“Once KG, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce Teamed Up …”: Dwayne Wade Was Motivated By Celtics’ Big-4, LeBron James & Chris Bosh Team-up Was Imminent

Anujit Vijayakumar
|Published December 19, 2022

Dwayne Wade is an NBA Hall of Famer, accredited to his glorious basketball career in which he won a myriad of trophies. The 40-year-old was a highly touted talent coming into the league in 2003 at 21 years of age. 

Within a short span of time, Wade displayed precisely why the Miami Heat opted to draft him at number three ahead of Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh. The dexterity, agility, mobility, athleticism, handles and mettle Wade possessed catapulted him into stardom at South Beach. 

In fact, he was the talisman on the Miami Heat side that won the NBA championship in 2006, ahead of three-time NBA champion, Shaquille O’Neil. D Wade averaged  34.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in 6 games against the Dallas Mavericks.

An impeccable performance capped off with ‘Flash’ reaching the pinnacle of the sport. 

However he would soon realize that the next step in etching his name into the game’s history was to collect more championships to his name, but little did he know the strenuous hurdle that would stand in his way. Due to this, he was forced to pursue other means to achieve his objective. 

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Dwayne Wade recalls his mentality which led to his latter two NBA championships! 

Contrary to popular belief, the arrival of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett in Boston would be revolutionary moves that would go on to revolutionize the future of the sport.

The success the pair attained when they aligned themselves with Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo laid the blueprint for success going forward: Superteams. Not LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

And best believe superstars followed. The first to build on their success was the Miami Heat, with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh at the helm of the experiment

While appearing on the knuckleheads podcast with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles three years ago, three-time NBA champion, Dwayne Wade divulged his motives for forming the ‘Big Three’. 

Wade stated-

“This league, it was getting challenging, it was getting tougher. Once KG, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce, and Rondo, once they linked up, the league changed. The league changed bro. And you weren’t competing, and you were winning with one superstar no more. The league had changed and I knew it.”

In hindsight, the formation of the trinity was mandatory as it provided each of them with the best opportunity to clinch NBA gold. Not to mention, the three of them were perfectly complimentary to the others.

Yet if they had to do it again provided they knew what the future held for them in terms of the Mecin Durant-Golden State era, an argument could be made for the fact that they might be averse to the idea. 

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The Miami Heat ‘Big Three’!

The 2010-2014 Miami Heat were on the distinctive rosters assembled. Led by the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh, the franchise made its way to four NBA Finals, winning two and losing two. 

Although not the greatest of records, it would lay the foundation for the slow transition into the modern game of basketball. The memories the three stars created will forever be engraved into the supporter’s minds. 

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Anujit Vijayakumar

Anujit Vijayakumar

Anujit Vijayakumar is an NBA and Combat Sports writer at The SportsRush. An avid sports enthusiast, Anujit has been involved in the NBA and Combat Sports spectrum for over five years. Having joined The SportsRush in 2022, Anujit has been an integral member of both the basketball and combat sports community. He has published over 200 articles for NBA and over 150 articles for MMA primarily since his tenure began as a content writer.

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