Throwback Thursday: KD and D-Wade
There are a few different theories behind Kevin Durant’s and Dwayne Wade’s recent social media war. Some feel it was a ploy to enhance the Degree deodorant advertising campaign that both NBA stars are involved in, with others pointing to Wade’s legitimate victory over Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals.
There’s also the angle that Durant was taking an underhand shot at OKC’s management for trading away James Harden when he said that his former teammate would replace Wade in his list of the NBA’s Top 10 players, which sent Wade to respond on his Instagram account: “Make him respect my place in history…again…”
Since we don’t know the truth behind this story, and because some of our social media followers stated Durant and Wade were acting like “high schoolers,” naturally we take a look back at the facts of their high school careers in this edition of Throwback Thursday.
Before has was considered the nation’s No. 2 prospect behind center Greg Oden in the Class of 2006 at Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.), Durant spent his junior season at famed Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.). He earned Student Sports All-American honors as a junior along with senior teammate Jamont Gordon. Although the wiry forward and the chiseled Gordon earned All-American acclaim, it was actually junior point guard Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets) that was named team MVP for a 34-2 club that finished No. 2 in the Student Sports FAB 50 rankings.
Durant was a two-time high school All-American and was runner-up to Oden as the 2006 Mr. Basketball USA during his senior season at Montrose Christian. Ironically, Montrose finished No. 2 in the FAB 50 behind Oden’s Lawrence North (Indianapolis, Ind.) team.
Wade high school career was not as acclaimed as his new social media enemy. D-Wade was a borderline Top 100 national recruit at Richards (Oak Lawn, Ill.) and was often overlooked on his Illinois Warriors AAU team.
He was overshadowed by AAU teammates Darius Miles, who went to earn Mr. Basketball USA honors for for the 1999-2000 season at East St. Louis (East. St. Louis, Ill.), and forward T.J. Cummings of Homewood-Flossmoor (Flossmoor, Ill.). Former Student Sports Magazine cover subject Matt Lotich (who prepped at New Trier High School just North of Chicago and played basketball at Stanford) even started over him many times.
Wade, however, continued to improve and at the end of the summer of 1999 was beginning to slow flashes of brilliance.
At the Five Star Hoop Classic in Staten Island, N.Y., Wade helped the Illinois Warriors advance to the title game. Even in defeat to the Bronx Gauchos, Wade was the leading scorer in the title game with 24 points.
Nowadays, he just wants Durant to know he’s still one of the best, while Durant probably feels it would be easier to defeat the Miami Heat for all the marbles if Harden were still on his team.