Dwyane Wade has been guilty of some pretty egregious acting jobs in his career. The most recent came earlier this month against the Wizards when he turned in a tour de force performance after getting hit with a screen from Jason Smith. The veteran Bulls guard crumbled to the ground and laid there seemingly punch-drunk for several moments as if he’d been pummeled with a force so mighty that no mere mortal could withstand it.
It’s all part of the game, as Wade told Dan Patrick on his radio show recently, and far from being apologetic about it, Wade doubled down and went on to say that the tactics he employs are becoming increasingly archaic and that he feels the need to modernize his flopping methods in order to keep up with the rest of the league.
At this point in his career, I suppose it’s useless to pretend. As age and declining physical skills take their inevitable toll, Wade needs every advantage he can get. But that was just one part of a wide-ranging discussion. He also had some pretty interesting things to say about Russell Westbrook and this season’s MVP race.