As LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, along with the rest of the Miami Heat, continue their quest for a Repeat NBA Championship, as well as the possibility of surpassing the 41 year old longest winning streak (currently held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers squad), it seems an appropriate time to view what may be the best compilation of the Classic Alley Oop play by this seemingly unstoppable duo.
Sit back and enjoy eight minutes of spectacular performances by LBJ and DWade, from monster lob dunks to full-court pass-to-the-backboard assists.
Anyone who is into balling has got to appreciate these sports minutes.
When it was first reported that Miami Heat All Star Dwyane Wade stated that Olympic hoopsters “should be compensated” for their time there was something that did not sit exactly right.
Ray Allen, all-time 3-point champion of the Boston Celtics and former Olympian (2000), was the first to say it, in an interview with FoxSports, a day earlier.
The basic argument, reported at the time, was that it takes a lot of time and energy away from everything else in one’s life, and that the product companies make money selling more gear. D-Wade said, “It’s a lot of things you do for the Olympics — a lot of jerseys you sell.”
The point about products is interesting, especially in light of the fact that the US Olympic hoopsters are pros and many, if not all of them, earn endorsement money, be it from specific basketball related items (like Nike shoes) or hawking burgers or insurance.
One of the reasons a company chooses to pay athletes to endorse their product or service is due to the high profile.
Thus, when a pro baller goes to the Olympics, regardless of his current visibility status, that profile will always go up even more, especially with a Gold Medal. A higher profile will then mean, in many cases, more endorsements, new endorsements, other ways that money finds its way into the pockets of the pro.
And, earnings for those pros endorsing products generally far outweighs their hefty NBA salary.
Thus, it is good D-Wade sort of back-stepped. He did not outright reverse. He just said “he” doesn’t need to get paid to participate in the 2012 Olympics.
His clarification: “BUT my love 4 the game & pride 4 USA motivates me more than any $$$ amount. I repped my country in 2004 when we won the bronze medal and stood proudly to receive our gold medal in 2008 in Beijing. It’s always been an honor for me to be a part of the USA Olympic family…and I’m looking forward to doing it again in London this summer.”
And, we do look forward to Dwyane and his teammates taking the Gold.
Without a doubt, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are two of the greatest basketball players to ever play the sport.
This is not a discussion of who is better, nor is it a slight to any other major NBA All Stars, past or present. It is simply an observation of two athletes who can, and have done, virtually anything with that ole round ball.
Some Black Mamba highlights:
A bit of King James:
It is always a pleasure to watch these two take the floor.