CHICAGO — Here in this viral world, there are no secrets anymore. All privacy is gone. You can’t even get dunked on in peace.
That is the scar Dwyane Wade must live with, the fact that being tattooed by Taj Gibson in Game 1 will stay forever in cyberspace. Such is the inconvenience of existing in modern times. Surely, many great players in the past were posterized in similar fashion, or even harsher, but there’s no proof. There’s no video archive. And therefore, they can always point to what happened to Wade and tell their grandchildren: That never happened to me.
Within hours after Wade was Gibsoned, the video received over 200,000 views on YouTube. You see, when Michael Jordan dunked on somebody, we became fond of saying the victim was “posterized.” But that is so 1992. Today, you get “YouTubbed.” Posters can get dog-eared and yellow and eventually thrown in the trash by your mom. When you get YouTubbed, it’s for life.
But history needs to be fair to Wade. He’s usually the sender, not the receiver. One facial, as rudely as it looked, doesn’t erase a career of dunking on others. As Wade said:
“That’s the first time I’ve been dunked on all year. I’ll take my 90-to-1 ratio of dunks this year. That’s a great ratio for me.”
Can you imagine if Wade in this series gets the ball on the break, with Gibson the lone defender, and LeBron James flying downcourt? You think LeBron is getting that pass? Probably not. Probably, in the mind of Wade, vindication is in order. He’s probably thinking of YouTube at that very moment.
Well, in honor of Wade, we offer up a few of his best dunks. And say what you will about the Gibson dunk, it has nothing on the abuse Wade heaped on Anderson Varejao, whose legs might be still in the air.