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Dwyane Wade Wants to Reach Kobe Bryant’s Level & Why He Won’t Reviewed by Momizat on . [caption id="attachment_23295" align="alignright" width="199" caption="Keep Reaching Dwyane"][/caption] Bran Enton caught up with Dwyane Wade this weekend and l [caption id="attachment_23295" align="alignright" width="199" caption="Keep Reaching Dwyane"][/caption] Bran Enton caught up with Dwyane Wade this weekend and l Rating:
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Dwyane Wade Wants to Reach Kobe Bryant’s Level & Why He Won’t

Keep Reaching Dwyane

Bran Enton caught up with Dwyane Wade this weekend and learned that the two players he would want to be like the most are Michael Jordan, his current employer with the Jordan Brand and Kobe Bryant.

Clearly, the Miami Heat shooting guard is reaching a moment in his career of self-reflection. Wade knows that this is the point of his career in which his legacy will be defined and most importantly, what can separate him from being a billionaire and a millionaire.

“In my mind, I have what I feel is a next level. And I have a blueprint in front of me. I have the Michael Jordans of the world. I have the Kobe Bryants of the world. I have these guys that are showing what’s the next level. – Dwyane Wade [AP]

Comparing himself to Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant is the perfect marketing tactic in order to create the perception that he IS one of them to the public. The true NBA Fan will note that Wade is currently 29 years old and has one championship ring that a Shaq in the last year of his prime helped him get, along with a nice choke job by the Mavs in 2005.

At 29 years old, Kobe began his quest for championship no. 4 after appearing in his fifth NBA finals against the Boston Celtics. Michael Jordan just finished his first set of three rings as well at the age of 29.

If Wade thinks he can catch Jordan, then he definitely is delusional, but something tells me that he has his sights set on Kobe’s legacy.

Which still makes him delusional.

Wade will need to win 4 more championships to even be considered next to Kobe.

Wade has already put himself in a poor spot for his fans to argue, as the debate to whether the Heat are his team or Lebron’s have already sprung up in their first year together. For the last 7 years, the Lakers have clearly been Kobe’s team.

With the current lockout and pending new deal that will come out of these negotiations, there have already been talks about decreasing the salary cap, which means less money for the Heat to surround their “Big 3″ with quality role players. Worst case scenario is Miami will have to trade one of it’s three stars to get under the cap.

Lastly, Wade has a horrible history of injuries and his style of play is conducive to continuing that trend.

So Dwyane, You can try to catch Kobe, but it looks like your chances are as good as guarding him on this game winning shot:

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  • Heat Hater

    You’re right about Wade having won his only championship with Shaq and the Mavs’ choke job.  Also remember the other major factor — the refs made him untouchable!

    • Cli1925

      Wow retarded piece of shit that you are. Kobe had help from the ref in at least three of his playoff run.

  • george

    Is it bad to try to reach Kobe’s level? Kobe had Shaq for he’s first 3 rigns, whos team was it? I dont think wade will reach the level of mamba bt you cant hate him fro trying, thats just dumb. He has the pieces to get at least 3 more rings, and you can hate all you want, but the guy can play some basketball. 

    • Adrianbethea502

      Take Kobe off of those teams and ask yourself would the Lakers have won those titles. He saved them in the playoffs over an over again. If not for him they wouldn’t have made it out of those playoff series.

      • matrix

        Well if we are going to go this route, then I am making a vote for robert horry and derek fisher to be just as good as Kobe and Shaq. They wouldn’t have won those titles without those two coming up with big shot after big shot. Just like Steve Kerr and John Paxson were just as important as MJ.

  • matrix

    This is quite possibly the dumbest article ever put out. First of all D-Wade wasn’t really comparing himself to MJ and Kobe. He was merely pointing out that he believes that he can take his game to another level, and that he is trying to use those two to learn from to achieve the next level.
    And we get it, you would drink the remnants of a freshly squeezed Kobe Bryant jock-strap if given the chance, but you may want to ease up a bit. Takes away from your credibility. To say that Shaq was any where near his prime when he won with D-wade is just plain dumb. He only had 181 more points than Antoine Walker for goodness sake, and only played 58 games that season. D-Wade is the one who won that title not Shaq. But for Kobe’s first 3 titles Shaq was the reason those were won. By the age of 29, I believe the Finals MVP trophies speak for themselves. So I guess when you really look at it. D-Wade has only 1 less ring than Kobe when you factor in who was really the main man on their respective teams. Not really so “delusional” to think that Wade could get one more, and also him be the MVP for that finals.

