Dwyane Wade on LeBron’s Return: ‘I Think He Should Be Received Very Well’

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You can count Dwyane Wade as one of the few in South Florida who still supports LeBron James.

Just days before LeBron makes his return to Miami after jettisoning the Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers this past offseason, Wade continues to support his former teammate despite the decision. However, he believes those at American Airlines Arena will give James a mixed reception when the two teams meet on Christmas Day:

“It’s going to be a mixture. How I think he should be received is a little bit different. The man helped take us to places we’ve only been once before he got here. So I think he should be received very well for that at the start of the game. And then, when the game starts, then do what you’ve got to do.”

The recent comments by Wade are in direct contrast to some of the comments that other Heat players such as Chris Bosh have made in regards to LeBron. Leading up to the Heat’s preseason game with the Cavs in Rio De Janiero back in October, Bosh was asked if he looked forward to seeing James:

“Yeah….I don’t know. I’m in the mode where I’m trying to lead my team, help these guys out around here. If guys aren’t in this locker room, I don’t have much time for them, if any.”

Mario Chalmers, who at times, was scolded by LeBron during games, remarked back in October that Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving would have to get used to James’ dominant personality:

“LeBron is a dominant player so if he feels like something is not going his way, he’s going to say something about it. For Kyrie, he’s going to have to adjust to that and LeBron is going to have to adjust to Kyrie. It’s going to be a different factor for Kyrie.”

While James was with the Heat, Miami advanced to four straight NBA Finals, with two championship victories in 2012 and 2013. LeBron was named MVP and Finals MVP in both of those seasons.

Wade remarked that he would never let the game of basketball get in the way of his and James’ friendship together:

“At the end of the day, this is a sport. And I would personally never let a sport come between the relationships I develop. That’s just not the person I am. So LeBron’s decision to go home didn’t affect our relationship at [any] point. We might even talk more now than we did the first time when he wasn’t my teammate. It’s just because we’re used to leaning on each other a little bit.”

The Heat will take on the Cavaliers on Christmas Day at 5:00 pm EST and the game will be broadcast on ABC.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.