Dwyane Wade Sends Sincere Message to LeBron James at Retirement Ceremony

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There’s an old saying that iron sharpens iron, and it was definitely true when it came to Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.

At Wade’s retirement ceremony on Saturday, he talked about how James helped him improve and how he, in turn, made James better as well.

James and Chris Bosh teamed up with Wade in the summer of 2010 in the most hyped free agent class of all time. The noise, at times, was over the top, and thus there were lofty expectations for the “Heatles.”

During their brief four-year stint together, they didn’t disappoint much, as they reached the NBA Finals each season, winning back-to-back championships.

It was during this time that James started to evolve from simply an exceptional physical specimen to one who also had exceptional basketball IQ. The influence of Wade, who had already won an NBA title in 2006, as well as team president Pat Riley no doubt helped James reach those new heights.

During that time, James and Wade formed a brotherhood that lasts to this day. Their sons Bronny and Zaire both play together at Sierra Canyon School in the Greater Los Angeles area.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif. and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s, and during that time he has lived through the Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James era of Heat basketball. He feels strongly that the NBA and sports aren't just entertainment, but also a means for learning life lessons.