not an MVP “contender”. He’s an MVP “also-ran”. Because this year, Bron is the only MVP “contender”.

    In other words, Wade, Kobe, whoever you wanna put with them… they’re contenders the same way the Orlando Magic is a contender. Orlando has had a great season, Dwight’s been a monster, Hedo’s been great…but we KNOW that there won’t be a parade in Disney World in June. (Well, it IS Disney World, so there probably will be plenty of non-NBA-related parades. Take the kids.)

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    However, I will say this: After watching Wade this season, any doubts I had about him ending up in the Hall of Fame one day have been erased.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    gotta love guys here making a good case for their wade love, then pointing out that they “deserve” the kicks. Wonder why all of us are participating in this contest then? We sure seem unworthy.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Your question, if I’m correct, was “why do people consider Wade an MVP “contender”? I just gave you a rather large handful of reasons why people would THINK he has a legit shot….not saying that it would outweigh Lebron’s rather tremendous year…and the preconceived win he will walk away with. Its only a matter of time (and a couple of better teammates)before Dwyane snatches that sh*t for his own.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    Let’s put it this way, Eboy… If I said:
    There’s a contest. If you pick the MVP correctly, you automatically get 100 Million Dollars. Just guess who the MVP is, and you get 100 Million bucks. Except there’s one catch: If you pick LeBron, you only get 500,000. Seriously, are you going to pick Wade?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    HOF. Yeah, sounds about right, Tariq.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I think I answered that already…I’d take the money with Bron.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    Eboy:
    I’m sure Wade will get his one of these days. I’m not a hater. In fact, he’s one of my favorite players. All I’m saying is that there is 0% of anyone other than LeBron winning MVP. So all the “contenders” aren’t really contenders.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    Ok, I guess we agree, Eboy.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    Sorry for hijacking this thread. I’ll shut up now.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    damn media spin doctors. Bron’s had that thing on lock since december. Hey, i like him, so thats fine. Could have been Kob’s again….pass

  • http://www.rockets.com Yao

    EAT THE SHRIMP! did I win..?

  • http://www.rockets.com Yao

    EAT THE HEAD..now did I win..?

  • http://basketball-reference.com nbk

    His rookie year against Indiana in the playoffs. When he took over game 3 against Indiana, scoring 14 of his 25 in the 4th quarter. The point in the game where I was like “oh dear, this guy might be real competition with LeBron for best player in the league someday” was when with the scored close to tied with about 4:30 minutes left, Wade caught a pass off of a cut to the basket and yacked one on Jermaine O’neals dome, and that point I knew he had to be special.

  • Dan S

    When I met Michael Jordan, a friend of mine asked him what was the hardest championship for him to win was.
    He plainly stated, “The sixth because the desire to win was harder to achieve.”
    This epitomizes the necessary mindset and mental game needed in order to achieve in the game of basketball. In my opinion, the greatest physical basketball player is only as good as his mental game. The two complement each other, and are useless without one another. The reason why I believe Lebron James doesn’t have a ring on his finger, and the reason why the Cavaliers lost in the NBA Finals is that at that point Lebron didn’t have the mental game to carry his team as they needed him to.
    When the Miami Heat was down some odd twenty points against the Mavericks, and with their hopes for a championship dire, Dwyane Wade proved his abilities.
    Now, this is not to say that his abilities had not been praised before that. Yes he had proven himself throughout the season as a great player.
    However, as I have already stated, a player is only as good as his mental game and his physical talent.
    During Game 2, there was no physical factor that changed his game. He did not suddenly grow a foot. He did not suddenly gain the greatest jump shot in the land. He did not turn into a physical specimen like Lebron James.
    However, he was not afraid to carry his team. He stepped up to the plate, and his mental game was the reason why they came back from the large deficit and won the series.
    A journalist once said that you cannot say any other basketball player’s name in the same sentence as Michael Jordan. But Dwyane Wade can be stated within the same paragraph.
    And sure, at this time as amazing as he is, Dwyane Wade is no six time NBA champion, with six finals MVP’s and countless records on top of that. But in my opinion, and soon to be many others as his career progresses, Dwyane Wade is the closest thing to Michael Jordan I have ever seen.
    At the start of MJ’s career, he was a to the rim kind of guy at all costs, just like Dwyane Wade, and as he devoured the defense, his team still was without championship. Michael Jordan had the mental game to develop his jump shot more and more, and work on his defense to becoming Defensive Player of the Year.
    I can say without a doubt, that Dwyane Wade has developed his stellar jump shot quicker than Michael Jordan, and it has proved to be a valuable asset. And although not mentioned, Wade can be described as one of the best defenders in the league.
    And do you know why Jordan and Wade succeed. Not because their jump shot automatically gets better with age, or because they shoot a few shots a day.
    It is because Wade and Jordan have the mental game. The mindset needed to wake up early and get to the gym to shoot jump shots in the tens, hundreds, and thousands.
    Last year, after not playing for majority of the season due to injury, I believe people forgot about the power of Wade, and his game. They forgot his ability, and his value not only to the Heat, but to the NBA and the game of basketball.
    And after coming back into the spotlight after a USA win in the Olympics, and despite recovering from his injury, having a major role in the Olympics and then putting his team from one of the worst to a playoff team can only be described as his mental toughness.
    That is why this year he has reawakened the masses and reminded them once again that Wade is one of the greatest basketball players, possibly someday, ever.
    I believe the game is 50% mental, 50% physical. I believe Dwyane Wade always had the 50% physical talent, but in the middle of Game 2, during the NBA FINALS, the biggest stage in basketball and the world, I believe that his power to succeed was proven. Scratch that. Not his power to succeed, any good player has the power to succeed. However his DESIRE to succeed. Only great players like Dwyane Wade have that.
    That’s why Dwyane Wade will continue to succeed, and that is why Game 2 of the Finals was most pivotal in his career to this point, and it was the one moment that really put Dwyane Wade on the map.

