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BAMAPHIN 22
10-26-2006, 11:40 AM
Spike Lee is seated across from Dwyane Wade, then shouts "action" as the steamy gymnasium transformed into a temporary studio becomes silent. "Show us your game face," says Lee, the die-hard basketball fan and renowned director.

Wade knows the line is coming. He turns to the left, then back toward the camera, but can't hold the serious look and breaks out laughing.

Indeed, these are fun times for the Miami Heat's superstar guard, who is becoming perhaps just as valuable in the business world as the basketball one. A new batch of Converse television commercials with Lee, featuring Wade's newest shoe line, hits the airwaves Thursday. A new Gatorade ad campaign is coming this winter. He's selling cell phones for T-Mobile and sports-utility vehicles for Lincoln. He's on the cover of GQ and countless other magazines, too.

Dwyane Wade or "Wade, Inc." as he referred to himself, albeit only half-seriously is everywhere.

Even he can't truly believe how quickly it's all happened.

"It's all overwhelming," Wade says. "But nice, too."

Winning an NBA championship and taking home the finals MVP in only his third season served as the perfect capper to his meteoric rags-to-riches story, the one where a poor kid from a tough neighborhood in Chicago becomes a college star at Marquette, a first-round draft pick, Shaquille O'Neal's prime cohort in Miami and arguably the game's hottest star.

He'll get his first championship ring next Tuesday when the Heat open their season against the Bulls. He signed a contract extension over the summer that could be worth around $63 million. That figure might look like chump change when he signs his next deal sometime around 2010.

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory?id=2606355

FinsNYanksFan13
10-26-2006, 12:58 PM
Honestly, I can't stand the Heat (mainly because I can't stand Shaq) but out of all the players that you could say is the "Next Michael Jordan" I think Wade is the man. He's the closest I've seen on the court to Jordan and this is coming from the biggest Jordan fan you'll ever meet.

Roman529
10-26-2006, 03:16 PM
I like D Wade and his Lincoln ad......BUT, I doubt must people would even recognize him on the street, the way the would Michael Jordan or Charles Barkley or other famous athletes.

phinman1
10-26-2006, 03:45 PM
I'm not a Wade fan, especially after the playoffs last year. The guy was getting absolutely every call, it was a complete joke. He and his team were handed the Championship on a silver platter, a disgrace.

DeathStar
10-26-2006, 03:58 PM
lets Go Heat! Lets Go Heat!

Mvp! Mvp! Mvp!

Section126
10-26-2006, 04:30 PM
I'm not a Wade fan, especially after the playoffs last year. The guy was getting absolutely every call, it was a complete joke. He and his team were handed the Championship on a silver platter, a disgrace.


:sidelol:

That and they also scored more points than there opponents....:sidelol:

Amars
10-26-2006, 09:27 PM
thanks to the refs

tucker
10-26-2006, 10:09 PM
I'm not a Wade fan, especially after the playoffs last year. The guy was getting absolutely every call, it was a complete joke. He and his team were handed the Championship on a silver platter, a disgrace.
. <---------------that right there is the world's smallest violin and its all for you! :)

UCFinfan86
10-26-2006, 11:26 PM
I'm not a Wade fan, especially after the playoffs last year. The guy was getting absolutely every call, it was a complete joke. He and his team were handed the Championship on a silver platter, a disgrace.

and MJ, and Kobe, and AI, and Duncan and every other great player doesn't get every call?

greatwade
10-27-2006, 10:53 AM
I'm not a Wade fan, especially after the playoffs last year. The guy was getting absolutely every call, it was a complete joke. He and his team were handed the Championship on a silver platter, a disgrace.

widdle Mavs fan stiww bidder?????

byroan
10-27-2006, 11:19 AM
and MJ, and Kobe, and AI, and Duncan and every other great player doesn't get every call?
:yeahthat:


I'm not a Wade fan, especially after the playoffs last year. The guy was getting absolutely every call, it was a complete joke. He and his team were handed the Championship on a silver platter, a disgrace.

:sosad:

FinNasty
10-27-2006, 11:23 AM
I'm not a Wade fan, especially after the playoffs last year. The guy was getting absolutely every call, it was a complete joke. He and his team were handed the Championship on a silver platter, a disgrace.

