Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade knows a thing or two about super teams in the NBA. He was a part of one during the tail end of his tenure with the Miami Heat playing alongside LeBron James and Chris Bosh going to four straight NBA Finals and winning two championships. So it shouldn’t be surprising to hear the stance that he has on super teams when asked by Nick Friedell of ESPN.
I think certain moments — it’s great. At the end of the day, whether you dislike the Heat or you loved the Heat, you was tuning in to watch the Heat, right? Same thing with Golden State. Whether you dislike what happened with Kevin Durant or whatever the case may be, you’re going to tune into watch, whether you want him to succeed or fail.
“Our game is growing. Eyes are on our game. And at the end of the day, me as a player, I just love the fact that players have the ability to control their own destiny.
“That’s what we fight for when it comes to lockouts and all these things. We want to be able to do the things we want to be able to do because they can trade us at any moment, they can get rid of us at any moment. So to have the power to be able to do what we did in 2010 — that felt great. That was a great moment for us. Three young African-American kids got an opportunity to control their own destiny and call their own shots. That’s what we wanted. So our game is not taking a hit; our game has only grown.”
What Wade is stating should hold much credence given that he played on a super team. He knows everything that comes with that territory that brings the constant media attention. Although many will frown upon the idea, it’s clear that it drives up the ratings but at the same time realizes it’s the player choice.
The NBA has come a long ways over the years with the flexibility that it has given its players to control their future. Free agency has been a great part of helping make that happen each offseason. It may draw a lot of criticism when super teams are formed, but it’s actually just the players exercising their ability to dictate their NBA careers.