  • Dan S

    My mistake, Game 3, sorry I completely slipped that one haah.

  • Jack W.

    Has anyone ever seen something so amazing that they did not know how to react? That moment came when I watched Dwyane Wade play at Marquette against Kentucky in the NCAA tournament. That was the first time I had ever seen him play, and I was not disappointed. The thing that stood out to me was his ability to slash through a zone with such precision. Willing his team against the much favored and more talented Wildcat squad. Then came the moment that will live on…when he came down the court, no fear in his eyes, no hesitance whatsoever and jumped up in the air, with the ball in his right hand, right arm stretched high and he delivers a vicious dunk on Marquis Estill. Wade was absolutely dominant in that game and he would finish it with a triple double. In the biggest game of your life up to that point he resgistered a triple double, he came through at the moment that his team needed him the most. As many great players there are in the world there are very few who play there very best when it matters the most. That proved to me that this guy has what it takes to not only make it but to be one of the best. My reaction to all of this…I cried because Wade destroyed my NCAA pick. Of course that would not be the last time he left fans in tears, it was only the beginning.

  • David Vang

    I can honestly say that D-Wade was an afterthought comin out the same year as Lebron and Melo. I really don’t think anyone, even Flash himself, would of thought he would be as good as Lebron, win a ‘chip before Melo or even be a Finals MVP. Even in the interview Wade’s own brother said he thought that Dwayne would ONLY have a “decent career.” But I finally realized that Flash would be great when he flew past a couple Mavs’ players (untouched), banked in a deuce AND got the whistle. NOW, I’m not in no way suggesting that the league wants it’s star players to get “special” treatment but when they consistently do it means they’ll be a star. Wade would be great without gettin preferential treatment from the stripes but since he does, he (and other stars) are unstoppable.

  • http://apeachbasketandadream.wordpress.com Peach B.

    I’ll be honest. I didn’t see this coming until this season. He’s always been overlooked (esp by me). Looking toward the future, what scares me is that he is doing this all with three defenders on him at almost all times and he’s doing everything but cleaning the floors on the court. Imagine what will happen when his teammates start to mature, meaning when Chalmers can be counted on down the stretch and when Beasley steps up the intensity. Of the holy trinity, I think Wade is the most complete player.

  • L33tSauce

    In my mind, the moment where I saw Wade playing and just knew he had the potential to be great was in his rookie season. All season he went under the radar with the big name rookies like Lebron and Carmelo posting up nice stats. Now I live in Delaware, but I have always loved sports teams in Florida (born in St. Pete). Miami did not get many games on national TV that year, but I had the chance to see his playoff games, as I was in Florida visiting family. The first game against the Hornets, I saw such a young guy already loaded with confidence in his game, a guy with crazy abilities, and a guy completely composed despite just being a rookie. 21-5-5 doesn’t sound like a great stat line for a game, but a game winning jumper with 1.3 seconds left? Incredible for a guy in his first playoff game. In the second game I watched Wade more closely, and yet again, he was showing qualities of a guy who had been in the NBA for years. Yeah, he ended up struggling the next two games, but it didn’t get to him. When they went back to Miami he helped the Heat put away the Hornets. After all that, they got stuck playing the Pacers, the best team in the league that year. The Heat, who started that year 5-15, a team not expected to do anything, took Indiana to 6 games, with Wade playing big roles in those wins. After those games, I could see Wade had the potential. I had my doubts the next few seasons with the injuries, but Wade has showed us this year, if he is determined to be better, he will be better.

  • L33tSauce

    And i still have Wade’s original signature shoes. I always used them when i’d go to the court at the beach with my friends. I love them things, smelly or not.

  • Sir Chuck

    yeah i still got my original Wade’s the white ones he wore on christmas day those were sick…i wear them when i play ball outside since theyre pretty much destroyed lol

  • Sir Chuck

    Also a side note what the F*ck is up with converse Wade hasn’t had a decent shoe since the 2.0. How embarassing that he has to wear his signature shoe from 3+ years ago.

  • thomas

    I knew Wade was good enough when he took over the 2006 NBA Finals game 2 and showed the world that the NBA aint just Kobe and Lebron anymore. In the MVP race he has been completely discarded however but I strongly agree that he should win MVP because 1) His not so talented Miami Heat are 38-33 2)He is only a guard but averaging 30-5-7-2, that is purely amazing!

