LeBron James explains how special it will be playing with Dwyane Wade again
The relationship between Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade has never recovered after the former spurned the Miami Heat in free agency five years ago. Not actually, of course. Though many NBA fans wanted to believe James’ decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014 would irreparably damage his relationship with the Miami Heat icon, it almost seems the pair have grown even closer in the interim.
Those who fondly remember the “Heatles” will get one last chance to watch James and Wade play on the same side on February 17th, when they suit up for Team LeBron at the All-Star Game. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar sarcastically told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, though, that he’s definitely not looking forward to playing with Wade a final time.
“Probably my worst All-Star Game by far playing with that guy,” James joked. “I can’t believe I’m sharing another All-Star Game with Dwyane Wade, my least favorite person in the world. Nah, it’s going to be special, that’s for sure, man. It’s his last hoorah and to be part of All-Star Weekend is going to be a treat.”
Wade, of course, is retiring at season’s end. He entered the league with James in 2003, when they met at the pre-draft combine. James, along with fellow free agent Chris Bosh, signed with the Heat in the summer of 2010, a move that would change the course of the league forever, setting an example for fellow superstars to chart their preferred course in free agency and via trade demands, irrespective of public perception.
Wade and James took Miami to four consecutive NBA finals from 2011 to 2014, winning back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013. They also briefly played together last season on the Cavaliers, before Wade, who had fallen out of the rotation, was traded back to the Heat at the deadline.