In case you didn't see the highlights and coverage practically on loop on ESPN late tonight, it's safe to conclude that Dwyane Wade is decent at basketball.
Since the All-Star break, the league's leading scoring (29.4 ppg) has been averaging 36.5 points, 10.8 assists, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.8 steals.
Monday night he finished off the Bulls in 2OT with 48 points, 12 asissts, 6 rebounds and 4 steals, not to mention a steal with a few seconds left followed by the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.
Obviously, I'm a big Miami Heat homer, and have been talking up Wade's surreal season from the beginning, but I'm serious when I say he deserves some serious MVP consideration, and it seems ESPN is finally buying into the Wade hype. (Tim Legler even said on SportsCenter that he would rather watch Wade than any other player in the league).
Most of the season ESPN has been all about LeBron James and Kobe Bryant... but more so LeBron than anything. Since Wade's ridiculous tear since the All-Star break though, it seems people in the media are beginning to take Wade's MVP-caliber play seriously.
If you ask me, Wade does more with less than LeBron or Kobe. He has no Mo Williams like LeBron does. He doesn't have a Pau Gasol like Kobe does. He has a young, inexperienced team, that will go as far as he takes them.
Before the season, I pointed out that Wade was out to redeem himself and prove to be one of the game's elite. That preseason statement seems to be coming to fruition, and the rest of the league is beginning to realize it, too.
This is not the same Heat team that finished last in 2008 with a crippled Wade. They are no longer pushovers. Teams will now fear coming to play against Miami, because Wade knows how to protect his house, which is why he is as deserving of a candidate as there is for the MVP this season.
And yes, this is still D-Wade's house, and he won't let anyone forget it.