  • ScoutsHonor

    I remember experiencing my Dwayne Wade Epiphany during the 2003 NCAA Tournament. Hey, they don’t call me The Scout for nothin’. Kentucky, the top seed, entered the game riding a ridiculous win streak, with the winner earning a trip to the Final Four. Just before heading to the locker room at the half, Wade swatted a shot by Kentucky’s BIG MAN Marquis Estill. Wade grabbed the ball and beat everyone down-court for a reverse layup. Safe to say, on that day Wade led his first of many original young, short, mediocre teams to places they had no business reaching. When I saw him complete that play on both ends of the court, I told my buddy Phil, this guy is going to be the best player coming out of the draft. Truth is, I may not have been right. But I may not have been wrong either. Oh,I almost forgot. Wade’s stat line that game? 29-11-11-4-1.

  • KidCanada

    As a teenager from Canada, I’ve spent most of my life paying attention to Hockey. However I recently became more interested in basketball a few years ago. In my mind, Wade arrived in the 2006 playoffs, he played outstanding and made me jump on the Heat’s bandwagon. In the finals he took it to a totally different level, and led that team to victory. I know some of the fouls called against opposing players shouldn’t have happened, but I think it was a testament to Wade’s drive and determinattion. Throughout his career he has made amazing athletic plays, and he always makes the highlight packages when they show recaps of the Heat’s games. With the way Wade has been playing this season I think he has opened many other peoples eyes, but he has been doing it for years.

  • L33tSauce

    I have the black with the red. The black isn’t really black anymore though. lol. And to Eboy’s earlier comment, I’ve only been posting here around a month, but that whole month I’ve been all about Wade and the Heat(huge fan).

  • jufu

    ok. everyonbe “KNEW” dwyane wade was special, in marquette, 2004 playoffs, 2006 championships, yeah? but where did all of the fans go after his injury? i saw no fans of d-wade when he got injured. i still wore his jersey, though stupid people kept on shouting that he ain’t good anymore. where did all of the fans go? first point on when d-wade caught my attention: his very first rookie game. he was a reserve. Had 14 points, 3 assists, two rebounds, a block, and a steal. All within 23 minutes. this guy seemed to take EVERY game with a grain of salt. Then, as a rookie, he LED his team to the playoffs. Second situation: this made Dwyane Wade known to the world: the Beijing Olympics. Wade was just off of a bad, bad injury. He was a reserve on the team. To have that and to lead the team in steals? And points? The boy averaged 19.7 or something in twenty minutes. That’s not even funny. Sure, Kobe and LeBron got all of the attention, but D-Wade was exceptional. To come back from injury playing at that level. Then I realized that this guy is among the top three or top two players right now in the world. In fact, scratch that. Top 2. Definitely. I don’t give a damn how good Kobe’s Lakers are. D-Wade is one man carrying a team that would be a bunch of cellar dwellers to the potential of homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Now what did Kobe do with HIS mediocre team, before they got Pau? Squat. Again, Wade’s performance has been off the charts this summer as well as the followup this year.

  • Jon Votaw

    hello slamonline,
    Dwayne Wade has always been a good talent, at Marquette he did his thing I believe his numbers were around 18 ppg,3 ½ assists and 2 ½ steals. But even when he came to the L he was good but never extraordinary until the 2006 year. When he took and led by a far margin his Heat team into the finals to face the highly favored Mavs. And DWade showed greatness time and time again. So much that I am from Akron Ohio (would have gone to school with LBJ but I went public school instead of private) that I was looking at Wade as the best young player in the league, and just a slight margin behind Kobe. What kept Wade from being the best was his Jumper and his range, he has the same fire as Kobe and you could see it in 2006. Then of course the injuries set in and everyone seemed to forget about wade (myself included) LeBron and Kobe were doing their thing and out of know were on the world biggest stage were comes Wade in the rearview, and he couldn’t have picked a better time to do it, the Olympic games! The entire would knew he was back. He outshined the top 15(ish) players in America let alone the world. This season is no surprise to me, he has always had the talent and I feel like he loves not having the attention, give him the drive he needs. It’s great to see Flash back to Superhero form!!!

  • L33tSauce

    Wade > Kobe

  • Tyler

    Hey Ben, hopefully this doesnt get soo many responses that you don’t remember the earlier ones!!

    can you imagine if that shot went in last night how many more comments you’d be getting….

    well its almost friday, can’t wait for the winners to be announced

  • Dan S

    ^^^^^Me too. Lot of great and different responses on here. I really learned a lot over reading these.

