As Wade rides this hot streak (you can read about that by clicking here), here’s a quick conversation with him about his 3-point past and future:
Were you ever a 3-point shooter?
“The guys I watched growing up weren’t 3-point shooters. Michael Jordan wasn’t a 3-point shooter; that wasn’t his bread and butter… When I was young, I used to be a 3-point shooter, and then I got tall enough to where I could dunk and I said forget the 3s. I want to dunk. That’s all I wanted to do.
“Looking back at it now, I wouldn’t change anything. I love my mid-range game. I’ve never fallen in love with that shot. That’s not who I am. Now my son, he falls in love with it. Totally different than me. He wants to shoot it all the time. He can’t dunk yet.”
Two weeks ago you said you had a mental block about shooting 3s. Where’d that go?
“It’s more like catch and shoot (with the block). Off the dribble, I’ll shoot it anywhere. Sometimes you get to a point where you’re trying to take the perfect shot most of the time, so for me, a lot of times the perfect shot is not to come down and hoist up a 3 at the wrong time. I try to get into my mid-range because that’s my perfect shot. And in the playoffs, I’ve shot better from 3 because I’ve always focused a little more on the defense taking things away and then I have to shoot it a few times. The regular season is a long season. I just focus on my perfect shot.”
Doesn’t a run like this make you think about adding it permanently?
“I will be, if I want to keep playing. Stick around. I work on it. Everything I do in the game, I work on. I work on catch-and-shoot 3s. At some point, maybe I will. Maybe I won’t. I’ll work on it, and whenever I need to go to it, hopefully it goes in.
“I always work on it more in the playoffs because you’ve just got more time to focus. In the regular season, we’re traveling and this and that and I just work on what I know I’m getting in my spots. In the playoffs, I open it up more because if a team takes this away, I need to counter. And I have more time in the playoffs to work on certain things.”