Short of any actual accolade or award, finding out you were Prince's favorite player in his favorite sport has got to be one of the coolest feelings that a professional athlete can experience. Almost has to feel surreal to be admired by someone that was so universally adored. To have the guy that transcended his craft to the point that he had multiple cities performing tributes on his behalf took a personal affinity to you? I'm not sure that even someone as celebrated D-Wade can truly put that type of honor in perspective. That's a distinction that is such an accomplishment that you can't really complain about the timing of it. That said, if Dwyane Wade was given the choice you have to believe he would have rather found this out at a later date, no?
"Hey Dwyane, I know you're in the middle of the NBA playoffs. I know your second best player is sidelined because he might actually die on the floor. I know you've got enough on your plate considering everyone is expecting you to carry your team to a matchup with LeBron in the Eastern Conference Finals. Just wanted to let you know that the musical legend that just met an untimely demise not even two weeks ago was probably your biggest supporter. No pressure on anything."
I mean, he almost has to dedicate this postseason to the memory of Prince, right? The way I see it, Wade can't truly say that he paid his respects to the late, great founder of his fan club unless he wins a championship. If there is anything that the reaction to Prince's death taught me it's that you can't possibly go over the top in celebrating his life. No gesture is too big of a gesture, but a measly second round victory against the Raptors is undoubtedly too small of a gesture. Not to put anymore weight on your shoulders Dwyane, but the eternal peace of a cultural icon is at stake here so maybe stop yelling at guys in purple shirts and embrace everything that color has to offer.