  • http://aol.com Michael Pirc

    when wade was in college at marquette i saw him and knew he was going to be the next mj (i know hes not even close but still) he just had soo much athletic ability and is soo quick when i saw him at marquette thats why i thought he was going to be soo good, and his sick hops, i remember when they played G-town and i was watching it wade jus took over, i think it was fed. 20th or something like that of 02 and there i knew how good he was

  • http://aol.com Michael Pirc

    oh and my shoe size is 6.5 youth,, yea im only 12 sso i was 6 when i first saw waade play,, i hope that doesnt affect anything cause im a huge fan of bball college and pro ive been following since i was 5 so jus cause im 12 dont meen anything

  • http://aol.com Michael Pirc

    oh and my shoe size is 6.5 youth,, yea im only 12 sso i was 6 when i first saw waade play,, i hope that doesnt affect anything cause im a huge fan of bball college and pro ive been following since i was 5 so jus cause im 12 dont meen anything. thanks

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    ^muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuwahahaa wee-foot man had a double post!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    *****Ben, if you could use this one instead (I’m really trying to go for it)**** When did I know he made “the leap”? It had to be Dwyane’s performance in the Beijing games that was bordering on awe inspiring. But let me rewind a bit. He made that “leap” once before…. in 2006…. when he basically dismembered the Mavs like a red and black chainsaw that was out of control……cutting….terrorizing……destroying a franchises dreams of greatness….right before all our disbelieving eyes. For two weeks that June….he was the greatest player in the game. Without question. Then the injuries hit…some would say complacency took over….and the pride that permiated throughout Miami and it’s fans seemed to dive head first into Biscayne Bay just like the Heat’s performances. Dwyane needed to be the savior……who else was there? So it was time to get back to the lab. Rebuild. Rejuvinate. Rediscover. Fast forward to Beijing. Why was his Olympic performance awe inspiring? It was awe inspiring because no one knew or expected what he was going to bring to the table. Would injuries take any of his explosiveness? Would he be tenative in the lane? Would he have that same game that made so many fall in love with him?…. Once the tournament started and I’m not saying it just as a fan of his, but the American media and the large majority of fans from my beloved SLAM, fellow local supporters in South Florida and on webboards on the “Worldwide Leaders” webpages, among others, seemed to bear out the same, shocked result. Dwyane Wa…..D-Wade, FLASH, was back! Take one guy off the Olympic squad that would have given the US the largest handicap if he wasn’t there? It was Dwyane. Hands down. Try not to forget that almost every game (with the exception of the Angola game) had a tight first period score that seemed to jump incredulously once D-Wade came off the bench. Odd huh? No, actually, not really. It was a forced move due to the perceived slight it would have been to ask Kobe to come off the bench, but anyone with a sliver of common sense knows that it should have been the Mamba as the Miracle to D-Wade’s Smokey in the tournament once it concluded. Dwyane’s determination to silence the critics and his desire to prove himself on the world stage was motivation enough that made his “benching” each game, the fuel to his fire. His athleticism was off the charts, his speed was on par with…well no one else was close in the Olympic tournament except possibly Pat Mills from Australia or Jamaican wonderman Usain Bolt. His attitude showed his swagger to have returned full force too. He lead the team in scoring with two of the the games greatest running side by side with him….and still that was no distraction. This was great news for the fans of Miami Heat basketball. Look… the Heat may not be winning a title anytime soon, but Dwyane has actually made the Heat a respected foe to the great teams of the league (catching wins against the Lakers & the Cavs in wars in Miami, all on the shoulders of Dwyane) and the not so great ones that they struggled with last season that Dwyane has put on notice that all that garbage you talked about his squad (and him) when they were down and you thought it was going to be forgotten? They’re learning the hard lessons he handing out from night to night. He’s got a team believing again…..a city believing again……his biggest fans and his most honest detractors believing again, because he is indeed….back! If Lebron and Kobe are now 1a and 1b in the greatest player ranking in the current NBA landscape in most fans minds, Dwyane has positioned himself as 1c from his work during this season for the ages. The incredible results he’s shown night in and night out all point back to that time spent in Beijing and the reforging of a megastar’s ability that needed to find himself again….prompted by the determination and the fire he’s shown time and time again….all culiminated in that Olympic tournament….being that event’s best player, among OUR games very best……and challenging, quite honestly….for that same title this NBA season with that same unbridled fire he lit up China with to bring back the gold and the pride in the United States game. If they were truly the “Redeem Team”, Dwyane started his long road to redemption there, too. And while the team made US as a country proud…..Dwyane’s fans were just as proud of THEIR returning hero.

