Having Made Huge Sacrifice for LeBron James, Hall of Famer Reflects on “Top Pillars” of Glorious Legacy

Published 08/18/2023, 9:00 AM EDT

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Greatness on the basketball court is not just outstanding skills and strength. Sometimes, it is the mindset and the sacrifices athletes make to succeed as a team. And that makes them a legend. Though this Hall of Famer possessed heaps of talent that propelled him to greatness, there were other moments as well, where he showed that he was so much more than that. And his sacrifice for LeBron James is one of them.

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The 3-time NBA champion averaged 30.2 points and 5.0 rebounds in 79 games in 2008-09. He dominated the league with his game. But for the player, winning the title became more important than that. The legend retraces that exact moment of his life as he talks about his journey in a recent interview. Let’s delve into D-Wade.

Sacrifice is one of the pillars of Wade’s career

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Instagram handle ‘Wade-legacy’ recently shared a clip from Flash‘s interview where he looked back on some glorious moments throughout his career. During the same, Dwyane Wade stated how his decisions played a significant role during his career. The post caught on like wildfire, even reaching the eyes of Miami’s favorite.

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Wade reshared the clip on his IG handle. In the clip, he said, “I think sacrifice, it is a big part of my career. actually should be one of the top pillars for me. That’s what I love about my career is that I did it in so many different ways.”

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“And you know, I learned how to play the game of basketball and be great at the game of basketball in so many different ways, and may not be the greatest in every one of them but I’m in every one of them because I did them all,” continued the 13x All-Star.

 

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In the clip, D-Wade also speaks about his stint with The King. “I learned how to be Robin, had to be the Batman…I did it all and so I’m proud of that”

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Dwyane Wade took a backseat for LeBron James

Wade’s selfless act of stepping back was instrumental in Miami Heat’s back-to-back victories in 2012 and 2013.

His sacrifice to take the secondary role and let James take the reins of the team will forever remain historic. He shifted his role to gain success and greatness. And boy did he achieve it. 

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For Wade, this was a big decision that meant fewer personal accolades. But he accepted the tradeoff in order to win another championship. Instead, he won two. 

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Pritha Debroy

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Pritha is an NBA writer at Essentially Sports. She has long been a fan of the NBA and the Portland Trail Blazers. With prior experience in lifestyle writing, she aims to deliver a fair assessment of the happenings from the NBA world, both on and off the court.
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