There are times when he looks laughable, to be quite honest. The white leggings and arm sleeves, his body filled out with padding and the usual torso expansion of age. He goes through post-moves in slow motion, he struggles to get back in transition. He talks wistfully about those moments when his athleticism fails him in ways it never used to. It would be sad, except for one thing.
Dwyane Wade is killing it.
Stars age in different ways. Some burn out in a supernova of inefficiency like Kobe Bryant. Some modify and adapt into role players like Vince Carter. Some do what they've always done, just in shorter and shorter bursts like Manu Ginobili. Last season with the Bulls, Wade was a net negative on a young team, trying to hold Chicago up with his production. There were nights where he was "still Dwyane Wade," but there were also nights where he was trying to hold up a building that weighed more than his capability would allow.
With the Cavaliers, after a disastrous start, Wade made the move to the bench. That had to take some soul searching and a lot of pride-swallowing for a 12-time All-Star, eight-time All-NBA selection and three-time NBA champion. Starting or coming off the bench probably shouldn't be as big of a deal to players as it is, which is what coaches are constantly trying to say, but none of that changes the reality: it is a big deal. And yet, Wade made that transition, and then has made the most of it.
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