  • adbphilly

    ****I Wanted to add one more thing to my entry***EVEN WITH A CHAMPIONSHIP RING AND A GOLD MEDAL IN THE OLYMPICS, DWYANE STILL STRIVES TO BE THE BEST HE CAN BE. HE PLAYS THE GAME WITH TRUE LOVE AND THATS WHAT GETS ME, PLAYERS THAT LOVE THE GAME FOR THE GAME.*** To be completely honest, D-Wade did not shine that much to me in his first couple of seasons in the league. He began to catch my eye this past season. But let’s start at the 2003 draft, I was watching Lebron walk up to David Stern in his all white suit as number 1, like everybody projected him to be. Then I saw melo walk the steps up to his NBA career at 3rd going to the Nuggets. I change the channel to another station and when I return to the draft, David is slowly walking up to the podium. The Heat logos are rolling across the small tv screens behind him. The commish opens his mouth and says in his New Jersian accent “With the 5th pick in the 2003 NBA Draaft the Miami Heat select..Dwyane Wade out of Marquette University..” I’m sitting there at home like, “WHO?”. I see the camera on this kid looking down as if he was about to cry. He gets up and hugs everyone around him and quietly walks up the steps to the podium. He shakes Sterns had smiling from ear to ear. I had no clue who this kid was or what he was capable was doing. I didnt realize that at his year at Marquette, he carried his team to the Final Four, the first time in 26 years. When he entered the NBA, I only was able to watch the Heat a couple of times, when nothing else was on. What I saw was a team that was young and just a “building process” team. The young #3 kid in Cons didnt really stand out to me. Then, suddenly, the Heat began to show a little light. They made a blockbuster trade in the offseason of ‘05 to get Shaq from the Lakers. The year after, ‘06 season, the Heat make more noise, by getting to and winning the NBA Championship. Dwyane played spectacularly aside Shaq during the playoffs that year. I started watching Dwyane and the Heat a little bit more than usual after that season. Dwyane had 2 pretty good seasons after the Championship. But then, Shaq gets sent to the Suns last season, and Dwyane is left alone with a team that he started with when he entered the league in ‘03. Shawn Marion was sent to MIA in the trade with Shaq. But Shawn always came up in trade talks so who knew what was going to happen. The Heat ended up with the worst record in the NBA last season, and Dwyane was nursing a shoulder injury. So now we get to summer of 2008. The Beijing Olympics. D-Wade is on the USA Men’s Basketball team. He tells everybody that his shoulder is fine and he is ready to get back to his old D-Wade self. I watched a couple of the USA basketball games, but it seemed like Lebron and Kobe were getting most of the limelight. USA eventually gets the Gold, and become the Redeem Team, following in the footsteps of the 93 USA team. Dwyane showed some old D-Wade during the Olympics but not much. I guess he was saving the rest for the Heats season. Dwyane enters the 08-09 season with vengeance, and he shows it. I start watching more Heat on my League Pass at night. Dwyane is just a red streak going across the screen. To me, he is more incredible than before. Dwyane queitly starts dropping 50 a night. I queitly start following him more and more. The Heat revitalize themselves, placing themselves 5th in the playoff picture. The thing I love most about Dwyane is that he carries his team on his shoulders. He is the “Father” of that team. My eyes began to get wider and wider as I frequently started seeing this man play. He is a flat out warrior who plays night in night out, with no flashy entrance, who just goes into the arena and gets the job done. November 19th, he’s droppin’ 40 against Toronto. November 28th, he has 43 against his ol’ teammate Shaq and the Suns. Most rectently, Feb. 24th, against the Pistons, he is dishing out 16 assists and still is able to rack up 31 points. The game before that against Orlando, he puts in 50. And to put an icing on the cake, March 9th, versus the Chi-town Bulls. This game probably opened up my eyes the most as to see how big of an impact Dwyane is. Dwyane is having his usual game. 17 points at half with an incredible(Kirk Hinrich in his face) halfcourt shot in his face at the buzzer before halftime. Dwyane walks off the court in his EL HEAT uni as if nothing happened. Still another half to go. Dwyane comes out and explodes into the second half. He’s making buckets from all over, picking pockets of Bulls players, ready to put this game into the books with a solid 42. I am watching in disbelief at how “Flash” is just dominating the game. Its a down to the wire type of game. Its 104-101(Bulls) with 11 sec. left in regulation. Dwyane takes it and gets off a beautiful shot behind the 3 pt line to tie things up and send the game into overtime. In the extra session Dwyane has a look on his face that says he’s determined to win this game. Its 117-117 in with 3 ticks left in ot. Whos the ball going to? That’s not even a question. Dwyane takes it for a reverse layup it rattles around the rim, but drops out. 2nd ot. Another down to the wire quarter. 3 seconds left. 127 to 127. These next 3 seconds have me sold on who Dwyane Wade really is. In these 3 seconds I see a humble man of heart, determination, love for the game. I see a future MVP of the League, a future hall of famer. I see a man of pure talent and complete dominance of the game. I see the great story of Dwyane Wade flashing before my eyes. Dwyane steals a lose ball from John Salmons, takes a glance at the clock, and without panic, calmly flicks the ball into the air at the buzzer to watch it gracefully tickle the twine of the net and score 3 for the Heat. Then pandomonium hits.Dwyane runs the court in front of a victorious crowd, yelling to anyone who could hear him “THIS IS MY HOUSE!”. Indeed watching the Arena erupt in such happiness, and seeing a quiet kid from Marquette, doing the things he did that night, I saw the true light of Dwyane Tyrone Wade. The season of 08-09 for the Dwyane Wade helped me see the true grateness of a pure talented athlete. Dwyane Wade, Flash, I hope you get MVP. You truly deserve that honor. Everybody has lebron and kobe. Uh-Uh. Youre the true winner. So I hope you recieve success for your accomplishments. And i hope I get this prize. Much love Dwyane.

  • El Gee

    I was watching this one in real time. February 28, 2008. Wade is at MSG. LeBron did his thing at MSG this year Kobe had a chance to do his. Wade had that chip on his shoulder, felt he didnt get his chane. He playing mediocre basketball. The Knicks seem to be pushing around the heat (they even made Jermaine O’Neal sit because of his knee brace). The refs are giving the Heat nothing. The rooster elbows Wade in the mouth. Hes bleeding. Spoelstra gets a tech. Then I saw it. It was in his eyes. I saw it. He was looking through everyone in MSG. There was nobody else there. He scored 24 that quarter. Told MSG “this is my house”. That’s when I knew. If you saw the game you know exactly what I’m talking about. Exactly.

