On Sunday, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James scorched the Miami Heat with 51 points as the Lakers walked away from AmericanAirlines Arena with a 16-point victory over James’ old team. However, Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade — James’ closest friend in the NBA and a former teammate, twiceover — wasn’t on the court to enjoy another battle against The King.

Following Sunday’s win, James discussed his inability to play against Wade and expressed sincere disappointment that the 16-year veteran wasn’t able to play against him. With Wade announcing that he plans to retire after the season, James hopes that the two old friends will get a chance to play against each other one last time when the Heat visit the Lakers at Staples Center on Dec. 10.


Wade is away for the birth of he and wife Gabrielle Union’s daughter. Given how important this matchup is for both players, it’s unlikely that either player will want to miss their December bout.

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James spent four seasons with Miami (2010-11 to 2013-14) after he infamously took his talents to South Beach after seven seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers and instantly formed the most formidable duo in the league with Wade. The two won two titles together while reaching the NBA Finals every year James was in Miami, setting the stage for James’ second stint with Cleveland.

However, though James would leave the Heat to re-sign with the Cavaliers in 2014, it wouldn’t be the last time that the two would be teammates. In the 2017-2018 season, Cleveland signed Wade in order to appease James after they traded perennial All-Star Kyrie Irving.

Since the 2004 NBA Draft, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have been two of the greatest talents in the league. As their careers get nearer to the end, matchups like the one they’re expected to have in December become the final chapters in some of the great stories of NBA history.