Friday, June 22nd, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  14 responses

Dwyane Wade Values Second NBA Title Much More Than His First

Dwyane Wade won his first NBA championship in 2006, and didn’t get back to the mountain top until this year. Wade explained how much more significant this title is for him in the postgame press conference. From the AP: “He became a father for the second time. He played for the worst team in the league. He won an Olympic gold medal. He got divorced. He convinced LeBron James and Chris Bosh to join him in Miami. He dealt with an ugly custody fight that took years and in some ways continues today. He wrote a book this year. He lost a championship series last year. A whirlwind, by any measure. ‘What I dealt with personally,’ Wade said, ‘was indescribable in a sense.’ [...] ‘Two years ago, putting this team together, obviously we all expected it to be a little easier than it was,’ Wade said. ‘But we had to go through what we had to go through last year. We needed to. And as much as it hurt, we had to go through that pain and that suffering. To get to this point of this season and the rest of our careers together, we’ll take nothing for granted.’ [...] He sacrificed, and sacrificed a lot. He left about $20 million in salary on the table in owner Micky Arison’s office to make sure that James, Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller and others could be squeezed under the cap two summers ago. He turned over the role of team go-to guy to James, the player that even Wade will acknowledge is better. [...] ‘We made a decision two years ago to become a team,’ Wade said. ‘You know, LeBron, Chris and myself, and other guys decided to come together. So you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to make sure that you reach your goal. And I had a position, I had a role to play. It might have changed a little bit, but at the end of the day we all had one common goal, and that was to become the champions.’ On Thursday, that finally happened. On the same court where Dallas celebrated in front of them a year ago, Wade and the Heat won it all. A banner will rise, confetti fell. How fitting. Ups and downs, just like his life has seen over these last six years. ‘I’m speechless,’ Wade said. ‘Winning the championship in 2006 was amazing. But I didn’t go through nothing yet. Now six years after that, I’ve been through a lot in my personal life, and I’ve been through a lot in my professional life, and this means so much more.’”

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  • svendesloper

    Because Shaq won it for him

  • http://www.Gil1906.com Pve_2

    Saying that Shaq won the 2006 NBA Finals for Dwyane Wade is beyond absurd. Silence is better than ignorance.

  • brew

    I know seriously, check the numbers in that series, Wade was unbelievable.

  • Heals

    Always sweet when you weren’t sure you’d get another chance and probably even sweeter to do it after losing the year before…

  • http://slamonline.com samoaninlondon

    lebron won this one though…

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Let’s just ignore the fact that Wade avg. 34ppg in those Finals.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Shaq won it? Heard it all.

  • Layzie

    Wade was a beast in the ’06 Finals. If anything, he was the reason Shaq got his fourth ring. Last night win was a total team effort. LeBron is obviously the best player on this team but Wade still did his thing. 20 pts (7-12 fg), 8 rbs, 3 blocks, 2 stls. Wade will always be one of my favorite players no matter how much he struggled this year. I’m happy he got his 2nd ring and LeBron finally got his 1st one.

  • K.a.

    Good troll, good effort! Perks is right, returning to the finals is a big deal. The great tim duncan never managed back to back.

  • bike

    Shaq won it for him?…WTF?…even Shaq would call BS on that…

  • Brandon McCrackin

    Wade needs to stop disrespecting his 2006 NBA Championship. Championships are like children you love them all equally. And to say he had not been through anything is pretty absurd when he grew up with in a fractured home in which his mother sold drugs and went to jail. Yes she is a fine upstanding citizen now but he went through something. I say this to make the point never disrespect a championship at the expense of another. Most people never get to win even ONE, mr Wade. Especially don’t disrespect one that will probably be his Crowning Acievement by the time he retires, one that was one of the greatest single handed performances. Mr. Wade still has some growing to do mentally!

  • MikeC.

    The refs won the 2006 championship. Anybody that actually watched the series knows that. While I still detest the greasy Heat organization, I will give a gentleman’s nod to the 2012 championship. Lebron, while still in d-bag rehab, played as well as any past legend. Mike Miller, while moving worse than my 87 year old grandfather, came up big. Shane Battier actually found the fountain of youth. I wish any other team had won, but the hated Heat get grudging respect for the ’12 trophy. ’06 has a giant ref-swung asterisk carved into it.

  • Conor

    ^ This.

  • http://www.hoopsworld.com IamYOU

    wow MikeC are you skip bayless?