  • L33tSauce

    Today is the day. Exciting.

  • Tyler

    Someone should tell EL GEE that the game he is talking about was played in Miami, not MSG….however, you could have mentioned Wade drilling the game winner in ’05 at MSG and running around the court after as if it were his house….

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    A big thanks to everybody for posting their thoughts on the matter. The winners have been chosen and their names will be posted shortly. Oh, and Eric Woodyard, I don’t think you’re eligible to win this.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    How about Cheryl turning this into “Confessions”? Really, there are some GREAT ones on here. I didn’t think it would be tough to pick 12 winners, but alas, you guys outdid yourselves again…thanks. Winners coming shortly.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Also, if SLAM team members were eligible, Khalid would win hands down. Dude had Dwyane’s greatness, and return to greatness, pegged early.

  • El Gee

    tyler. good call. i thought it was in NY maybe cause nix were dominating and getting all the calls and i was trying to dramatize it a little bit. but the game actually was my dwade moment. he had this look and took the game over. like i said if u saw the game, u no what im talking about. shudda checked my facts though.

  • El Gee

    congrats to the winners

  • joey benedetto

    without a doubt we all saw flashes of wades brilliance in the NBA finals against dallas and after his injury many thought he was done….For me personally i didnt start to see wade as a top 3 player until the olympics…he was arguably the best player on a squad consisting of some of the worlds top athletes…he came off the bench and with no complaints dominated the worlds best competition….he showed the intangibles which elite nba players have including work ethic and selflessness and made certain that the world knew he was back and never fell off…he had the highest scoring average on team usa and i personally think they would not have won gold if it wasnt for wade…i currently go to school at univeristy of miami and can gladly say i get to watch this man handle his business regularly

  • http://www.celtics.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    Go winners-it’s your birthday

  • adbphilly

    wait were the winners picked already?

  • Sir Chuck

    Common El Gee your better than that!

  • MAURICE

    His passion was always there i never forgot about that. even in high school and college you could tell dwaynes passion. no matter who he was playing, he always showed his heart and he made the atmosphere know who he was before the game was over. Look, all i’m tryin to say is D-wade has got alot of passion and thats the main ingredient you need to be good (which alot of people continue to forget). And wade knows that basketball is not just about scoring. he knows you gotta play d, box out, rebound, block and all the other extras. He just has all this overflowing passion, heart, and love for just basketball its self and he is just finally getting his chance to show it.

  • L33tSauce

    I don’t see the winners. Am I that blind?

  • tyler

    I don’t see them either, and I’m tryin to go buy a stand to mount the autographed sneaker next to all the other wade autographs

  • Dan S

    Wait so Tyler. U already won?

  • http://aol.com Michael Pirc

    how is that tyler person the only person to win it sais 12 ppl win

  • http://www.celtics.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    FYI: Ben didn’t announce winners yet guys. If you look at his last post at around 5pm yesterday it says “winners coming soon…”

  • Taranvir

    Dwayne Wade has really began to prove himself out through his years. Even throughout his high school years he was averaging about 20 points and was a leader. He is a leader, as we have seen in his time as a Miami Heat player. His time at Marquette University was amazing. He took this Golden Eagle team, and made them shine. He was also named into the First Team All-American, becoming the first since 1978.

    During the draft, he wasn’t having much popularity because of the other players that were ahead of him. Including Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony and Darco Milic. He stunned the world with his play and began a tremendous rookie season. Ever since that season, he continued to shine bright above others. He has also been compared to greats such as Micheal Jordan, who Wade idolized.

    Wade is seen in my eyes as i said a leader, a champion, and I think that he will be the future of the Heat franchise and he will be one of the best players in the next decade. He is a shooter, a passer, a dunker, and a fair winner. Look Out for Wade in The Future!!

    -Taranvir Sandhu

  • G-O

    I WON =D I LOVE LIFE

  • Tom

    I knew Wade was going to be this good when the Heat would not include him in the deal for Shaq from the Lakers.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    G-O I was going to read your post lol, but you don’t even have one brother!!

  • Saint

    I knew D-Wade was going to be this good ever since I saw him in the 2003 Midwest Regional Final in the NCAA Tournament when he have 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists help his team win against the Wildcats 83–69, he was the MVP of the game.That when I knew he was going to be that good,I saw potential.

