Miami Heat: 3 ways that the Dwyane Wade/Aaron Gordon chat could go

Shaquille O'Neal, Aaron Gordon, and Dwyane Wade participate in 2020 State Farm All-Star Saturday Night (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
Shaquille O'Neal, Aaron Gordon, and Dwyane Wade participate in 2020 State Farm All-Star Saturday Night (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images) /
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The Truths

The “truth” based on the controversy

Based on the fact that there was a controversy in itself, here is what that version of the truth would look like in a conversation. Dwyane Wade would admit that he, himself, alone was the reason that Gordon lost.

This would be based on the notion that everyone already presumes. The Miami Heat connection between Jones Jr. and Wade, along with the fact that they actually were teammates last season, was enough to make everyone believe that the fix was in. Although that isn’t the actual truth from our perspective, this is a very real possibility.

The “truth” based on the immediate reaction

If you were paying any attention to the actual broadcast, the immediate reaction by those calling the contest made you believe in another possibility. This theory suggests that the judges were all in collaboration to score it one way, when someone bucked the trend and went rogue.

This is said to be what caused the discrepancy as the immediate word seemed to indicate that the judges intended for it to be a tie and thus, co-winners. This too seems like a bit of a farce to us, but still, a highly possible and plausible scenario.

The “truth” based on well… the truth

Now we start to approach real answers. Here’s the truth, not this version or that version, but the actual truth.

Derrick Jones Jr. won the contest. When looking at the dunks that both he and Gordon did, they were both worthy of winning the contest.

If the contest had included some extra bonus for being the best through the initial two rounds, then Gordon may have won, but it didn’t. When it counted most, winning time which here was the extra period of dunks, Gordon faltered.

Gordon used his best stuff in the initial rounds while Jones Jr. still had a few tricks up his sleeve. It also didn’t help that Gordon’s dunks in the final period began to look eerily similar to some of the ones that Jones Jr. had executed in earlier rounds.

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In the end, the right results were the final results. In any other year and if they were in contests alone with three other people, either’s performance was worthy of the Slam Dunk title but like The Highlander, there could only be one. Either way though, things worked out correctly, but these are the three ways that conversation between Dwyane Wade and Aaron Gordon could potentially go.