D wyane Wade had earned a new nickname. It wasn’t all that flattering. Heat fans hoped it was temporary, like a press-on tattoo. But, until Saturday night, it fit:
As the NBA season winds down toward next weekend’s start of the playoffs, Miami waited for Wade’s good health like Vladimir and Estragon waited for Godot in that famous Samuel Beckett play.
D.Wait missed a ninth consecutive game Friday night with a sore hamstring and had missed 28 games this season — more than one-third of the schedule — with various ailments, before finally returning to action Saturday night at Atlanta. His availability and fitness in the postseason loomed as the difference between a Heat three-peat and ultimate disappointment.
Will Wade prove to have been worth the wait?
Saturday offered a glimpse, but we wait to find out for sure, and it is the underlying drama to Miami’s postseason.
I must note that Vladimir and Estragon waited endlessly and in vain for Godot.
Here’s hoping LeBron and Udonis ultimately see a more satisfying end to Waiting for Dwyane.Rory McIlroy Don Shula