NOT lost on Barako Bull import Joshua Dollard is the observation of many that he looks and moves like NBA superstar Dwyane Wade.
Be it in the Philippines or wherever he plays around the world, Dollard admitted there is not one moment when he’ll always hear the comparison between him and the celebrated Miami Heat mainstay.
They Said It!
“In the Dominican Republic, a lot of the fans said that I look and play like Dwayne Wade." Barako Bull import Joshua Dollard
“Yeah, I’ve gotten it a lot. This is not the first time I’ve gotten it,” he said with a laugh when Spin.ph asked him about it. “In the Dominican Republic, a lot of the fans said that I look and play like Dwyane Wade.”
And he’s definitely not complaining as he considers the bosom buddy of basketball icon Lebron James one of the greatest players of all time.
“I think that’s a compliment. He’s a great player, an NBA All-Star, a Hall of Fame player. So to be compared to him is an honor,” the 28-year-old native of South Carolina said.
So far, Dollard is living up to the billing by churning out D-Wade-like numbers in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The 6-foot-8 import exploded for the second straight game by pouring in 44 big points and leading the Energy to a come-from-behind 110-106 upset of Rain or Shine on Sunday for the team’s first game in two outings.
Dollard sparked a huge fourth-quarter run by the Energy when he scored 17 points to take charge for an Energy team that is coming off a heartbreaking 108-104 overtime loss over Ginebra.
In two games he played with Barako Bull, Dollard averaged 44.5 points and 18.5 rebounds, including a conference-high 45 points in the team’s loss to the Kings.
“I’ve seen him sa videos, magaling talaga. Pero I didn’t expect na ganito pala kagaling,” said Barako Bull coach Bong Ramos of Dollard.
Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao himself was impressed with Dollard, saying, “we can’t stop their import on one-on-one, on isolation plays. We tried to double-team him, we tried to force him to take bad shots, but he just made his shots.”
A former Auburn University product, Dollard as expected deflect all the credit to his teammates.
“I’m just doing what my teammates want me to do. I’m willing to do whatever they want me to do. If they want me to pass, I’ll pass the ball. If they want me to score, I’m gonna score. Iff they need me to just rebound, then I’ll just rebound. This is what they want me to do, so I am doing my best to do it for them,” he said.
Dollard likewise doesn’t mind being just a second choice to original Barako Bull prospect Devon Dwayne Chism, who failed to suit up after failing to get a formal release from his mother ballclub in the Hungarian basketball league.
“Everything happens for a reason if it’s God’s will,” said Dollard, who counts Evan Brock, Renaldo Balkman, and Arizona Reid as among his friends who already saw action in Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league.
Dollard admitted he has yet to personally meet Wade in person and is certainly looking forward to that day.
“He’s one of the best players in the NBA and it would be an honor to meet him,” he said.
So for the moment, Dollard would just have to make do with his best impersonation of Dwayne Wade plays for Barako.