I’ve found it easy these past few years to dislike Dwayne Wade. Even before all the falling down theatrics and the fouling foolishness of the Dallas series last year, I just didn’t like him. Partly it came from one particular Pistons/Heat game. Partly it came from… I don’t know where it came from. He seemed to me to embody a lot of what is worst in the game today - a too easy ride to the top having done nothing to earn it. I found myself lapsing into convenient and pat, and frankly prejudicial ways of thinking about him as a freakishly good athlete with a head only useful for holding up layers of gold chains. Then I realized what I was doing and it did not feel good. I decided to try and figure out who this young man is and started reading what I could about him. The attached is a really interesting recent interview. It’s long, but worth a read. Dwyane Wade: Face of the Revived NBA - Newsweek Society - MSNBC.com The thing I am quickest to admire (often to the exclusion of other things) is intelligence and competence. What I’m starting to figure out about our young Mr. Wade is that he has both in abundance. He is one of those rare people who (for better or worse in a personal sense – not sure) is able to step outside themselves and see their talents as tools to be leveraged in the building of an empire. In some fundamental way it’s no different than what an actor or a politician does, certainly no different from what Michael Jordan did and continues to do. I suspect that it won’t take much more than one phony looking fall that leaves him limping around on defense only to see him explode on offense for me to start disliking Wade again. Maybe I’ll never really like him, but I am starting to have a fair amount of respect for him.