Dwyane Wade has a fair amount of experience being a part of the NBA finals, but generally fans will see him playing on the court rather than evaluating the other players as a commentator.
It will be odd for fans to see him in the new position, but at least Wade will be able to participate in the NBA finals in some way since his team was a bit of a disappointment this year and didn’t even make the playoffs.
This year, he will be a featured analyst in the broadcast booth during the coverage of the NBA finals. He will join ESPN on ABC for the pregame and halftime shows during games 2 and 3 of the finals series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.
Dwyane Wade will be put in an interesting position and able to offer up some good insight as the former teammate of Lebron James, who is competing in yet another NBA championship series, hoping to get his 3rd ring.
— NBA (@NBA) June 2, 2015
Wade and James played together for several years on the Miami Heat and also won 3 NBA championships while developing a longtime friendship. The two of them played in each of the past four NBA finals as members of the Heat and now James will be doing it with his old team, hoping to win another.
The Miami Heat star will also be providing studio commentary for games 6 and 7 if those games are necessary. Judging by the way that the Warriors and Cavaliers both finished off their recent opponents, it should make for an interesting match-up between the two teams and it is a highly anticipated one.
Dwyane Wade on NBA Countdown for The Finals? Yes, please.
— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) June 2, 2015
Dwyane Wade will clearly have a bias going into the series with his old teammate on one of the teams competing, which could complicate things, but it wouldn’t be the first time that a commentator has had a friend on one of the teams that they are covering.