Hey, Football Sunday: Dwayne Wade Looks Cool As A Cav
This hypothetically might be you, reader, Keystoner, or shall I say...friend?:
"Excuse me, Dominic, you dense bastard, what the hell is this? A NBA related article when the Steelers are playing the Ravens? The esteemed Indianapolis Colts are playing the very-long-in the-tooth Seahawks on Sunday Night Football and you're going to talk about NBA off-season movement? What is this, First Take? I should send Al Michaels over to your palatial estate in Bloomfield to shove your phony ass around. You realize hockey is in T-minus four days? They're raising the banner, Dom, THE BANNER and you're gonna try to talk some of that prima-donna player mobility bullshit on this fine first day of October?"
Hey, yeah, yeah I am. See I'm a very visual guy. Sure, words are nice and without them, you kind of don't have sports blog (*ahem* Fox Sports *ahem* ESPN), but you strip me down naked in the streets and "shame" my ass Cersei style, I'm gonna belly up and say, "damn, I need me some pictures."
So when I heard Dwayne Wade was going to be a Cleveland Cavalier, I was not on board. LeBron loses horribly to Golden State, let's stockpile the Cavs to appease the King in hopes that this city can sniff another title before he takes his crown to the royal purple and yellow in Los Angeles. I get it, I understand it, but NBA players switch more teams than than us millennials switch television channels and D-Wade going to the Cavs makes you scratch your head when thinking about team loyalty vs. team royalty.
And it isn't like Wade had any team to be loyal to at this point anyways. Pat Riley passive-aggressively pushed him out of south beach leading him to join his hometown Bulls for a forgettable one-off so he had his options in his palms. Would I liked to have seen him go to the "all fundamentals, all surly Popovich" San Antonio Spurs? Hell yes, D-Wade would have looks season vet fantastic in that Texas black and silver and it would have added to the league's parity. Plus Kewai Leonard is very Tim Duncan, very David Robinson under-the-radar cool. D-Wade would have been a sweet Sundance to his Butch Cassidy.
But he joined Cleveland for one more shot at Believeland. Again, was very sour on this idea, but I'm a visual whore so when I saw this picture...
I was like one of those IT memes of the kid going willingly into the sewer. Maybe's it's the cool, lettering, maybe it's the somehow appropriate Goodyear logo, but the dude looks good in this jersey.
Hey, who am I kidding? I know exactly what it is: he looks different. It's still D-Wade, but it's D-Wade as if he's in his third & final Gears Of War game. A progression very much like so:
And yeah, let's not forget this might really be his last shot at getting another ring. It sure would be a nifty story line if the fresh, new stars of the Warriors met the former, fresh new stars of the NBA in the finals. Now it's just a matter of them calling travels a little more and get rid of the whole pampering the players mindset and you'll have me back as a vested fan.