  • sideburn2go

    Dwayne Wade, to me, has always been something of a mystery and his basketball career has continuously inspired awe from me. Now to the question at hand, when I knew he would be great needs a multiple point answer. I say this because he is always raising the bar concerning what he is capable of. I have only seriously followed Wade since his days at Marquette. I had heard about him in his high school days but didn’t know much about him. However at Marquette I saw the potential. The first time I knew he could be good was on a ridiculous put back dunk during his sophomore year. It showed me the athleticism necessary to play in the pros. Then throughout his college career he continued to show what he could become. Then came the game against Kentucky in the NCAA tournament. The triple double he put up was amazing to watch and made me a true believer. I knew then he was going to accomplish great things in the NBA, but what I still didn’t know he was barely scratching the surface. His rookie year he exceeded expectations and grew on the American audience. A flurry of ESPN highlights later, and he was playing in the NBA finals against the Mavs. Down 2 games, D-wade decided to turn it on and played the best singular finals performance I have ever seen. This catapulted him to greatness. A few injury riddled seasons led people to believe he was done, had reached his peak, but I knew he would be back. A gold medal later and people began to remember why they had loved him. Then came this season, and the heroics he has shown throughout the year. He has almost single handedly made the Heat relevant again. He is averaging career highs in nearly all categories, and he has had some games that almost defy explanation. This year has put his name undeniably in the top 3 in the NBA and I believe after the game he had on March 6 they should have handed him the MVP trophy. So back to the original question, “When did I know”, I had always suspected, but never could have guessed just how good he would become. He has always been and will always be one of my all time favorite players. This year has sparked my imagination, and the craziest part is, he can and will still get better. Watch out NBA!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Guys, the winners have already been selected. Please reads Ben’s post @1216pm. They will be posted here in due time–i.e soon.
    Thanks for playing, and keep your eyes locked for the next contest which is always just around the bend on slamonline.com.

  • Sir Chuck

    Thx SLAM you guys are awesome! Just got myself a pair of white and blue Slashes baby Lets Go Heat!!

  • http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com Ashley K

    I mean, look at D-Wade’s team. The fact that he can be so great in the midst of such… erm… mediocrity, speaks to his true talent. But I knew he would be great as soon as he was drafted! I’d love to be able to give these shoes to my BF, he’d love them!

  • Dan S

    Congrats sir chuck. Did they email u?

  • Taranvir

    so if you made a comment today or yesterday, it won’t count or we have no chance of winning?

  • Dan S

    ^^^^ sorry man. Ben picked winners friday and they will be posted soon hopefully.

  • Sir Chuck

    Yeah Dan S they did Friday i had a feeling i was going to win lol did u?

  • Dan S

    Nah man. No dice

  • L33tSauce

    lmao.

  • Dan S

    What’s funny man?

  • L33tSauce

    i get that feeling your getting BSed by Sir Chuck. Considering he’s the only one that said anything about winning. Ben would have posted the winners in the topic, he just hasn’t yet.

  • Dan S

    i thought he might be bs’ing me.

    sounded like a respectable dude though.

    good lookin though l33tSauce

  • Taranvir

    so does anyone know if they won?

  • Dan S

    ^^^ no. Ben has to announce it, hopefully tomorrow.

    I’m just interested to see what won, cause i couldn’t read every single passage in this whole post. ahhaha

  • Taranvir

    lol ya thts true.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Uhm…..the winners have been picked…..just not posted.

  • Dan S

    Yea but winners haven’t been notified like sir chuck said right?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    We pick winners, then we contact them. We don’t announce them to everyone til we hear back because sometimes people put fake emails on their comments. I know, it’s incredibly annoying and dumb, but it happens. So if we “pick” a winner but can’t contact them, we can contact another winner…then we announce all accepted winners at one time. Hope this isn’t too complicated for you guys.

  • Dan S

    Thanks for clearing that up. Too bad I didntt win though

  • tyler

    So have the winners been notified?

  • J-O

    yes they have =) cant wait to get them

  • Taranvir

    aww thts too bad, i didnt win. Better luck next time.

  • Matthew T

    I first noticed how good he was, and how good he was going to be, in his rookie year when he exploded with his versatility and will to win. There was so much hype surrounding Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony. Yet, there was this young kid from Chicago coming out of the shadows and making noise. Growing up in Chicago forces Dwade to perform with the pressures of living up to the previous Chicago Legend (Michael Jordan) and he’s been able to live up to the expectations. I also noticed him a lot more in his rookie year because as a Toronto Raptors fan, born and raised, we drafted Chris Bosh with the 4th pick. Not taking anything away from CB4, but I wake up everyday wondering what it’d be like if we had Dwyane Wade on the Raptors. It’s a bitter sweet thought.

  • Sir Chuck

    Nah im not Bsing Dan S no reason to do so youll see when they post the winners… Btw Matthew T you…nvm i wont even bother lol

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    i guess da big dog didnt win?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    i am guessing Ben is calling me out for the fake email thing? Because i used one of my friend’s email address’s to register simply because my email address didnt work. I can hack it though, his password is his birthday, cause he’s a n00b

  • Dan S

    i want to see these winners. see whose response was better than mines haha. i thought i had a beast one. i should have won hahaha

  • Taranvir

    i think i had a chance, if mine was submitted earlier.

