LeBron James would relish playoff showdown with Dwyane Wade, Heat
LeBron James admits he’s already thought about a potential postseason showdown with close pal Dwyane Wade in the 2015-16 NBA Playoffs should the pieces fall into place in the coming days.
With both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat holding a 1-0 lead over the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors, respectively, in their semifinal series. While there is a long way to go before a Cavs-Heat showdown in the Eastern Conference Finals became a reality, James not surprisingly is taking a look ahead at facing off against the team with which he won two NBA titles and reached the NBA Finals four times in four years.
“I think naturally of course. That’s since I’ve came back,” James said, via Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. “It’d be great to play against those guys in the postseason. Throughout my whole career, I’ve always wanted to go against (Dwyane) Wade in a playoff series. We’ve always talked about it even before we became teammates in ’10. It’s not been heavy on my mind but it’s crossed my mind throughout my whole career.”
James presumably would have mentioned former teammate Chris Bosh as well, but he and the Heat are embroiled in a showdown over his return to the court.
But James clearly has remained much closer with Wade since leaving the Heat. The Cavs superstar’s fraternization with Wade during a game against the Heat even drew the ire of team brass, right about the same time James was posting cryptic tweets about friends and the like. He even mentioned the notion of forming a superteam with Wade along with a few other of his NBA buddies.
James added that he has enjoyed watching Wade perform so well in the Heat’s first-round series win over the Charlotte Hornets as well as his heroics in overtime of Tuesday’s 102-96 victory.
“Anytime one of my best friends is able to go out there and perform the way he performs, it’s definitely motivating,” James said.
Suffice to say, not only does the possibility of playing his former team with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line sound appealing to James, it most certainly would be a marquee match-up that the NBA would be more than happy with as well.