Still mad you lost our bet?? :lol:

FinNasty
10-27-2006, 11:24 AM
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Alex44
10-27-2006, 11:27 AM
I'm not a Wade fan, especially after the playoffs last year. The guy was getting absolutely every call, it was a complete joke. He and his team were handed the Championship on a silver platter, a disgrace.

Every star player gets calls, Dirk gets calls to, the Mavs didnt drive to the basket and when you arent agressive you will never get calls, the Pistons just flat out sucked.

Anyway as good as Wade is he is an even better person off the court, thats why he is my favorite player in the NBA, and if he ever plays for another team he will still have 100% of my support.

DeathStar
10-27-2006, 11:33 AM
Every star player gets calls, Dirk gets calls to, the Mavs didnt drive to the basket and when you arent agressive you will never get calls, the Pistons just flat out sucked.

Anyway as good as Wade is he is an even better person off the court, thats why he is my favorite player in the NBA, and if he ever plays for another team he will still have 100% of my support.
:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

Alex44
10-27-2006, 11:33 AM
:eek::eek::eek::eek:

I know that thought makes me wanna throw up :lol: He will play for Miami for the next 5-10 years most likely, but you never know.

phinman1
10-27-2006, 11:41 AM
Still mad you lost our bet?? :lol:

What's up Nasty? Look forward to talking a little hoops with you again this season.

FinNasty
10-27-2006, 11:46 AM
What's up Nasty? Look forward to talking a little hoops with you again this season.

Chillin bro, you? As much as I loved the avatar I made you wear... I have to say you have found an even better one...

phinman1
10-27-2006, 11:51 AM
Chillin bro, you? As much as I loved the avatar I made you wear... I have to say you have found an even better one...

Chillin as well man. Glad you like the avatar, puts a smile on my face when I'm on this site, as reading about our phins these days sure doesn't.:(

AirMarino83
10-27-2006, 05:25 PM
i am saying this as someone that is not a heat fan and a self proclaimed hater... there is no way you can hate on dwayne wade.

finfan01
10-30-2006, 12:14 AM
Whether in Marquette or in the pros, Dwyane never ceases to amaze:eek:

Muck
10-30-2006, 12:41 AM
What I worry about is how long Wade can keep up this dominant level of play, considering the nature of his game. It's so contact-oriented. I worry about how long his body can take the pounding.

I guess he is what he is, much like Earl Campbell. Hopefully he continues to develop as a jump shooter and finds ways to reduce the amount of hits he takes.

It's funny though. I was among those who were whining about his lack of a long-range game late in the season. Then all of the sudden, the playoffs start and he's hitting from everywhere. When he's hitting long range, he's unguardable. He could be among the greatest ever if he follows MJ and Kobe and further develops that jumpshot, as well as further improving as a defender. It's not far-fetched at all.

Dolphin1184
10-30-2006, 12:21 PM
What I worry about is how long Wade can keep up this dominant level of play, considering the nature of his game. It's so contact-oriented. I worry about how long his body can take the pounding.

I guess he is what he is, much like Earl Campbell. Hopefully he continues to develop as a jump shooter and finds ways to reduce the amount of hits he takes.

It's funny though. I was among those who were whining about his lack of a long-range game late in the season. Then all of the sudden, the playoffs start and he's hitting from everywhere. When he's hitting long range, he's unguardable. He could be among the greatest ever if he follows MJ and Kobe and further develops that jumpshot, as well as further improving as a defender. It's not far-fetched at all.

Exactly. Wade's jumpshot is starting to flourish. It showed last year when he played hurt and took more jumpshots. I love his constant use of the glass.

Ferretsquig
10-30-2006, 12:37 PM
I think you'll see Wade taking more outside shots, even a decent number of threes. His first step is so quick there isn't anyone in the NBA that can play up on him so the jumper is always there. But I don't think he'll ever be as reliant on the fade-away as Jordan or Kobe.

As long as he can keep that quickness hes unguardable.

FinNasty
10-30-2006, 03:19 PM
His glass shot is the most beautiful shot in the league. And he is getting that 3pt-er now too...

When he gets it wet from behind the arch... its all over...