Iceberg Slim wrote:^Your exact logic should be aligned with Kobe Bryant, not Wade. Recovery time? Who recovers faster than Kobe and plays at a high level in the NBA, especially considering mileage and age? Kobe recently said he's 3-4 months ahead of time right now. Wade had suffered injuries, sure. But his recovery is NOT fast. Look at this years playoffs for proof. If I'm not mistaken, game 5 in the Finals was the first game he had at least 20 points since playing Milwaukee in round 1. Kobe has bad games and physical slumps at times, sporadically. Wade has bad months, plural, yet he's played 7 years less than Kobe. He's still explosive because he's simply an elite athlete. Kobe has had multiple knee surgeries, shoulder surgery, the most severe ankle sprains I've ever seen, torn tendons in this shooting hand, and now an achilles tear. And he's 3 months ahead of schedule lol? Again, I don't see how Wade is the first guy suspected to be on PED's if the argument is recovery time and sustainability of physical gifts. Kobe in year 17, just had one of his best years in 2012.
That's one example from a plethora of injuries. Wade has had how many major injuries over the last few years and he still exhibits athleticism that at times can be transcendent. His body image and injury history are consistent with a person who uses PEDs to recover, speeding up the process, and thus not allowing the body to do the things it needs to do to recover properly and injuring himself again.
You're right about Kobe, but this is one season we're talking about. The reason he's third on my list and not first is because Wade exhibits not only the pattern of injuries, but the appearance as well. Namely his jaw line. LeBron comes second because of his physical body. It just seems to not make sense much like Shaq's back in the 90s and early 2000s. Sometimes people are genetically gifted though.
Kobe comes third because of his meteoric rise this last season. He seemed more explosive, more athletic, and more capable than he had in years. He says it's because of a stricter diet and of course we all know of his off-the-court work ethic. There's enough smoke there to see a fire, but there's also enough back story to give him more of a benefit of the doubt. Not much, and not enough for me to be above suspicion, but certainly more than Wade or LeBron. He doesn't exhibit the physical appearance of PED use or show a pattern of injury consistent with PED use. I wouldn't be surprised if he gave in to the pressure of using PEDs in his 17th season after seeing his body start to fail in his 15th and 16th season.
Howard comes fourth, but if it had been a year before his back injury he'd probably be second or third.