  • Jordan

    I think right after this years all-star game the guy had a breakout and i dont mean an acne breakout! The guy is crazy hes like hes got a gas pump in his body going off every night. The guy was averaging 39.7 points for like his past 6 games in march. If lebron didnt have a good season it would be huge lebron having a great one is huge but dwyane wade having a crazy season is huger, hugest. Flash is my man. Tim Grover aka MJs old trainor was working with D-Wade over the offseason lord knows what the guy did to him. My top 3 players got to be the regular baby Kobe,Lebron and Wade. My mvp candidate goes to kobe the man needs it lebron stills got lots of years. And kobe is leading his team. Lebron is to dont get me wrong but when bynum went down the guy stepped up like 10 feet high. Now Wade i would love to win in but Hes not leading his team if he won over 50 games which he cant anymore he would be a real threat. So kobe take it. Kobes got the package best selling jersey in the us and china better than yaos! The fans have spoken. And Kobe works hard! Got to respect you lebron and d-wade your turn will come.

  • luke tompkins

    for me it was some time this i can’t remember what day but when and he lebron were head to head i think they lost that game but d-wade got like 39 points and somthin like 14 assists who can they they’ve done that against the cavs but the thing that let me know he is this good is how he was struggling with injuries and came back for the olympics and played amazingly don’t hate me for this but he played wwwaaayyy better than kobe

  • J-O

    Ben plz let me know if you got email i just sent of my info

  • TJ XL

    When he scored 50 points in that special game it touched more than the people in the stadium. That number 50 was more than a number on a JUMBOtron, that 50 stood for every drop of sweat dropped every. It stood for everytime he got fouled and I thought he would drop to the bench. Stood for every injury we thought he’d never bounce back off. Those 50 points changed the heats; 50 is no longer spelled fifty over there it is spell H-O-P-E.

  • Brian N.

    When did I notice Dwayne Wade was the top in the NBA, if not the world? I was sure of his greatness when in the 2005-2006 season he led his team with an average of 27.2 points and 6.7 assists, and during the playoffs he upped his game to 28.4 points. He proved that he could be a leader. His game increased the most when he took the extra time to increase his game in college. That is the advantage he has over Kobe and LeBron. He took the extra years to become a better player in college. He has proved all doubters wrong, and he has proven that he is the best. Tropic “Flash” Thunder

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    So umm, Ben. Who won? Did Eboy get one of the signed Wade 3′s for his son? The suspense is killing me.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Not I, said the fly.

  • Dan S

    This is BS that a week later still
    No winners

  • Taranvir

    its like ben said. Hes trying to send it to people who won, but some people are answering the mails and have given wrong ones. It is a long time but i dun think the mean it.

  • Taranvir

    its like ben said. Hes trying to send it to people who won, but some people are answering the mails and have given wrong ones. It is a long time but i dun think they mean it.

  • Taranvir

    my bad

  • L33tSauce

    well if they didn’t put the right email I do believe that’s on them.

  • Ali

    I think he started to beast when he played in the rookie sophmores game he had like 12 points and da sophmores won!

  • Sir Chuck

    so wait did any of the two winners of the signed shoe not respond? is there a way i can move up lol? cuz i think mine was pretty darn gud but hey im happy with the slashs that i won their actually pretty nice in person

  • Igor

    The Wade cover looks dope!

  • Dan S

    I can’t believe I didn’t win. Mine was def top twelve on here. This contest is Bull

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Most winners have been contacted. Some people give bad email addresses so we are still sorting out details. If people actually entered a working email with their comments WHEN ENTERING A CONTEST THEY PRESUMABLY WANT TO WIN, then we could’ve announced all winners a week ago. Instead we are still sorting out a couple things and should be able to announce by end of day. but pelase know that we chose who we wanted to win last Friday as promised.

  • Sir Chuck

    sounds good Ben hopefully you actually announce the winners today cuz u said u whould announce them by the end of the day last friday too haha

  • Taranvir

    so ben, if you have entered after friday, it wont count?

  • Dan S

    Dude ^^^ u asked the same question ten times. No! U would have been contacted already haha

  • Joe

    I got an email last week saying I won a pair of the shoes, i replied to it but i’ve not received anything to confirm it and my email hasn’t been working too well this week, so just in case I’m one of those with bad email adresses, i did reply to the original message

  • Jack

    Easy. I knew he’d be this good when I read the issue of SLAM with a profile of him while he was still at Marquette. Everytime I watch Dwyane play and he’s going off, I think back to that quote: “I’d book him as a 20+ scorer in the NBA, easy” – Scout

  • Sir Chuck

    yeah Joe same here i replied twice but didnt receive any confirmation yet besides the original email saying i won

  • Celtics

    size 11 white blue when he took the team from a 15 win season to 40 plus

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Yes no reason to keep entering. Only people who entered by original deadline are eligible. If you emailed me or are intern back that means you won and your shoes are on the way. Hope to have the complete list of 12 winners up tomorrow.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Whew. All winners have been chosen, notified and responded, and their prizes are en route. Here’s the final list (a nice mix of winners, from long-time readers to new ones, US to around the world):

    2 Signed shoes:
    Dwayne Charleston
    Ross Geiger

    10 Pairs of Slashes
    Eboy
    Doyouwantmore
    A D-Wade Fan
    Sir Chuck
    Flip Cyde
    J-O
    Zee
    Ti-Sizz
    Cheryl
    Joe

    Thanks again everyone for playing, and to Converse for providing the great prizes. I’m now mercifully going to close comments on this post.

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