Heat legend Dwyane Wade won three NBA championships as a player, was named the Finals MVP once and was once the league’s scoring champion.
Once he came close to winning the NBA MVP and the Defensive Player of the Year awards. But D-Wade says that it was never his first priority to win individual awards. Instead for him it was all about the team.
He revealed Andre Iguodala on his Point Forward podcast that he wasn’t focused on individual accomplishments until recently when he was named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.
“I didn’t know it, I didn’t know it was gonna be. We all want to do well individually, but I’ve never like played sports for the individual. I’ve always played from what I fell in love with it, with the team aspect. I’ve always been okay with like not getting an award. I remember when I was trying to get MVP one year and I was going off for Defensive Player of the Year the same year in ’08 and I came in third in both of them,” Wade shared.
“They just proved to me again that individual awards meant nothing, and so the 75 was probably the first time since then that I really cared about something individually.”