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The versatility has allowed Lue to create some unique five-man combinations that include a mix of starters and reserves. Wade, James, Korver, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith not only score, they have also defended well.
When Wade started those first three games, he discovered he wasn’t a main option and wasn’t that involved in the offense with James and Love the 1-2 threat.
“I know I’m not a guy who can sit in a corner all game and if the ball comes to me, I’ll be able to knock a three down,” he said. “I’ve got to be in rhythm to knock a three down, so I know that’s not sitting in the corner. There was no flow for me, and I’m the most rhythm-est player in the world.”
Wade is self-aware and had no trouble putting ego aside so he could play an important role even though he had started 1,076 of 1,087 games, playoffs included, in his career.
“Look in the mirror man, and that’s what I did,” he said. “Even my ego saying, ‘I’ve been a starter, and I’ve had this kind of career,’ I still wasn’t going to make the best of it just by being in the starting lineup because of my ego.
“So for me, I was, ‘OK, where can you be your better self and how can you enjoy playing the game and be happy playing the game?’ To me, it was just about making the best of my situation and understanding where I was going to be best at.”
Earlier this season, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said playing back-up point guard for the Cavs is one of the most important positions in the league. Wade remembered wise words from Spoelstra when deciding the bench role was the optimum situation for him.
“Coach Spo always said, ‘Can you re-invent yourself?’ ” Wade said. “For me, I tried to re-invent myself. My game hasn’t changed, but I’ve always tried to fit my game within the team and do whatever’s necessary.”
Wade is a 12-time All-Star, an eight-time All-NBA performer and 2006 Finals MVP, and now for the first time in his career, he is a Sixth Man of the Year candidate.
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