    • Adrianbethea502

      I don’t believe you actually watched the Lakers 3peat. Shaq was clearly the man in the first title run but after that, well that’s when the debate begins. Kobe was finishing the games Shaq couldn’t put away because he was on the bench because of his freethrow shooting ability or lack there of. So if Kobe wouldn’t have finished those games they wouldn’t have 3peated. MVPs is a matter of opinion, a decision made by men given to men. Kobe has been the best player on the planet since 2002 and all he has is 1 mvp for a season. Now tell me what’s wrong with that picture.

  • Kezirely

    Man whatever because Shaq wouldn’t have got those rings without Kobe either!! I’m sick ofeveryone one giving all the glory to shaq like Kobe didn’t have a major role!! Just like pippen played a major role in mj’s six rings!

  • Kezirely

    Man whatever because Shaq wouldn’t have got those rings without Kobe either!! I’m sick ofeveryone one giving all the glory to shaq like Kobe didn’t have a major role!! Just like pippen played a major role in mj’s six rings!

  • Kezirely

    Man whatever because Shaq wouldn’t have got those rings without Kobe either!! I’m sick ofeveryone one giving all the glory to shaq like Kobe didn’t have a major role!! Just like pippen played a major role in mj’s six rings!

  • Kezirely

    Man whatever because Shaq wouldn’t have got those rings without Kobe either!! I’m sick ofeveryone one giving all the glory to shaq like Kobe didn’t have a major role!! Just like pippen played a major role in mj’s six rings!

  • Kezirely

    Man whatever because Shaq wouldn’t have got those rings without Kobe either!! I’m sick ofeveryone one giving all the glory to shaq like Kobe didn’t have a major role!! Just like pippen played a major role in mj’s six rings!

  • Kezirely

    Man whatever because Shaq wouldn’t have got those rings without Kobe either!! I’m sick ofeveryone one giving all the glory to shaq like Kobe didn’t have a major role!! Just like pippen played a major role in mj’s six rings!

  • Kezirely

    Man whatever because Shaq wouldn’t have got those rings without Kobe either!! I’m sick ofeveryone one giving all the glory to shaq like Kobe didn’t have a major role!! Just like pippen played a major role in mj’s six rings!

  • Kezirely

    Man whatever because Shaq wouldn’t have got those rings without Kobe either!! I’m sick ofeveryone one giving all the glory to shaq like Kobe didn’t have a major role!! Just like pippen played a major role in mj’s six rings!

  • Kezirely

    Man whatever because Shaq wouldn’t have got those rings without Kobe either!! I’m sick ofeveryone one giving all the glory to shaq like Kobe didn’t have a major role!! Just like pippen played a major role in mj’s six rings!

  • Kezirely

    Man whatever because Shaq wouldn’t have got those rings without Kobe either!! I’m sick ofeveryone one giving all the glory to shaq like Kobe didn’t have a major role!! Just like pippen played a major role in mj’s six rings!

  • Kezirely

    Man whatever because Shaq wouldn’t have got those rings without Kobe either!! I’m sick ofeveryone one giving all the glory to shaq like Kobe didn’t have a major role!! Just like pippen played a major role in mj’s six rings!

  • Kezirely

    Man whatever because Shaq wouldn’t have got those rings without Kobe either!! I’m sick ofeveryone one giving all the glory to shaq like Kobe didn’t have a major role!! Just like pippen played a major role in mj’s six rings!

  • Kezirely

    Man whatever because Shaq wouldn’t have got those rings without Kobe either!! I’m sick ofeveryone one giving all the glory to shaq like Kobe didn’t have a major role!! Just like pippen played a major role in mj’s six rings!

  • Kezirely

    Man whatever because Shaq wouldn’t have got those rings without Kobe either!! I’m sick ofeveryone one giving all the glory to shaq like Kobe didn’t have a major role!! Just like pippen played a major role in mj’s six rings!

  • Kezirely

    Man whatever because Shaq wouldn’t have got those rings without Kobe either!! I’m sick ofeveryone one giving all the glory to shaq like Kobe didn’t have a major role!! Just like pippen played a major role in mj’s six rings!

  • Kezirely

    Man whatever because Shaq wouldn’t have got those rings without Kobe either!! I’m sick ofeveryone one giving all the glory to shaq like Kobe didn’t have a major role!! Just like pippen played a major role in mj’s six rings!

