Lakers forward LeBron James says playing with Heat guard Dwyane Wade again meant ‘everything’
Asked of what it means to share this moment with his former Miami Heat teammate, James argued it was a bittersweet time in the last few days.
“It means everything,” said James, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic. “Like I’ve been saying the last couple days, it’s been a bittersweet moment for me with him. The bitter part is obviously this is the last time being on the same floor together … and then the sweet part of it, seeing him be able to go off on his own terms.”
The two even connected for a treasured moment in an alley-oop play off the backboard, one which most think was similar to a play they shared during their time as teammates with the Heat.
D Wade off-the-backboard alley-oop to LeBron…Im going to cry. pic.twitter.com/3Uho7Bci0n
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) February 18, 2019
However, that’s just not the case, as the iconic photo of Wade celebrating as James takes flight for a dunk, actually came from a bounce pass, rather than an alley-oop, as some seem to believe.
Did you know the play in the iconic top photo of Dwyane Wade and LeBron was not an alley-oop dunk?
— David Astramskas (@redapples) February 18, 2019
Regardless, James and Wade have built monuments of history together, winning two championships as teammates and several gold medals with Team USA since being drafted in 2003 and taking the NBA by storm since then.
This will be Wade’s swan song in the All-Star Game, connecting with his longtime friend on a pass that will be forever engrained in each other’s memories for years to come.