Not long ago, Dwyane Wade was one of the best and most explosive players in the NBA. That day, though, is long over.
Wade has very little explosion left and can’t jump the way he could when he was younger. He’s been dealing with knee injuries the past few years and his lack of hops has shown. Take what happened in the third quarter Sunday of Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Wade drove baseline against San Antonio and went up to dunk. A few years ago, this would have been a poster moment for him. Instead, he realized he couldn’t dunk and went for a layup. Tiago Splitter got credit for a block even though he probably should have been called for a goaltend.
It’s really sad at this point, though it’s something you could see coming. LeBron James shorted himself when he chose to go to Miami and pair up with Wade, who was older than him despite being in the same draft class. He should have known Wade was going to age and he should have teamed up with younger stars. Now it’s costing him a possible championship.