After his performance in these NBA Finals, LeBron James shut up his critics for good. But his former Miami teammate, Dwyane Wade, still has some scores to settle about the way his first title, 2006’s win over the Mavericks, is talked about, mainly the criticism of the officiating. Wade took to Instagram to address it on Monday:
There’s alot of coverage on the 2006 NBA Finals right now...One because it was the most controversial finals to date and today makes exactly 10 years to the date we won our first ever title as an organization and me as a player. It was one of the greatest moments in my life and probably one of the worst for the Dallas Mavericks. That’s sports... we’ve all had our moments to feel both ways. Now what I’m reading about the series is unfair to me as a basketball player. Did I get some calls that I could have played through YES. We all do...but was I attacking every time I touch the ball...YES. This picture is an example of a play in game 5 that everyone said I didn’t get fouled on. Listen most athlete have never committed a foul but D Harris my guy...this is a foul haa. All in all we did find a way to beat a team that was a much better team then us that season...but they got their payback in 2011 as a franchise so in my mind it’s a wash..but iam proud to take a look back at these moments and say I had a hand in us winning our first ever championship. #2006
Wade is right, and it makes sense that he wants to make sure that title isn’t tarnished by history. It was his coming-out party as an NBA superstar, in only his third year in the league, and the only one of his titles in which he wasn’t overshadowed by James.