After Dedicating The Remainder Of His Season To A Victim Of The Parkland Shooting, Dwyane Wade Nailed A Game Winner In Miami
I don't want to take away from what was an objectively awesome sequence of events in which Miami's own provided a therapeutic moment of celebration to a grieving area of the country with a vintage 'Flash' performance that served as a tribute to a fallen fan. I'm not even religious, but something as seemingly meant to be as Dwyane Wade nailing a game-winner with the name of someone whose life was senselessly taken far too early scribed on his shoe makes me want to believe that said person was watching from above while proudly sporting the number '3' across his chest.
That being said, since therapy typically follows tragedy, can we stop pretending that appropriately timed highlights that transcend sports aren't happening with a nauseating amount of consistency? I mean, as harrowing as it is, I think we've all sadly become at least slightly desensitized to the mass murder of innocent Americans, so your priorities are super jacked up if the relatively meaningless feel-good moments that tend to follow haven't started to feel less and less good.
What's done is done and not even the most throwback of step-backs can retroactively take a weapon out of the hands of a psychopath, so I guess the best was made out of the worst kind of situation from a sports perspective. However, I couldn't help but find myself wishing I were in an alternate universe in which we'd be talking about Dwyane Wade coming home to provide heroics for the Heat instead of Dwyane Wade coming home to provide a rare reason to smile for an entire state.
What took place last night was quite obviously bigger than basketball, but - as a basketball fan - I'm fine with basketball being only as big as basketball if it means that this fucking country isn't in a constant state of mourning. Credit goes to Dwyane Wade for being more than an athlete, and thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of Joaquin Oliver, and - goddamn it - this cycle that comes subsequent to disaster is starting to give me deja vu.