With winning an NBA championship, a whole players career can be defined. We look back at Michael Jordan and remember his championships the same way that we look down on LeBron James for his lack of a championship. A championship can change our perception of a player, and that’s no different this year.
On both sides, the way that we look at the players on the Heat and Thunder can change a lot with a championship. Many players have a lot to gain, but who has the most to gain from an NBA championship?
The only players on the Heat roster who have an NBA championship to their name is Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem, who were there in 2006 when the Heat won the title. At this point in his career an NBA championship is nice for Udonis Haslem but it isn’t going to change any perception of him or impact his “legacy” in the NBA. D-Wade, on the other hand, could help cement a very good career with a second NBA championship. He could also make everybody forget the poor postseason he has had if he comes out and plays like the Dwayne Wade that won the ’06 championship.