Visual Evidence Dwyane Wade's Dirty Tactics Are Nothing New

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBANational NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 27, 2012

DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 20:  Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat at American Airlines Center on December 20, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade is one of the league's elite talents.

With the natural gifts of quickness and athleticism, Wade has dazzled NBA fans with highlight finishes and career-defining performances in the clutch.

Unfortunately, though, the former Marquette star has begun to define his career in another light, which is vastly different.

His incessant begging for superstar calls that are too often thrown his way has shaped his reputation as being one of the game's biggest whiners.

But those pleads are more irritating than anything. They're not the reason behind the increased unfavorable attention thrown Wade's way.

What has cast his career in a new light has been the manner in which he now afflicts damage on the opposition.

With the league soaring in popularity thanks to a spirited day of competition on Christmas Day, Wade delivered a crippling blow to both the league's image and to the nether regions of Charlotte Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions.


The Heat star feigned ignorance of his actions, but the video leaves little doubt about what could have been on his mind.

For those extremist Wade supporters clinging to any lingering doubts, consider the fact that this was far from the first time that he unleashed an assault on an opposing player.

During Miami's Eastern Conference Semifinal with the Boston Celtics in 2011, Wade got entangled with Boston point guard Rajon Rondo after Rondo tipped the ball away from Wade's hands.

Wade appeared to shade off a pursuit from Rondo, but then inexplicably drove the Boston star to the floor. As a result, Rondo dislocated his elbow, effectively ending the Celtics' playoff run.


The following season, Wade saved one of his most cringe-worthy moments for a glorified exhibition game.

The NBA All-Star Game is typically reserved for streetball handles, highlight finishes and no defense outside of the game's final minutes.

Yet, Wade decided that he needed to set a tone that seemed both out-of-place and incomprehensible.

With the Western Conference team enjoying a 12-point cushion with just under nine minutes remaining in the third quarter, Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant spun around Wade toward the baseline.

Photographers raised their cameras, awaiting Bryant's lift off. Yet the Lakers superstar remained grounded, courtesy of a two-armed wrap-up from Wade, resulting in a broken nose for Bryant.


Less than two months later, Wade was back at it again. This time at least he saved his antics for a regular-season showdown between two of the powerhouse teams in the Eastern Conference.

The Chicago Bulls took their talents to South Beach with conference supremacy on the line.

Bulls guard Richard Hamilton got the ball near the left wing, where he was hounded by the always pesky defender Wade.

Hamilton ducked his shoulder, looking to create a bit of breathing room. Wade responded with a forearm shove that sent Hamilton reeling toward the courtside seats.


Sadly, this still wasn't the end of Wade's misguided decisions.

During the 2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Indiana Pacers gave the Miami Heat everything the eventual champions could handle.

But Wade once again outshined the on-court performances. Upset about the lack of getting a call on the other end of the floor, he responded with a shoulder charge into the back of a streaking Darren Collison.


It's a disturbing trend for the latter stages of a career that once shined bigger and brighter than any of his peers on basketball's biggest stage.

But it's well on its way to defining both Wade's hoops career and his character.


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