  • Kezirely

    Man whatever because Shaq wouldn’t have got those rings without Kobe either!! I’m sick ofeveryone one giving all the glory to shaq like Kobe didn’t have a major role!! Just like pippen played a major role in mj’s six rings!

  • Kezirely

    Man whatever because Shaq wouldn’t have got those rings without Kobe either!! I’m sick ofeveryone one giving all the glory to shaq like Kobe didn’t have a major role!! Just like pippen played a major role in mj’s six rings!

  • T-Wayne

    Wow, what an idiotic piece of writing. The last year of Shaq’s prime? That’s actually an insult to Shaq that he would have played so poorly in any part of his prime. The question comes down to Kobe’s two versus Wade’s One, and the fact that until last season for the past 3 or 4 season Kobe had the better team. I’m not saying Wade’s prime will be better than Kobe’s but please if you’re going to attempt to write an article this inflammatory back it up with real facts and not opinions founded on FOOLISH thinking. A twelve year old could have postulated a better argument that the literary garbage which is your article, now unfortunately using brain cells that could have been saved for much more useful insights. 

  • FDawk28993

    DWade’s career numbers are slightly better than Kobe’s.  It is entirely arguable that Wade will get 3 or 4 titles.  DWade has already amassed more  than a few all time statistical lines (shot blocking/playoff shooting percentage, etc…).  All that being said, it is clear that Wade was talking about making a great player (as Kobe & Jordan are) better, via diversification his skill set.  Either way Wade is already in the conversation as one of the greatest 2-guards ever.  To suggest otherwise exposes an intellectual inferiority that belies the arrogance attendant to your act of pressing send after drafting this piece of nonsense. 

  • Lumpy

    Kobe too will never reach MJ level too, hurrraay so go suck on it Laker nation and Mr. Gary !! Furthermore, for now Kome’s era is over, Laker nation get ready for the Lebron/Wade reign of terror !!

    As far as the salary cap is concerned, Gary, not so fast. The new CBA will be beneficial to ongoing contract bcos they will be grandfathered into running out contract terms out. The teams at a disadvantage are the new teams intending to replicate the big 3 break through Riley and da Heat pulled. And that spells doom for everyone else including the Lakers.

    Finally, wait a minute, since when does all da career legacy of a player hinge on the number of titles you’d won?? Wade doesn’t have to equal da tally of Kobe’s championship to be viewed as a greater player. By da same token Kobe can go ahead and win 7 titles and he is still behind MJ guaranteed. Remember, that Wilt only has 2 rings and he is still ahead of Kobe, Shaq and even Russell.

    So Wade stop having sleepless nites, just win 3 more titles and u will be ahead of Kome. Not that Kobe was the man when he won his first 3 rings either, Shaq was !!

  • Lumpy

     
    Exactly Matrix, I have gotten so tired of da media equating the number of title u won with teams to your main greatness as an indivdual player. Winning a title is a team thing and huge disrespect to other players on your team who won it by playing defense and hitting key shots at the right time.
     
    Kobe can go ahead and win 7 titles, does it make him a greater player than MJ? NO
    Does Robert Horry who won 7 titles greater than Duncan? NO
    Does Shaq who won 4 titles better than Wilt who won 2 titles?  NO
    Is Shaq even a better player than Hakeem? NO
     
    It high time to re-engineer our thinking and be able to dissect our lengeds better in order to access how great their careers are or more importantly how good they are on the court.  The lazy attitude of sports analysts on bleacherreport, MSN sports, Yahoo, ESPN to encode players solely and directly with the number of titles won, is a DISSERVICE to all hardwork of all pro-player, a DISRESPECT to the awareness of sport fans  and just plain FALLACIOUS to the intelligence of our sport !!

  • Kelly

    Saying that Wade wants to reach the same level as Kobe Bryant and Micahel Jordan suggests that Bryant is on the same level as Jordan. He isn’t. 

  • Geraldcliffk

    are u dumb? Kobe has been the best player in the league for many years now. He would never be #2 at this point of his career, like dwayne wade is questionable to #2 on his team. Kobe was a rookie and shaq was the leader but he would not of won without kobe either.

  • Celtics17

    If you judge everything by the number of rings a man has won as a player that means that Bill Russell is the best player that has ever lived with his 11 NBA championship rings in his 13 seasons playing in the NBA. 2 of those (1968 and 1969) he was player coach. BASKETBALL IS A TEAM GAME!

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